Originally Posted by slytown
Also, if you are listening to rap anything mainstream from major labels, you are listening to the worst produced music in history. The sound is so thin and overcompressed, spending more than $40 to listen to it would be incompetent. I'd rather listen to Daniel Johnston's early recordings.
fixed for accuracy. However you can still have dynamic range while being loud e.g. Ice Cube 'Laugh Now, Cry Later' (released on his independent label). Good equipment can still make loudness war'ed music sound better.
Yes, tbh, other players sound better, but the (modern) iPod's sound quality is far from inheritly bad objectively (see RMAA).