@Kent – That's fine, you've just reset your iCloud Backups. Let it do a new one and you should be in good shape.
Great comment, @Bert_B. And thanks for rekindling this discussion! The big thing you have to watch out for is the difference in mastering. A lot of those first-gen CDs were from the (sometimes digital) masters that were EQ'ed for vinyl. Hearing that raw (I.e. Without vinyl adding its own color) can sound pretty flat. I have no doubt the 24/96 version you're hearing is remastered for digital consumption and sounds remarkably better than the original CD from decades ago. It should! The question is whether a 16/44(.1) version from that same master (properly converted and dithered) sounds any different. Here's…
@Brian Renshaw — I'm breaking my rule of not immediately replying to comments because I think yours may be factually incorrect. I'll get with AT&T to comment officially, but my experience does not match your presumption here. AT&T's discount is for phones on their Next plan as well as out-of-contract (i.e. customer-owned) phones. I have some of each on our Family Share plan and that discount is applied to all of them.
@Lee, Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program website says, "Launching at U.S. Apple Retail Stores. You can make a reservation online, starting at 12:01 a.m. PDT on September 12, to buy in store."
@MaxHedrm: you're absolutely right. I put together these numbers looking at incident cost ($79/$99), not plan cost ($99/$129). Article updated. Thanks!
Thanks, @Ecamm Network! Article updated.
@David I think you missed a step. You need to install Homebrew first, with the "ruby" command on the first page.
Thanks, @freejak - Indeed, HomeBrew requires Xcode. Usually OS X will prompt you for that if you need it when installing, but... that's not always the case. Thanks, @freejack.
And now, as for your tests... again I go back to the body of work that's been done. I don't mean to continually punt on this point, but the scientific consensus is that when the sampling/conversion is done properly, there is no audible difference (and the filtering and aliasing is a HUGE part of getting that right... and it's not easy). Given that you quickly found audible differences and were able to train others to hear the same, I have to assume it's in the sampling process simply based upon what all the other studies have found. Again, referring to…
Thanks for this, James. Good stuff, man. Responding in-kind, just to keep the trail here. Regarding the post two up from this, that's an interesting article. Dangerous reading for the casual reader, though, because this Tim Wescott gets far too close to *appearing* to make the argument for "stair-stepping" in digital sampling, something I think everyone knows is false, including the author (he basically says so). But he describes and diagrams it nonetheless. Was this thing peer-reviewed? If so, I blame his peers for letting him get away with this, too. Regardless, his final conclusion is right on…