This month in digital music libraries - January 2023

Newspaper Another new year for digital music! This month we cover DAP hardware news, ListenBrainz’s “Year in Music” event, and the long-awaited release of Windows versions for some popular Apple apps.

New portable DAPs

As self-stored and self-curated music libraries remain a thing, the portable DAP market (particularly at the hi-fi end) continues likewise. The past month saw two interesting bits…

Meanwhile, Sony announced a new version of their Walkman, and it looks goooooood:

MetaBrainz #yearinmusic

ListenBrainz, the sister project to MusicBrainz, ran their Year in Music event, summarising listener’s musical discoveries and habits for the year. BDFL, Rob Kaye, shared this pretty visualisation:

Apple apps finally available for Windows

It’s taken a long time, but Apple have finally released Windows versions of their (although whether cover art is fixed is another question…)

What am I hoping for in digital music for 2023?

I’m looking forward to more innovation by smaller developers who cater for music lovers who are still passionate about music curation, discovery and focused listening. We’re still out there, and there’s still an eco system of services, hardware and software for such people. There’s nothing wrong with streaming, but equally there’s value in being considerate and judicious about the content libraries we consume.

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