Episode 40: Ultra Means Toy

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  1. Fivespot

    Fivespot ABOG Podcast

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    The podcast format is solidified. Just choose which groove you put the needle in for either music or video games.

    Ice Breaker (0:01:20)

    Music (0:05:00)

    New Releases- Oasis (Definitely Maybe/Remastered), The Black Keys (Turn Blue), Tori Amos (Unrepentent Geraldines), Space Raft (S/T), The Roots (...and then you shoot your cousin), Coldplay

    News- Apple reportedly buying Beats, Dave Grohl's HBO TV show, Compact discs are wearing out, Casey Casem

    Listening To- Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies (Are We Not Men? We Are Diva), Jack White (Blunderbuss), Red Hot Chili Peppers (Californication), Neil Young (A Letter Home), The GOASTT (Midnight Sun), Truckfighters (Universe)

    All music shared on the podcast with kind permission from the artists.
    Video Games (1:04:10)

    Now Playing- MLB 14: The Show (PS4), Gran Turismo 6 (PS3), Walking Dead (Vita), Borderlands 2 (PS3), All Pro Football 2K8 (PS3), Trials Fusion (PS4), Ryse (XBOX One)

    Topics- In a gaming rutt, E3 2014 about hedging bets, Canada's prices, XBOX One without Kinect

    House Cleaning (1:37:50)

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  2. ChryZ

    ChryZ Chaos Engineer

    Some of the CD life expectancy talk is border-lining FUD.

    When the CD is made, protective lacquer is dropped onto each disc, which is spun to spread the lacquer to its outer edges, if this is not done properly, the lacquer may not cover the disc, enabling air to penetrate and oxidise the aluminium. Over time, this rusting effect can ruin the CD. It's called CD rot, caused by lack of production quality. Is it super common? No. The nice thing about CDs is, that you can make a digital 1:1 read out of its content and re-create an exact replica (audio wise) whenever you want.

    Vinyl isn't the end all solution for maintaining music for lasting listening, in many regards it's even worst. You really have to know what you're doing to make it last. Have a well serviced record player, adjust the correct weight balance on its needle, regular replace worn out needles, store correctly / quarter rotate them regularly to avoid warping. AND even then the vinyl is still deteriorating over time, slowly and steadily. Buy two favorite records of the same pressing, keep one sealed, unplayed and properly stored. The other one, use normally for a couple of years, then compare both and be prepare for a proper reality check.

    Nothing will last forever, but some things age more gracefully or easily cheat death by media shifting because of their digital nature.
    Last edited: May 23, 2014
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  3. Fivespot

    Fivespot ABOG Podcast

    The vinyl comment about archiving was tongue in cheek (we were even laughing) but the CD issue is being reported by a lot of different media outlets and we've experienced it personally. Wasn't meant to be a vinyl is superior to CD's discussion but rather a news story about CD's breaking down/rotting.

    I, for one, acknowledge the benefits of each medium and don't think CD's are crap. They're great for what they do. Fortunately there are many different ways to consume music these days (stream, digital download (various formats), CD, cassette, vinyl, radio airwaves, etc.).

    Sources:
    http://www.theatlantic.com/technolo...s-to-destroy-your-old-cds-for-science/370804/
    http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/14/library-of-congress-destroys-cds/

    As always, you're the man with all the knowledge. And our biggest devil's advocate for the vinyl vs. CD discussion and we love the banter and appreciate it.

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