It’s become fashionable for artists to grouse about the sound quality of MP3 files, but Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood is bucking the trend. “They sound fine to me,” he tells the New Yorker.”They can even put a helpful crunchiness onto some recordings… We listened to a lot of nineties hip-hop during our last album, all as MP3s, all via AirTunes. They sounded great, even with all that technology in the way. MP3s might not compare that well to a CD recording of, say, string quartets, but then, that’s not really their point.”However, he does have wider concerns about the abundance of MP3s and digital music, suggesting that it means “people are encouraged to own far more music than they can ever give their full attention to… That abundance can push any music into background music, furniture music.”The full piece is well worth a read.

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