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Hear All of Bach’s Works for Free, if You’re Patient

07/22/2014

The Netherlands Bach Society is running an interesting project: All of Bach. Their goal is to record, and make available, all of Bach’s 1080 works. Each Friday a new work is available, so, if you want to hear them all, you’ll have to wait about 20 years. So far, they have 17 works on the […]

I Just Broke the Law: I Ripped a CD

07/22/2014

Updated, from an article originally posted in November, 2013, because it’s still not legal. I ripped a CD this morning; I violated copyright laws. In the UK, where I live, it is illegal to rip a CD. No one gets prosecuted, but the law is still on the books. There is actually no law that […]

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

07/16/2014

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 […]

Who Had the Bright Idea of Designing a Box Set Like This?

07/11/2014

The John Eliot Gardiner Collection, from DG, has 30 discs across Gardiner’s career, covering a broad range of music: Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, operas and passions, and some symphonies. I bought this box set last year when it came out, but hadn’t gotten around to ripping it, so I pulled it off my shelf, and […]

Some iTunes Store Music Previews Shrink to 30 Seconds

07/11/2014

Since 2010, the iTunes Store has offered 90-second previews of music for tracks that are longer than 2:30. This was done because 30 seconds simply isn’t enough to sample music. But suddenly, many tracks on the iTunes Store are only offering 30-second previews. I checked a number of albums, and found that many have 30-second […]

Some Modern Classical Recordings to Discover

07/10/2014

In a recent article, I wrote about why I feel that a lot of contemporary classical music is boring. A few comments and emails made me think that, to counter that article, I should present some modern classical music that’s not boring. I admit that I’m not that familiar with enough contemporary music – by […]

Is This the Future of Hi-Fi?

07/09/2014

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 […]

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