52 Fascinating Things Learned in 2015

Writing in Medium.com, Tom Whitwell details 52 things he learned last year. You can read the whole list here, but for the music and music-and-tech purposes, I’ve pulled out these highlights.

  • Apple uses lasers to tidy up the insides of aluminium iWatches after they’ve been precision machined. Nobody else does that. [Greg Koenig]
  • The music critic of the New Yorker quit his job to annotate lyrics for a startup [Ravi Somaiya & Ben Sisario]
  • Vinyl Me Please, an analog subscription service, earns $2m/year from 7,300 subscribers [Harley Brown]
  • The peak of CD sales (in 2000) was just 13% higher than the peak of Vinyl & Cassette sales (in 1979) [Michael DeGusta]Better Records is an online store that specialises in ‘Hot Stampers’. They’re normal, mass-produced vinyl albums from the 60s to 90s that they’ve decided are particularly good sounding (“Amazingly spacious and transparent with tons of rich, warm tubey magic”) so sell for $300-$1,000. [
  • Better Records is an online store that specialises in ‘Hot Stampers’. They’re normal, mass-produced vinyl albums from the 60s to 90s that they’ve decided are particularly good sounding (“Amazingly spacious and transparent with tons of rich, warm tubey magic”) so sell for $300-$1,000. [Rene Chun]
  • The web is less than 8,000 days old. [Danny Quick]

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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