Audiophiles & Audio Files

While the Danish company [Bang & Olufsen] pursued its own cult of design, others like Apple formulated a new aesthetic that took into account the graphical user interface and Moore’s law. As the iPod ad iTunes took off, conversation-piece home entertainment objects seemed less and less relevant. It turned out that the sound system of tomorrow wasn’t an elegant $5,000 device that gave you instant access to six CDs; it was a $400 gadget that allowed you to slip thousands of songs into your hip pocket. Audiophiles lost out to audio files.

   ~ Wired Magazine, Rob Walker, Can the Cult of Bang & Olufsen Last?

 

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