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Hi Rez at CES

January 23, 2015 by

It’s been a few years since I last had the opportunity to visit the annual high-end audio orgy at the Venetian hotel at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. So I was very pleased to get out there for the 2015 edition. I was also pleased to discover that the CD transport continues to […]

Japan Still Loves CDs!

September 26, 2014 by

Who knew that a squad of young Japanese girls wearing saucy Brazilian cheerleader outfits could save a dying technology? A recent New York Times article reports that AKB48, a popular Japanese group (pictured – photo by Eugene Hoshiko/AP), has sold CDs containing tickets to its performances, encouraging fans to buy multiple copies. A cunning strategy indeed. Japan […]

Neil Young vs. Low-Rez Drugs

May 19, 2014 by

Neil Young has seen the needle and the damage done. The classic rocker has written extensively about the impact of drugs in the music industry. Now he’s taking on a new drug scourge — the MP3 file. MP3s were recently likened to methamphetamine by Steve Silberman of AudioQuest, maker of hifi interconnects for audio and […]

CD Format Still has Value

April 14, 2014 by

Easter isn’t the only holiday celebrated this weekend.  This Saturday, April 19, is Record Store Day. It will be the seventh annual celebration of brick-and-mortar music shopping and, more importantly, of the enduring appeal of music in a physical format. Nielsen SoundScan data show that vinyl records represented the only music format that increased in […]

CD Holds Its Own vs. Digital Downloads

March 6, 2014 by

According to some Billboard articles I’ve been reading, CD continues to lose ground in the U.S. but is holding its own better than some may have thought. The divide between CDs and downloads has definitely grown closer in recent years. According to Billboard, in 2013 CDs represented 57.2% of the U.S. album market, while downloads […]

Retro Resurgence for CD?

February 15, 2014 by

I was talking with a friend recently and we were musing about the future retro-fetishist collectibility of CDs. Most music enthusiasts know that turntables and vinyl records are enjoying a pleasant boutique rebirth in recent years. In fact, vinyl is at the moment the only recorded music format experiencing any kind of growth. When I […]

Record Store Day is Fast Approaching

April 1, 2013 by

I went to Hello, Records during my lunch hour today. It is one of a handful of used records stores in and around Detroit that consistently score and make available records that are usually only found on the Internet sites. Great jazz, soul, reggae and rock titles for prices well below those that are sent through Paypal.

The Clash’s London Calling

November 11, 2012 by

It is my pleasure to introduce to readers of 360 Sound a new voice speaking in this space — Mr. Leo Cahalan. Leo is an audiophile, a vintage-gear expert and a vinyl maven. As a regular contributor, Leo will share his thoughts on music, equipment and many other joys of music fandom. I know you’ll enjoy […]

Anti Social Music

October 11, 2012 by

I like music. I like people. However, I am not a fan of the overwhelming and overbearing ubiquity of social media in our culture. That last statement appears to preclude me from participating in most of today’s interesting digital music discovery services. My plan was to begin writing about some of the exciting new music […]