Consuming Music

Content related to how the average consumer finds, hears and consumes music.

Thoughts on Sound Quality in the Digital Age

Here's an interesting exercise to try out if you get the chance. Take a listen to an album recorded back during the heyday of vinyl on it's original vinyl and then more recent remastered releases... or even early CD releases and newer remastered versions. I did this recently with a few albums, including a recently release of a Led Zeppelin classic (check for a comparison on that in the future), and the results are pretty interesting to my ear. I'm no audiophile, but I have started to notice a distinct difference between my mp3s and the original CD recordings.

Exclusive Radiohead TV Broadcast to Start the New Year

Well, 2008 already looks to be an exciting year and at the rate the music industry is changing, it looks to be more exciting than even our first indications. Leading the pack with more exciting news once again is Radiohead. This time the band is going to be broadcasting an exclusive New Year's performance of tracks from their latest release, both online and on television, through www.current.com.

Here's the broadcast times for television:
December 31, 2007:
9 p.m. PST / 12 a.m. EST
10 p.m. PST / 1 a.m. EST
January 1, 2008:
5 a.m. PST / 8 a.m. EST

Thoughts on YouTube and the Music Industry

Since it's debut and popularity explosion, there's been some controversy over YouTube. Much of the debate stems from more copyright infringement issues and problems with people uploading material from ripped DVDs (copyrighted) etc. To be honest, I never really was into YouTube when it first debuted, maybe because I had no desire to watch "regular" people's videos. When I discovered it's wealth of concert footage though, I was hooked, as I'm sure you can tell by how many great concert clips I've shared on the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll.

Thoughts on Recent EMI Music Industry News: Emi No Longer Backing RIAA

As you may have heard, recent reports indicate that music conglomerate EMI is pulling back its funding for the somewhat controversial RIAA and similar organizations. This is old news of course, being reported way back on November 29th, but perhaps you missed it if you only glance through the media's often uninteresting music related news like I do. I did catch it when first reported, but I've been trying to let my opinions settle as to what these actions actually mean.

5 Possible Holiday Presents for Any Rock and Roll Enthusiast

Now that the Thanksgiving holiday has passed and December rapidly approaches, it's time to start shopping for holiday gifts. I do almost all of my shopping online every year and today is the infamous "Internet Monday", the Internet's equivalent of Black Friday when everyone goes shopping for holiday gifts, and so I thought I might you help along your gift search with some great products that are on my list of products to check out.

Missing the Point? Thoughts on Radiohead Album Downloads Being Called a Failure

There's another bit of news in the past few days (maybe weeks) from the band that has stirred up everything in the music industry: Radiohead. After being heralded for their innovative technique of getting their music into the hands of the listeners... by letting people choose the price of the download... some sources are now reporting that the venture was a failure because an estimated 62% of people who downloaded the album chose to pay nothing for it. The band however states that those figures are inaccurate and furthermore don't reflect the true success of the project in the first place.

Led Zeppelin Catalog Going Digital

As I'm sure you know by now, I'm a avid, and perhaps rabid, Led Zeppelin fan and so of course I had to comment on the fact that the band recently announced that on November 13, 2007 their entire catalog will be available in digital format. This officially makes November 2007 the month of Zeppelin, what with reunion concerts, new DVD and album releases and this news all coinciding well in a sort of well orchestrated multi pronged marketing attack.

Thoughts on the New Radiohead Album to be Released Online

Perhaps you heard the news the other day, just about every music news outlet I saw had the story. After months and months of hearing that the latest release from Radiohead would not be out till early next year, this extremely progressive band has once again defied everyone's expectations.

Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar, MUSEA and the Artists Against Corporate Art

Sometimes I think about how many artists are going by the wayside because they cannot get support for their music. I'm sure there must be thousands if not millions out there who have real talent, just were/are not "radio friendly". This is unfortunately one of the failures of the capitalist music industry; artists that are already playing the sounds of what is popular are what is promoted because companies are in it to make money and sell music, not promote good music.

Lennon Solo Catalog Goes Digital, Harrison on the Way?

If you've been following music news in the past week or so then you've seen the announcements of how John Lennon's solo catalog available digitally, and according to some sources, George Harrison's will be by the end of 2007.

Both of these things are definitely exciting.

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