Tag: mp3

  • In Defense of the 128 Kbps MP3: The Greatest Music Media Format Ever

    In Defense of the 128 Kbps MP3: The Greatest Music Media Format Ever

    A short essay on why we should’ve never eaten the apple of industry-approved digital music streaming, and why the low-bitrate MP3 is all we really need.

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  • From Discs to Digital: The Odd History of Music Formats

    From Discs to Digital: The Odd History of Music Formats

    Physical formats have only been around since the 1870s — but in that relatively short amount of time, we’ve managed to come up with some pretty bizarre ways to release music. Each format on this list had its moment of usefulness. But looking back might make you ask “what were we thinking?” Regardless of how obsolete…

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  • Compact Discs as Expanded Instruments: Pioneers of Hacked CD Sound Art

    Compact Discs as Expanded Instruments: Pioneers of Hacked CD Sound Art

    History and Context of the CD The Compact Disc (CD) was introduced into commercial ubiquity on October 1, 1982, alongside the world’s first-ever CD player, the SONY CDP-101. Billy Joel’s sixth studio album, 52nd Street, was selected to be the first recording issued on this new digital audio format, which is hilarious considering that particular…

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  • Off Notes: Musical Facelifts

    Off Notes: Musical Facelifts

    Welcome back! It’s been a few weeks since our last internet round up, because — as you may have noticed — we’ve been hard at work giving both Soundfly and Flypaper quite the makeover! And the redesign has inspired our theme for the week: finding new in the old. Below we’ve got all kinds of innovations and…

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