Just how much difference does lossless audio make?
On this episode, we put that theory to the test. TIDAL has launched in the US, and we’re testing FLAC lossless audio next to Rdio 320kbps AAC. You’ll have to listen to find out the results.
We also welcome our newest team member Justine Avila!
And here’s the world’s worst captcha, which Mike encountered on Ticketmaster this morning.
- CAPTCHA stands for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart.” That’s awesome.
- YouTube Music Service Could Cost Artists, Labels $2.3 Billion Per Year In Lost Income – hypebot
- Borrell: Digital dashboards will wipe out half of FM stations – RAIN News
- Hidden track – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Mike’s personal favorite hidden track #1 (and #2, technically)
- Mike’s personal favorite hidden track #3 is Funkytown, by 1990s Minneapolis funk outfit Greazy Meal (a cover of the Lipps Inc. one hit wonder). It appeared in the negative space before track 1 on the CD Visualize World Greaze. Here’s the video.
- YouTube is still predominantly a desktop platform (contrary to Mike’s statement), but mobile views are currently at 40% worldwide, according to YT’s stats.
Here are the songs we used for our audio tests, links to TIDAL, Rdio, and iTunes for good measure. It’s probably worth noting that the audio we used in the podcast was taken from FLAC versions, though our podcast is encoded in the extremely lossy 128kbps MP3 format. We just put it in the podcast for reference.
- Esbjörn Svensson Trio – Tuesday Wonderland | TIDAL | Rdio | iTunes
- Green Day – Jesus of Suburbia | TIDAL | Rdio | iTunes
- Miles Davis – All Blues | TIDAL | Rdio | iTunes
- Dave Matthews Band – Crash Into Me | TIDAL | Rdio | iTunes
- Jimi Hendrix Experience – Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) | TIDAL | Rdio | iTunes
- Alan Jackson – Like Red On A Rose | TIDAL | Rdio | iTunes
And finally, is FLAC really lossless?
Today we take the wraps off a project we’ve been working on for quite some time, called MAGCON. It’s a touring show for social media celebrities, mainly catering to teenagers, and covering a wide variety of talent from musicians to actors to models to comedians. Similar to Comic-Con, MAGCON affords fans the opportunity to meet-and-greet their favorite stars (hence the name: Meet-And-Greet CONvention). We’ve revamped the entire tour from the ground up, keeping the familiar meet-and-greet portion that is the core of the show, and adding a significant performance aspect to create a truly unique entertainment experience.
To everyone who has helped on this journey so far, we thank you. This thing is just getting started, and we have a whole lot more in store.
We do cover a couple news items in this episode as well, but you’re just going to have to listen to find out what those are :)
- Follow MAGCON on Twitter, Instagram, Vine
- New Survey Says Teens Abandoning Facebook – hypebot
- SoundScan’s Third-Quarter Numbers in One Word: Bleak | Billboard
Following up from the lightning round, here’s a list of notable Christmas songs written by Jews:
- “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin
- “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” by Johnny Marks
- “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
- “Silver Bells” by Livingston and Evans
- “The Christmas Song” (a.k.a. Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) by Mel Torme
- “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
- “We Need a Little Christmas” by Jerry Herman
- “Santa Baby” by Joan Javits
- “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays” by Al Stillman
And there are many notable Christmas albums recorded by Jews, such as Barbara Streisand, Kenny G, Sammy Davis Jr. (via The Rat Pack), Barry Manilow, Michael Bolton, Phil Spector, Carly Simon, and Neil Diamond. In fact, Barbara Streisand’s Christmas album, entitled A Christmas Album, is one of the best selling albums of all time, with over 5 million copies sold.
If you’re going to break the law, don’t write an email to your whole company about it. Just saying.
Oh, and go RSVP for our Movies On The Back Porch featuring Spinal Tap, next Wednesday October 8 at 7pm.
We probably don’t need to tell you that this episode is about iPhones. We probably do need to tell you that we have an awesome special guest! Welcome Adam Bloom of SynchTank, a recent transplant to Nashville and just one of many digital companies moving into Nashville. SynchTank’s intuitive software automates the entire licensing process — making your digital music and video assets faster to find, easier to manage and more profitable. On this episode we also delve into Deezer’s US launch, and we talk about Microsoft’s 2 b(az)illion dollar acquisition of Minecraft. Where have all the rockstars gone, anyways? Oh yeah, they make games.
Don’t forget to grab your ticket for our upcoming Movies On The Back Porch, featuring This Is Spinal Tap. Head on over to see all the great movies we have coming up this year.
- We’re not going to link to any articles about iPhone 6. You can Google that yourself. Instead, here’s a much more interesting story: And Then Steve Said, ‘Let There Be an iPhone’ – NYTimes.com
- Microsoft Near Deal to Buy Minecraft – WSJ
- Deezer comes to America with new streaming music service for audiophiles | The Verge
Whether your a musician or an entrepreneur, there’s only one key indicator of success: hustle. This episode is all about that.
Be sure to check out our upcoming Movies On The Back Porch featuring 1984’s seminal mockumentary, This Is Spinal Tap.
We didn’t even mention Taylor Swift once in this episode. We did, however, mention Google, Amazon, Twitch, Uber, Lyft, SoundCloud, Spotify, and probably a bunch of other stuff you might have heard of. And the Pulitzer Prize.
