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PCs for Grown-Ups: Getting the Most Out of Your Windows 8 Computer by Paul McFedries

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Chapter 8. Working with Digital Music

You might be used to dealing with music that comes in a physical format, such as an audio CD, a cassette, or even a vinyl album. I hate to be the bearer of sad tidings, but these physical music formats are now—or really, have been for a number of years—at the very least old-fashioned, but are more accurately described as obsolete. What’s taken their place? Digital music, which refers to songs and albums that are made from the same electronic stuff as the rest of the files on your PC. Digital music’s main advantages are that it’s much easier to buy, and it enables you to find and play music quickly. Some audiophiles think digital music doesn’t sound as good as analog (physical) music, but most people can’t ...

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