Writings about Macs, music and more by Kirk McElhearn



digital music

Dear Music PR Person, You’re Doing It Wrong


If you send out digital music files or CDs, do it right, or reviewers will simply ignore what you send them. I get a lot of music to listen to and review. I review classical CDs for MusicWeb International, and I review lots of CDs and downloads here on Kirkville. When I get CDs, I […]

AAC: Apple’s Preferred Audio Codec


It seems that almost every day I read something about people not wanting to rip their music in AAC (the default format for iTunes and the iPod) because “it’s a proprietary format”, or “because it is owned by Apple.” I see this in forums and blog comments from people who seem to have a fair […]

Is iTunes About to Start Selling Hi-Res Music, or Is a Record Label Confused?


I came across a curious announcement from Warner Classics this morning. They say that they will be releasing some music in high definition on iTunes. Talking about some remastered albums by Herbert van Karajan, they say: This treasure trove has been painstakingly remastered at London’s Abbey Road Studios in 24-bit/96kHz from the original tapes, available […]

Is This the Future of Hi-Fi?


Writing at The Computer Audiophile, Chris Connaker has an article laying out what he sees as The Future of HiFi. As always, he presents a number of interesting points, explaining why the future of digital music is in the cloud, by subscription, and lossless quality or higher. But Chris is wrong when he suggests: All […]

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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