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Much of the East Bay, including Oakland all the way down to Hayward has been covered by Flyover for at least the past year. (FWIW, I thought Berkeley was already included) There were some Flyover coverage gaps that this update apparently fills in.   Apple also seems to tip off which areas will add Flyover coverage, because the turn-by-turn navigation had been showing the 3D building outlines in those East Bay cities where Flyover had not yet come online. I guess this...
The flip side to this though is the growth of contract-free BYOD plans, in which the consumer pays the full cost of (or finances) the phone up front. The opaque pricing, and high data and overage charges with these two-year contracts is the primary reason why I did not buy a smartphone until last year after the iPhone 5s came out.   For consumers coming off contract, going to a contract-free plan with the device that they just paid off would save a sizable amount every...
Because all of the attributes that you cite amount to nothing if you view bitcoins as currency rather than a speculative commodity. Aside from a handful of businesses and websites, nobody takes bitcoins as payment for goods or services rendered. The gold rush right now is with ATMs, where those bitcoins actually become valuable because they get traded for dollars -- y'know currency that businesses actually accept. Yeah, you "choose freedom" -- tell that to your landlord or...
With the amount of data that Facebook already has, and with the rampant ID theft that I've seen on their system, no way would I trust Facebook with my financial transactions as well.   If anything, Apple has a long track record of safeguarding their customers' account information. In addition, Apple actually provides multiple ways of contacting them if you encounter an issue with a purchase. Just recently, I had a problem with an in-app purchase, and this was solved in...
It's not impossible. You just have to know which sources were transferred under conditions as close as possible. The Rolling Stones remasters were issued on CD/SACD hybrid discs. If you want to hear for yourself any difference from just the resolution, that would be a good starting point, as would any other CD/SACD hybrid, since those transfers were typically done in the same mastering session. The releases from Mobile Fidelity are a great A-B comparison, because the CD...
 And again, you're ascribing a lot of importance to 24-bit, when you have no basis of comparison other than CDs that were likely mastered under completely different conditions. A remastered CD can produce the exact same results that you describe. Lower frequencies depend the least on high resolution, so any differences you observe with bass performance can almost assuredly originate with differences in EQ or other processing used in the mastering. The true basis of...
Quote: Hmmm,  I recall that the purchased songs in my iTunes library were all upgraded to 256k AAC in the background. No charge. No intervention on my part at all. Of course, I originally paid $0.99 for them, and the price after the 256k upgrade stayed the same. As far as iTunes Match being joke, are you joking? Or rather, do you actually use iTunes Match? I use it everyday, on my work computer and my iPhone.  10,000+ songs available anytime. When I add new music to my...
Quote:Unless you can verify that the CD and the 24-bit tracks were transferred under comparable conditions, you cannot assert that any differences you observe are due more to the resolution than differences in the settings, levels, etc. used during the mastering process. In my experience, when the CD and high res tracks are mastered under the same conditions, the differences are not "VERY" noticeable.  If anything, my A-B listenings illustrate just how far general...
That was in response to the sampling rates in use with recorders at the time of the CD's introduction.  I don't recall those higher sampling frequencies getting implemented and appearing in consumer grade equipment until later.  I'm thinking back to statements I recall from Bob Ludwig several years ago indicating how high res PCM simplifies the mastering process by allowing for a more direct transfer. With vinyl you're obviously having to account for the medium, but Ludwig...
Yep.  No matter what anyone thinks of Pono, Neil Young has consistently been a proponent of higher sound quality and gone out of his way to make high res versions of his music available to fans. He assembled a standout post production team for his recent archiving project.  As one of the products of that project, his Greatest Hits CD/DVD combo pack is a reference quality remaster. Not only does that set include a standout CD, but it also includes 96 kHz/24-bit tracks on an...
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