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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 16, 2014 7 comments
As reported by re/code, during the company’s earnings call last week, Warner's CEO Stephen Cooper said:
As we have said before, streaming – and particularly the subscription model – more fully captures the true demand for music. In the streaming universe, consumption drives the economics — so the more that people listen to music, the better it is for our artists and our business.
Cooper continued with a nod to Taylor Swift:
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 15, 2014 11 comments
from The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover

Let's start with a similar question—How important is the taste of the food you eat or the wine you drink? Do you find you enjoy a meal more when you enjoy its taste? Do you linger over your bites longer, perhaps eat a little more than you would have if you liked it less? Or is food merely sustenance and wine a means to an end regardless of taste?

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 12, 2014 5 comments
Fascinating rhythms, polyrhythmic delights. New York-based Eric Douglas Porter aka Afrikan Sciences knows his way around beats and on Circuitous his first record for the Pan label, his sonic explorations go pretty far out. The label's press release for Circuitous mentions Afrofuturism, science fiction, transcendental free jazz, future hip hop, and Sun Ra which is pretty far-reaching but not far-fetched.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 11, 2014 30 comments
From the press release:
Developed by Meridian, MQA is a breakthrough technology to reverse the trend, in which sound quality has been continually sacrificed for convenience. Vital elements of our music have been thrown away to fit thousands of songs into a pocket or millions in a cloud. With MQA there is no sacrifice; it brings us right back to the enthralling sound of live music. MQA captures and preserves nuances and vital information that current music files obscure or discard, but in a file that is small and convenient to download or stream.
MQA stands for Master Quality Authenticated and is Meridian's answer to delivering high resolution quality in a lossless compressed proprietary format that squeezes down even 24/192 files to roughly the size of CD-quality files. But that's not all.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 09, 2014 28 comments
In an interview with The Guardian, Sir Paul McCartney expresses his dismay over crappy sound reproduction, "A lot of kids listen to music on their smartphones through these tiny little speakers. I’m pulling my hair out thinking, 'Argh, I spent hours making that high-fidelity sound! Get a decent set of headphones! Please!'"
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 05, 2014 6 comments
Part of me dislikes re-buying records mainly because there's so much new music I'm interested in that I can't afford to buy. So the re-purchase, the reissue, gets in the way of music discovery to some extent and that is a trade-off I'm only willing to make on some occasions.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 04, 2014 0 comments
The Aria Music Server from Digibit is a purpose-built computer running Windows Home Server 11 stored on a 30GB SSD card (next year, the Aria will switch over to Linux) and its sole purpose is to rip, store, access and play music. Under the hood, we have Intel Atom N2600 (1M Cache, 1.6 GHz) dual core processor and 30GB of Kingston RAM. The standard version, under review, comes with 2TB of HDD storage in a RAID 0 array, a commercial grade Teac DVD/R ripper, and linear power supply. You can also opt for 4TB of storage or 2TB of SSD storage. There's also an optional internal DAC (Burr Brown 1795). The 6mm thick precision machined aluminum chassis was designed by Ochoa & Diaz-Llanos, a Spanish industrial design studio, and the Aria certainly looks the part of high end music server.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 03, 2014 6 comments
My Patti Smith Artist Signature Series Pono Player! I literally just unpacked it, fresh off the UPS truck and took a few glamor shots before charging her up.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 02, 2014 8 comments
Spotify released its global 2013 consolidated financial results last week which showed revenues rising 73.6% to €746.9m ($931.7m), while its operating loss grew 16.4% to €93.1m ($116.1m). Spotify closed the year with 36m active users worldwide, with more than 8m paying subscribers. From Spotify's letter to its shareholders, "We believe that music has mass market appeal – and as such, we believe we are just at the beginning of a much larger market opportunity. We believe our model supports profitability at scale."
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Jon Iverson Posted: Dec 01, 2014 133 comments
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