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The Case for Super Vinyl

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Regular vinyl. The idea is to make Super Vinyl better.

Ted Gioia has an interesting idea.

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I have often made enthusiastic comments about the opportunity to revitalize the music business with Super Vinyl.

But what exactly is Super Vinyl? Am I just blowing smoke? And what kind of smoke, exactly?

I haven’t given a precise definition, because it’s more a dream than an actual product. But it’s a realistic dream. Millions of music fans have embraced old vinyl, creating the fastest-growing segment of the recording industry. So why can’t you make something like vinyl, only better?

Let me remind you that the vinyl long-playing album was invented in 1948. Surely we can do something better nowadays, with all our advanced technology. I share more details below, but the basic concept is a physical object that retains all of the advantages of the old albums we love and cherish, but with improvements and enhancements.

The upside is enormous. If music companies could shift the basis of competition back to a physical medium, the high tech streaming platforms are at a huge disadvantage, and power returns to musicians and record labels. They would have an edge that Silicon Valley technocrats couldn’t match.

Fans would benefit too. They deserve something better than a world in which songs are treated as ‘content’ for a phone app. It’s clear that Google, Apple and other tech titans have different priorities than enriching the listening experience of music lovers. We have already waited too long for them to meet our needs, and just look at how little they’ve done. In fact, that’s one of the main reasons why old vinyl is a hot product again.

If a Super Vinyl product were compelling enough, large numbers of music fans might willingly pay $10 or $20 for a new album, perhaps much more. This would create revenue and profit growth that the music business hasn’t enjoyed since the compact disc boom of the 1980s.

Let’s do the math.

Assume that an exciting new music platform could attract 10% of US consumers, and each was willing to purchase one album per month at a price of $15. And let’s make a conservative guess that demand outside the US is t least equal to this.

How much revenue does this generate? Here’s my back-of-the-envelope calculation. . . 

Continue reading.

Written by Leisureguy

19 March 2022 at 4:07 pm

Barrister & Mann Spice Reserve and the Gillette 1940s Aristocrat

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It’s easy to feel good on a sunny morning after a good night’s sleep, and the shave just adds to the pleasure. This morning I went with Barrister & Mann’s Spice Reserve and followed their recommendation to use a synthetic brush with it — today, the RazoRock Keyhole, a terrific little (well, 22mm — just right for e) brush. 

My Gillette Aristocrat from the 1940s has a blade that it likes, so the shave was easy, trouble-free, and effective. A splash of Reserve Spice aftershave, and the weekend begins.

The tea this morning is Murchie’s Assam Golden Tippy: “A dark, rich tea with full-bodied, malty flavour, with a hint of sweetness and a silk smooth finish.” It does indeed have a rich flavor, with a slight tannin tinge — still very smooth, but with more presence than yesterday”s Ceylon Kenilworth. My guess is that “Tippy Golden” means this is a TGFOP tea — tippy golden flowery orange pekoe. (See this article on tea grades.)

Written by Leisureguy

19 March 2022 at 9:24 am

Posted in Caffeine, Shaving

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