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We want to love ‘luxury’ hi-fi music streaming. But there are problems

Tidal, a new service from Norway’s Aspiro Group, streams ultra-high-quality digital music for $20 a month. Its “lossless” files are compression-free, meaning audio has lost no quality after being converted to playable digital files from the original recordings, unlike mp3s and other files commonly used in streaming. […] But high-quality streaming is a half-measure. The real audiophiles – the people who might be willing to pay nearly triple the price of Netflix each month for high quality music – probably aren’t thinking about streaming at all. The cash-flush demographic is still more likely to buy vinyl, and maybe a CD or two, and listen to hi-fi stereos and headphones manufactured by the likes of Denon, Bose or Sennheiser. The journey is crucial for the end result: the vast majority of today’s headphones, computers and mobile devices aren’t designed to deliver truly high quality audio. Audiophiles know this, and unless they’re carrying $500-plus headphones around with them, they likely won’t notice the difference in sound on their iPhones. – Josh O’Kane,The Globe and Mail 
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A rebuttal to laughable elitist rants against streaming music

This newfound ease of music discovery is not, it appears, pleasing to everyone. In last Sunday’s The New York Times, writer Dan Brooks argued that, as streaming becomes the consumption of choice for more and more listeners, “we’ve made it a little more difficult to find new people.” His essay, titled “Streaming Music Has Left Me Adrift,” is a meandering argument that reasonably priced access to millions of songs ruins the discovery process, and, in turn, ruins the connections borne of that process. […] Mr. Brooks seems to prefer that music only be discovered and consumed within the oligarchy of cool within which he, and others he anoints, should exist. This brand of music elitism, with self-perceived coolness as currency, has for too long kept many potential fans from being comfortable in certain music scenes. […] streaming technology is only making those connections easier. In past years, the investment required to keep up with new, exciting music was enormous. Unless you had a great college radio station or music scene in town, or felt like staying up all night to listen to CBC’s Brave New Waves, exposure to new, especially independent music – and like-minded fans – was a difficult ordeal. File-sharing services opened the field up, but in less-than-legal ways. Today, hearing new music doesn’t have to be doesn’t have to be difficult or illegal. – Josh O’Kane,The Globe and Mail
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New Rogers, Shaw video-streaming service to match Netflix cost

A new online streaming service created by two of Canada’s most powerful television distributors will launch in the first week of November, […] Shomi, a new subscription video-on-demand service, is a joint venture of Roger’s Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. At launch, it will be available only to Rogers and Shaw customers with Internet or TV subscriptions. […] The new service, which will include 11,000 hours of television and 1,200 movies, with 30 per cent Canadian content, will cost $8.99 per month – the same price as the popular Netflix streaming service since it raised its monthly rate by $1 earlier this year. Initially, it will be available on tablets, smartphones, web browsers, Xbox 360 and set top cable boxes. […] The platform is intended to bolster the business of the cable television giants in the face of stiff competition from all-you-can-watch streaming competitors. – James Bradshaw,The Globe and Mail
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Net neutrality advocates target mobile TV

[T]hese services have been caught up in the growing debate over “net neutrality,” a long-standing principle that essentially means Internet carriers, such as cellphone and cable companies, should not restrict content providers such as YouTube, Wikipedia, bloggers or anyone else. Some fear that without rules supporting net neutrality, telecom companies could interfere with content flowing over their networks by blocking or slowing access to material from competitors or giving preference to their own services. Critics say the practice of cellphone carriers exempting certain material from data caps violates net neutrality by treating content differently and the issue is now before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. – Christine Dobby, Telecom Reporter via The Globe and Mail http://ift.tt/1uw9boi