"Young defended both record companies and pirates, while appearing to be most concerned with the quality of the music being delivered to consumers, arguing that CDs and digital downloads offered a dismal listening experience."
So it isn't just me. The difference between vinyl and digital music (including CDs) makes me almost want to cry. Believe it or not, digital music reproduction only captures 30% of the sound produced that analog recordings do (did). I remember back during the transition in the early 90s, some bands even refused to release their music as CDs. Dylan has always complained about it. He once said that digital music just doesn't have the same "impact" as analog does (which I think is an understatement.) When one of his recent recordings was released, and won a number of awards, he remarked that the sound in the studio was 10x better.
As I understand it: analog is just short for "analogous", i.e the method of reproduction is related... analogous, to what is being reproduced. In other words: both exist in the real world. Whereas digital music reproduction (or any kind of digital reproduction for that matter) is the process by which a string of numbers identifying certain sounds goes into a database of sounds, and chooses which ones most closely match the sound represented- not the actual sound itself ( as analog does, hence the "analogous") Therefore, the whole 'digital revolution" is (among other things), the most fundamental break in reality which civilization has yet encountered. It's a marvel that even less analysis of this phenomenon, and it's effect on our culture as a whole. seems to have been made than the impact of television.
I remember seeing some articles a few years ago, when I was researching this. Some editors of music magazines back at the time expressed the conviction that the advent of digital music was, they believed, when recorded music lost it's soul.
All I can say is: Amen....