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    “When he went home, he listened to vinyl.”

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    Steve Jobs Likes VinylHere’s a headline from the week that caught my eye: Steve Jobs Listened to Vinyl.

    At a recent technology conference, music legend Neil Young said what is perhaps the most powerful testament to vinyl I can imagine: “Steve Jobs was a pioneer of digital music. His legacy is tremendous. But when he went home, he listened to vinyl.” So even the person largely responsible for the iPod revolution preferred the high fidelity of vinyl to the digitally compressed files of the device he created.

    Young made the comment at News Corp.’s D: Dive Into Media conference this past Tuesday, where he was speaking on behalf of his campaign for higher-fidelity digital sound. Though nothing had been developed, Young and Jobs had talked about creating a new type of digital format that would have 20 times the fidelity of an MP3 or AAC file and retain one hundred percent of the music data (as opposed to a compressed five percent). There has been no action on the part of Apple in regards to pursuing this since Jobs’ death last October, however. I’m sure a major roadblock has to do with the fact that each song file would be so big it would require upwards of 30 minutes to download, and a playback device would only be able to hold something like 30 albums. While Young is arguing that this isn’t a big deal if you leave your device on overnight to download, it just confirms to me that there really is no substitute to a good old vinyl record collection. And that Steve Jobs and I have something in common.



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