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Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 06, 2018
I asked Bob Stuart, Creator of MQA, this very question when I reviewed MQA in May 2016. Here's Bob's answer:
"MQA manages no rights, extends or embodies no rights, has no tracing or user information (unlike UITS). There is no management system."
I spoke to Bob Stuart earlier today about this subject, something none of the people cooking up conspiracy theories seem inclined to do, and here's what he said:
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 11, 2018
Blake Morgan wrote:
"Webster’s English Dictionary defines the term 'golden goose' as a continuing source of wealth or profit that may be exhausted if it’s misused. Sadly, Spotify’s ongoing crisis of misuse begins and ends with the fact that they don’t know their only product is music. They think it’s themselves, which explains each and all of their stunning mistakes and missteps. They’d be well-served to ask any first-semester business student what the difference is between a 'brand' and a 'product.' But I don’t think they will, and I don’t think it’d help them at this point. I think their goose is cooked."
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 10, 2018
The Las Vegas Convention Center, where all of the big action happens, experienced a power outage starting at 11:14am PT today. The North and Central Halls, which house exhibits by Sony, LG, Samsung, and Intel were in the dark and word is power is only now being restored to the Central Hall.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 27, 2017
If you don't know about Milford Graves, you want to. We've talked about Milford before; his healing powers and his music but these things only skim the surface of very deep waters.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 26, 2017
If you've been waiting for the right time to dip your toe(s) into Tidal, now's the time.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 26, 2017
Warp is offering 50% off all digital formats of their entire catalog !!!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 26, 2017
According to The Belgian Radio-Television of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (RTBF), Qobuz, the French streaming and download service provider, will be offering their three-tier streaming service for residents of the US come 2018.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 22, 2017
The AudioStream gear-reviewer team teams up to share their favorite new music (and more) from 2017 (it was a very good year). Enjoy!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 14, 2017
Norway's Dagens Naeringsliv has reported Tidal only has enough cash left to run for 6 months. Crap! (if true)
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 30, 2017
Steve has made some changes to his system. Read all about here.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 29, 2017
From Ayre:
With heavy hearts, we regret to inform you that Charles Hansen, founder of Ayre Acoustics, has passed away on November 28th, 2017. Those who knew Charley knew that he was a passionate man who always stood up for what he believed to be right. His family knew him as a loving and dedicated father of his two children. With the passing of Charley, the world has lost one of the most creative and innovative minds in the audio industry and we have lost a good friend.

While we can never replace Charley, his spirit lives on in the team at Ayre. We are dedicated to continuing his mission of creating and manufacturing the best sounding audio equipment in the world. Most importantly, we will be there for our friends, partners, and customers who have supported us over the years. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at any time.

We wish you all the best over the holidays, and please play an album for Charley sometime.

 |  Nov 19, 2017
Why is this news? Two reasons—there's a ton of great music in their vaults, and ECM's focus on sound quality has kept them away from streaming. Until now.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 27, 2017
Why am I covering the release of the new McIntosh MHA50 Portable Decoding Amplifier? A few reasons; 1) McIntosh is one brand that sells itself because it has the best brand recognition in the industry (think blue glow), 2) Most people like to buy things that they find attractive (there's nothing wrong with that, even in hi-fi), and 3) We tend to ignore these 2 very important things.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 27, 2017
Imagine if everyone attending next week's Rocky Mountain Audio Fest was stoned? Mellow, happy pot-smoking people wandering from room to room enjoying the crap out of music then heading down to the bar for some munchies and laughs? If the exhibitors partook too, and why not, my guess is we wouldn't hear any audiophile music at all; instead we'd be treated to the music people actually love. A party!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 05, 2017
STUTTGART, Germany, Sept. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz and global music and entertainment platform, TIDAL, have announced a long-term partnership – in the next few months, Mercedes-Benz customers that have connected their car to the Mercedes me Portal will be able to access a complimentary TIDAL HiFi membership.
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Starting from 2018 all Mercedes me customers are provided with a free 12-month subscription in hi-fi streaming quality. After that complimentary trial, customers can continue to use the TIDAL subscription to access albums, live streams, and Tidal X concerts for €9.99 (premium quality) or €19.99 (hi-fi quality).

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