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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 18, 2014 12 comments
According to the Wall Street Journal, Sony is re-thinking "its support for free, advertiser-supported online music after U.S. pop star Taylor Swift pulled her music from Spotify, the popular digital streaming service."

Here's Kevin Kelleher, chief financial officer of Sony Music, from a Sony briefing for analysts and investors on Tuesday:

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 18, 2014 18 comments
photo credit: Taylor Swift/Rolling Stone

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek came out last week claiming the Spotify service was on track to pay Swift $6M over the next 12 months in fees. In response, Swift's label boss, Scott Borchetta claimed that actual US sales figures were just under $500k. So whose numbers are right?

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 17, 2014 30 comments
As an official Pono Kickstarter backer, I'm [im]patiently awaiting my Patti Smith Artist Signature Series Pono Player which was promised for an October delivery. Well, it's no longer October and I am still Pono-less.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 14, 2014 0 comments
Madrigals. Ethereal and otherworldly. Natalie Mering has cleaned up her sound for The Innocents (Mexican Summer) her second full length album as Weyes Blood. Gone are the woozy layers of electronics and haze of The Outside Room and in their stead stands her lovely voice, loud and clear.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Nov 13, 2014 104 comments
Register to win a pair of Vanatoo Transparent One Speakers (MSRP $499.00) we are giving away.

According to the company:

"The Vanatoo Transparent One powered speakers set a new price/performance benchmark in the audiophile world. They produce unexpectedly great sound quality (honest, tight bass down to 48Hz!) from small bookshelf speakers that give you a lot of flexibility in how you use them. They are equally at home as a desktop audio system, a music streaming solution for a room where you want music but not stacks of equipment, or as a compact system you take with you on your weekend getaways."

[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 13, 2014 9 comments
Korg
Korg views their DS-DAC-100 and AudioGate 3 software as a single product, a team that delivers up to double rate DSD natively as well as PCM resolutions to 24/192. You can elect to have the Audiogate software upsample everything you play through it or leave it set for bit perfect playback. The DS-DAC-100 also doubles as a headphone amp with its front-mounted 3/4" jack and associated volume control and I find it's Cheshire Cat smile shape to be a nice change from the ordinary.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 11, 2014 18 comments
Daniel Ek, Spotify's Co-Founder and CEO, responded to Taylor Swift today on Spotify's blog in a post titled "$2 Billion and Counting". $2 billion is, according to Ek, how much Spotify has paid out to "labels, publishers and collecting societies for distribution to songwriters and recording artists. A billion dollars from the time we started Spotify in 2008 to last year and another billion dollars since then." That's not chump change.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 10, 2014 26 comments
photo credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson
Here's Taylor Swift from an interview in Yahoo Music! on streaming:
"But all I can say is that music is changing so quickly, and the landscape of the music industry itself is changing so quickly, that everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment. And I'm not willing to contribute my life's work to an experiment that I don't feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music. And I just don't agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free." ~ Taylor Swift
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 07, 2014 2 comments
Everything Liz Harris touches makes me listen. Whether its her solo work as Grouper or her collaborations with people like The Bug, I'm typically entranced. Her latest, Ruins (Kranky) is no exception although it is a departure from her typical sound in that its mainly Liz Harris and piano. No electronics, minimal overdubs, just some slow simple brooding melodies with the occasional background sound. Ruins is simply a beautiful record.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 06, 2014 12 comments
DSD512? PCM768?
The battery-powered iFi Micro iDSD DAC/Heapdhone amp is chock full of functionality. With the ability to play back up to DSD512 as well as PCM files with sample rates to 768kHz and double rate DXD through its dual-core Burr Brown DACs, I'd say the little micro is fairly future proof. Throw in a 8V @ 4000mW output for the headphone jack, and you've got yourself one fulsome package. But that's not all.

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