When It Comes to Music Storage Formats, Japan Is Stuck in the 90s

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Welcome to Reading List, Gizmodo's weekend roundup of the best writing from around the web. This week, we've got smart takes from Ars Technica, Hairpin, and The New York Times. Here's some great reads from around the web.

  • If Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity taught us anything, it's that disasters in space provide edge-of-your-seat drama. The same can be said of Nickolai Belakovski's story about two cosmonauts' daring mission to rescue Salyut 7, a Soviet space station. As the writer notes in the opening preamble, "The following story happened in 1985 but subsequently vanished into obscurity." However, this is definitely a story worth remembering. [Ars Technica]
  • Japan is often (and rightly so!) regarded as a one of the most technologically advanced countries on Earth. Every day they seem to dream up some new robot or announce ambitious space elevator plans, but when it comes to music technology, the country is stuck in the nineties. Compact discs still account for 85 percent of music sales in Japan compared to 20 percent in other markets. [The New York Times]
  • Kara Stone is an independent game developer who created a texting experience that's a little...scandalous. Using artificial intelligence, Stone explores the relationship between sexuality and technology with Sext Adventure, a game designed to promote mobile dirty talk between the player and a bot. The Hairpin interviews Stone about her work and why Sext Adventure is a must play. [The Hairpin]

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Maybe more people in Japan just appreciate the higher quality that comes with a physical CD. Very few albums are available to purchase digitally in FLAC format so you almost have get a physical copy if you want it in that higher quality.