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I myself did use the Player every month to preview recordings that looked interesting. After reading the Awards issue last night I go to your website and find Qobuz. Which apparently does not work in North America.
In any event, you still have the best publication covering classical music. The fact that you don't have a streaming player that works (at least where I am) is probably not a deal breaker.
But I did like, and use, the old Player.
I hadn't noticed the demise of the player. I used to use it a lot but the selection in recent months has not been of much interest to me. However, I did think that it worked quite well.
I do find the increased cost of the digital subscription quite stunning - up from GBP40 to GBP60 for a year. I wrote to Martin Cullingford asking for an explanation for such a large increase but got no reply. I notice that he didn't address that issue in his post to this forum, so I guess that it is a sensitive matter.
I gave up on the printed version a couple of years ago when so-called air mail delivery was taking more than six weeks to reach me.
This website seems to have become very slow when trying to move to new pages - keeps trying to connect me to code.tinypass.com.
I actually prefer useing Qubuz allthough I can understand why some readers don't. My only gripes are, 1) Not all of the editor's choices are available on Qubuz, 2) I don't recall having seen any notification of the withdrawal of the gramophone player, in the magazine. Have I missed it? Presume not in view of the comments on this subject!
We don't need player this and player that. Just guide us to the best and we'll go. Gramophone please just concentrate on the good and let the music producers/providers link us to the video/audio experience.
Ever since your inception you have been a conduit to all that is good just continue, simple. Don't over-egg the pudding.
Pause for thought.
Some years ago, I contacted Gramophone to suggest they drop the CD in favour of a monthly podcasts of selected samples, as I used an iPod. I did not even get a reply to that!
My hi-fi is quite old (B&O) and so I invested in a Wi-Fi appliance to connect my pc to the hi-fi in order to listen to the player in comfort. I was happy with this arrangement. However, the appliance hasn't left its box since the player stopped updating.
I plan to test out Martin's suggestion and play the Gramophone Editor's Choice samples later and might rejoin this thread afterwards.
I have had constant connexion problems with The Gramophone website. I would have used Gramophone Player without these problems. Also your website is immensely overloaded, dense, complicated and hard to navigate. Some dropdowns from the headings would be helpful. Please restore the excerpts illustrating Editors Choice - they can't be that hard to administrate. Thanks. Tim - subscriber since 1960s
I found the gramophone player a real help in deciding what new music I would buy. It was a great way of testing your top recommendations. I think it is very shortsighted to loose it. Gramophone is in danger of becoming a magazine for musicians rather than music lovers like me.
I have been on holiday so have only just discovered the demise of the Gramophone player. Like others here, I spent some time trying to find the player. Then I referred to old magazines, thinking: "Have I missed something?"
Then I found this blog.
The Editor shows a complete contempt for the customer by not announcing the change in the magazine. Qobuz is offered as an alternative - presumably because there is some commercial realtionship between Gramophone and Qobuz. I went to the Qobuz site, which I use for downloads and could find no way to navigate to the Gramophone playlist - only the URL earlier in this blog enabled me to find it. And does the Editor actually listen to music - to suggest that one minute extracts are a substitute for the complete movements on the Player is laughable? I tried Spotify but it seems to have very few CDs on its playlist - nothing from the October edition.
The joy of the Player was that it introduced me to music that normally I might not have listened to, and so widened my horizons.
Oh well, I suppose that's an hour saved each month not having the player - but please, Martin, a more honest approach to your customers would be appreciated.
Dear Martin the Editor: This US subscriber of 50 years is infuriated enough to stop subscribing. While the choice of a platform on which to present excerpts is yours, reacting to their loss is mine. I can understand your not wanting to pay for cover mount CDs, and the Player, though buggy and glitchy did the job in its place, but now, nothing. The streaming service with which you have made an alliance, Qobuz, is not available in the US if it even lasts much longer elsewhere, I depended on hearing those excerpts to amplify the reviews, and if the ultimate objective of a review is to sell (or unsell) records, I bought many because of the combination of the review and sample clip. Now, no, which is ultimately destructive to the revenue base of the magazine. What bright spark is making these decisions, to drive me away and then prevent me from buying what the magazine is about? Are you nuts? I take you at your word, that feedback from the paying customers is useful to you. I would guess no one is happy with what you are doing, but most will not take the time to scream. I have taken the time. Monopoly businesses act in high handed and arrogant ways on the assumption that they have you by the shorties and you have no other place to go. Sooner or later, that approach destroys a business. I ask you to reconsider. AB
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