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Streaming Music Refugee Reviews Part One

Since rdio is bankrupt and no longer taking any new customers as of November 23rd of 2015, I decided to take on a trial period subscription with Google. Because I am an owner of their Chromecast dongle, I was able to get a 90 day trial period which led me to consider them as a customer.

I was happy that I got commercial free YouTube access as part of my subscription, but I realized the song library is radically reduced compared to rdio. You are not going to get the new Hurts album Surrender nor Kylie Minogue’s deluxe version of her Christmas album on the streaming site compared to rdio. However not to complain much, Google does have some music that rdio did not carry such as indie musician Matt Fishel.

Also, the website format for Google Play Music All Access is not exactly user friendly or have the quality user interface rdio ever had as well. Its better to use All Access on a tablet or a smart phone.

If Google and any other company wants to fight for rdio’s former customers listen to our pleas so we can become your customers for years to come. If Google does not work out, I will likely review Apple Music in the near future.

Goodbye Rdio, It Was Nice Knowing You

I got into streaming music around four years ago. I have paid 5 bucks a month to enjoy countless music from rdio. Rdio was one of the forerunners who helped innovate the streaming music industry aside from Spotify. Losing two million dollars a month and relying only on venture capital funding can go so far for a company where they realized the business was not quite sustainable.

It seems that streaming music will be a loss leader for companies such as Apple, Google and Microsoft where it will be more difficult for companies such as Pandora and Spotify to compete. The costs of licencing the music is one of the biggest costs for a business like this. I do appreciate the opportunity to try out music from different acts. The radio format that plays random tunes actually did lead me to buy some music from various bands as paid downloads which some musicians should understand.

I know streaming music may not pay the money making music used to provide before the era of the mp3 and Napster, but we should be innovative so we can be pro-consumer and pro-producer of the art we enjoy.Perhaps we should do a paid stream where one pays 99 cents to stream a mid tier release and one gets a 1.29 credit to buy the whole release if they end up liking the release within a 24 hour window, and for a high tier release it would be 2.99, and then a 3.29 credit to buy a release such as Adele’s 25. This could be one way that Adele and Taylor Swift could adapt to technology while still getting paid.

I will be trying out Google, Apple and perhaps Spotify in the next few months to find my new home for streaming music.

Summer Time Music

 

Primary season is over and there is nothing much on my mind right now aside from cementing 11,000 more in student loan debt for a teaching credential.

Here are some good songs.

Saint Etienne has their first new release in over six years with their album “Words and Music”. This song is entitled Tonight

Scissor Sisters have a new release called Magic Hour, and the first single is entitled Shady Love.

What is your favorite song of the summer? Tuesday I am awaiting the new Rush and Hot Chip releases.

Misadventures With itunes

I decided to do the right thing and buy an album from one of the bands I listen to Heaven 17. So I decided to utilize some of my store credit from my itunes gift card that was given during the Christmas Season.

Problem is the itunes client is ineffective and frustrates the living daylights out of me.  First, I get download errors where the file does not get downloaded, and when I try and re-download the music does not actually get sent to the folder where the album is in, but gets sent to random folders. If anyone has this problem again, try visiting the itunes media/downloads folder. If that does not work, try itunes media/music/unknown artist folder.

Unfortunately the Virgin Megastore in Ontario went out of business due to a real estate developer that should be pelted with rotten eggs because he bought the company only for the real estate and decided to shut down the chain. Honestly I do prefer the physical product and will likely buy Heaven 17’s Penthouse and Pavement as a physical copy from amazon.co.uk instead.

Ontario Music Comeback

Ontario Music is not dead yet!

Recently this Summer the owner of the store decided to shut down the store after fifty years in business, but it seems they are ready for a comeback and they are open for your business.

I was walking along G Street today for my haircut and saw that the store is OPEN and ready for your business which was a very surprising sight to see.

Their website is here.

Hopefully they will send a press release to the local media such as David Allen at the IEWEEKLY and Daily Bulletin so they could get the business back. 

Economic Stimulus For Ontario

California Jam needs to return and become an annual tradition for my hometown. If the legendary All States Picnic can return after a generations long absence, California Jam needs to stage a comeback.

California Jam was two 1970 era concert festivals at the former Ontario Motor Speedway which later became the Ontario Mills Shopping Mall. However, the Citizen’s Bank Arena which is owned by the City of Ontario while being managed by leading facility manager and concert promoter AEG might be able to help with making things happen.

Of course today we have Stage Coach and Coachella, in the Palm Springs area. However who wants to invest over 500 dollars for food, shelter, tickets and transportation costs when we could have a simple one day festival that would only cannibalize one thirds or less of that amount.

I was thinking of a festival that would appeal to a broad audience where they could listen to over 8 hours plus worth of music for the price of a ticket to see an act such as U2 or The Killers. If the ticket was like $69 at the low end and $129 at the high end, it might be a success.

But if we have a festival we want people to have choice. So maybe having the event at the Ontario Convention center and the arena might be a better idea.  We could have acts that traditionally play at the Glass House, the Echo and other leading concert venues play there with the exhibition halls, while the major acts would play at the citizens bank arena.

Think of this as a mix between South by Southwest and Coachella.

The Next Big Thing in MUSIC

I recently got a nasty sunburn on my shoulders and I want to divert myself away from politics so I want to talk about MUSIC. The Noisettes is a band that will have their sophomore breakout album “Wild Young Hearts” in August. Their #2 single in the UK, Don’t Upset The Rhythm is pretty good. Great vocalist with a good backing band.

Then if we are looking for electropop we should look at Dragonette with their new song Fixin to Thrill. This is their first single for their upcoming second album. Plus they did a song with Jean Paul Gautier and Martin Solving called Boys & Girls which is pretty good as well, sadly the song will likely not be released by Dragonette.

 

If anyone has any other good related music suggestions, or some suggestions to ease the pain from my sunburn. Please let me know!

The record store is a dying breed.

Tower Records is gone, the record store around the corner is gone and now Virgin Megastore is another casualty of recorded media sales. I remember going to the Virgin Megastore at the Ontario Mills to buy the latest releases in music and video ever since the mall was opened in 1996. Twelve years have gone and now I will have to rely on the Internet with Amazon, Best Buy.com and CD Universe  to meet  my physical media needs since we all have our own esoteric musical preferences.

Digital media has spoiled us today, we are able to have the convenience of selection and price where we can grab anything we want now. We do not have to rely on the gatekeepers at the local music store now, we have choice. However the reduction of physical media sales will only make it harder for people to buy physical media releases at the local store.

Patronize your local independent music dealer, in the Inland Valley Mad Platter in Riverside and Rhino Records in Claremont are the main survivors of stores that sell music to the public. They have cashiers and sales associates that know what they are selling and could make recommendations on new and exciting music to take home.