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Saturday, 01 July 2000 ,  Written by Bryan Dailey
You’ve never downloaded a song and you want to give it a try. How do you do it? Here is a simple guide to downloading music using Napster (or Macster if you have a Macintosh). It is still an imperfect process and you may encounter some problems along the way, but by following these directions, you have a good shot at finding that rare Air Supply B-Side track that you’ve been searching high and low for. Step 1. Hardware and Software You need to have a good computer with an Internet connection (preferably a DSL or cable modem if possible). The last thing -you want to do is wait 4 hours while your Mac LC II or 486 PC with a 14.4k modem downloads an MP3 music file. If your computer at least has a 56K modem and a processor that runs ...
Thursday, 01 June 2000 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
I received an e-mail from a reader on the topic of why Generations X and Y are not audiophiles. There are many reasons. Baby boomers practically invented audiophilia in the late 1960s and 1970s. When Boomer men went to college, the first thing they did was to buy the biggest, badest hi-fi systems they could afford. From there, the addiction for hi-fi gear and new music only grew. In the following years, the high-end companies that own most of today’s market share developed from paternalistic, one-man operations into multi-million dollar companies. This business model lasted nearly until the end of the 1990s, seemingly catering well to an affluent male audience who kept buying more and more audio and video equipment, as well as software.
Monday, 01 March 1999 ,  Written by Kim Wilson
Streaming audio over the Internet is a reality primarily due to developers like RealNetworks and Liquid Audio. To hear such audio content (or downloaded files), digital players (plug-ins) are stored in your hard drive. In most cases, you need a dedicated player for each type of encoded file. However, in the pursuit for a less chaotic Internet, Liquid Audio provides a plug-in for their G2 player that handles Real Audio files. To make matters worse these are not the only music files that can be found. For each type of proprietary sound file, there is an exclusive player and, so, the compatibility dance continues. Aside from this hodgepodge of incompatible formats, there is the bigger concern over the quality of available material. Not just the content itself but the actual sound reproduction. Audio files are heavily compressed, often limiting bandwidth and ...
Monday, 01 December 1997 ,  Written by John Sunier
Each of the past 12 years as I have hosted my national radio series Audiophile Audtion I have selected about 60 to 65 concert music CDs which during the year past struck me as combining great music, great performances and exemplary sonics. These Cds are selected based first on superior performances and secondly on excellent sonics. With that said here are the top ten best classical records of 1997. BACH: Brandenburg Concertos (complete) - Il Giardino Armonico/Giovanni Antonini(Teldec 4509-98442-2, 2 CDs): The six Brandenburg Concertos were the first major Bach works that I became familiar with in my youth. The source, as I recall, was a mono open reel prerecorded tape. I've heard a lot of Brandenburgs since then and this one is the most exciting, muscular and awake interpretation around. My previous favorite, and I'm not ditching it, was the one conducted by composer Benjamin Britten on the London label.
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