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By Bobby Owsinski | Friday, July 31, 2015

Why Vinyl Records Are Back for Another Spin

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Eighty-five years after their debut, vinyl records are once again the hot new music release format.

Sales of vinyl records are seeing double-digit increases again this year and major record labels order a separate master for vinyl with just about every mastering job these days.

Why has such an antiquated format captured the attention of even hard-to-please Millennials? There’s no single answer, but like with most good consumer products, there are a lot of factors involved.

By Bobby Owsinski | Friday, June 12, 2015

Apple Music Just Might Prove Skeptics Wrong

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There have been plenty of naysayers willing to condemn Apple’s new Apple Music service before it was even launched, but if this week’s presentation outlining the service was any indication, they might just have to take back their words.

It’s certainly true that Apple has fallen behind its competition when it comes to music streaming, and that Apple Radio wasn’t the resounding success that everyone anticipated. It’s also true that Beats Music, which the company paid a bundle for last year, wasn’t exactly setting the world on fire and quite possibly wouldn’t even be around today had Apple not thrown it a life preserver.

Then there’s the fact that while Apple touts 850 million credit cards on file for iTunes, more of them apply to the app side of the store than music, making the number slightly dubious when anticipating subscriber numbers.

All of that might lead you to believe that Apple Music could easily come and go after the initial wave of enthusiasm from today’s announcement died down.

If you watched today’s presentation however, it was readily apparent that there were a number of features shown that differentiate Apple Music from the competition—any one of which could make a big enough difference to help it dominate the industry in no time.

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