I caught up with my old friend, mastering and recording engineer Bob Katz at the Audio Engineering Society convention held last week in NYC. He was there to proclaim an end to the "Loudness Wars," which refers to the overuse of dynamic range compression to flatten the soft-to-loud volume changes that naturally occur in music. Katz was way ahead of the pack in decrying the overzealous use of compression in mastering recordings, he has been in the trenches, fighting the good fight for more than 20 years.
Apple rolled out a new version of iTunes designed to handle OS X Mavericks.
Released late Tuesday, iTunes 11.1.2 lists its major feature as support for Mavericks. Unveiled by Apple at its iPad launch event, Mavericks offers a host of new and improved features and apps and is free for all Mac OS X users.
iTunes 11.1.2 also adds support for those speaking Arabic and Hebrew languages and offers unspecified improvements in performance and stability.
Mac and Windows users can install the latest Apple music service by checking for updates directly in iTunes or downloading it … Read more
AVG, one of the most trusted sources for virus and malware protection, has recently released the all-new PC TuneUp 2014 to help you speed up any computer. A comprehensive utility kit, PC TuneUp offers 35 tools to return your PC to tip-top shape in one convenient package. With new features such as Live Optimization and Program Deactivator, PC TuneUp will work in the background to keep your computer responsive when you need it to be.
Get peak performance for your PC! AVG PC TuneUp 2014 is an all-in-one optimization program that fine-tunes your PC for maximum performance. It reduces PC … Read more
Apple has revealed that iTunes Radio has reached 20 million users listening in to a billion songs since it launched in September.
Chief Executive Tim Cook made the update at an event in San Francisco on Tuesday.
After Apple said it had collected more than 11 million unique listeners in iTunes Radio's first five days of life, it took about 5 weeks to come within range of doubling the initial figure.
That indicates that many of those initial users were tire kickers, checking out Apple's long-awaited online radio service right after it launched with the rollout of iOS … Read more
I first heard about Neil Young's Pono music system more than a couple of years ago, and it was supposed to roll out a few months later. Rumors continued to circulate about an imminent debut, then fade away. Young showed a Pono music player prototype on the David Letterman show in September 2012, and it seemed like the launch was within reach.
Like everybody else I'm still unsure about how the Pono music service will work. Will we have to buy a Pono music player to fully enjoy the glories of Pono files? In other words, is Pono … Read more
Last week I started wondering whether there was a mini-epidemic of faltering iTunes installations. Three times in quick succession someone contacted me asking the same question: how to uninstall iTunes and their entire media library so they could reinstall the program as if for the first time.
They all used Windows' Control Panel to uninstall iTunes, and the program appeared to be deleted, but when they installed a new copy, their old library was still in place.
Wiping out all traces of iTunes in anticipation of creating a completely new media library isn't so simple. It requires removing several … Read more
Pandora, the Internet's biggest radio service, is the company the recorded music industry loves to hate. Some artists have loudly vilified it, accusing it of paying piddling rates to play their work. Labels' acrimony over the service stoked its efforts to paralyze a bill that would have lowered the royalty rate Webcasters pay, and music publishers have singled out Pandora in an effort to withhold their catalogs. The Recording Industry Association of America has outright lied, Pandora claims, about how its payments work.
SyncTunes allows you to easily sync your iTunes library to an Android device via a USB device. The application is easy to use and offers an ideal solution for times when you need to quickly transfer iTunes music, playlists, videos, and podcasts from your PC to your mobile device.
Upon opening SyncTunes, you will be prompted to install the second part of the application, the SyncTunes desktop app for Windows, which is required to move items from your iTunes library to your Android device. This doesn't require you to download the companion app from another Web site, though as … Read more
On Wednesday, Pandora released its latest performance metrics for the previous month, and as the percentages continued to grow tame, they're are only going to fuel debate about the future of the Internet's biggest radio service.
But Pandora's monthly metrics didn't tell us the most important element of its story.
The missing piece isn't how muchRadio could be swiping away listeners -- though next month will give a better sense of that, when Apple's competing online radio service has existed longer than just 12 days.
Pandora's story now is about how … Read more
Pandora's metrics for September, which were released Wednesday, showed the most widely used online radio service is still growing, but growth in listening hours slowed from recent months, as Apple's competing service rolled out about halfway through.
Last month, listener hours for Pandora were still on the rise, measuring at 1.36 billion; however, that was an increase of less than 1 percent from August. In August and July, listener hours had increased 5.5 percent and 2.4 percent from the previous months, respectively.
Pandora's total share of US radio listening was 7.77 percent, up … Read more