[Gllug] OT: Finding files in directories recursively

- Tethys tethys at gmail.com
Wed Jun 25 15:52:33 UTC 2008

On Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 4:28 PM, Andy Smith <andy at lug.org.uk> wrote:

>> It is not suitable IMNSHO for any 'musical' purposes. I hear a great big
>> hole in the sound - as if the backdrop has gone.
> Not that I disbelieve you, but, have you ever verified this with a
> double blind test?

No. On the other hand, I used to be convinced that the hype around the
sound quality of Ogg Vorbis was larely just that -- hype. I used it
anyway for idealogical reasons, but I assumed it was on a par with
MP3, or perhaps a bit better in theory, but nothing you'd notice in
the real world. Then my girlfriend got a phone that doesn't play Ogg
Vorbis files[1], so I encoded some stuff up as MP3 for her (from the
original lossless sources). It sounded *terrible*, to the point where
I deemed it unusable. In order to make it vaguely bearable, I needed
to have file sizes that were at least 50% larger than the equivalent
Ogg Vorbis file of the same song, and sometimes more than that. It's
not just that Ogg Vorbis is a little bit better than MP3. It's
massively better, and the difference is easily detectable to the
untrained ear, even through cheap headphones. That came as something
of a shock to me.


[1] Nokia E90. Yes, it plays Ogg Vorbis with the addition of OggPlay,
but I haven't yet managed to get it to do so via the native player
(OggPlay doesn't do handy things like pause the music on an incoming

Perl is like vise grips. You can do anything with it but it is the
wrong tool for every job. -- Bruce Eckel
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