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Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 18, 2013
A day after posting, "Now we need more content providers to step up to the plate giving us access to a wider selection of DSD downloads. I'd say it's only a matter of time.", this message greeted me in my Inbox:
We would like to welcome Fidelio Recordings to DSDFile.

First release is the classical master piece From The New World.

Michael Lavorgna  |  May 31, 2012
I recently received an email from Brett Rudd, the man behind the Find HD Music search engine and thought it well worth sharing. Here's the important part:
I was reading with interest your article about 'Geographic Restrictions' on music downloads. I thought you and your readers might be interested in a feature on the FindHDMusic (www.findhdmusic.com) search engine that tries to partially address the problem.

While it doesn't overcome the geographic restrictions, the FindHDMusic site will indicate if the album can be purchased from your country and hopefully this will help eliminate the frustration of searching for an album and then going though the purchasing process only to be told that you can't buy the album.

Excellent, no?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 03, 2017
From the Flac It! "About Us" page:
"Flacit was founded in 2014 by Nelson Pass, Ph.D., an award-winning audio engineer and music producer, as an alternative to iTunes and other web sites that provide lots of tracks but at low fidelity. Even sites that feature so-called 'HD Downloads' are only providing the quality of the original older master, which is often an analog or standard definition digital recording."
Thanks to reader "tulysses", we have this response from (the real) Nelson Pass:
My attorney advises me to make a public announcement somewhere, and this looks like a perfectly good place.

Apparently there is a website called flacit offering music downloads and they have attached my name to it.

I am going on record that I am not associated with any such activity.

Sticking with old adages, If it looks like a duck, ...
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 09, 2020
The Audio Show crazy train is shovelling coal into its boiler in anticipation of a packed schedule of whistle stops for 2020 – first up is the Florida Audio Expo.
Grover Neville  |  Nov 23, 2019
I’ve just recently moved to the West Coast, so when Focal reached out and informed Rafe and myself of a new store opening in Phoenix Arizona, it was a serendipitous coincidence of interest too good to pass up. I had a friend once who when asked if she believed in coincidences replied ‘well of course, somebody has to plan them!’
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 02, 2012
If we put all of the pieces of this unfolding Pono puzzle together—24/192 source files, portable proprietary Pono players, and from the mypono.com site's About page (although this text has since been deleted), "Large home systems and other configurations of Pono are currently being presented by Meridian Audio, among others to be announced"—what does it add up to? My guess after speaking to a number of people about this including Jon Iverson is that Meridian is most likely providing some variation of their MLP (Meridian Lossless Packing) technology so that Pono's HD downloads don't take longer than anxious downloaders can wait.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 08, 2011
OK here's a more realistic music-sized piece of storage from G-Technology by Hitachi.
At CES, we will launch the new G-RAID with Thunderbolt. At 8TB it is the highest capacity, two-drive, RAID 0 external storage device in the world and has the fastest interface you can find with data transfer rates up to 10 Gbps. This drive has set a new standard for storage speed, backed by Intel and already named a 2012 CES Innovations Award Honoree. Thunderbolt is going to be everyone soon and G-Technology by Hitachi is leading the charge.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 12, 2012
"Triode", a very dedicated and generous SBT user and developer, has made his 3rd party app Enhanced Digital Output available for free. Here are the pertinent details:
The app should add support of the following to your Squeezebox Touch:

- External USB dacs using either USB audio class 1 or 2 protocols [USB 1 dacs normally state they support up to 96k sample rates, USB 2 dacs normally state up to 192k]
- Support of 176 and 192k playback via the standard digital output

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 23, 2014
What's the bad news? As I see it, the bad news about the fact that Mogwai's new album Rave Tapes is available as a 24/96 download from HDtracks (get it here) is the fact that Mogwai and Sub Pop don't tell anyone about it on their respective websites. What better way to promote the availability of higher quality versions of your music than to promote the higher quality versions of your music?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 10, 2015
Thanks to reader Stephen D. for the heads up on this oh-so-interesting news:
Introducing Hi-Res audio support
Close your eyes and imagine the musician is playing in the room. Today we’re rolling out high-resolution audio support, which gives you even higher quality music playback using Chromecast Audio. With support of up to 96KHz/24bit lossless audio playback, you can enjoy higher-than-CD-quality audio on your existing high fidelity audio equipment.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 29, 2012
Google's Nexus Q. It's a small world after all.

What exactly is Google's new Nexus Q? According to Google its the "world's first social media player". But what exactly does it do?

The short answer is the Q lets you stream music or movies from the cloud using the Google Play Music app on your Android phone or tablet (running Android 2.3/Gingerbread or higher with access to Google Play). The longer answer is the music and movies have to be streamed from Google Play (Google's Cloud/locker service which restricts your music files to 320kbps MP3s) or YouTube and you have to have an Android phone or tablet to set up and operate the Q since it doesn't offer a remote or on-board controls besides volume.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 29, 2015
image credits: Google

Cheap and easy2 (easy to get and easy to use). Google's new Chromecast Audio disc-shaped streamer ($35) connects to your WiFi network (802.11ac 2.4GHz/5Ghz) which allows you to remote control it from your iOS or Android device, Chromebook, Mac, or Windows laptop, while offering a 3.5mm analog out and optical digital out to connect to your DAC of choice. Google has teamed up with Spotify and Deezer so you can stream their streams through your un-smart hi-fi along with content from Google Play Music.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 11, 2015
From the company that changed the definition of thermostat, Nest appears to be getting into the home audio business. You have to wonder what they'll come up with. Nest founder and CEO, Tony Fadell, also called the “father of the iPod” for his involvement in the early development of that game changing device, most certainly has his eye on the "connected hi-fi" market where Sonos currently sits, atop.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 09, 2011
Thanks to John Atkinson for giving me the heads up on this newsworthy item from eRacks:
eRacks introduces the first 150TB storage server, bringing affordable petabyte-class storage to a space-hungry market.

Orange, CA, Dec 22, 2010. eRacks Open Source Systems is at the forefront of computer server vendors utilizing the new 2.5TB and 3TB hot-swappable hard drives manufactured by Western Digital. The eRacks/NAS50 server makes petabyte-level data storage within two rack cabinets a reality. Four 9U-height eRacks/NAS50 systems can be housed in a single 42U Cabinet, containing a total of 200 drives or 600 terabytes of data. eRacks manufactures its own line of rackmount servers and desktops configured with Open Source operating systems, such as Linux or OpenBSD.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 11, 2013
After reading Getting Started With Computer Audio Part 3: Music, a very kind reader pointed me to the Grammy.com website and their presentation and related video feature Lost In Translation: An Exploration of Lossy vs. Lossless Audio Formats. Presented by Grammy-award winning engineer Andrew Scheps, this is actually a two-part presentation wherein Part 2 lets people listen to different music delivery formats.

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