I don't know why anyone would use a cheap sound card when you can get the same functionality from a quality DAC. Just plug it into the USB and plug your headphones into that and you are set. If you want to output to something else, just use the Coaxial or Optical outputs and keep everything digital. My NuForce uDAC has been my primary PC audio interface for years and it works beautifully.
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We don't need another MP3 store, what we need is a mainstream site that offers lossless downloads of new music. In this internet age I shouldn't have to order the CD in order to get lossless audio, I should be able to download FLAC files of a new release direct from a legal content provider.
Yes, but the problem with e-readers like Kindle and Nook is that they have smaller screens that can't easily display PDFs or retain the formatting of word documents. Try reading a PDF on the regular kindle and you'll see how terribly clunky it is. Try sending any document with special formatting to a regular size kindle and watch as the formatting is all completely lost in the conversion.
The better solution would be to hand out Kindle DXs to everyone because of the larger size and ability to display the full page of a PDF or any other document. It would also be more business oriented because it doesn't also double as a full computer with games and other applications.
But by now most users are used to google and would simply change the default if it was something else. By now Bing is unfamiliar to the majority of the population and Google is considered the best search engine by most. It is going to take quite a lot more than setting Bing as the default to change that in people's minds.
Well yes most people only by singles because they aren't heavy music listeners. Plus most of those people listen to a type of music that the music industry has constantly provided where an album has one or two decent songs and the rest are horrible. One key difference between movies and music though is that heavy users listen to the same album multiple times. Thus, I buy numerous albums every year because I buy music in genres where if the music is good, usually the whole album is good. Most metal and rock bands you either like the entire album or none of it, give or take a few mass-market oriented bands. That is because most metal bands have an artistic vision of some sort and tend to provide cohesive albums. There are a few exceptions where only one song is good but I have decided to buy either the full album or nothing and thus not give any money to bands that can't write good albums.
I also buy tons of movie soundtracks and the occasional classical recording. I've found that quality movie soundtracks, the ones that are worth purchasing, are worth listening to multiple times over the years. Even some soundtracks I bought way back when I first started collecting, I pull out occasionally and listen to completely because the music is that good.
Netflix on the other hand is perfect for movies because the average user, and even in many cases the heavy user will watch a movie once and move on to something else. Those who want to watch a movie multiple times can always go out and buy a DVD or Blu-Ray if they want to own a copy for repeat viewing. Even on netflix streaming there is nothing to prevent someone from watching the same streaming movie multiple times.
Funny, as a born and raised white American, I rarely eat American food. I probably eat primarily Italian and Middle-Eastern style food with Mexican a large part as well. I also eat Japanese and Chinese food on occasion. To me the most American diet should be multi-cultural like this, not focused on fatty-ass cheap burgers.