Originally Posted by salmonmax
I can't imagine that it would be too difficult to increase the sound quality, but if it increases the download size, it increases their bandwidth usage for each download. So while it may only result in, say, a file size that's 20 MB bigger, multiply that by however many thousands of purchases, the increased bandwidth may have a real effect on their bottom line.
That's why more and more companies use P2P solutions when delivering large amounts of data (like Blizzard does with WoW updates).
I also cannot understand what kind of sound system or ears are required to not
hear the problems with the audio quality. I mean, just talk to Miss Flitt in either of the first two episodes of W&G. It's apparent in any of the characters' voices, but hers sounds the most awful. I guess this could also be a problem arising from the mastering process, especially if it's done in-house by someone who isn't an audio professional. They might just be accentuating the wrong frequencies a bit too much, so that it finally breaks when compression is applied, even if the compression quality on it's own might be enough under better circumstances.
Who knows why it sounds like crap. But it does, and it needs to be fixed.