Chris Martin of Coldplay in 2008. When asked to pick the highest-quality clip of Coldplay's song "Speed of Sound," more of you guessed the lowest quality MP3 than the lossless WAV file. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images hide caption

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The Internet can be a wonderland of musical discovery and discourse, but it's not built to be a permanent archive. Photo illustration: Claire O'Neill/NPR. Photos via iStockphoto and Flickr Creative Commons hide caption

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Photo illustration: Claire O'Neill/NPR. Photos via iStockphoto and Flickr Creative Commons

Over time, Aether's Cone speaker uses an algorithm to learn the taste of its owner, and offers time- and location-specific recommendations. Photo illustration/Photos via NASA and courtesy of Aether hide caption

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Photo illustration/Photos via NASA and courtesy of Aether