Judging from the statistics released by Billboard and Nielsen this morning, we're definitely in the midst of another music revolution--much like the one that followed in the wake of the MP3's first appearance. Based on their findings, fewer people are actually buying music, but almost everyone is streaming it. In the first six months of 2013 alone, streaming soared by 24 percent to 51 billion streams.
A pretty spread out bunch of news stories this week. Whether it's the nation's number four carrier picking up the iPhone at long last or the nation's number one saying they could easily follow suit in getting rid of contracts, it's all the news you missed this week while you were working or some other nonsense. So come on, Apple fans, get a load of the news of the week.
We have to confess, we don't really get the attraction to vinyl records in the year 2013. Beyond supposedly sounding "warmer" than digital music, they're just a pain to maintain and use -- a problem that Amazon's AutoRip service hopes to make easier.
Launch Turnplay and you're greeted with a gorgeous knockoff of the Technics 1200, long considered the gold standard among DJ turntables. If you missed out on the chance to own one, this richly rendered iPad version might just scratch the itch. However, if you put "The #1 vinyl record player for iPad" in your app title, you've really got to deliver. Unfortunately, this iPad music player isn't quite the equivalent of the classic wax it tries so hard to emulate.
Records are cool, but listening to them on the bus is a bit cumbersome. But you don’t need a fancy USB turntable to convert your analog favorites into iPod-friendly digital files, just a cable from your local electronics store. Reviews Editor Ray Aguilera shows you how.
On Tuesday Apple released something called "Digital 45s" on the iTunes Store, causing us all reminisce about the good ol' days of vinyl. Okay, maybe some of us aren't old enough to remember vinyl, but it's still cool, right?