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Hearing excerpts from Gramophone recordings of the month.

I am a North American subscriber and have been for a number of decades.  I was dismayed when the monthly CD with excerpts from recordings of the month disappeared, and I never found the gramophone player convenient or easy to use. But now you have removed even that!  If you can't restore it, I think the cost of the publication is just too much for a magazine, and I'm afraid I'll have to give up on the publication.  That's too bad, after all these years, but life moves on, and Gramophone seems to be moving backwards, residing somewhere in my wake. 

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I've found the online Gramophone player easy and simple to use, and am disappointed it has gone now. I wonder what can be behind its falling usage.

On the other hand, I seem to remember that when it was announced that the cover CD would be going and be replaced by an online player, one of the rationales was that the online player could provide longer, more complete extracts than the CD. It was true for maybe a few months, and then it was back to short clips. Now we have 1-minute clips on qobuz?

Wagner

"At the end of a year your time of service would have come to an end - then, freed... you would have appeared to me in a different form"

 

--Lohengrin

Qobuz failing?

It seems Qobuz may not be longer for this earth either.  They have filed for protection.  See http://www.qobuz.com/fr-fr/page/communique_20082014

timpassingham wrote:

timpassingham wrote:

It seems Qobuz may not be longer for this earth either.  They have filed for protection.  See http://www.qobuz.com/fr-fr/page/communique_20082014

 

This has been debated here before. It's not that unusual for a start-up to struggle with fundraising- been there myself. What is becoming clear - some significant entrants are about to enter the marketplace - is that streaming at CD (or hopefully better) quality has a future. I wish Qobuz well, but recognise that they may not be the long term survivor in this market.

Demand

pgraber wrote:

 

What is becoming clear - some significant entrants are about to enter the marketplace - is that streaming at CD (or hopefully better) quality has a future. I wish Qobuz well, but recognise that they may not be the long term survivor in this market.

 

 

Is such a quality really required for 50 Cents (the supposedly higher-demand rap sector recently discussed) ?

 

Even for the rest of us, the quality may be worse on (CD) reissues of even the same recording, let alone different recordings.

Kudos on the Spotify Playlist

I'm just sorry I wasn't aware of it earlier!  Big improvement on the online player, which I considered a vital tool to acquaint myself with the highlighted referrals from the magazine, a number of which I have subsequently bought.  I concur with timpassingham about the new playlist page.  The Spotify option is infintely superior.  Bravo to the magazine for keeping up with the times.

 

And thanks to all the indignant commentors venting their outrage over the slightest update or change with threats of subscription cancellations.  You've given me a good chuckle for the middle of the week.  Clearly Lady Bracknell lives and thrives.

Quo

Perhaps now KillBuzz. (I think BuzzKill is already taken)...

October playlist

The latest magazine still refers to the Gramophone Player, e.g. bottom right page 109, even though it is now effectively defunct

 

The most irritating thing about this is the lack of information from the publishers.  It's like the public reaction to a train being cancelled with no announcements.  People get very frustrated.  If you tell people what's going on they are more inclined to understand problems and accept change.  

 

So please, tell all your readership what your plans are.

 

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