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I got several downvotes on my last comment, which I really didn't think was too negative or dumb, so I'm expecting the worst again, but... Exclusives? Why not? Exclusives right now are the only reason the get psyched for these services. The idea of iTunes Radio wasn't bad, what with their giant collection of music to stream and a built in user base, but making your service something that requires you to pay, especially when the competition doesn't require such an act, makes it pretty redundant, so exclusives are the only thing they can do to separate themselves from the competition. Wanna hate on Tidal? Okay, but I don't think it's that big a deal. All of the streaming platforms are just as bad or good as Tidal, and Apple Music is more of the same. Exclusives are the only thing they have going and they're never going to carry a business model, at least not unless they have constant, high-profile exclusives, which even Apple can't do. So, yeah, I want exclusives, and I want the Andy and Elvis album too. Doesn't mean either will be good, and doesn't mean I'll pay attention beyond a cursory examination, most likely via a site like Stereogum (or one of it's competitors). And the exclusives, like everything else on the internet in this day and age, will quickly be available to non-users of the exclusive-featuring sites in question within minutes of their being made available for consumption. All of this said, can you blame Apple for getting in on the game? They kind-of have to. I just wish they would have stuck to their original concept of a free service. Beats was a nice take on streaming radio, and buying it is kind-of a good idea, but taking away the free feature just makes everyone else look at Spotify. Lastly, don't forget, Spotify is losing money, lots of it.
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June 9, 2015 on Apple Music Announces Streaming Service, Beats 1 Radio, Connect Social Network
Okay, cool, but I would've really liked to see the rumored Kanye exclusive as a feature. It could still happen, but Andy Kaufman could re-emerge with Elvis and record an album of duets too.
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June 8, 2015 on Apple Music Announces Streaming Service, Beats 1 Radio, Connect Social Network
I don't care about Disclosure or SBTRKT, but I have to call bullshit on SBTRKT's dumbass claim that Disclosure ripped off their artwork. A little jealous about the amount of coverage Disclosure is getting? Who knows, but this is one of the dumbest claims I've seen in a long time.
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June 8, 2015 on SBTRKT Says Disclosure Copied His Artwork
That would be a lovely thing to imagine, his pulling English Dan and Mancini records from his personal collection. It sounds more like a Mr. Show sketch, the self-owned, overly-opinionated record store owner who runs his shop from his home and tries to convince everyone his questionable collection is utter gold.
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May 15, 2015 on VNYL Sliding: Why The “Netflix For Vinyl” Service Is Such A Mess
I'm definitely feeling a lot of your Instagram account photos. Some cool stuff in there. I mean, hey, I wouldn't go for Kenny Rogers' HBO special, but I saw 3rd Bass, Kanye West, Mos Def and plenty of other very cool stuff in there. I'd give that a shot.
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May 15, 2015 on VNYL Sliding: Why The “Netflix For Vinyl” Service Is Such A Mess
I'll agree with all you say. Curation is a key word that is simply being misused here. And if someone said they liked LCD Soundsystem and all I had were older records to give them, I'd try to choose things with a synth or punk edge as opposed to Lionel Richie. I visited one of my favorite indie shops recently and found a copy of a German Nina Hagan record that I bought strictly based on the crazy artwork and Moroder being a co-producer on it. It's okay, but I'd say it's closer to the aesthetic we're talking about than Lionel's Dancing On The Ceiling or whatever.
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May 15, 2015 on VNYL Sliding: Why The “Netflix For Vinyl” Service Is Such A Mess
Okay, I'll bite, as I'm genuinely interested. What is your service called and where can I take a look at it? I'd love to see someone making this concept work, and your post makes it sound like you're having moderate success with it at the very least, which is good proof of concept.
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May 15, 2015 on VNYL Sliding: Why The “Netflix For Vinyl” Service Is Such A Mess
Okay, I'm prepared to get downvoted here, but... On one hand I feel kinda band for this guy Alt and the VNYL people. It sounds like they got in over their heads and couldn't get out of what they'd initially proposed. I bet they never imagined the success of their Kickstarter. That doesn't forgive them for a complete lack of planning and research though. This is the kind of story that reminds us all to be careful what we're backing on Kickstarter and whatnot. I'm awaiting the eventual crowd-funding backlash if there are too many crap things happening. To take it a step further, as I understand it, if they did use part of the $36,000 to fund the physical store, they still haven't done anything wrong, and it's probably the smartest thing they could do if they'd like a chance at turning VNYL into some sort of sustainable business. Whether or not that happens is left to be seen, but I think we have a reasonable idea of the end result. So, VNYL, great concept but poor reality. And while I'm sure there are some people who are getting cool records, if at least only by their own standards (downvoting that one guy who liked his shipment is kinda cruel, but if it was Alt of a trojan poster, it's what they'd deserve), it just doesn't sound worth it. The cards have been played and everyone is leaving the table.
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May 14, 2015 on VNYL Sliding: Why The “Netflix For Vinyl” Service Is Such A Mess
Oh god, this already feels insane. Anyway, Amanda, thanks for dropping in and being friendly and answering questions. I feel you've said some questionable things in the past, but that's just my opinion. That said, I like your music and I like what you're doing, so I'm all up for you doing more. There are a lot of ways to please your audience without signing a deal with a major. And because Tidal has been brought up a few times here, yeah, it's going to fail, unless Jay has something big up his sleeves. Right now, what's the point? I go back to someone's belief that it may be a contractual requirement for him to start such a service, and if that's the case, how about one where no one involved loses or gains anything? All press is good press, even Daft Punk and Madonna showing up to show their lack of relevance in the streaming marketplace.
