Writings about Macs, music and more by Kirk McElhearn




Essential Music: Bob Dylan’s Witmark Demos


Between February, 1962 and June, 1964, Bob Dylan, at the dawn of his career, made a number of recordings for two publishing companies, Leeds Music and M. Witmark & Sons. These recordings were released in 2010 as The Bootleg Series: Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964. (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) Dylan had recorded his first album […]

Why Is So Much Contemporary Classical Music Boring?


I’ve recently enjoyed playing random albums in iTunes, finding albums I haven’t listened to in a long time to bring more variety to my listening. I don’t accept every suggestion, but I have listened to many of the albums that have come up that would fit in the “contemporary classical music” category, in part because […]

Streaming Music Revenue Makes Big Increase, CD Sales Fall Again


Nielsen SoundScan has released its mid-year report of digital music sales, and music streaming has made a huge leap in the past 12 months. In the middle of 2014, streaming has nearly doubled over last year, though there is a different way of calculating streaming. The music industry uses “stream equivalent albums” (SEAs) when making […]

What Kind of Music Listener Are You?


Neilsen, the rating company, has created a set of categories to define specific types of music listeners. Since this type of company needs to separate people into groups, it’s clearly part of their mandate to try and come up with something other than ages, social demographics, etc. Here’s what they found: Music Loving Personalizers are […]

Music Industry Shoots Self in Foot, Again, with High-Resolution Music Labeling


High-resolution music is a marketing ploy, but marketing only works when it’s done well. The music industry seems to not have learned from its past errors, and, in its new attempt to market high-resolution music, has created an alphabet soup that will confuse all but the most die-hard consumers. Andrew Everard reports, on his blog, […]

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