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Tool finally has change of heart with digital platforms and streaming services… this Friday you’ll finally be able to stream their albums on Spotify/Apple music and buy them from Itunes as well!!!

To all you Tool fans out there who are wondering if you got to try and go drive around to find previous Tool albums on CD, well you no longer have to wonder ’cause the band Tool just announced that they’ll be releasing their entire catalog to all digital services and streaming formats. Yes, that means you’ll be able to listen to Tool music on Spotify/Apple Music and you’ll even be able to buy the albums off of Itunes if you want to own them for yourself.

They’re releasing everything to digital including their new upcoming album “Fear Inoculum”  which won’t come out ’til August 30th but their previous 5 releases will be released to digital and streaming this Friday.

This is good news that Tool finally had a change of heart with digital releases ’cause they’ve been against it and avoided it like the plague for years until now. Glad that Tool finally joined the digital bandwagon which was long overdue.

I’m a huge fan myself. Used to listen to “Undertow” and “Aenima” a lot when I was a kid in high school. I used to bring my digital CD player and would listen to those albums a lot on the school bus years back. I didn’t have those albums on CD anymore so I re-bought them on CD from FYE not too long ago. Now I listen to them on my Ipod and both are pretty amazing albums. I’m gonna get “Lateralus, “10,000 Faces” and their EP “Opiate” soon.

Wonder what made them finally change their mind about digital releases? They probably got the hint that no one is buying CD’s anymore and they’re finally realizing it.

Kev

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Yep, Apple Music streaming service is definitely a keeper!

Well, my three months free subscription to Apple Music is finally up and I decided to extend my subscription for another month. Like I said before, I can’t understand all the hate toward this service. To me, it’s fine and there’s nothing wrong with it. The service gives you a full month as promised and it costs exactly $9.99 as promised. There are no added taxes either. $9.99 is a pretty damn good deal, in my opinion. Apple Music streaming is definitely cheaper than Spotify ’cause Spotify costs like $10 month but they add taxes to your subscription, though.

Don’t listen to all the lies by the mainstream media and Spotify attacking Apple Music ’cause I’m quite impressed with Apple Music.

I got to listen to the entire catalog of albums by my favorite artists and bands. Over the 3 free months I got to the listen to the entire discography of albums by:

  • David Bowie
  • Kiss
  • Blur
  • Black Sabbath (Ozzy era)
  • Joe Bonamassa
  • Beth Hart
  • Joni Mitchell
  • The Pixies
  • Peter Gabriel
  • The Runaways
  • Lita Ford
  • The Smashing Pumpkins
  • Megadeth
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Lamb of God
  • The Heartless Bastards
  • The Doors
  • Alice In Chains
  • Al Di Meola
  • Slayer

Yep, I listened to all albums by all those artists above.

Yeah, I listen to a lot of music ’cause it’s who I am, ya know? Music is in my blood. I don’t like the quiet and I gotta hear noise.

I still got more artists to listen to, listen to their entire catalog: Ac/Dc, Springsteen, Rush, Gary Moore, Lou Reed, Janet Jackson, Rihanna, Pink, Bjork, Pantera, Queensryche, The Scorpions, the Clash, the Ramones, Billy Joel, Sheryl Crow, Van Halen, etc. I’ll make my way to them.

Thanks to Apple for this service. I’m definitely keeping it for sure, I think.

Kev

 

Will Apple Music survive??? Probably not…

Look like Apple Music is not getting enough support. Look like they won’t top Spotify even thought they thought they could. Will Apple get rid of “Apple Music” once they realize that not many people support it? We’ll have to wait and see. They could get rid of Apple Music and just keep the Itunes store when they find it’s not successful.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3188911/Apple-Music-attracts-11-mln-trial-members-June-30.html

I have no issues with Apple Music and think they did a pretty good job with it. During the 3 month trial while it’s still going… I got to listen to plenty of free music. Got to listen to albums by bands & artists I always wanted to hear. Currently I’m listening to all the Led Zeppelin Deluxe remasters and I’m still listening to Motorhead albums. I’m also trying to listen to the rest of Al Di Meola’s discography. I’ve also been listening to that all-girl rock group, The Runaways and listened to Lita Ford’s solo albums.

