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Comment: I have been wondering this about television (Score 1) 743

by bbzzdd (#27153215) Attached to: Young People Prefer "Sizzle Sounds" of MP3 Format

Considering I grew up with vinyl records and cassette tapes, I absolutely prefer the sound of records over CD/MP3 and it seems the kids of today prefer digital. My pops and tape hiss are their sizzle and "magic castle sound" (that's the name I give to the chimey artifacts you hear on overly-compressed audio, mainly spoken word).

I've been wondering lately if kids are going to look back fondly at compressed video, macroblocking, banding, etc the way I do when I think back at the scanlines, snow, and 60Hz buzz of tubes sets with analog signals.

Comment: Amazon Sales Rank == tea leaves (Score 5, Insightful) 407

by bbzzdd (#21545865) Attached to: Heavily Discounted Zune Outpacing iPod Sales
Amazon Sales Rank in no way represents reality. Just last week many members the HD-DVD rah-rah camp prematurely declared victory for software sales based on Amazon rankings showing HD-DVD titles outselling Blu-Ray by a large margin. In reality Nielsen VideoScan came back to show Blu-Ray taking the week 73:27.

For the entire month of July the PS3 was in the top three of the Video Game category at Amazon, seemingly outselling even the Wii most of the month. The Xbox 360 was barely in the top 20 for the month. When the smoke cleared the Wii outsold the PS3 by over 300% and the 360 beat it by 11k units.

Amazon Sales Rank is useless for comparing product sales.

Cobol programmers are down in the dumps.

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