BAPU: Have You Heard?

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The debate on audio quality and recording formats has been going on for a few years now and it seems that the average music-lover is becoming more and more aware of music quality. Audio lovers debate over which is the best file format, like .flac or .mp3, and how the mastering should be done, leaving the casual listeners wondering why it matters.

But what if your music could sound amazing regardless of the audio format?

You might first ask how that’s possible. The reason media players, like Google Play or iTunes, are inferior to, for example, record players is because they add jitter and distortion to the sound. (If you’d like to learn more about those terms, click HERE for jitter and HERE for distortion.)  The layman might not notice the murkiness of the audio sound in their day-to-day lives, but if you’re given a side-by-side comparison of a Led Zeppelin song played on a vinyl record and through your computer, you’ll hear the difference. This is what Bapu has come to fix.

Bapu is a new media player created by a small Finnish team that delivers the highest quality sound offered by any media player on the market right now. By removing the jitter and distortion from the sound, you are left with the clearest, sharpest audio you can get.

We at Musicalypse heard about Bapu during the pre-listening session for Marko Hietala’s debut solo album, Mustan Sydämen Rovio, which was released in May 2019. During his opening speech and our later interview, Hietala mentioned how impressed he was by the technology and agreed to partner up with the app for a dual-release of the app and his latest album.

The creators were excited to talk about the app and answer our questions. While most of the responses to our musings on how it works largely sounded like technology magic, the difference in audio quality was evident. Even to my parents (who are in their late 60s and couldn’t care less about how their music sounds) the difference was crystal clear.

Bapu was released in fall 2019 on Apple, with plans for an Android version to follow shortly. Bapu should eventually be available for streaming services like Spotify and YouTube as well.

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