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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 28, 2014 14 comments
As reported in LesEchos.fr, France-based Qobuz has entered procédure de sauvegarde which is roughly the equivalent of Chapter 11 protection. Qobuz President Yves Riesel explains that they were unsuccessful in raising a third round of financing which led to the filing. That said, my very limited understanding of procédure de sauvegarde suggests that a company must still be solvent, i.e. not in default, and they have 4 months in which to raise the funds needed to continue operating.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 27, 2014 3 comments
DG just launched their new Discovery App on the Apple App Store. Initially consisting of 450 albums "in high quality audio streams" (no specific bit rate provided), the label says they hope to add up to 20 new albums per week. The service costs $3.99/month or $35.99/year if you pay in full up front. "Every week Deutsche Grammophon’s editors will present new listening recommendations in the form of hand-crafted playlists and artists and composers in-focus as well as featuring articles telling the story behind the music, made available to the app by Sinfinimusic.com."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 21, 2014 7 comments
From the Press Release:
New York, NY, August 20, 2014 — The 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention (October 9-12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles) will feature a High Resolution Audio (HRA) program Friday, October 10, 2014. The direct result of a collaborative effort between the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, the HRA program will include a number of panels and sessions that address the current and future direction of HRA from various perspectives, including content creation, digital distribution, licensing of hi-res music files, archiving, subscription models, marketing/promotion of hi-res music, compatibility of playback devices and more. These panels and sessions will feature some of the brightest minds in the business as they discuss some of the most current and controversial issues concerning the rapid adoption of high-resolution audio across the industry.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 13, 2014 8 comments
Accredited investors take note: for as little as $5,000 you can own a piece of PonoMusic. "From now through August 30, 2014, you can invest as little as $5,000 and receive equity ownership in PonoMusic alongside Neil and other music industry legends." The Company is looking to raise $2.5M in equity investment through this Crowdfunder campaign and they're already more than half way there with nearly $1.7M pledged to date.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 13, 2014 8 comments
Here's a quote from a recent article on Pono from Popular Science:
"MP3s employ audio-data compression to reduce file bandwidth, which lets you carry thousands of songs in your phone but limits the music’s dynamic range."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 28, 2014 7 comments
credit: Spotify

"When people say that Spotify doesn’t pay anything, I can tell you it’s not true." Billy Bragg

In an article on the Independent (see article), three artists are interviewed who actually support Spotify. Bragg continues, "If you’re getting a lot of plays, you’re going to make some decent money." What's decent money? Independent musician Ron Pope says, "When I started I was averaging a million or so plays a month on Spotify, and now I’m getting four million. I have 76,759,686 total plays on Spotify, and earnings of $443,826 to date." So what's all the negative press relating to streaming services being cheapskates about?

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 21, 2014 13 comments
Photo Credit: Omniphone

From the Pono Kickstarter page:

Omnifone was selected to power the PonoMusic store because of its award-winning cloud music platform and its industry-leading audio expertise and commitment to audio quality. Standing at 35 million tracks, MusicStation - Omnifone’s cloud music platform - hosts the industry’s largest catalogue of high resolution content, obtained from rights holders in all corners of the world. This rich collection of premium quality audio - and its distributed delivery from the cloud - will enable PonoMusic to achieve global scale quickly.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 21, 2014 1 comments
What is deepblue2? deepblue2 is a wireless Bluetooth speaker that houses a custom developed 440-watt amplifier, a long excursion 6.5-inch woofer, two 3" mid-range drivers, and two 1" soft-dome tweeters all wrapped up in a portable 1/2 cubic foot box. This isn't your hipster's Bluetooth speaker. There are also two wired inputs: a 24/96-capable optical input and one 3.5mm analog input so you can leash your MacBook to the little deepblue2 for some high res sound on the go. Nice.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 11, 2014 6 comments
From the Pono Kickstarter page:
Neil Young Steps Into CEO Role At PonoMusic

Rick Cohen becomes Chief Operating Officer of innovative music ecosystem dedicated to “reconnecting your soul to music” by delivering music from the best available sources - including straight from the original studio masters.

In addition the company hires legendary recording engineer Bruce Botnick as Head of Content Acquisition.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 10, 2014 1 comments

YouTube just doubled down on their live music video investment by adding over 13,000 new titles to their Music Vault live music video showcase. Including performances from “Bill Graham Presents” and “King Biscuit Flower Hour” courtesy of a deal with Wolfgang’s Vault, there are so many great performances here I almost didn't know where to start. I only just came across this late last night but the selection appears to be broad, rich , and amazing. From single tracks to full concerts, from Muddy Waters to Miles to The Allman Brothers to St. Vincent, there's enough great footage here to ruin a week's worth of work time. Best of all, it's free.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 09, 2014 3 comments
LH Labs are at it again with another successful crowdfunding campaign, this one appearing to be destined to break the $1M mark. The Geek Wave is a dedicated portable high res music player, capable of handling up to 32/384 PCM and double rate DSD. The Wave "...comes with at least 64 GB of internal storage (128 GB available), and is expandable via an SDXC port, which supports up to 2 addtional terabytes." There's a line out to connect your Wave to your hi-fi and of course a headphone output to drive your favorite cans.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 08, 2014 11 comments
Streaming and vinyl sales are up, everything else is down. Surprised? I didn't think so. Overall, total music sales showed a small decrease of roughly 3% as compared to the same period last year.
"With On-Demand streams surpassing 70 billion songs in the first six months of 2014, streaming continues to be an increasingly significant portion of the music industry," says David Bakula, SVP Nielsen Entertainment. "Streaming's 42% year-over-year growth and Vinyl LP's 40% increase over last year's record-setting pace shows interest in buying and consuming music continues to be robust, with two very distinct segments of the industry expanding substantially."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 25, 2014 13 comments
Coming soon to a streamer near you from infamous Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is his new lossless streaming service Baboom that promises to connect artists and fans. If you ever needed a sign that streaming services could be a sketchy business, here's a big one. With two recent articles decrying the future of streaming services, one on Fox Business News The Future of Streaming Music Rests with Congress and The music industry is still screwed: Why Spotify, Amazon and iTunes can’t save musical artists from Salon, we have all kinds of people tolling streaming's potential death knell while companies like YouTube, Google, and Amazon double down in the streaming game. These are confusing times, indeed.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 24, 2014 6 comments
That's right, the blue meters and all from McIntosh's new 24/7 streaming service:
To continue our renowned heritage, we’re proud to offer the McIntosh Music stream, a 24/7 audio stream dedicated to bringing you the best music from across genres and spanning the decades - all in a classic McIntosh interface. Listen from your computer or download the app. Even buy a new must have song you hear.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 24, 2014 1 comments
Bluesound has upped its streaming real estate value with the addition of Spotify Connect:
Pickering, Ontario, June 24, 2014 — Bluesound, the first wireless digital multi-room system to fully support High Res Audio, is pleased to introduce Spotify Connect to its expanding collection of digital music services. With the upcoming software release, Bluesound owners all over the world can now enjoy Spotify’s new home audio experience with simple hassle-free music control and instant access to Spotify’s curated playlists, personalized radio, and vast catalogue of music in any room of the house. Spotify Connect can also be streamed to multiple Bluesound Players simultaneously in the home, making for an even richer multi-room audio experience.

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