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Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 02, 2017
...all day this Friday, February 3rd (starting at 12:01am Pacific Time), for any purchase you make on Bandcamp, we will be donating 100% of our share of the proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union, who are working tirelessly to combat these discriminatory and unconstitutional actions.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 02, 2017
1.3 is big. With it comes a number (as in a lot) of new features, greater hardware compatibility, and improved performance. I'm now running 1.3 and the only hitch in my giddy-up was I had to restart my NAS in order for 1.3 to see my music files. Yes, that caused a brief moment of panic especially when Roon rebooted itself as part of the update and the first screen I saw said, "This album has been deleted." It hadn't been. Whew!

From Roon:

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 31, 2017
Just when you thought it wasn't safe to go back into the news, Bandcamp comes to the rescue:
And now some genuinely great news in an otherwise unremarkable week: every aspect of Bandcamp’s business was up in 2016. Digital album sales grew 20%, tracks 23%, and merch 34%. Growth in physical sales was led by vinyl, which was up 48%, and further boosted by CDs (up 14%) and cassettes (up 58%). Every single one of these numbers represents an acceleration over last year’s growth. Hundreds of thousands of artists joined Bandcamp in 2016, more than 2,000 independent labels came on board (like Dischord, Merge, and Dualtone), and the rate of fan signups tripled. Fans have now paid artists nearly $200 million using Bandcamp, and they buy a record every three seconds, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
I love Bandcamp (you should too).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 23, 2017
I bet you didn't see that coming, or maybe you did. Certainly the swell of Tidal doubters and their death knells were, shall we say, premature.
NEW YORK and OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Jan. 23, 2017 – Global music and entertainment platform TIDAL and Sprint (NYSE: S) announced today an unprecedented partnership that will soon give Sprint’s 45 million retail customers unlimited access to exclusive artist content not available anywhere else.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 05, 2017
Tidal HiFi account owners can upgrade their account (for free) with the tick of that new "HiFi / Master" option in Tidal's settings menu and stream from "more than 30,000" MQA encoded tracks. Right now.
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, ...
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 27, 2016
One week from tomorrow I board a cozy people mover en-route to Las Vegas, Nevada and the hi-end orgy that is CES. The BIG question on every show goer's mind this year—Is less really more?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 13, 2016
Neil Young and Pono are back in the news after a long hiatus of newsworthiness. Rolling Stone reports, "He's [Young] working with a Singaporean company on a method to 'maintain our quality level when we go to streaming.'" My best guess is that Singaporean company is none other than OraStream (who else would it be?), the company behind the Naxos high-res classical service.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 28, 2016

Alan Turing created his computer music making machine at the Computing Machine Laboratory in Manchester, England. In 1951, a group of BBC broadcasters arrived to hear a music recital of computer-generated music generated by Turing's music machine. A recording of this event was saved to 12-inch acetate disc and scientists have recently done some digital housekeeping, bringing the tunes back up to correct speed (Auto-Tune?) while dusting off some noise.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 27, 2016
The leaves are turning once again in time with the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver, CO which "features Mountains of Sound from the Affordable to the Absurd'". Next week, from Friday to Sunday, packs of audiophiles will descend on the Denver Marriott Tech Center in search of the affordable and the absurd? How about plain old fun.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 14, 2016
look ma, no 3.5mm headphone jack

While this isn't really AudioStream news, and Tyll over on InnerFidlity has this more than covered, I thought I'd add a word or two on Apple's headphone-jackless new iPhone; dongle, dongles.

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