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April 22, 2015 on Amanda Palmer: $1.2M Kickstarter “Was Actually A Loss Leader”
I like Azealia and wouldn't say no to seeing a nude pictoral of her (she is nude in the issue, isn't she?), but her interviews are just about rabble-rousing. I respect her and think she's under-appreciated, but I don't need to read her attention bating comments.
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March 17, 2015 on Azealia Banks’ Playboy Photos And Interview Are Out
I don't know how tough El-P is in a fight, though I sure as hell know I'd NEVER want to get in a scuffle with Killer Mike! I'm fair to bet though that El knows how to take care of himself too. I bet that idiot was high or something. Why would you go to the show and try to pick a fight with the performers and then anyone else nearby? Hope he got arrested and had the shit kicked out of him in jail.
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March 17, 2015 on Run The Jewels Attacked Onstage At SXSW
The Gaye family are trolls and laws allowing them to sue need to be updated to prevent this type of ridiculous crap from happening. That said, Happy and Ain't That Peculiar have one thing in common, a 4/4 beat. Are the Gaye's going to claim everyone ripped off Marvin? As for Nona Gaye, how is she the family's spokesperson? Anyone care to mention how she is a failed pop star who clearly wants the money since her collaborations with Prince didn't set the world on fire? This whole thing sickens me.
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March 14, 2015 on Marvin Gaye’s Family Thinks Pharrell Ripped Them Off On “Happy,” Too
The company that produces Morrissey's tour merch is named Merchandise For Life? Right there, first thing I would have said is "I'll never deal with any organization with a name as ridiculous as yours." Secondly... Moz can probably partially get away with this because the creator of the original image doesn't own the sources they used to create it. That said, did Moz license the image of the Queen? And I suppose the original image's creator could sue for having been contacted and then their concept used without their permission, but that still seems like a stretch. What this comes down to is, and yes, I expect to be flamed for this, Morrissey is a backstabbing egotist who thinks he can get away with anything and believes whatever he thinks is the "right" thought. I like the old Smiths records, and some of his solo stuff is okay, but I hate the man and think he oughta pack it in and go away. And regarding his ridiculous inclusion of a line from The More You Ignore Me on the shirt, all it takes is someone suing him to remind him that he's not being ignored. Hell, I'd imagine some broken-hearted ex-superfan somewhere might be so bent out of shape as to cause him grievous bodily harm and quote that lyric to him as he lays in agony. So, go ahead, hate the messenger, but I'm just saying what you already know, Morrissey is a hateful old man that can't accept his insignificance in the modern world and has to claim his dominance by stealing concepts from his fans and rubbing it in their faces. Sounds like an okay guy to me, right?
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March 14, 2015 on Morrissey Steals Fan’s Artwork For A Tour T-Shirt … Again
Is it serious? Yeah. I don't like Iggy, and I do think she's prone to overblown freak-outs, but if this was any of us "normal people" we'd be just as angry. So Papa John's should do the right thing and fire whatever idiots were responsible for this. It's the best thing they could do, apart from not making crappy commercials or crappy pizza any longer. Now, if Iggy Pop complained about this, I'd expect to find Papa John's burning to the ground! Could that just happen on general principal?
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February 9, 2015 on Papa John’s Tries To Make Amends With Iggy Azalea
Say what you want about McCartney's solo output, but when you team him up with other musicians he usually produces far better material than his middle-of-the-road solo records. I really like this track, but I agree that this probably isn't coming out. The next album will probably be very positive, which is fine.
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February 6, 2015 on Hear A Higher-Quality Leak Of Kanye West’s “All Day”
This again? Okay, last thing I'm going to write about the 24 bit vs 16 bit Pono debacle. I have a friend who owns a recording studio and has worked with both big and small names, including a few who have "supported" Neil's efforts. When asked his thoughts on 24 vs 16, he said that 24 is better but more for recording than anything else. 16 bit audio covers the whole range of human hearing and no one needs to listen to anything higher than 16/44 or record higher than 24/48. This is just his opinion, but I believe he knows what he's talking about as he's very good at what he does. As for the writer being biased towards Apple hardware and software? Come on, this is the net, if you say you don't like something or you're lying, someone else will call you on it and say why you're wrong. Look what's going on here. The jury is still out on Pono, but I think the verdict will weigh against Neil and his efforts. I can love the guy's music but I don't have to like his opinions.
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January 30, 2015 on It Sure Seems Like Neil Young’s Pono Player Is Bullshit
Lotsa great posts in here. This isn't one of them. Is it possible? Yeah, totally! Is it likely? Not very. Is that image from Canada as someone suggested? Dunno, eh? More important to me, how old is that sign? Meghan Trainor's album is out now, so was this put up at the beginning of the month or end of December? I do like the specifics of the Kidz Bop album, crediting it to the Kidz Bop Kids. Two z's are too many? On a kinda related note, glad I haven't seen anyone posting about the Meghan Trainor album. It could be the second coming of Christ, but I think it's gonna sink like a rock.
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January 22, 2015 on Is Kendrick Lamar’s New Album Coming Out On Tuesday?
If the recordings are really from the original masters and produced without compression, that's a wonderful thing. Somehow though, I don't believe that will happen in most cases, with Arcade Fire's Reflektor being an easy go-to reference. And anyway, we don't need 24/192 for it to sound good.
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January 12, 2015 on Overpay For All Your Favorite Classic Rock Records At The Pono Store
I got downvoted? Okay. I guess my joke really was that bad.
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January 12, 2015 on Overpay For All Your Favorite Classic Rock Records At The Pono Store
The weird part is I coulda swore I saw this video when Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 1 was announced. I could be wrong, but my brain is screaming WHAT?!? Thanks for finding this Eoin!
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January 12, 2015 on Watch Beastie Boys & Nas’ Unreleased “Too Many Rappers” Video Directed By Roman Coppola