Amnon on Lossless

March 22, 2008

Here is an interesting comment I got via email from Amnon (one of my former colleagues from Trade Me) about my lossless post from earlier in the year:

I really liked your post on storage and compression, but consider this: Two years ago people were paying $500 for a 60GB iPod. Today they’re paying $500 for an 8GB iPod. Storage capacity is up against other factors in evolving technology. Miniaturisation, reduction of moving parts, wireless network storage… At some point ears can’t tell the difference with a compressed music file, and your eyes (and monitor) won’t benefit from a 12MP photo that will only ever be printed in 6″ x 4″, if at all. But when the first finger-sized quantum portable PC comes out, maybe you’ll be stoked all your photos aren’t saved in RAW format. Just a thought… Plus, how could people download all those movies and albums if they weren’t compressed? ; )”

What do you think? I’m interested in your comments.

Is compression a worthwhile trade off in order to gain mobility?

What about when you’re back home with your fast network, big screen displays, quality amp & speakers etc? Don’t you really want the best quality source files you can store?

Do we even have to choose? Is there an easy way that people could store hi-res full quality files in a central location on a home network and somehow easily sync compressed files to our mobile devices?