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Re: [ARSCLIST] Lossy compression losing quality (was Re: [ARSCLIST] Pristine Audio and the Milllennials . . .)
Mike has patiently tried to point out the difference between copying bits, a
process that either works or doesn't, and copying content while modifying
the format. The first is lossless. The second is not.
Media Sciences, Inc.
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Lossy compression losing quality (was Re:
> [ARSCLIST] Pristine Audio and the Milllennials . . .)
> Mike, you wrote,
> 3. Copying a digital file either loses nothing or fails; the exceptions
> to that are exceedingly rare. That is, if the copy is not perfect then
> the transfer will fail, usually due to the dreaded CRC error. There is a
> tiny chance of dual failure which would permit copying a file with an
> error, but that is negligible in practice.
> Does that mean that ripping CDA format files from a CD to MP3 format on my
> hard drive loses nothing?