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Quote from: clivemcr on July 06, 2015, 05:50:19 AMRe: Apple MusicCorrection to my earlier posting: Apple Music does have the Linn label as I've now been able to listen to the excellent Dunedin Consort perform the Mozart Requiem. Other thoughts:Up to date Chandos releases appear few if any, but there are older ones.Most of the June chamber music releases reviewed in Gramophone were on Apple Music, but there were much fewer orchestral releases. That might be just specific to the June edition. I'll see what the July one has.The absence of ECM and Hyperion is undoubtedly a great pity, but there's much more than I ever would have bought through other means yet would love to have access to, so at the moment I will stay with Apple Music. It'll be ECM's and Hyperion's loss. I will only rarely buy their releases, but it also means sadly not hearing Stephen Hough and missing out on Andras Schiff's recent fortepiano performances of Schubert and the ones due to follow. Call me a cheapskate!
Quote from: Gurn Blanston on July 05, 2015, 02:42:21 PMI have this one on my list, after plenty of shopping. I think it will pretty well blow an old Classic out of the water. Even plays FLAC!
Quote from: XB-70 Valkyrie on July 09, 2015, 12:56:53 PMI stopped using iTunes years ago after it did a number of inexplicable and infuriating things to the small collection of MP3s I allowed it to manage (I have vastly larger stash of FLAC files). The idea that you must have a media player to manage a portable device is stupid anyway, and iTunes is particularly pernicious in a number of respects (for one, it locks you into their walled garden). I refuse to download it onto either of our new windows machines (PC or laptop). My iPod Touch developed a problem years ago with the output, but I still keep it around because I like the alarm clock, timer and such. But when it goes Tango Uniform, I will not replace it with another one, and will be completely Apple-free! :laugh:
Quote from: Gordo on July 10, 2015, 04:19:05 AM[...] But I have accepted the basic premise of [Apple]: they have developed a sort of closed garden, where their different devices and softwares are designed to (mainly) operate with devices and softwares of the same company. So when some of these products also work out, for instance, on Windows, almost always the experience isn't complete.
Quote from: karlhenning on July 10, 2015, 04:31:11 AMNow, why am I thinking of Charles Wallace and Meg on Camazotz? . . .
Quote from: XB-70 Valkyrie on July 10, 2015, 12:23:20 PMAnd the "Beats" headphones by "Dr. Dre" are possibly the shallowest money-grab yet from the company. I knew when I first heard of these that they must be crap--and of course, it's easy to sell crap to sheep if you stamp some BIG CELEBRITY's name on it.
Quote from: sanantonio on July 10, 2015, 12:40:09 PMThe Beats service bought MOG, a competitor to Spotify, and then was bought itself by Apple. Apple now uses it for its Radio feature since it had a decent algorithm for detecting your potential likes..
Quote from: sanantonio on July 05, 2015, 09:10:32 AMFrom what I understand from reading this article Apple will add DRM to all your music tracks during the importing process to iCloud making it impossible to play them unless you continue buying Apple tunes:
Quote from: sanantonio on July 14, 2015, 06:33:52 AM... I find Apple Music to be, by far, the best streaming service I've used, with the added benefit now of having access to your entire iTunes library.
Quote from: karlhenning on July 14, 2015, 06:42:44 AMWell, anyone who would deny the benign nature of Apple's tyranny must certainly just be a disaffected individual
Quote from: sanantonio on July 14, 2015, 06:33:52 AMwith the added benefit now of having access to your entire iTunes library.
Quote from: sanantonio on July 14, 2015, 07:51:28 AMYes, I do to - when I am at home. However, when I am not home I don't unless I take a hard drive with me. That is inconvenient compared to having all the tracks in iCloud. And having them dovetailed into the entire Apple Music library, even more convenient.
Quote from: sanantonio on July 14, 2015, 08:33:57 AMMy iTunes library is well over 1T
Quote from: Holden on July 05, 2015, 08:29:13 AMWhile I can't give a definite yes to all your questions I can give a qualified one given that I know how the system works.The Kaiser Baas Soundshift is a wireless receiver that operates via your homes wireless network. If you don't have a wireless network it can also act as a wireless hotspot. It will pick up wireless streams from Apple devices via the already installed AirPlay available on iDevices (iPad, iPhone, etc) and Macs. For PCs and tablets it uses DLNA to connect wirelessly. I've used both so I know it works. In other words it is controlled by the apps on your device so I think that's a Yes to all four questions (assuming your server runs and is controlled by a PC and/or a software media player)Via my iPad I've streamed YouTube, Spotify, my music library to my Hifi setup, basically anything that produces sound on my device. The sound quality is very good. I used the work tablet to play my sound library via WMPlayer. I also have JRiver which would also work. I haven't got around to streaming from my PC yet as I don't need to. The range is quoted as 30m.The Soundshift is a small cube that fits easily into the palm of my hand. It is powered from the wall via a 5v mini USB and connects to my amp via RCA leads. It was given to me as a thank you gift and has to be one of the best gifts I've had. From what I can gather it costs about $US100. Logitech make a similar device but it uses Bluetooth to connect and sometimes pairing can be an issue with Bluetooth. I imagine that there are other devices as well. The only issue I had was the initial set up connecting it to my home network. There was one instruction missing in the manual. A quick call to the help desk solved the problem.Hope this helps.
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