This month in digital music libraries - May 2021
This month’s look back on the world of self stored, self hosted digital music libraries. In this edition: lots going on with Spotify, ripping vinyl at scale and a few resources including an MP3 repair tool for macOS.
Getting in the zone
The world’s in two camps: those that like working to music, and those that don’t. For those that do (and I’m one) we can often also have further requirements of our work-music. For me: ideally no lyrics, so non-operatic classical and electronic music tend to be perfect. Even better: if the music is continual with no breaks. This music generator manages to tick all the boxes!
Last year in lockdown a friend shared this with me, and until now I’d forgotten to share it out. It’s Peter Jackson’s Beatles project - Get Back. Looks like it’s got some super-interesting footage from the Let It Be sessions.
Spotify gets it
Finally! Spotify makes albums a first-class concept for offline listening.
Spotify and podcasting
Sticking with Spotify, what effect is their ecosystem having on wider podcasting? I’m a big fan of podcasts and have been since the mid-late 00s. I wouldn’t like to see one streaming service affecting what podcasts are available, but then, the podcasts being discussed are mostly mainstream ones. I tend to prefer those on niche subjects (it’s part of the beauty of the Internet in general).
The effect @Spotify is having on open #podcasting https://t.co/t9ttAR6sAL - to an extent I don't care about this, so long as podcasts continue to expose an RSS feed so I can choose how to download and listen! pic.twitter.com/HizLxvyBWI— bliss (@bliss_music) May 16, 2021
3vise - repairing MP3s on macOS
Looks like a useful app to add to the armoury! There seems to be a lot of niche audio repair tools - some constrained by platform, some by file format. I wonder if there’s scope for a tool that fixes all audio, on all platforms?
Ripping vinyl at scale
Ever wondered how a large organisation rips music? In this case it’s vinyl, and the Internet Archive has a lot of old ripped vinyl available for download.