Wilki Amieva wrote:
The 'masters' are mp3 files @ 128 kbps, each a bulk rip of one of the 18 MDs. This is a shame as it means a lossy source (MD) was re-encoded in a lossy format (mp3), further degrading the audio. Also, there are no track splits and no documentation other than scans of the actual discs. A fantastic listen, anyway!
No - the leak was low bitrate mp3s. What Radiohead have released is straight transfers of the Minidiscs. If you download in flac, WAV or aiff formats on bandcamp there is no further lossy encoding. Minidiscs are lossy, but ATRAC compression is vastly superior to mp3.