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Information & technology. As IT professionals, we ought in principle to be in favour of capturing and storing more information. It baffles me that so many of us seem keen to pay good money for music formats that throw information away. I would venture to suggest that those in favour of crappy equipment and lossy compression are people who don't listen actively to music. You never hear these luddite arguments about video - "Oh 405 lines black and white analogue TV is fine. Nobody needs colour and HD." If a bunch of activists are promoting the highest possible standards of audio recording and mastering, that's good for everybody. For those who actually can, or only claim to, hear the difference, quality is maintained. It doesn't stop you downsampling it and playing it through earbuds if you want. So it gives freedom of choice. And that's a good thing.