Travelling to events around the country, we are impressed at the importance people put on the quality of their music listening. I must admit that in the dark days of MP3 players and iPod docking stations, I despaired that people were accepting a considerable downgrade in audio quality, even if it was just for casual kitchen listening. This was undoubtedly affecting poeple's music choices.
These days people seem to have a real appetite for good music reproduction. iPod docks have been replaced with streaming devices such as those from Sonus, Logitech, B&W etc. Streaming services have upped their games too and some 320kbps MP3 renderings are sounding much better than the rubbish that was previously being foist upon us by non-music appreciating computer programmers, in a bid to have us all carry around 1500 albums rather than 50 really good ones!
Appetite for "music as food" has increased. It is these days, very rare when asking music lover's what they like to receive an answer other than "everything" - This is a very good thing as there is such a variety of very high quality music around.
Streaming is very significant in this broadening in taste and as connectivity improves, this is becoming the norm. Look out for a deeper examination of this in next month's newsletter.
I hid a link to a band I recently went to see in last month's broadcast. Alas, I hid it so well, that only one person found it (great work CB!) - here it is again for everyone else!