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When to Buy Physical or Digital Music

In a previous post commenting on the merit of owning either physical or digital forms for your music, I left it up to you to decide. But what if you wanted a physical and the best resolution/format? In terms of movie and video games, it is usually very easy: you buy them and have a nice ‘trophy’ to place on your shelf or monument of geekdom. But for music, that [ . . . ]

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Small Hi-Res Audio Company, Great Customer Service

Hi-Res Portable Player on a Budget? Back in November 2015, I was in the market to buy a Hi-Res audio player. But I did not want to spend over $200.00 just for another device I would have to carry around and worry about damage or theft. I wanted something that was both affordable, easily transportable, and able to play Hi-Res audio. My options were either: get a cheap mp3 player [ . . . ]

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Apple and Its Divorce of the Headphone Jack

As you may already know about the reveal of Apple’s iPhone 7, many are talking about one ambitious move Apple did for their new flagship smartphone: They removed the standard 3.5mm audio jack. Even after Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak publically told them that it was a bad idea to take out the audio port, Apple still went ahead and removed it. Yes, a feature that has been an absolute essential [ . . . ]

Macross & Music’s Power to Move

A couple of weeks ago, I saw Macross Delta episode 19 and there was something that “resonated”. Warning: Contains minor spoilers on the Macross Delta series. Episode Disposition In the episode, a dubious military supplier named Berger Stone talked about the power of music, especially as a weapon. He discussed about how music either help gain major victories in wars, or even caused them to start in the first place. [ . . . ]

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ReLIFE: Music Nostalgia of Youth

This anime season, the TV series Re:LIFE aired. It is human drama-type anime that has the themes of career, high school, second chances, and self-improvement. Centered around 27-year old part-timer Arata Kaizaki, he is recruited into an experimental program called ReLife Project after he got drunk and lied to his friends on his career. Instead of being transported back to his personal past to change his future, he instead takes [ . . . ]

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A Marriage of Vinyl & Digital?

While more of the general public prefer streaming and not “owning their music” there are those of us that want to collect music (like on vinyl)! I know it gets me excited when I purchase a new album, don’t you? Let’s look at one company who, despite many industry reports of music sales going down, have proved that they can make money from selling music (the way fans want it): [ . . . ]

Best Free Music Player for Windows and MAC

Your vast collection of music, whether you bought physical CDs or Digital Downloads (heck even ripped from Vinyl) is now sitting across your hard drives in your computer. You want to play them back, but depending on the source resolution, built-in standard music players like iTunes or Windows Media Player might not cut it. Instead of playing your different format files (WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, DSF, DFF, WV, APE, MP3, [ . . . ]

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That Song (Earworm) Is Still Stuck in My Head!

Have you ever watched an Anime series (or played a game and watched the intro) and after the opening song played, you found in your head it was stuck on repeat? Was there an ending song that just touched you emotionally that you had to hear it again and again? Did you go out of your way to just find that song online or paid the extra cash just to [ . . . ]

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Why Is Ripping Blu-Ray Audio So Friggin’ Hard?

For those who like having a collection of their music all in your computer, ready for play on either your portable player or home theater setup, ripping your collection of CDs is fairly easy. Just pop it in to your CD drive, choose a ripping program (like Exact Audio Copy, and voila! you have your music ripped perfectly (into FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC, or in another lossless format). This is [ . . . ]

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Something Better Than CD or Vinyl Please!

A couple of weeks ago, there was a news article about an HD Vinyl patent, which is supposed to be a better Vinyl for music collectors. Honestly, this is not the direction physical audio media should be going! I am not a fan of vinyl, old or new, in any matter. They are big and clunky, hard to maintain, and very limited on how much music they can hold. I [ . . . ]

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And All That Jazz in Anime!

When it comes to anime and their respective soundtracks, you might not think of Jazz as the go-to style of choice. Indeed, it is not a popular genre to pick (it was actually never mainstream popular even in the history of the United States), even for soundtrack usage, but when used well it can transform the mood of a show to a very sophisticated and fun adventure! Here are a [ . . . ]

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Limited-Edition Hi-Res Audio Players

For many if us, limited editions are a nice but an expensive treat to own [and for bragging rights for some of you ;)]. A limited edition PS4 or XboxOne, first-run video games with an art book, music CD, and possibly a character figure, or an exclusive t-shirt are some examples of items you may have seen online or standing proudly at your local convention’s exhibit hall. You may decide [ . . . ]

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Respect for Diverse System

On a previous post, I mentioned about self-hosting sites for musicians and artists, and there is one in particular one that comes to mind, especially if you are into Japanese Doujin (fanmade) music. For those who keep up with those groups you might have heard of a circle called Diverse System. Active since around 2000, they have released a myriad of albums, featuring original works as well as remixes from [ . . . ]

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Are There Any Anime Music Fans Out There (That Hate Lossy Music)?

For starters, if you are reading this blog, the high chance you are an anime and/or video game music fan. Now, many otaku and gamers can say they like the soundtracks, vocal songs, and music from their favorite shows or games, but thanks to scouring the internet you can find the soundtracks to your stuff rather easily. If you wanted to legitimately buy the music, one would just need to [ . . . ]