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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 13, 2016 10 comments
When looking for music downloads to purchase, I search the following sites:
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 07, 2016 13 comments
Computer Audio can be kinda kludgy, especially for people looking to play digital files on their hi-fi with the ease of playing music on their phone or slipping a disc into a player or slapping an LP onto a turntable. If you read about Computer Audio on the internet in search of a simple solution, you'll burrow deep into the heart of a complex and oftentimes angry beast. The truth of the matter is, you no longer have to.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 07, 2016 2 comments
Here's a list of download sites that carry new music in lossless quality for those who still like to purchase albums.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 07, 2016 0 comments
A guide to different file types by bitrate and bit depth/sample rate and their associated storage requirements.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 07, 2016 6 comments
Metadata. /ˈmetəˌdatə/
Noun:
A set of data that describes and gives information about other data.

For our interests, metadata is data about music, specifically about the music we own and play. Album Title, Artist, Album Artist, Composer, Track Title, Track Number, Year, Comments, Album Cover Art, and so on. Ideally when we rip or download, all of this data about our music's data comes along with it. But the odds are this is not always the case. Especially if you've ever moved your library or converted from a Mac to a PC or vice versa, and even more likely if you ever ripped albums as WAV files.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 07, 2016 14 comments
Network Attached Storage (NAS) allows you to store your digital music library in one place while providing access to it via an Ethernet or wireless connection from any number of network-attached devices. A NAS device is completely agnostic in terms of music-related technology—it will accept any file format at any resolution so you can consider a NAS device more or less future-proof.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 07, 2016 6 comments
Copying your CDs onto your storage device of choice is a relatively simple process. While you can use iTunes (make sure you have Error Correction checked under Preferences > Import Settings), we recommend the following ripping software because we do not find ripping to be much fun so we want to do it once and we want to do it right.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 07, 2016 0 comments
The music-loving world has decided they really like streaming. Revenue from streaming services, e.g. Spotify, Pandora, Google Play Music, Amazon Prime Music, have surpassed CD and download sales and the streaming numbers continue to rise. Since AudioStream is the place to come if you love music and care about sound quality, we recommend subscribing to lossless streaming services because they sound better.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 07, 2016 9 comments
If you're interested in listening to music at your desk and on your iPhone and you'd like it to sound really good, you've come to the right place.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 12, 2013 24 comments
Getting DSD to work on a PC with Foobar2000 requires the installation of three drivers—your DAC Manufacturer's custom driver, the ASIO output driver, and the SACD driver. The following guide is a generic step-by-step approach for installing all three drivers.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 27, 2013 6 comments
One argument I've heard on more than one occasion against buying lossless downloads like CD-quality FLAC or AIFF files is you can't fit as many onto your portable device as compared to the lossy version. So some people buy the lossy version (say it ain't so!) and make due with its less than optimum sound quality even when listening on the hi-fi at home. After all, who wants to make and store two separate copies of every single song, one lossy version for the iPhone and one lossless version for the hi-fi? Wouldn't it be great if iTunes took care of this automatically? Well, it does.
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Posted: Feb 01, 2012 Published: Jun 06, 2016 28 comments
The Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) was put together by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) to figure out how to best compress audio and video for transmission. Since our focus is on music, we’ll skip over video compression and just stick to a) what’s an MP3, b) why its OK to pay to stream MP3s and finally, c) why you should not pay good money to purchase tracks or albums in any of the MP3 formats.