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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: 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: Feb 24, 2014 1 comments
I know we've talked about NPR's First Listen before but the current selection strikes me as being particularly fertile.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 23, 2013 3 comments
If you like NPR's First Listen and other music-related programming, you'll love the app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Reader Deckeda recently mentioned the NPR Music App in one of his comments and now's as good a time as any to check it out. The newest featured release is Oneohtrix Point Never's R Plus Seven and its a doozy.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 12, 2013 3 comments
The NY Times recently got into the streaming music game offering up a new album each week in its entirety for free. These streaming releases are exclusive, or so they say, so Press Play is worth checking out, regularly.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 21, 2012 1 comments
In an article for Pitchfork, musician and songwriter Damon Krukowski of Galaxie 500 and Damon & Naomi talks about the business model behind streaming services including Pandora and Spotify. And its not a pretty picture.
To put this into perspective: Since we own our own recordings, by my calculation it would take songwriting royalties for roughly 312,000 plays on Pandora to earn us the profit of one-- one-- LP sale. (On Spotify, one LP is equivalent to 47,680 plays.)
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 08, 2012 11 comments
It’s an app, its an album, its a playlist, its music, and its free (until December 2012). If you own an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad (requires iOS 4.2 or later) run don't walk to the iTunes Store and download the free OraStream DLP app. Once you do you'll be streaming from a very cool selection of tunes courtesy of Concord Music Group from artists including Miles Davis, Derrick Morgan, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, The Smokin' Joe Kubek Band Featuring Bnois King, Bill Evans and more. Better yet, you'll be streaming in near-CD-quality (I'm streaming at 510 kbps right now ymmv).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 15, 2011 4 comments
Singapore, 10th November 2011 – MP4SLS, a Singapore-based company dedicated to reshaping the delivery of digital audio entertainment, today announced the launch of a new digital audio format that allows listeners to experience high-resolution streaming audio via smartphones and tablets, without concern for delays due to buffering and other anomalies associated with limited bandwidth.

ORASTREAM is a network adaptive streaming audio platform that provides real-time high quality audio to end users. It is based on the MPEG-4 Scalable to Lossless System (SLS) audio codec. By utilizing fine granular scalable audio in SLS and bandwidth estimation algorithms, ORASTREAM provides end users with the opportunity to consume high quality audio in real time over the Internet and mobile networks. ORASTREAM comprises two components: an adaptive streaming server and adaptive streaming client player.

I am consuming some streaming Sinatra at 24 bit/96 kHz (@ >2000 kbps according to the OraStream player) right now and he/it sounds great. Streaming music at 24/96 to the desktop over HTTP. Pinch me.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 01, 2011 3 comments
Thaddeus Cahill was born in 1867 in Oberlin, Ohio and by the age of 14 he’d built his first telephone receiver to play with and read Helmholtz’s On the Sensation of Tone, which set his fertile imagination on fire. He became an attorney and moved to Washington, D.C. where in 1895 he filed for a patent on his “musical machine” the Telharmonium – a “perfect instrument” whose electronic music would be distributed on the existing cable network (via leased phone lines).

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