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Mike Mettler  |  Jul 30, 2020  |  0 comments
If there’s one thing the ongoing pandemic has taught us, it’s that the “too much time on my hands” concept no longer applies. Here are five music-centric podcasts and a sixth smorgasbord selection to enhance your appreciation of music and the ways it’s made.
Mike Mettler  |  Jun 25, 2020  |  0 comments
Welcome back my friends, to the sheltering that never ends! Well, I suppose that assessment technically depends on just how good your home state has been in adhering to our respective pandemic guidelines, but I digress. Regardless of whether you're following a strict lockdown or beginning to safely venture out and about (albeit while wearing a mask, please!), we can all still agree there's nothing quite like spending some quality screen time with top-shelf streaming content, no matter what's going on outside as summer gets into full swing.
Mike Mettler  |  Apr 30, 2020  |  0 comments
So . . . seen anything good lately? Now that we have almost nothing but time on our hands as we collectively self-quarantine behind closed doors and chill in front of our screens, there's no better time than the here and now to catch up on all the great rock documentaries we've been meaning to delve into via the streaming universe. Naturally, we here at S&V assume you've already devoured—and loved—the half-dozen rock docs I recommended here just a few short weeks ago, so what should you watch next?
Mike Mettler  |  Apr 02, 2020  |  5 comments
The always-must-be-fed M.O. of today’s streaming services has produced a plethora of rock documentaries. Here are six you don’t want to miss.
Mike Mettler  |  Mar 17, 2020  |  1 comments
Pandora was one of the world’s leading Internet radio entities when it debuted 20 years ago. Now under the mighty SiriusXM corporate umbrella, can its Pandora Premium tier deliver an experience on par with the competition?
Mike Mettler  |  Dec 23, 2019  |  5 comments
Amazon Music HD came out of the gate with hi-res guns a-blazing. Can the online retail giant deliver on the level of quality their customers have come to expect from its other services?
Mike Mettler  |  Oct 17, 2019  |  2 comments
Can classical music and the streaming universe truly co-exist? Thanks to Primephonic, many hi-res movements are nothing but music to our ears.
Mike Mettler  |  Jul 25, 2019  |  1 comments
Twenty years ago, Napster introduced the world to unlimited file-sharing — and the music business has never been the same since.
Mike Mettler  |  May 22, 2019  |  0 comments
If you enjoy discovering new music, you need to check out Bandcamp.
Mike Mettler  |  Mar 22, 2019  |  1 comments
Once you let Roon manage your digital audio playback, your multizone listening aspirations will be fulfilled.
Mike Mettler  |  Nov 23, 2018  |  9 comments
Qobuz makes a play to own the U.S. hi-res music streaming market — but does it have the goods to pull it off?
Mike Mettler  |  Sep 28, 2018  |  0 comments
Who wins in the streaming war between Apple Music and Spotify? You do, of course.

Last month, you and I made a pact, right here in this space. What, you don’t remember? (Apparently, even audiophiles have ADD.) Well, our agreement was essentially this: We the golden-ear people wholly accept streaming as another worthwhile delivery system for receiving and listening to our music, especially given the strides some of the services have been making in providing higher-quality, higher-resolution streams. (Coming back to you now?)

Mike Mettler  |  Aug 17, 2018  |  1 comments
Has streaming saved the music industry? Depends on whom you ask. If we’re to believe certain vocal factions within the music business, we’re already officially entrenched in the “end of owning music” era...
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