Musicians dissatisfied with the sound of digital media are releasing albums as higher-quality downloads, on high-definition DVDs and even on vinyl, USA Today reports. Last year, Amazon and iTunes agreed to boost the quality of their MP3s, but some groups are using even better versions to eliminate what Neil Young calls "unacceptable quality compromises" made for CDs and the like.
Some digital tracks are "not quite as good as CD quality but good for portable" listening, says a co-founder of HDtracks.com, a site that offers albums from various jazz, blues, and other artists. Musicians have long criticized CDs for imperfectly reproducing studio sound, and MP3s capture even less. Higher-quality MP3s and other digital formats reverse some of that loss.