The International Echoes Hub is a truely interactive environment including real-time chat with hundreds of members, private messaging, and a virtual pub where you can buy others food, drink, and items such as a flickering flame in memory of traders who have passed, or buy a Pink Floyd music collector an Ibiza Bark Drink over Thin Ice, some New Car Caviar, or Apple Pie with or without the Crust just to get their attention. The Tavern comes with a bar maid who loves her tips. No bar is free, so of course there is a credit system where you can earn credits to use the Tavern where there are two ways to earn credits. You earn credits for continuously increasing your shared collection of music and for time spent online and logged in. Earn enough credits to buy a round of drinks for the entire hub. You can also search this database from the hub by typing '+search'. There is pretty much everything you need to help you build your collection and share with other lossless music collectors around the world. Private one-on-one chat is also an available option. Just type +help after you login for a list of commands.
Lossless files are traded here at Echoes Hub because they are identical to the original recording. When you compress audio files using the mp3 format or similar lossy compression, some of the audio spectrum in that recording is permanently lost. There is no way to get it back because it gets deleted to crunch the file small in size. This degrades the sound quality. Did you know? Lossless compression is true to its name in that it retains all the information in the recording - nothing is lost. When you extract a FLAC file you get the original lossless .WAV file the recording was made with.
Our lossless music recordings are generally shared in the form of lossless SHN (Shorten) or lossless FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) files. Lossless audio files are a lot larger than mp3s and result in taking up a lot more space on your hard drive. Warning: Whether you are an archivist or an elitist, be prepared to start investing in storage space because this is the direction you want to head. Hard drives are becoming very inexpensive so start replacing your lossy recordings with lossless and signup today