Yeah, I’ve been listening to a lot of music on it. I don’t think Apple Music would be bigger than Spotify. Maybe I should go back to Spotify? Not sure yet. Still got plenty of time to decide ’cause my Apple Music free trial ends Oct. 3rd.

I think Apple Music will be around forever even if it’s not as successful, I don’t think they’ll get rid of it. We’ll see how it goes though. I think Apple Music is pretty good. Could be better but I liked what they did with it.

Kev

Neil Young will yank his music off streaming services… I think he’s still living in the past…

Neil Young has been a long time critic of today’s “sound quality” in music so it’s no surprise that he will whine and bitch about the sound quality of streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. This inspired Neil to create his own MP3 player called, PONO.

Ya know, when Neil complains about today’s sound quality in music… after thinking about it a while, I think he’s still living in the past. Hey NEIL! Get over yourself dude, it’s called “technology”! I really believe he’s still living the past. Is there something wrong with Neil’s ears? After thinking about it, I think today’s sound quality is perfectly fine. I think there is something wrong with Neil’s ears as I can recall that he said he had “tinnitus” many times in interviews. Maybe if he didn’t have “tinnitus”, he would appreciate today’s sound quality better. I think he’s still living in the past ’cause I believe he still hears music in a “vinyl” kind of way, ya know? I think that’s what it is.

I think the sound quality is fine and Apple does give you the option to improve the sound quality yourself by using the Equalizer. I just believe Neil doesn’t understand the way music works today since he’s “old school” and still living in the 60’s.

He thinks he’s doing this as a way to make his fans “happy” but he isn’t. If you read some of the comments, he’s angering a lot of fans and many disagree with him. I disagree with him too.

Oh well, as I said in a post before… when you make something new in the music industry, it’s not gonna make everyone happy. It’s gonna upset a few artists for sure and like the old saying goes, “You can’t please everybody”.

At least Lars Ulrich of Metallica came out and said he appreciates “streaming services”:

http://loudwire.com/metallica-lars-ulrich-music-streaming-debate/

I think Neil needs to get over himself. He’s talented, a legend and all but I think he’s an asshole and an egomaniac sometimes. I think today’s sound quality is fine, he’s full of it.

Kev

Music I’ve been listening to on Apple Music…

I’ll have to admit that I find Apple Music streaming service quite addicting. I’ve been listening to it for quite a lot over the past week.

Lately I’ve been listening to all of Blur’s albums. You know that rock band from UK who does songs like “Song 2”, “Girls & Boys”, etc. I’ve listened to most of their albums including their new album, “The Magic Whip” which is really good! I love Blur. I dig their sound and they write good tunes.

I’ve also listened to Janet Jackson’s first two albums that she made in the 80’s and those are good albums too. Yeah, I dig Janet’s music, always had.

Last night, other than listening to Lana Del Rey’s two albums, I’ve also listened to two Deep Purple albums: “Machine Head” and “Perfect Strangers”. Both of those Deep Purple albums are classics.

Earlier this morning, I just listened to Carcass’s latest record, “Surgical Steel” that they released in 2013. I like metal and always wanted to check out Carcass. Their music is enjoyable and listenable.

That’s all for now. So far so good, Apple Music is awesome and I think it’s gonna be a game changer for the music industry. Streaming services could kill the Compact Disc for good and pretty soon record labels will be forced to release albums over the internet. How will artists get paid for their music when the Compact Disc era finally ends? Well artists can get paid from the Itunes store and they can get paid with their share from the Apple Music subscriptions. They’ll get paid by Pandora and Spotify too. So no worries folks, major label bands still can get rich with their music even if Compact Discs disappear completely.

Apple changed music history with Itunes, they’ll do the same again with Apple Music. I think Apple did a good job with it.

Kev

Finally, I found a positive review on Apple Music thanks to the New York Post…

Ever since the release of the new Apple Music streaming service, it of course sparked all kinds of controversy. Apple Music got mixed reviews, a love or hate kind of thing. Finally, I found a positive review toward Apple Music and this article defends the service a little bit too.

