New iPhone to remove headphone jack?

I usually don’t write much on current events but this one caught my attention and I decided to write about it. If you don’t know there’s a very dubious rumor that the next iPhone will be removing the 3.5mm headphone jack in order to make the phone thinner. I don’t think this is true, but for the sake of argument lets explore the implication and repressions.

The Adapter Solution

Let’s say this iPhone 7 came out with only a lightning cable port. How are you going to privately listen to your music? The simplest method I can think of is via adapter. Although, I view this method as very ridiculous because if the goal is to make a thinner phone why encourage the use of a possibly bulky (and definitely expensive) peripheral. This also will alienate the fitness crowd because adapters tend to disconnect or break easily during exercise. Also, the adapter would have to connect through s lightning cable, which from what I heard doesn’t hold a the connections as snug as current headphone jack.

The Bluetooth Solution

Ok, well adapters are a crap option. What about wireless options? Bluetooth maybe? Well…that depends. Bluetooth does allow the freedom of movement that wired doesn’t, but is notorious for having relatively worse audio than the wired counterpart due to the compression process the audio undertakes during Bluetooth transmission.  If quality isn’t a problem then I hope the price of Bluetooth headphones doesn’t bother you. Bluetooth headphones are always more expensive and usually require batteries making them bulky or annoying if you forget to recharge your headphones. I also hope they don’t use this to stuff their Beats down iPhone user throats. Lets’ not forget to mention Bluetooth compatible cars aren’t that ubiquitous. From my experience the only time I’ve been in a Bluetooth car is when someone rents a car for a road trip.  So all you AUX users are out of luck if the iPhone rumors are true.

Android Solution

Then there’s the final solution. Switch to Android. From what I know they aren’t leaving the audio jack anytime soon.

Conclusion

So, removing the 3.5mm jack for just a couple millimeters of thinness  would be a horrible move. It will reduce the fidelity of the listening experience on their products. It would inconvenience the consumer in a number of ways and make apple look like money grabbing jerks who are forcing their consumer base to buy proprietary adapters and headphones all because they wanted their phone to compete with Victoria Secret models for the thinnest object on Earth.

If you haven’t check out my earlier post about Music being more like language than we think

Also Check out my YouTube channel where I post a music composition daily as practice

EARGASM – Unbelievable

In honor of Owl City’s album “Mobile Orchestra” releasing today here’s a single from it. It’s such a nostalgia trip. Also in other new Taylor swift’s 1989 has reached 5 million sales; Halfway to diamond.

My Thoughts on Tidal (The GB&U)

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly – Tidal Music Streaming Service

So recently, Jay-Z and friends (Kanye, Rhianna, Daft Punk to name a few) started a Spotify-esque music streaming service named “Tidal” (probably because of the waves of money invested in this project). Tidal’s main goal is a way to get music artist payed, probably sparked by Taylor Swift denouncing Spotify for it’s pennies per stream policy that it pays artist. Will tidal crash it’s competition or be washed away in the tide? Let’s explore the good, the bad and the ugly.

The Good 

Tidal offers high fidelity, loss-less audio. For non-audiophiles, lossless audio is the equivalent to 5k resolution in the TV world. If you listen to an mp3 your are listening to a compressed version of the original song giving you the equivalent of 1080p or 720p quality sound. This compression is mostly needed to reduce the size of the file, especially for the advent of mp3 players when 512MB mp3 players or less were the norm.

The Bad

Tidal has no free option. You can pay $9.99 for the same quality audio as Spotify or pay $19.99 for the loss-less audio mentioned above. I think this will hurt early adoption of this platform.

 Not to mention, the loss-less audio itself has a couple major flaws.

1) Most people won’t be able to hear the quality difference.

Most people won’t be able to hear the difference in quality either because of physical or equipment limitations. Most people’s ears aren’t trained to hear the minute details of loss-less and most speakers or headphones that an average consumer gets isn’t designed for loss-less but for the mp3 standard that dominates the market.

2) Data usage

Since loss-less is uncompressed it takes up WAY more space. In my experience loss-less Wav files are usually 10 times bigger than mp3 files. Meaning a normal 100MB album could end up being 1GB if streamed lossless via Tidal. So, if Tidal creates a mobile version I doubt it would be able to play in loss-less or else users will get mad and wonder how they used up 2GB of mobile data in one sitting.

3) Reduced Library of Music

Since Tidal is just starting out it will have a smaller library of music than Spotify although I’ve heard that, regardless of this fact it had a massive launch library that should have all of the more popular jams.

The Ugly

As for Tidal’s main goal, compensating artists fairly, I’ve heard very little on this. Most, I hear about is the loss-less audio. I’ve heard rumors that the pay structure is similar to Spotifiy’s pennies per play but I haven’t confirmed anything yet. That’s why this is the ugliest thing about Tidal. If it was created to give artist control shouldn’t they be advocating the benefits of the service to the artist as well.

Final Verdict

Tidal, as it’s been portrayed currently, is going to fail. No free trials, hi-fi audio that average people can’t use.and obscure benefits for artist that aren’t Jay-Z et al. Tidal has no competitive edge.

Big Sean “Dark Sky Paradise” Review (GB&U Music Review)

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Music Reviews

Dark Sky Paradise – Big Sean (2015)

Welcome to the review of Big Sean’s most recent release “Dark Sky Paradise”. So let’s begin exploring the good, the bad and the ugly from this album shall we.

The Good

Big Sean is HUNGRY on this album. Get this man a buffet! You can tell from the first song “Dark Sky (Skyscrapers)” that he has something to prove this album. His lines are still as clever as always. I feel like he has matured a lot on this album and songs like “Win Some, Lose Some” prove that. This album is very deep and introspective with a balance of fun songs like “I Don’t Fuck with You”. This balance of substance and play is something I find is lacking in most mainstream hip hop. Not to mention even the bonus tracks sound album worthy but any way onto..

The Bad

Who keeps telling Big Sean he can sing his own hooks? His “singing” sounds like monotone crooning on most songs, sometimes it works but on song like “I Know” he should leave it his guest feature Jhene Aiko. Seriously though.

The Ugly

I think the main thing that brings the album down on the whole are the features. I feel like most of the features fall flat or don’t bring much to the song and are forgettable especially when compared to Big Sean’s energy. The singers do a great job on hooks though (except for Chris Brown on “Play No Games” something about it just didn’t mesh with my ears). For instance, E-40 on “I Don’t Fuck with You” I can’t remember a line from his verse. Lil Wayne on “Deep” sounded like a computer trying to rap because when he started speed up his flow the auto tune took over his vocals killing clarity. Then don’t get me started on Kanye’s lack luster verse on “All your fault” (Though that last verse where they switch back and forth is dope.)

Would I recommend this album? Yes

Who would I recommend this album to: Those needing some motivation or something to get hyped up for the rest of the day.

Favorite Song: Win Some, Lose Some

Least Favorite Song: Deep

Next week’s review: Kelly Clarkson’s “Piece by Piece”

Try a new game: Tap Studio 3

So I found this app on my iPod, called Tap Studio 3. It’s guitar hero-esque game where you create a tap pattern to a song and you play them trying to hit the tap pattern accurately. Below is a video  of me playing my song “What Angels Dance To” on insane difficulty. I can also share songs with others so if you have the app and want to play let me know!

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