Shaving mp3s?

Janina Sajka janina at
Thu Oct 7 14:18:16 UTC 2004

Hi, Lee:

Well, I'm sorry you feel I'm disturbing the public peace with my
comments about MP3, but I can assure you I am in no way embarrassed
about what I said. First of all, I clearly marked my comment as
opinion--mine, to be precise.

As to your suggestion that we should accept MP3 without comment because
it's the most popular and successful recording format, well it isn't a
recording format, but we can let that pass. The more salient point is
that were we to follow this logic we'd all quickly run out and get a
fresh copy of Windows XP and blow away our Linux computers, now wouldn't

As to my point in the original response, it was simply to point out that
one can expect fewer tools for managing issues such as was asked about
because of the license that comes with mp3. That's all. And, I do
people, especially people using Linux, need to be aware of such things.

So, I hope I haven't disturbed your solace with this note--but you did

Lee Maschmeyer writes:
> Janina,
> I realize it's none of my business, but the message below seems a bit 
> raucous. If I had written the item that elicited it I'd be a leetle mite 
> embarrassed. Perhaps you can tone it down a bit and explain why the most 
> successful computer recording format should be avoided like the plague. 
> Note that the source material was MP3, so a conversion will be necessary...
> Also, Chuck (Hallenbeck) is not a member of this list as far as I know...
> Thanks for your kind consideration,
> Lee
> Janina Sajka wrote:
> >OK, you limit yourself by insisting on mp3, but I believe wedit supports
> >mp3? Chuck (or someone) will correct me if I'm wrong. And, I believe you
> >can do it with ecasound, as well.
> >
> >I'll stop right there because I avoid mp3 like the plague.
> >
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