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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 05, 2014 2 comments
image credit: Kobalt

A picture's worth a lot of words...From the press release:

Kobalt, the leading global music publishing and music services company for artists, songwriters, labels and publishers, will tomorrow announce a milestone in the growth of streaming revenues: its writers’ European earnings from Spotify have overtaken those from iTunes.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 04, 2014 13 comments
Sarah Barlow

While there's no press release or public statement to support this move, Taylor Swift's record label, Big Machine Music, has removed all of her music from the streaming service Spotify days after the release of her new album, 1989. Spotify has publicly responded on their site:

We love Taylor Swift, and our more than 40 million users love her even more – nearly 16 million of them have played her songs in the last 30 days, and she’s on over 19 million playlists.

We hope she’ll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone. We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy. That’s why we pay nearly 70% of our revenue back to the music community.

Steven Plaskin Posted: Nov 04, 2014 5 comments
The PowerCell 10 UEF is the latest version of Synergistic Research’s PowerCell AC line conditioner first introduced in 2008. This version of the PowerCell is Synergistic Research’s most ambitious undertaking in dealing with AC line noise. The Power Cell 10 UEF not only adds Synergistic Research’s new UEF technology, but also allows one to employ the FEQ Equalizer first introduced in 2013 with the High Frequency Transducer (HFT) / Frequency Equalizer (FEQ) products.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 03, 2014 2 comments
Streaming on PBS' Austin City Limits until 11/29/2014 is the full Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds concert which originally aired on 11/01/2014. Featuring hits old and new, from "From Her to Eternity" to "Jubilee Street" and a whole bunch of barn stormers in between, a love letter, and more, I'd say Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds still put on one helluva show.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 03, 2014 2 comments
From the press release:
Bluesound announced today TIDAL is now available on all Bluesound Players, giving users access to TIDAL's extensive music library in lossless 16-bit/44.1 kHz FLAC and ALAC format. Bluesound will be the first of TIDAL’s partners to fully integrate the service into its products, allowing owners to easily stream TIDAL’s library of over 25 million tracks to their HiFi music players through a home network, either via Wi-Fi or Ethernet, with simple control on any iOS or Android device. Bluesound users can sign up through the free Bluesound controller App available on all iOS and Android portable devices, or desktop version for PCs and Macs.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 31, 2014 5 comments
Deeply disturbing, grumbling growling gravitas. I've always found Scott Walker's solo music to be, well, kinda creepy. Frightening, even. For my money, this pairing with Sunn O))) is the perfect foil to Walker's demented crooning making Soused (4AD) one helluva heavy record.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 30, 2014 4 comments
Converto
Italy's Pathos Acoustics is known in part for their sumptuously designed hi-fi gear. While today's Converto is somewhat understated, there are enough aesthetic touches to keep it apart from the mainstream black box crowd. A two-tone aluminum chassis with an engraved top plate wrap itself around the business innards of a DAC and headphone amp with a fully balanced class A analog output stage.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 29, 2014 19 comments
Two new releases I've been very curious about are Ruins from Grouper and Venice (10th Anniversary Edition) from Fennesz and I just listened to both of them in CD-quality on Tidal. Ruins is also available on NPR's Fist Listen for free but that's in lossy quality and does not hold a candle to the lossless version. Yes there's a clear and distinct difference in the sound of these two streams, one sounding muffled and imprecise while the other sounds more like what it is, mainly voice and piano. While I'm still a fan of NPR's First Listen, I'm a bigger fan of better quality and Tidal delivers.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 28, 2014 10 comments
From the press release:
Oslo, Norway – October 28, 2014 – TIDAL, the first high fidelity lossless music streaming service with HD music videos and curated editorial, today announced the launch and availability of its service in the U.S. and UK. The ideal service for those who care about quality, TIDAL welcomes music lovers to enjoy its extensive library of 25 million-plus tracks, 75,000 music videos, and curated editorial articles, features and interviews written by experts. Ad free and available now for a monthly subscription of $19.99/£19.99, visit www.tidalhifi.com or download the app from iTunes App Store or the Google Play Store.
I care about quality!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 27, 2014 11 comments
The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple's iTunes music sales are down nearly 14% year over year, echoing download sales in general that showed mid-year digital album sales down nearly 12% year over year (see report). Meanwhile streaming is up, up, up. Perhaps Apple's Beats acquisition is looking like a good deal after all. The Journal also reports that Beats will be integrated into iTunes sometime next year. Let's keep in mind that Apple has 800 million plus iTunes account holders so they have quite the captive audience when they roll out their streaming service.

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