• CA Articles RSS Feed

    by Published on 05-21-2015 03:16 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Editorial



    Without fail, every time I talk about the money to be made from streaming music services I receive feedback from people suggesting I'm an ignoramus to people such as Portishead's Geoff Barrow telling me to "wake the fuk up!" and "bore off you knob. (Link )" I stand by my opinion that there's plenty of money to be made by the music industry from streaming services and that artist's vitriol toward these services is misplaced and misleading. For example, Kendrick Lamar's newest album To Pimp a Butterfly was streamed 9.6 million times in its first 24 hours of release on Spotify. Based on numbers provided by Spotify (Link ), this earned a payout of between $921,600 and $1,290,240. Then how is it that Portishead made just $2,500 off 34 million streams when the math works out to more like $204k to $285k? As David Byrne said, "Same as it ever was." The rights holders, namely the record labels, are making the money. When artists complain that they're making little to no money from streaming music, it's more often than not explicit or implicit that services such as Spotify are to blame. As expected the artist's fans eat it up, retweeting and echoing the same misleading pseudo-facts that are really a disservice to the artist, the fan, and everyone except the record label. I hate to say it, but those who aren't making as much money as they wish from streaming need to look inward rather than outward. If you signed your rights away to a record label, you're getting that to which you agreed. It doesn't matter if the contract was signed before the advent of streaming. The contract was still signed and based on the long notable history of record labels' "terrific" treatment of artists, it could have been foreseen that when in doubt the label will come out on top. In other words, expect to get screwed if something unforeseen pops up. Don't get me started on artists who are still trying to hold back the hands of time and kill the streaming services. I get it that you used to make more money from CD sales. However, the free market has spoken. People don't want what you're selling, if you're selling CDs or lossy downloads. Getting back on track, it's the rights holders who are making plenty of money from streaming services and who stand to earn much more as more people enter the streaming music fray. ...
    by Published on 05-20-2015 11:27 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. The Music In Me
    Article Preview



    We’re gathered here today because CA reader Skip P mentioned that a Danny O’Keefe song was a great introduction to KFAT, and he was right. But that made me think of another song I wanted to play for you, and once again we see marvels appear as intertwined relationships unravel. In a kind of a “Six Degrees” thing, I just spent an hour with a guy I never met or spoke to, and it evolved into another of those, “Hey, did you know…yeah I know him, did you know…” and thus we discussed half a dozen people. The reason I called was to clarify a couple of minor points, and it turned into another unraveled story. Thus: ...
    by Published on 05-05-2015 01:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. CA Meet & Greet
    Article Preview



    The first CA get together went off without a hitch! Thanks to everyone who came out the Westside Cafe in Berkeley on Saturday. Also, thanks to Tim for sponsoring the event and to Dave for getting the ball rolling. Despite being sick I had a blast meeting everyone. The collective knowledge and experience of the CA readers is truly amazing. I know I learned more by talking to people over a few hours at the event than I have in a long time.

    I encourage all who attended to leave a comment about the event so those who couldn't attend understand what they missed :~) And, people in other locations can get an idea about hosting their own CA get together.

    I've received photos from CA reader Barr and those photos are attached below. If people want to share more photos let me know and I'll add them to the article.

    P.S. I went sailing for the first time in my life the day before the event. I now know what 25 knot winds and waves like a washing machine out in the Bay are like. Scared the hell out of me! ...
    by Published on 04-21-2015 02:45 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. The Music In Me
    Article Preview


    Note: Gilbert Klein is the newest contributor to Computer Audiophile. Gilbert's stories will appear monthly in his new column titled ...
    by Published on 04-16-2015 12:18 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Downloads / Streaming
    Article Preview



    I was asked by the folks at NativeDSD.com to see if readers at ComputerAudiophile.com would be the right audience for testing the results of two different DSD AD converters, a unique experiment in recording music. My answer was a resounding yes; the DSD (and overall DA and AD converter) technology is nothing new to us here, and this would be a great and fun way to find out what our DSD-capable equipment (and our ears) are telling us about things like sweet spots within DACs, the importance of DSD bit rates, etc.

    The Question

    In the brave new world of High Resolution Music Downloads many music fans have asked a big question. Is there a difference in sound quality that comes from recordings made at different resolution levels and different Analog to Digital Converters (ADCs)? ...
    by Published on 04-03-2015 09:44 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Bits & Bytes

    The first ever Computer Audiophile get together has been scheduled! Thanks to CA member petaluma for getting the ball rolling and keeping track of who can attend the event. There have been a few ideas thrown around since we first starting talking about such an event and I now have the firm details. The event will be very informal, without any presentations. Just a bunch of like-minded people getting together for an afternoon. I look forward to seeing everyone there! ...

    Page 1 of 42 1234511 ... LastLast