Why do coffee shops spend countless resources to make the best coffee possible, but then serve it in cups with a tiny opening which drastically stifles how our tongues experience the flavor?
Why do musicians use expensive technology to make their recordings sound as full as possible, but then severely reduce the sound quality by digital compression when converting to iTunes-quality technology?
The answer, of course, is convenience. We don't want to deal with the consequences of our coffee spilling. We want instant digital access to our favorite music.
The move toward convenience isn't a bad thing in itself. But we do have to keep in mind exactly what we're losing in the process.
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