To say that this article isn't biased is worthy of the horse blinder's award of the century. Still it did accomplish to generate a bit of a stir so perhaps it's worth a serious discussion. "What if music lovers worldwide had rejected the shiny new digital format because they thought LPs sounded so much better?" Music lover's didn't think LP sounded better and years before the launch of the CD revolution they made it pretty obvious by buying compact cassettes that they were fed up with handling LP records. "What if, to this day, music had remained blissfully all-analog?" Except that it wasn't all analog even before 1983. "The remaining big studios with great-sounding rooms should be placed on the list of endangered species. The engineering knowhow that once passed from one generation to the next is fast being lost. I blame digital." Strangely enough I believe that the very same big studios are the one to blame for the dreadful crap mastering of modern records which is unsuitable for HiFi listening. It is perfectly suitable for on the go listening in noisy environment, thought. So perhaps the engineering know-how wasn't lost at all but just shifted its focus to make music enjoyable when and where people are listening to it today. "Thanks to streaming, we can now hear more music than ever, but so much of that music is overcompressed and mixed to sound "right" in the car, or through earbuds while listening outdoors, or in trains, planes, and buses. The Loudness Wars, which have been so incredibly destructive to the sound of music, might never have happened had music remained analog and more people still sat down to listen at home. We might even have had time to read album liner notes. Remember liner notes? Another casualty of digital. [sigh]" Actually he is 100% correct here. "John Schaefer, host of WNYC Radio's New Sounds program, took the opposite view: "Seems to me that digital had a leveling effect on the music industry. So if the industry [had] stayed analog, it would be hard to imagine the indie scene thriving the way it has." This is also correct in my opinion. "I'm still not sure how or why, but for me, a stylus tracing a groove brings music back to life more completely than does even the very best DAC processing zeros and ones. It's a magic trick that never gets old." It's really magical how holding a record makes you forget that it too needed a DAC and processing of zeros and ones at some stage before it became a lump of plastic.