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Rune Audio media player

I’m always interested in tinkering with alternative audio usage of my Raspberry Pi devices. As standard, I’m using them as Squeezebox substitutes, running the minimalist OS piCorePlayer, though I’ve also tried Squeezeplug and Raspbian for this. Rune Audio, which I… Continue reading →

2013 – My year as a music consumer

2013 was the year that I started to take music streaming seriously. I embarked upon a premium subscription to Spotify around February (largely  for playback via an old iPad while training in the garage), and it has revolutionised my music… Continue reading →

Spotify, its business model and its future

Prompted by an article in The Guardian (Spotify opens up analytics in effort to prove its worth to doubting musicians), I visited a Spotify website which seeks to de-mystify the periodic brouhaha around Spotify’s business model and whether or not… Continue reading →

My month in cycling (soundtrack of my training) – October 2013

Been a while since I posted about cycling – the explanation is that I’ve mostly been in the garage pounding the turbo. To deal with the tedium that is turbo-training, I’ve been listening to a variety of music via Spotify… Continue reading →

More objections to Spotify

Here’s a BBC News page with a segment from a recent Newsnight programme discussing Spotify and whether it does artists a disservice – Spotify – friend or foe of musicians? We still see the issue of low royalty rates for… Continue reading →

Spotify. Good or bad?

I’ve been a Spotify subscriber for about 9 months now, and I view it as a really exciting and useful way to listen to new music. But some in the music industry view it more darkly – see for example… Continue reading →

El Tren Fantasma (The Ghost Train)

I cannot easily understand why I like this album so much.  I heard of it via an interview with Viv Albertine at The Quietus (Like Choosing A Lover: Viv Albertine’s Favourite Albums). It’s an album of field recordings recreating a… Continue reading →

Another exhilarating track

This is going to be de rigeur on my next turbo training soundtrack. It’s a remix by Death Grips of The Prodigy’s Firestarter.

Louie Louie

Here’s a playlist of all 40 versions of the classic garage song Louie Louie that I could find in Spotify, after removing a few duplicates. It makes for great listening while training. The original version (or as close to it… Continue reading →

Music I never listened to back in the day…

Way back in my late teens when I was first exploring the world of music, the usual way I would choose LPs would be browsing the inky music papers and by judging an LP by its cover. Shallow perhaps, but… Continue reading →

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