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Entries in Vinyl (15)

Tuesday
Sep042018

Do You Still Think You're A Music Expert After This Vinyl Challenge?

Think about some of the most iconic albums in history… The sound. The artist. The cover art.

Real music fans will be able see the hear the music and visualise an image when they think about some of the bestselling albums in history.

But would you be able to spot these vinyl albums out of a crowd?

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Wednesday
Aug152018

Top Ten Metal Records For People Who Don't Think They Like Metal

Heavy metal is a rich genre, but to the casual listener, it often just sounds like a bunch of noise. The blistering riffs, machine-gun drums, and screaming vocals can send many people running as far away as they can. And for a long while, that included me. But, through a fortuitous string of events, I discovered that I love metal, with all of its raw power and crushing beauty. But there are many metal records that offer all of the same heaviness with a healthy dose of conventional beauty. If you’ve been curious about metal, here are ten albums that offer all the power of heavy metal without all the chaos.

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Friday
Jun292018

How To Clean Vinyl Records

Ever play a vinyl record and listen to the clicks and pops an old record makes? All those sounds can be prevented by simply keeping your records free of dirt and debris. The better you care for your records, the longer they will remain quiet, all you hear is the music on the record. Using a record cleaning machine is the best way to clean a record, but these devices are often expensive. There are plenty of cheap alternatives that will ultimately complete the job much faster and with the same quality as using a cleaning machine.

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Wednesday
Nov012017

Why DIY Musicians Need To Be Pressing Vinyl 

Vinyl records are on a 25-year sales high. It’s projected that 40 million units will be sold in 2017 alone. That makes it the first time it’s come close to the 1 billion benchmark this millennium. With the death of many music heavyweights this year and the availability of budget record players the combination of nostalgia and low barrier to entry is leading to many taking the leap back into vinyl. 

So what does this mean for the DIY musician?

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Monday
May012017

Millennials Are Buying Vinyl, But Not From Record Stores

From the high street, you’d be forgiven for thinking the growth in vinyl sales was a myth. We’re not seeing the high streets overrun with record stores, and those that do exist are populated, for the most part, by the usual suspects. Younger generations are only treading tentatively in their doorways. So who’s buying? And where?

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Friday
Oct282016

Is There Room For Old Fashioned Values In Today’s Music Industry?

Getting a record deal has never been easy. Even back in the days when the A&R man was your friend and an artist could make a substantial living from physical sales alone - you still had to be discovered, and nurtured, by someone with clout, connections, resources and know-how. But perhaps a musician was judged more on talent back then, rather than a hook or gimmick.

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Tuesday
Jul122016

Vintage Music In The Digital Age - Collecting Your Favorites

Ever since you were a kid, you’ve collected records. Most of your collection is in the form of long playing records and the singles that you bought every time you could find one with a picture sleeve. As much as you love your collection, it would be nice to have digital copies you could take along on the go. The good news is that you can digitize your vintage music and listen to whatever you want whenever you want.

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Thursday
May192016

Vinyl Record Sales Surges And Music Events Go Viral, Thanks To Rising Popularity Of Online Music Streaming

Downloads of music clips are down, and sales of music compact discs (CDs) are dropping—both of which are casualties of the battle for the hearts and minds of millions of music buffs who are more than willing to pay a few bucks to hear their favorite tunes. And the winner of this particular round happens to be online music streaming, which (to those who might have been living in a cave the past year) plays a cell device user’s favorite songs at a few simple clicks.

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Monday
Jan112016

Jason K Ventura’s Music Industry Predictions For 2016

  • The streaming business model will change across the board. The new models will have fairground for artists and labels alike.
  • Due to royalty rates and a rebellion of artists, streaming services will be forced to put limitations on music catalogs.
  • With prices at an all time low and stagnant music sales, touring will continue to be a cash cow for the music industry. Yet again, touring will be the bread winner this year.
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    Wednesday
    Jul112012

    The Rise Of Vinyl

    Sales of vinyl records are up in the United States and I have a theory on why some of us are going analog.

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    Wednesday
    Jun272012

    Research Says Young Listeners May Embrace CD Quality Audio. Habit Says It Won't Be on CD.

    The music industry wishes young listeners would abandon low-bit-rate compressed digital music for harder-to-pirate and more profitable CDs. Contrary to the long-held belief that young listeners think lossy compressed music is “just fine,” Harman researcher Dr. Sean Olive has published results from the first peer-reviewed scientific test showing that young listeners will in fact choose CD-quality audio over lossy alternatives when given the choice. Has the dream of a new generation embracing CDs come true? Not so fast.

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    Tuesday
    May222012

    How Vinyl and iPods Ganged Up to Kill the Audio CD

    NPR reported that CD sales tanked in 2010, particularly among younger buyers. The trend suggests that vinyl and iPods are sinking the audio CD into the so-called “fidelity belly,” where mediocre products go to die.

    In his book Trade-Off, journalist Kevin Maney wrote that a truly successful product provides either the richest user experience (fidelity) or the greatest convenience. Less successful products fall into what he labeled the fidelity belly, “the no-man’s-land of consumer experience,” characterized by commercial apathy, insufficient fidelity, and insufficient convenience.

    Apple succeeds in the consumer computer market by providing the richest pre-sales experience in its retail stores. Dell and HP succeed by providing an ultra-convenient pre-sales experience online. Who is in the belly? Everyone else.

    Sinking into the fidelity belly is essentially the fast track to obsolescence. Staying out of the belly is never assured, because customer expectations for fidelity and convenience constantly evolve.

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    Monday
    Dec202010

    6 Reasons Why The Album Format Died

    I think it’s safe to say that we’re at the end of the “album age,” and although the format will hold on for a while, it’s clearly waning in popularity. I’ve given this a lot of thought and have come up with what I think are the reasons, but be aware, they’re not all exactly what the popular wisdom assumes. So let’s begin with the 6 reasons why the album format has, for all intents and purposes, died.

    1) It was a visual experience. The album format in the vinyl record age had the advantage of that wonderful piece of cardboard known as the album jacket. The album jacket contained the cover art (still found on CDs), and most importantly, the liner notes on the back, which we’ll get to in a second. But one thing that everyone either forgets or has never experienced is the fact that millions of albums were purchased completely on impulse because of the album artwork alone!

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    Monday
    Sep272010

    The Stream that Snuck up on You

    Have you noticed that you’re streaming more audio and video? That your purchase of CDs and DVDs has dramatically decreased? That your DVD cabinet and CD racks have a layer of dust on them (literally, or otherwise)? That your digital CD/DVD cabinet (i.e. iTunes) is being opened less frequently? (Apple knows this, by the way, it’s why the new AppleTV has no hard-drive; it’s all streaming…really think they’re not going to do the same for music?)

    We’ve started up the Kurzweil Curve with respect to streaming, and it’s only going to accelerate from here.

    The interesting thing is that, because the transition has been relatively gradual, you probably haven’t noticed that this radical behavioral and technological change has occurred. You haven’t noticed because it hasn’t hurt; in fact it’s felt good.

    There are opportunities here. For content creators, the sooner you reconcile the fact most people aren’t likely going to want to own a digital copy of your music/movie/tv show/book (let alone a CD, etc.), the sooner you can devise profitable streaming models.

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