Does Portable Have To Mean Compressed?

The iPod revolution has changed the music industry, but five years after the personal jukebox was debuted, no one has yet figured out how to bring high-quality sound to the portable players. “Listeners demand portability and a la carte song purchases. But at least some also want ‘fidelity,’ to experience a sound that’s true to the full aural expression the artist poured out at the moment of a work’s creation. Technology, artist advocacy, and buyer behavior will determine the degree to which listeners can have both, experts say.”