- Why Amazon Really Bought Twitch | Re/code
- This is Uber’s playbook for sabotaging Lyft | The Verge
- Uber’s Marketing Program to Recruit Drivers: Operation SLOG | Uber Blog
- The Uber recruitment scandal isn’t scandalous – Vox
- SoundCloud Debuts Monetization Play With ‘On SoundCloud,’ Announces $100 Million In Funding | Billboard
- 2014 MTV Video Music Awards | VMAs | MTV
- Drones on Amazon
We tried not to make this episode about Taylor Swift. But, well, it’s about Taylor Swift.
- Our Flipboard magazine, The Flashlight
- Taylor Swift | Yahoo Screen Live
- Taylor Swift slammed for ‘perpetuating black stereotypes’ in Shake It Off music video | Mail Online
- The problem with Taylor Swift’s new pop song: it’s perfect – Vox
- Intel unveils ’50 Cent’ branded smart headphones that will measure your heart rate | VentureBeat
- Intel tablet sales are doing well, but maybe we shouldn’t call it a success after all: PCs drive Intel’s earnings, but ‘Bay Trail’ Android tablets are on the horizon | PCWorld
- The Free and the Antifree | Issue 20 | n+1
- CultureCrash | The “Antifree” Movement Takes on “Free”
- Creative Commons
- Mike Monteiro | F*ck You, Pay Me | CreativeMornings/SF
@derekwebb At least it’s only backed up in One Direction.
— Jack O’Briant (@jackobriant) August 20, 2014
Let’s keep it short and sweet: this episode is short and sweet. We hope you enjoy it.
- Record Industry Considering a Standard, Global Album Release Day | Billboard
- According to Wikipedia: “Sales collected from Monday-Sunday or Sunday-Saturday are reported to SoundScan every Monday and made available to SoundScan subscribers every Wednesday.”
- Why BuzzFeed Is Launching Its Own Hollywood Studio | Variety
- Hilariously, there is a story called Why Twitter’s Newest Tweetstorm™ Trend Must Be Stopped on BuzzFeed
- Neil Young’s PonoMusic Turns To Equity Crowdfunding To Raise $2.5 Million – hypebot
- PonoMusic: San Francisco, California, US | www.crowdfunder.com (as of recording, the campaign had not yet met its goal; as of publishing, the campaign has surpassed its goal)
- Our equity crowdfunding discussion from Episode 27 with Tim Kappel
And finally, did Pono rip off our logo? We’ll let you be the judge.
We’ll miss you, Knoxville! We had the opportunity this week to see the fruits of the labors of the 9 incredible teams in this year’s MediaWorks digital media startup accelerator we ran in conjunction with the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center. All we can say is: holy crap, that was awesome.
Make no mistake. Knoxville means business.
On this episode of Conversely, we’re joined by KEC’s Executive Director, Jim Biggs, and our colleague-in-crime, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Jonathan Sexton. And we have very special guest Haseeb Qureshi, CEO and Founder of Audiohand, an app for combining multiple mobile phone audio recordings to create incredibly high fidelity masters.
First the amazing teams of MediaWorks 2014:
Second, The Bonhamizer
There’s probably a lot we’re missing, but that’s the important stuff.
Oh did we mention you can now subscribe to our podcast on Spotify, Rdio, Beats, and more? Use those links above, or search for Back Porch Group.
Elvis Wilson joins us for this very special filmy episode of Conversely, straight from the brand spankin’ new Back Porch Group headquarters at The Skillery in Germantown. We talk about film, distribution, Netflix, paywalls, and of course sociopaths (because really what’s an episode of Conversely without a few crazy people?).
Check out Elvis’ current project, Empathy:
SHOW NOTES (YAY!):
- Sam Smith’s Spotify Gamble: Did It Pay Off? | Billboard
- Netflix Points a Way Forward for Streaming’s Success (Analysis) | Billboard
- Netflix doubles its profits as it reaches 50 million members | The Verge
- Netflix indeed has 1080p: Netflix says all users now have access to Super HD video | The Verge and they shot House of Cards in 4K: Netflix is now streaming 4K, starting with ‘House of Cards’ | The Verge (also we should commend The Verge on their SEO work, because they show up first for every single search we do on this stuff)
- A New NewYorker.com
- South Park to move behind Hulu’s paywall and end unlimited free streaming | Ars Technica
- Garth goes digital
- Nilay Patel’s diatribe about convenience (re: Taylor Swift) and here’s the podcast episode in which we talked about it.
- Netflix: “The Goal Is to Become HBO Faster Than HBO Can Become Us”
- Here are the magic words to say if you want HBO without a huge cable bundle · The A.V. Club
- True Detective is awesome, BTW. Go watch it.
- And go watch John Oliver while you’re at it
- Watch Elvis Wilson’s Being Lincoln on Vimeo
- A long while ago, Mike worked on the film Farah Goes Bang, which raised 81K on Kickstarter
- [SPOILER ALERT] And since it’s just that kind of episode, we have a lot of stuff we like:
- I ORIGINS
- Robogenesis by Daniel H Wilson
- The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty by Simon Baron-Cohen
- Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
- El Mariachi
- Belcourt Theatre
- Uptown Theatre
- Brattle Theatre
- Fox Theatre Toronto
- Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Various Artists
- Moonrise Kingdom (Original Soundtrack) – Various Artists
- O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Music from the Motion Picture) – Various Artists
- The Pi soundtrack which appears to not exist anywhere. Go look it up.