Music Industry

Neil Young Quits Streaming

Neil Young has posted a statement on Facebook stating that “Streaming has ended for me”.

Apparently the sound quality of the current streaming services has caused him to pull his music from these services.

In another Facebook message he claimed “AM radio kicked streaming’s ass. Analog Cassettes and 8 tracks also kicked streaming’s ass, and absolutely rocked compared to streaming.” But he still has hope in regards to streaming, claiming that he would return if the quality of the sound were improved.

I personally think streaming is o.k but I still prefer listening to my own library of high quality recordings, that i’ve ripped from compact discs at a higher bit rate and stored on a local drive.

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Apple Music Streaming

Apple‘s new Beats 1 subscription based music streaming service will start in Canada on June 30th, 2015 and will cost $9.99 per month.

The service will first be available to iOS and Windows users but Android users will have access later this year.

Click here for the official press release, dated June 8th, 2015.

Gift Card Deals – Pharmaplus

Participating Pharmaplus Drug Stores are offering 10% off $50 iTunes gift cards until June 4th, 2015. Please consult your local flyer for details.

International Record Store Day 2015

It’s International Record Store Day and many independent retailers in Canada will be celebrating the event with sales and other promotions.

This is of course a great opportunity to find the vinyl you’ve always been looking for, or that rare CD that has yet to make it to iTunes. But you can also find memorabilia at some of these local stores like posters, hats, embroidered patches, etc. Or DVD/Blu-Rays featuring live concerts or music videos.

Click here for a listing of participating stores in Canada.

Gift Card & Other Offers

Participating Sobeys and Real Canadian Superstore locations are offering 10% discounts on iTunes gift cards.

From November 7th to November 13th, 2014 select Sobeys stores will be offering 10% discounts on $50 and $100 gift cards. And from November 3rd to November 20th, select Real Canadian Superstore locations will be offering 10% discounts on $100 gift cards.

Amazon.ca, Amazon.com and EntertainmentEarth.com are currently also offering discounts on miscellaneous products on their Countdown To Black Friday sales whilst Chapters/Indigo is offering 15% Off One Regular Priced Item. (Use Promo Code: JOYFUL. Exclusions Apply).