The Next Track, Episode #109 – In Praise of the CD

The Next Track Blue Flat Button2 400pxJames Jackson Toth joins us to discuss why we shouldn’t give up on the CD.

Listen to The Next Track: Episode #109 – In Praise of the CD.

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Why Do People Equate High End Audio with Snake Oil? – Archimago’s Musings

I believe there is very much¬†“snake oil” salesmanship¬†going on in many areas of “high end” audio. Remember though that fraudulent products and sales tactics happen in many places, not just audiophilia (for example, think of fraudulent pharmaceuticals, naturopathy, homeopathy, the local psychic, etc.). However, like most things in life, it’s a bit more complicated and it would not be fair to classify everything as black or white.

A good examination of how many audiophile products can be considered snake oil, and how audiophiles get wrapped up in this type of thinking.

Source: Archimago’s Musings: MUSINGS: Why Do People Equate High End Audio with Snake Oil?

The Next Track, Episode #108 – Buying Records

The Next Track Blue Flat Button2 400pxDoug and Kirk wax nostalgic about buying records: what was so nice about browsing record stores, and what are we missing.

Listen to The Next Track: Episode #108 – Buying Records.

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What AirPlay 2 Means for Your Listening Setup

Apple has finally released the AirPlay 2 framework for streaming audio and video on a wi-fi network to compatible devices. Announced just about a year ago at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, then delayed along with the HomePod, the first device to fully leverage this protocol, AirPlay 2 was released last week as part of iOS 11.4. It is not, however, available on macOS yet, nor on iTunes for Windows, and presumably a Mac update should follow soon.

If you’re used to using AirPlay, you won’t notice much of a difference, but there are some changes under the hood that should make your listening better. Here’s an overview of how AirPlay 2 works.

Read the rest of the article on Computer Audiophile.

Play Apple Music on the Web

Apple has rolled out a mostly function web player for Apple Music. If you go to the Apple Music Tools website, you can search for and play music by song, album, or playlist. This site is designed as a marketing tool; it allows record labels or artists to create an embeddable web player for their music. By default, it plays 30-second previews, but if a user signs in, they can play full tracks.

Here’s an example:

Click Preview to hear short previews – limited to 30 seconds, not the 90-second previews you can hear on the iTunes Store – or click Sign In to be able to listen to the entire album.

While this is not a fully functional web player, it suggests that Apple may roll out a web interface for Apple Music in the future, extending the service’s reach to all platforms.