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Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 08, 2012
An article titled, "24/192 Music Downloads...and why they make no sense", on xiph.org is getting a lot of attention on the audio forums because it claims that 16/44.1 provides better sound quality than 24-bit/192kHz. The author, Chris Montgomery, has also cleverly titled the associated file "neil-young.html" as a wink toward Mr. Young's recent calls for a move away from MP3s toward higher resolution formats. It's also worth noting that according to Mr. Montgomery's Wikipedia page, "Christopher “Monty” Montgomery is the creator of the Ogg Free Software container format and Vorbis audio codec and others" so one can perhaps see why he's taken what Neil Young said so personally.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 05, 2012
After my initial review of the Paradigm A2 powered desktop speakers ($279.99/ea. in Black Ash, $329.99/ea. premium finishes) Paradigm decided to re-think a few design aspects of this loud speaker. Chief among these re-design considerations was to make it, well, not such a loud speaker.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 29, 2012
Thanks to reader Mr. T for pointing us to an article on MacRumors which points to an article in The Guardian that suggests Apple is working on adaptive streaming technology to provide iCloud users with high definition music as long as they have the bandwidth and hardware to handle it.
A source with inside knowledge of the process says Apple has asked a London studio to prepare audio files for a new streaming format that will adapt to bandwidth or hardware capabilities.

"All of a sudden, all your audio from iTunes is in HD rather than AAC. Users wouldn't have to touch a thing – their library will improve in an instant," said the source, who requested to remain anonymous.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 27, 2012
We were inspired to launch the new site at the end of January when Neil Young came out with a bold statement. Neil wanted to hear and sell his songs as full size high resolution files, but didn't know how he could do that. The next day we were contacted by a writer from Wired.com magazine to provide source information for his article. The day after that came this article and several of our sites were highlighted.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 22, 2012
From an Olive Media press release:
Magnolia Showrooms to Feature Olive's Award-winning HD Music Server Line, Presenting Unique High Definition Content and Personal Listening Sessions.

San Francisco, CA, February 21, 2012. Olive Media is pleased to announce that its highly reviewed and award-winning HD Music Servers- the Olive O3HD, O4HD, and O6HD- are now available at participating Magnolia Design Center and Magnolia Audio Video locations in California, Washington, Texas, and Georgia, which are listed at http://www.OliveHD.com/Magnolia.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 16, 2012
Copyright infringement is serious business and it just got a kick in the enforcement. As spotted on Ars Technica:
The 70,000 daily visitors to popular music site RnBXclusive.com were met with a purposely terrifying message on Tuesday and part of Wednesday. The UK's Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) took the site down, arrested its operator, and threw up a splash page that warned downloaders of "up to 10 years imprisonment." Thought statutory damages of up to $150,000 per infringement in the US were ludicrous? SOCA warns that downloaders from the site could face an "unlimited fine under UK law."
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 14, 2012
This just in from an Antelope Audio Press Release:
Santa Monica, February 14, 2012 — Antelope Audio’s Zodiac D/A converters are now compatible with iPad, allowing music lovers to enjoy pristine audio of up to 384 kHz [OS X only], played and controlled from their iPad through the Zodiac DAC.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 08, 2012
Sir Paul McCartney has joined Adele, The Black Keys, and Tom Waits by blocking his new album Kisses On The Bottom from being played on any of the streaming services like MOG, last.fm or Rhapsody. The Black Keys have been the most vocal about the reason behind this decision—from an interview with VH1:
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 08, 2012
District Judge Richard J. Sullivan said not so fast to Capital Records by denying their request to shut down start-up and pre-owned digital music site/shop ReDigi.

As reported by Ars Technica, ReDigi's founder John Ossenmacher had this to say to Capital Records:

Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 01, 2012
Sharon Van Etten

While Neil Young rightfully rails against the poor sound quality of the MP3, I still feel MP3 and other lossy formats have a use. And the best use is free access to music. Ya know, discovery. The wonderful "First Listen" series on NPR is currently streaming (at 128 kbps) the complete yet-to-be-released record Tramp from Sharon Van Etten. For free. The entire record. The idea is if you like it, you'll buy a real copy (and no, I do not mean the crappy iTunes or Amazon lossy download version—remember, do not pay for crappy quality lossy music). I've pre-ordered the Deluxe Bundle (LP + CD + more) from Jagjaguwar (official release date 02/07/12). See, it worked.

You can listen to Sharon Van Etten's "Tramp" in its entirety too. For free. You just have to click and listen before the release date (after that, NPR removes the music).

Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 01, 2012
Thanks to reader Mr. T for pointing us to this more recent and more extensive interview with Neil Young on AllThingsD.com where he expands on his distaste for the MP3.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 26, 2012
Speaking up at the Sundance Film Festival, Neil Young spoke out against shitty sound quality. He told MTV news:
"I'm finding that I have a little bit of trouble with the quality of the sound of music today," Young said. "I don't like it. It just makes me angry. Not the quality of the music, but we're in the 21st century and we have the worst sound that we've ever had. It's worse than a 78. Where are our geniuses? What happened?"
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 25, 2012
The IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) recently released its “Digital Music Report 2012” that shows a very healthy and growing global digital music market.
Digital music revenues to record companies grew by 8 percent globally in 2011 to an estimated US$5.2 billion. This compares to growth of 5 per cent in 2010 and represents the first time the year-on-year growth rate has increased since IFPI started measuring digital revenues in 2004.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 24, 2012
According to AppleInsider, Apple is working on implementing the as yet to be finalized 802.11ac "Gigabit WiFi" standard (about three times as fast as 802.11n) in "new AirPort base stations, Time Capsule, Apple TV, notebooks and potentially its mobile devices" by the 2nd half of this year. Do you think this expanded bandwidth capability will finally usher in 24-bit file streaming over Apple AirPort networks? Did I hear someone say, gulp!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 22, 2012
On January 19, 2012 the U.S. Justice Department seized about $50 million is assets of file sharing services company Megaupload and shut down all of the websites under the Megaupload corporate umbrella. 18 domain names were seized including Megavideo, Megalive, Megapix, Megabox, and CUM.com (formerly Megaporn, Megarotic, and Sexuploader). Megaupload is accused of copyright infringement and conspiracy and more and the accused face up to 20 years in prison. The prime suspect in the case is one Kim Dotcom (born Kim Schmitz) who founded Megaupload and who appears to live a larger than life lifestyle.

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