SPOTIFY: How does it calculate loudness?

” We currently use ReplayGain, which was the most recognized standard for calculating loudness when Spotify first started. In the future, we plan to use a new standard for calculating loudness, called ITU 1770 (from the International Telecommunication Union). This defines the integrated LUFS (Loudness Units Full Scale) measure, and it’s what we recommend you […]

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PODCAST: Our pick of the day – Bach and Stravinsky

Ryan Wigglesworth conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers in a carefully curated concert of music by Stravinsky and Bach. Live from City Halls Glasgow. Presented by Kate Molleson Bach/Stravinsky: Chorale Variations ‘Vom Himmel hoch da komm’ ich her’Bach: Komm, Jesu, kommStravinsky: Symphony of Psalms 8.30 Interval, Kate introduces recent recordings which […]

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MAHLER: Podcast

Edward Seckerson discusses the greatest performers and recordings of the composer’s works This week’s Gramophone Podcast is a special longer edition focusing on the music of Mahler. It coincides with the publication of the latest in our series of our souvenir publications drawing together our century-long coverage of major composers, ‘Gramophone Presents Mahler’. For this […]

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SPOTIFY: Former streaming service subscribers on why they have ditched mod cons for MP3s, CDs and other DIY music formats

Meg Lethem was working at her bakery job one morning in Boston when she had an epiphany. Tasked with choosing the day’s soundtrack, she opened Spotify, then flicked and flicked, endlessly searching for something to play. Nothing was perfect for the moment. She looked some more, through playlist after playlist. An uncomfortably familiar loop, it […]

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SPOTIFY: The 101 strangest records there. Per Henderak Haetta – Pieras Mikkal

An extraordinary recording of nomadic herders, which uses just a single voice and drum to redefine our concept of melody. Taken from Folkways’ proudly chart-shunning Lappish Joik Songs from northern Norway, Pieras Mikkal is an extraordinary recording made by the folksong collector (and now professor emeritus of ethnomusicology at Columbia University) Dieter Christensen in the […]

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PODCAST OF THE DAY: Schubert

Ian Skelly introduces a selection of great concert performances from around Europe with a focus on Romania, including a performance of Schubert’s last symphony from the 2022 George Enescu Festival, and the BBC Concert Orchestra playing Enescu’s first Romanian Rhapsody. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001h5ch Including: Bela Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances Sz56Pétri Kumela (guitar)Cecilia Zilliacus (violin) Joseph Haydn: Piano […]

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SPOTIFY: News – The music streaming giant is the latest tech company to sort to staff lay-offs

The reports this morning were correct: Spotify has announced a round of layoffs as part of what CEO Daniel Ek called an effort “to bring our costs more in line”. In an email sent to staff and subsequently published on Spotify’s ‘For The Record’ site, Ek also announced a reorganisation within Spotify’s senior management. Chief […]

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SPOTIFY: What is ‘Loudness Normalisation’ and how and why is it used?

Audio files are delivered to Spotify from distributors all over the world and are often mixed/mastered at different volume levels. We want to ensure the best listening experience for users, so we apply Loudness Normalization to create a balance. It also levels the playing field between soft and loud masters. Louder tracks have often been […]

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SPOTIFY: A bit of background

Spotify (/ˈspɒtɪfaɪ/; Swedish: [ˈspɔ̂tːɪfaj]) is a Swedish audio streaming and media services provider, launched in October 2008. The platform is owned by Spotify AB, a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange since 2018 through its holding company Spotify Technology S.A. based in Luxembourg. Spotify’s global headquarters are in Stockholm, Sweden and corporate Headquarters […]

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SPOTIFY: Acquisitions

In May 2013, Spotify acquired music discovery app Tunigo.[58] In March 2014, they acquired The Echo Nest, a music intelligence company.[59][60] In June 2015, Spotify announced they had acquired Seed Scientific, a data science consulting firm and analytics company. In a comment to TechCrunch, Spotify said that Seed Scientific’s team would lead an Advanced Analytics […]

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BOWERS and WILKINS: News 08

WIRELESS LISTENING: There has never been a better time to get into wireless listening. Technological advances coupled with Bowers & Wilkins unique engineering offer great performance and innovate usability across a wide range of products. Gone are the days when wireless was a dirty word in Hi-Fi circles. Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay and other wireless technologies […]

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PODCAST: Kate Bush

In November 2005, Kate Bush broke a 12 year silence with the release of her double album ‘Aerial’, In this programme she gives a very rare interview to John Wilson in a special edition of Front Row, where she talks about why the album took so long to appear and tells some of the stories […]

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BOWERS and WILKINS: News 07

Px8 McLaren Edition Celebrating the long-standing, award-winning partnership between Bowers & Wilkins and McLaren Automotive and the McLaren supercars and hypercars in which Bowers & Wilkins has been integrated, the Px8 McLaren Edition headphones fuse McLaren-inspired styling with high-performance wireless sound synonymous with Bowers & Wilkins’ flagship headphones. SEE ALL OUR B&W posts at https://www.hifianswers.com/tag/bw/ […]

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BOWERS and WILKINS: News 06

Px8 007 Edition The Bowers & Wilkins Px8 007 Edition headphones unite two icons of British style and performance. As elegant and timeless as the world-famous secret agent himself, these special-edition headphones deliver the high-performance wireless sound synonymous with Bowers & Wilkins’ flagship headphones. SEE ALL OUR B&W posts at https://www.hifianswers.com/tag/bw/  

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