Great question! It is true that most modern popular music is recorded with lots of dynamic-range compression and distributed in data-compressed formats like MP3, which is far from high-quality. In fact, many audiophiles would argue that even uncompressed CD specs (16-bit/44.1kHz) don't represent "high quality."
Fortunately, all is not lost. Labels such as AIX, Chesky, MA Recordings, Mobile Fidelity, and Reference Recordings take sound quality very seriously and release exquisite-sounding titles on various physical media, including LP, CD, DVD-Audio, SACD, and Blu-ray. You can also download high-rez, high-quality music files from HDTracks, 2L, and itrax to name a few online sources.
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