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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 10, 2015 41 comments
International Business Times reports Tidal HiFi, the company's CD-quality streaming service, is a hit. Nearly half of Tidal's new subscribers since their much maligned press event in March have opted for Tidal HiFi instead of the lower quality Premium 320kbps service. Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay!!
“It seems like sound is back on the map,” said Pål Bråtelund, a strategic partnerships manager at Tidal. “It doesn't make sense to live forever with sound quality that was created for a dial-up modem.”
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 22, 2015 17 comments
I was holding up on talking about this story until it seemed like a real story. Well it does. Here's the crux of it; Apple charges a 30% fee to streaming services for every iOS customer that signs up for their service through the Apple App Store. So services like Spotify, Tidal, and Rdio bump up their regular $9.99/mo pricing to $12.99/mo in the App Store so they don't take the 30% Apple hit. Which makes Apple Music's $9.99/mo competitive streaming service a comparative deal. To add insult to injury these same streaming services cannot point out on the Apple App Store that you can get their service for $9.99/mo if you just buy direct. Nor can they include a link to their respective websites, offer a free promo (Apple Music does), or a family plan (Apple Music does) according to Apple's App Store guidelines. Is this fair?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 16, 2015 9 comments
As music consumers move from ownership to access on a global scale, the music industry and its technology partners the streaming services haven't figured out how to run the business they're running. Who pays the price for their incompetence? The people without whom this business would not exist—musicians and songwriters. Thankfully Rethink Music has taken on the task of unraveling this unholy mess.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 16, 2015 13 comments
Mr. Young let me introduce you to Tidal, Qobuz, and Deezer Elite. They have what you want.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 23, 2015 57 comments
With but one open letter, Taylor Swift puts an end to Apple's plan of not paying royalties during the free 3-month trial period of their soon to be released Apple Music streaming service. Here's Swift:
"I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.


"But I say to Apple with all due respect, it’s not too late to change this policy and change the minds of those in the music industry who will be deeply and gravely affected by this. We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation."

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 08, 2015 36 comments
Of course we care about sound quality at AudioStream so it's kinda pointless for me to dig into the Apple Music service because you can get better sound quality from Tidal Hi-Fi, Qobuz, Deezer, and others including hi-res streaming from Naxos/OraStream. But seeing as I lasted the 3 hours+ of the Apple Show, I'll say some more.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 04, 2015 13 comments
According to The Verge, Apple is pressuring the major record labels to pull their music from Spotify's free tier. "The Verge has learned that Apple has been pushing major music labels to force streaming services like Spotify to abandon their free tiers, which will dramatically reduce the competition for Apple’s upcoming offering." And Spotify is allegedly not Apple's only target.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 20, 2015 51 comments
One of the main reactions we've seen regarding Tidal's new ownership is based on the new owner's level of wealth. "We’ve got uber-rich artists complaining they’re just not making enough." says Bob Leftsez in his Newsletter from April 9th. Does this criticism make sense?
Posted: Mar 30, 2015 10 comments
Go to Tidal now! to watch their live broadcast on the future of TIDAL.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 18, 2015 2 comments
According to mastering engineer and producer Ian Sheppard the answer is yes. From his article YouTube just put the final nail in the Loudness War’s coffin:
"It means that YouTube have been using loudness normalisation on their music videos – and they’ve been doing it since December last year. Everything plays at a similar loudness, regardless of how it was mastered. And no-one has noticed."
So what?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 16, 2015 2 comments
We've been following the ups and downs of Jay Z's bid for TIDAL since it was first announced back in January. To refresh, the buyout bid was for 464 million kronor ($56m) and in March a few of Aspirio's shareholders, TIDAL's parent company, balked. Now, the Swedish publishing company E24 is reporting that those dissenting shareholders have rethought their position and have accepted Jay Z's bid. Congratulations, everyone.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 11, 2015 8 comments
image credit: Bandcamp

Bandcamp, which was founded in 2008 by Ethan Diamond and Shawn Grunberger, reported it has paid out $100 million to artists selling music on the Bandcamp site.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 04, 2015 1 comments has reported that Jay Z's 464 million kronor bid ($56m) for Tidal has been rebuffed by over 10 percent of the minority owners of Wimp's parent company Aspiro.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 30, 2015 7 comments
According to Endgaget, "'Project Panther,' a company indirectly owned by Jay Z's S. Carter Enterprises, has made a bid for Aspiro, a company that runs Tidal" for 464 million Swedish crowns ($56 million) in cash. From The Verge, "Norwegian media company Schibsted, which owns a majority share in Aspiro, accepted the bid this Friday while Aspiro's board has 'unanimously recommended' that the shareholders accept the offer."
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 22, 2015 1 comments
From the Press Release:
Tokyo, Jan 22, 2015 - (JCN Newswire) - Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ), KORG Inc. (KORG), Saidera Paradiso Ltd. (Saidera Paradiso) and Sony Corporation (Sony) today announced that they will conduct open technological experiment of live-streaming using the high-resolution digital audio format "Direct Streaming Digital (DSDTM) 5.6MHz". The four companies have partnered with the "Spring Festival in Tokyo"-one of Japan's premier music festivals-and the Berliner Philharmoniker...


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