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 Great post.  I didn't even get into clipping and compressing on the playback end.  Completely agree...AAC or any digital format is not going to technically be as high quality as CD or vinyl.  The question is whether it will be heard or not.  In most cases, not.  If it's a serious struggle to hear the difference between your CD-R and a CD or vinyl on your system, there is no way the vast majority of people will hear it.  They are playing back on car systems, consumer home...
If you honestly think you'll be taken seriously with a response like this, you've got serious issues.  
Could you be more specific as to what your experience has been? I have dealt with a wide variety of musicians and have a very broad musical background. In other words, I have a trained ear. It's not like I'm some jackass that plays in a cover band on the weekends. Our experiences appear to be the complete opposite of one another. If you read the literature, research shows that people cannot distinguish past a certain bitrate. I'm talking about double-blind studies....
 Eh, I think it depends on your system and what bit rate you're referring to.  If you're talking about a great system, set-up properly, you very well may hear the difference between 128 and 256kbs, particularly at high volume levels, and depending on the type of music.    I agree.  I suspect anything over 128Kbps is irrelevant in the real world of a car environment.  I do hear the difference between high quality AAC and Satellite radio, but that's because the latter is 40...
Good point, but probably not relevant here since we are talking about AAC exclusively on iTunes/Apple Music.  
 I didn't write that at all.  I quoted/paraphrased another member who was discussing the issue of high quality audio years ago.    LOL.  You're going to go there?  How could you possibly know my musical skills?  And where in the hell did I write that quoting an AI member represented "my idea" of being a musician?  I wasn't even talking about me.  I was talking about the mass market's idea of what's "good enough."  Jesus.  Oh, and if you want to discuss my musical...
 This is getting tiresome.  While I enjoy debating issues, I'm really not into arguing for the sake of doing so.  It seems you are.  I'll try one more time: Obama is our first black President.  One would think that being so, he would be talking about the issues that affect the black community most.  What he's doing instead is focusing on issues that are virtually non-existent (e.g. white on black racism in police forces).  He is doing so for political gain.  He is also...
Interesting, I didn't know you had that background. I disagree about the type of music affected completely. Classical (I hate that term) or orchestral has many more high frequencies, or is at least more complex. As for telling the difference in speakers, that's another matter. I don't doubt your account, but I don't think it's representative of musicians' ability to discern sound quality.
I'll answer the quality question as a musician: Anything above 256kbps is virtually indistinguishable on common playback methods (car audio, consumer stereo equipment, ear buds, higher end consumer headphones, etc.). This is especially true for the most common genres of Rap, Rock, Pop, R&B, Electronic/Dance, and even Jazz. A trained ear will likely hear differences is depth and timbre when listening to Classical (specifically orchestral) on good equipment. Even then,...
 "As a side note, do you think highlighting "black on black"  crime would be an argument against gun control?  Of course it wouldn't.  "     That is what you posted.  It is a textbook strawman.  The rest is just more of you being the Obama apologist that you are.  
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