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5.0 out of 5 stars CD much better than the download, January 11, 2008
This review is from: In Rainbows (Audio CD)
My review is not on the music itself. Others are more capable of discussing the merits or lack thereof. I enjoyed In Rainbows and rate it five starts but the point of my review is on the quality of the CD compared to the original download.

I downloaded In Rainbows when they first released it and paid nothing. My wife says I am lame for doing this but my reasoning was that I didn't know how good the quality would be ... sure enough 160 kbs not even variable bit rate!

Anyways I bought the CD last week and ripped it to FLAC.

The verdict? Much better and the greater detail is easy to hear ... Radiohead typically has a lot of little nuances to their music and the full resolution of the CD makes these liitle details easier to notice. In fact the download was disappointing but the sound of the CD is amazing and more than makes up for it.

You don't need expensive equiment to appreciate the difference you simply need to listen to the music. Even my wife who is nearly tone deaf and shakes her head when I discuss soundstage, imaging, and other things she normally cannot discern has remarked how much better the CD sounds.

In short, if you like this album you owe it to yourself to buy the CD and rip it to at least 192 variable bit rate to fully enjoy what Radiohead has created on this album. I'm also very glad I paid zero for the download. Which my wife still considers lame.
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Initial post: Oct 18, 2009 10:47:36 AM PDT
Greg M. says:
I always say: there's nothing wrong with downloading a film or album for free... but ONLY if it's for sneak peek purposes due to the fact that you are overly anxious for the official release... and THEN you proceed to buy the product after it's release date. Sounds like you did just that (which is awesome)!

9 out of 10 times... quality will be better on the official release than it is on any illegal pre-release download. Support the artists of this world!
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