Take a read:

http://nypost.com/2015/07/11/why-apple-music-is-worth-every-penny/

Like I said before, I have no problems with Apple Music at all as I’m pretty impressed with it so I’m probably gonna keep it after my three free months are up. I’ve been listening to a lot of music on there already. Like the article says, Apple doesn’t tell you when your monthly subscriptions are up but hopefully they stick to their word that their 3 free months will be 3 full months. I started my 3 free months in July so my free trial should go on through August and might end at the end of Sept, hopefully.

I’m definitely gonna keep the service for sure. Don’t listen to all the negative reviews out there. You should give Apple Music a try yourself. The playback is fine and the sound quality is fine. I wanna keep this service so I don’t have to keep buying music from the Itunes store as much anymore. I think that’s what they made it for to begin with.

The question you have to ask is since “streaming” music is a new trend and about ready to take over the industry, could this hurt record sales? If so, good ’cause I hate record labels to begin with. Online “streaming” of music could take record labels out of business and bands & artists can release music for these “streaming” services. The industry is changing. We have streaming services such as “Spotify”, “Pandora”, “Tidal” and now here comes “Apple Music”. Maybe I’ll have another blog post about this soon.

Kev

I really like Apple Music a lot, I think Apple did a great job with it!

I don’t know why people have so much hatred toward Apple. I have no problem with them at all. One thing I don’t do is that I don’t read reviews on the internet knocking Apple just to get more “clicks” and “views”. I’m seeing a lot of complaints that Apple Music won’t let you own the albums if you like them which is bullshit. Apple DOES let you own the album or a song if you like it enough. You just have to download it from the Icloud for offline listening and then you can do what you want with the album… burn it on CD or sync it to your Ipod, whatever. Last night, I just updated my Itunes on the PC to 12.2 so I can get Apple Music on my PC and it worked fine. My huge Icloud library successfully got on my PC. If I want to listen to an album on my Ipod Touch from Apple Music, I would have to download it for offline listening. Which is pretty cool, in my opinion.

I notice a lot of people are becoming skeptical and a little worried about “streaming” music services but hey what can I say? It’s technology, ya know? Technology grows and evolves, there’s nothing you can do about it. Thanks to Netflix, “streaming music” is now taking over the world with streaming services such as Spotify, Apple, and now we have Tidal.

I dig Apple Music and have no issues with them at all. Like I said the other day, I made my Icloud library very big now. It gives me the opportunity to listen to the entire discographies of certain bands & artists that I like. I can now hear the rest of Joe Satriani’s albums, Dream Theater, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Opeth, etc. I have also added discographies by other bands & artists such as Beth Hart, Sonic Youth, The Pixies, Queensryche, Dire Straits, Kiss, etc. I have also added some pop music like En Vogue, Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson. Some jazz and instrumental guitar like George Benson, Eric Johnson, Allan Holdsworth. I also added a lot of blues like BB King, Eric Clapton, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, etc. A wide variety of music. Maybe sometime today, I’ll take a few screen shots to show you what my library looks like now.

Some of you may scratch your head and ask me, “You listen to pop music”? The truth is, yes. Some of it. Although, I mostly listen to rock and metal, I’ll listen to any type of music as long as it’s good to me.

As I type this blog entry, I’m listening to Beth Hart’s album, “37 Days”. I love Beth Hart’s music… been listening to all of her albums all week. Beth Hart is great and I’d recommend you check her out yourself. Her music is pretty fuckin’ tight and I love her singing.

Yesterday, I listened to Sun Kil Moon’s new album, “Universal Themes” and that’s a really really good record too. I would also recommend you to check out Sun Kil Moon, they play a mix of rock and acoustic folk.

With all this being said, despite all the negative reviews of Apple Music, I think they did a great job. This is only the beginning of Apple Music but I’m sure they’ll improve the service later in the years so they can make everyone happy. I’m sticking with them and will subscribe to them full time. I’ll no longer have to buy music from the Itunes store as much anymore which is gonna be very cool!

Kev