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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
June 27, 2013

5 Money-Saving Tips For Buying Music Online

There was a time in my life when I spend hours wandering through a record store.  The store wasn’t even that big to being with – there were maybe a thousand records on the shelf, and I could literally go through all of them if I had the time.  In the end, I only purchased a handful of records at the store and with that I still felt like it was an accomplishment.  See, to me, owning a record has always been much more personal than downloading a song.  I can download hundreds of songs and complete forget about them – but just looking at the vinyl cover of a record allows me to know what I have.

Crate digging in the virtual world requires a bit more effort and diligence on the side of the buyer.  They have to sort through remixed and songs that have already been added …

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UniqueSquared
June 8, 2013

Amazon Music Sales

When music first became available for digital download, did it ever occur to anybody that it might be better if a regulated standard price was initiated for the price of individual songs?  I don’t many diggers are going to scoff at the fact that the same song costs ten cents more on Amazon than it does on iTunes, but that little price different will be a determining factor in as to which way you’ll sway when the time comes to re-up on some new songs.  Less than a dollar is about the going rate for a song that isn’t top 100 on the billboard charts.  If you can swing a classic tune that is hard to find then you might pay more.

The way most of these music outlets are configured to try to push you to buy the whole album rather than piecing it together song by song.  Buy …

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March 7, 2013

Beatport Sold To SFX Entertainment For $50 Million

Is every small company destined to sell out once they become big?  A lot of the small-time shops that promise to remain underground and never let their head become large, have to deal with the challenge of growing their business and keeping their fan base theirs.  In the most genuine of cases, a company will start out as a non-profit resource, like an information booth or a community hub – but even those are not immune to the infection that the thought of profit brings.  These same guys will later sell out and make millions from their creation, without a single thought as to what will become of it, once out of their hands.

Only a few years ago, the major radio stations became incorporated with one of the largest broadcast groups, ClearChannel, and the result was that traditional radio and the ability to play “whatever you want” was lost …

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December 19, 2012

New Patch Sharing Site, Synthmob.com

Whether you like it or not, sampling or finding beats and tracks to create with is getting easier and easier, thanks to cloud-type information banks and social media outlets that let you share and receive new bits of audio.  At the highest level of sharing there are already many outlets established that will let you pass on your own mixer to another.  Soundcloud and Mixcloud do this well by keeping posted tracks inclusive to all but also by adding elements of friends and acquaintances to keep a closer watch on.  If you travel down deeper you’ll find that it can be broken down into more basic elements.

Song pools like Beatport have been around since records pools were there doing the same thing for DJs who wanted vinyl records.  The ability to instantly choose from a selected group of songs made it easier to “shop”.  Now, remix artists and controllerists …

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December 16, 2012

Loopport.com: New Free Source for Loops/Sounds/Samples

The idea of looping samples originated long before DJs or musicians had the ability to loop samples on the fly.  Sure, there were tape recorders and reel to reel recorders out there – but recording a sample and being able to play it back required time was not an easy task, unless you were a robot.  The first true looping came from DJs with two records who found ways to juggle specific portions of a song.  Since many LP’s were not released with an instrumental track like they are today, a DJs had to find the drum break or breakdown of a track, be it 8 bars or 16, and had to create loops by back cueing.

Once recorder and mixing technology was advanced to the point where we could simply playback looped beats, the need for the DJ as part of a rap group was soon eliminated.  Fast forward …