Writings about Macs, music and more by Kirk McElhearn



digital music

Why Apple Won’t Be Selling High-Resolution Music Files Any Time Soon


I’ve written about high-resolution music here several times, notably pointing out that it’s a marketing ploy to get you to spend more on music. Not everyone agrees, and I’m fine with that. One bastion of high-resolution apologetics is the Computer Audiophile website.[1] Chris Connaker, who founded the site, wrote an interesting article yesterday, explaining why […]

MP3s Played in iTunes Skip After 30 Seconds


I’ve been having an odd problem in iTunes lately, and I haven’t been able to figure out how to fix it. I’ve also seen that this has been a problem for other users, as seen on Apple’s support forums. (Here’s one thread describing the problem.) When I play certain MP3 files, they play for exactly […]

Amazon Prime Music Launches with Over a Million Songs


Amazon has announced the launch of its Prime Music streaming service, with access to “over a million songs and hundreds of playlists.” This all sounds a bit vague, but it looks as though the catalog only offers songs more than six months old; and not many at that. One million is a small fraction of […]

Is Spotify For Sale?


Are major labels trying to sell Spotify for $10 billion? According to Digital Music News – which, alas, is wrong more often than right, but which does get gossip from music industry insiders – the major labels who collectively own 20% of Spotify are trying to sell the streaming music service. If this is true, […]

Some Thoughts on Streaming Music


Streaming music encourages detachment from the music; ownership encourages investment. When you flit around from one album, one song to another, you experience the music as mere entertainment. But when you own music, you’ve invested money in your purchase, which causes you to invest time in it as well. Instead of seeing the music is […]

How It Works: Audio Compression


The term “compression” is often a source of confusion when discussing digital music. There are two kinds of compression. The first is the kind used to compress the size of files; this is data compression. There is lossy compression, using with MP3 and AAC files, and lossless compression, used with FLAC and Apple Lossless formats. […]

Here’s How Apple Could Make Music Streaming Work


The word is out that iTunes Radio isn’t performing as Apple had hoped. Album sales are down, streaming revenue is up. iTunes Radio may not be the appropriate model for Apple to use to compensate for a drop in music sales in the iTunes Store. It is said that Apple is in talks with record […]

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