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Moving streaming services

In light of the recent Spotify stuff—including their predictably poor response: people are rightly looking to move streaming services. I’ve not been on Spotify for a while—I found the relentless plugging of podcasts super annoying on a “music” platform, so I moved off before things got as bad as they are. I also, personally, found the quality of streaming sub-par, at best.

I moved from Spotify to Apple Music. I really like the service, although integration with Last.FM is difficult. The audio quality is really decent most of the time and they’ve ironed out a lot of the problems they had in the early days. If you’ve already got Apple services like iCloud storage and whatnot, you can get it cheaper with the Apple One subscription.

One thing I also like about Apple Music is that it works pretty good with my existing local collection of music. It’s not great, but it’s not terrible. I found players like Roon bloody awful to use. Bring back winamp!

An outlier, but very good service is Tidal. Their “master quality” streams are bloody good and very warm sounding. They’re very close to a good quality local FLAC file. I like that Tidal pay the most to artists per stream, too (nearly 10x more than Spotify). It is still pittance though, being less than a cent… You can read about those royalties here.

What’s my setup now?

I try to buy as much music as possible—be it Vinyl, CD, cassettes or digitally with Bandcamp etc. You can check out my physical collection here.

I’ve been on Apple Music for ages now, but I’m actually trying out Tidal again. I moved stuff around stuff really easily with songshift too, so definitely give that a look. I tend to share music links via (AKA odesli) too, so regardless of platform, people can get access to recommendations easily. I track with Last.FM too, which again, makes moving platforms a non-issue. It’s also a pretty wholesome service, even all these years later! I use it to generate that little latest track thing on the bottom of the page.

I hope this little run-down helps if you are on the fence with streaming services.

The efficiency of the right

I listen to call-in radio to escape my own left-wing echo chamber and something I’ve noticed today is a consistent message from callers: “we need to worry about Russia, not cake”.

That sentence in isolation is absolutely bonkers, but if you’ve been paying attention, the most recent Party Gate allegation—that the Prime Minister had a birthday party while millions were subject to lockdown measures—is actually being used to gaslight the whole thing.

I don’t really have a point, more an observation at how fast the right can pull their supporters in line. Probably even on-the-fence voters too (shy tories).

It should terrify you. It does me, because here on the left, by the time everyone has finished being performative, the right have already won.

Week 2 notes – 2022

Another week and I’m still on this weeknotes biz, so I’ll give myself a pat on the back. Yes, it might well only be week 2, but whatever.

I’ve spent the vast majority of my work week in meetings, which hasn’t been great, but, I have kicked off some absolute banger projects. Some super creative ones, too.

Most importantly, we are releasing the 3rd edition of Every Layout imminently (who knows it might even be live now) which features a brand new homepage that I’ve been promising to design for the past two years. We’re super happy with it.

A fun thing I did this week was take my eldest daughter stargazing because she won a science competition at school. The astronomer had a banger of a telescope which allowed us to see the moon in ridiculous detail. We also got a good look at Jupiter, which was ace.

I live in the middle of nowhere now, so I’m very tempted to get into astronomy with the little’n. We got her a little telescope for Christmas, so we’ve got everything we need already.

Brooklyn and the Astronomer’s banger telescope, looking at the moon

Last up, to fulfil my resolution to get down to 14st and maintain it, I started PT sessions this week. At the time of writing, I can no longer feel my arms as they are now actually made of jelly. This PT is really good. He’s not an in-your-face fitness dickhead, but a sports scientist. I’m super injury-prone, so that provides me with some comfort. He’s also going to get me set on a long-term and sustainable plan, so that should be good.

Anyway, the timer has run out, so with that, I bid you a good weekend!