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Vinyl Makes a Comeback

I used to be the owner of about 2,000 vinyl, long playing (LP) albums. Also known as records. As the 5″ optical disc (CD) grew in popularity, my CD collection followed suit and I began to pass along my albums to friends or sell them at garage sales. Slowly my music collection went from 12″ discs to […]

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Spotify + Sonos = Music Bliss

I’ve been using Spotify Premium for a few months now and am finding it to be a very good experience. For those not familiar, Spotify is a music streaming service with 13+ million songs (according to their web site) in its database. It was founded in Sweden and headquartered in the United Kingdom. Streaming music […]

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Sonos: Rockin’ Good Time

I have written about Sonos in this space from time to time. Sonos is a wireless music system that can connect with the digital files on your computer and broadcasts them wherever you want in your home. You can play different tracks in different locations and effortlessly shift from your collection to Internet radio. The […]

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Sonos Controller 200 (SR200) – Product Review

I’m a huge fan of Sonos. It’s a great way to enjoy the music that resides on your computer throughout your house, even on the patio. I discovered Sonos nearly four years ago when I was building my home and looking for a whole house music system. I am delighted with my selection. Sonos recently […]

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The Soundtrack Stands Alone

Film composers are required to be extremely thoughtful and versatile artists. Strictly speaking films are two dimensional; vision + sound. The director has a lot of tools in the tool box when it comes to visuals; light, color, movement, pacing, costume, editing, etc. Sound has a much more limited palette; voice, sound effects and music. […]

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One Fine Album – Latest David Byrne Brian Eno Collaboration

I don’t often write directly about music in this space. I love it almost as much as the cinema, but you can’t write about everything intelligently, so I leave it to others. However, there are always exceptions, and this one hones in on the latest release from Brian Eno and David Byrne called Everything That […]

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Pandora on iPhone 2.0 Applications

Like millions of others, I was browsing the iPhone 2.0 applications on iTunes last Friday. I got my iPhone on June 30th, 2007, the first day it was available. I have been giddy over it ever since, but am comfortably encased in my talk and data plan, and don’t see enough of a benefit to […]

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Is Radio Dead? WXRT Says No

In an earlier post I wrote about my bliss over having discovered Pandora, an online radio station service. A big attraction is not having to listen to annoying commercials and even more annoying DJ’s. The goal of today’s digital music formats is to eliminate the business of music and get right to the music itself. […]

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NASA Beams The Beatles into Deep Space

From the “wow that was cool department,” NASA transmitted The Beatles song Across the Universe into deep space earlier this month. It was aimed at the North Star, Polaris–located over 430 light years from Earth–and will travel at 186,000 miles per second through the cosmos. It was transmitted on February 4th commemorating the 40th anniversary […]

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Jazz Great Herbie Hancock Gets Grammy

There is no question the music world was rocked by Herbie Hancock taking Album of the Year at this past Sunday’s 50th Grammy awards ceremony. His album River: The Joni Letters, is a unique interpretation of Joni Mitchell classics. Jazz has typically been overlooked when it comes to the major categories like song or album […]

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TMBG – They Might Be Geniuses

As a parent of a 3 year old I am in constant need of having a wide array of exciting media experiences on hand to entertain him. The trick is to find things that will captivate him, be educational, can hold up over time, and perhaps most important, not drive his parents crazy. If it […]

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Pandora – Radio From Music’s DNA

For the last four months or so I have been exploring the Pandora music service from my computer (via the Internet) as well as my Sonos music system. Pandora uses the phenomenal work done by the Music Genome Project to serve up individual songs in a radio station format. In case you are unfamiliar, the […]

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Sonos Solves Leopard Issues and Delivers a Great Customer Experience

I’m a huge fan of the Sonos music system. As posted a few weeks ago I was unable to get it to work with Mac OS Leopard. In that post I called for Sonos to develop a new version of their desktop controller software that would be compatible with Leopard. They actually did that in […]

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Sonos Needs to Code for Leopard NOW!

About a year and a half ago I purchased the Sonos music system directly from them online. It has been a great experience, up until now. Sonos is a system that can access your iTunes music library on your computer and broadcast it to small receivers located throughout your house. Those boxes can then be […]

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Radiohead, The Eagles and the Future of Music Distribution

The music group Radiohead broke from their record label and placed their latest album, In Rainbows, for sale online without a suggested retail price. The choice on how much to pay was left up to the consumer. There has been lots of talk about the potential success of this strategy, and questions about how many […]

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The Collapse of Time

A friend told me about a web site called wolfgangsvault.com. It’s an incredible place where you can explore the roots of rock music as envisioned by the crusading promoter Bill Graham. He loved music and music loved him. Over the decades he recorded and preserved hundreds of classic rock live performances. The site has done […]

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