Hi guys, I have a question for you: Do You MP3?

The other day I was performing some long overdue maintenance on my PC when it occurred to me that the 70-80GB worth of MP3s I have on my hard drive haven’t been touched now for quite some time. A quick peruse of my programs showed that Winamp (my long-time MP3 program of choice) wasn’t even installed on my latest OS install, something I had done some months previous.

I wondered at that point what I should do with them. Should I leave them on one of my drives taking up valuable space that could be used for more useful data like educational videos [Editor’s note: “educational vids” indeed… ahem], or should I pop them into offline storage? Another thought occurred – would it really be a big deal if I deleted them altogether?

It was the fierce protection of my MP3 collection that got me making backups in the first place, a process that I have long gotten out of the habit of, and this leads me to the nub of the matter:

Is the humble MP3 already a dying format? We’ve all been there – I’m sure if many of us went up into our lofts and garages we would find VHS cassettes or (if you’re an early adopter) Betamax tapes, we’ll find old C90s, minidiscs, and maybe even the odd 8-track. Do any of us still have the devices on which to play them? I would say in most cases probably not, so why do we hold onto them? Is it the aesthetic value? Is it habit or is it a strange notion of duty for all the pleasure they gave us?

Features Reviews

On The Radar Mixtape – Thom Lavelle

A new feature on Spotisfaction. Every now and again one of us will cobble together some rare (read: probably not on Spotisfaction) tracks that have made their way into our playlists for you to download. Yes, music to download. This week, I have:

  1. The Shins – Strange Powers (Magnetic Fields Cover)
  2. Phoenix – Lisztomania (Acoustic Spin Session)
  3. Florence + The Machine – You’ve Got The Love (The XX Remix)
  4. Four Tet – Angel Echoes (Caribou Remix)
  5. Hot Chip – Transmission (Joy Division Cover)

The Shins – Strange Powers (Magnetic Fields Cover)
Between The Shins and Broken Bells, I would almost forgive you if you’d had enough of James Mercer’s fantastic and distinct voice by now. Almost, but not quite. Perhaps this cover is just what The Magnetic Fields need to open up their music to a wider fanbase.

Phoenix – Lisztomania (Acoustic Spin Session)
Lisztomania (or Wrestlemania, as it has become known as in Spotisfaction Towers) is a fantasic song, and hearing it live and acoustic just reinforces the fact that France’s hottest export Phoenix write beautiful songs.

Florence + The Machine – You’ve Got The Love (The xx Remix)
I’m not the greatest fan of Florence + The Machine, truth be told. But this reworking by The XX really hits the spot for me.

Four Tet – Angel Echoes (Caribou Remix)
I recently introduced my Fiancée to Four Tet. I think it was Angel Echoes that really grabbed her. It is a pretty classic track. I implore you to check out Caribou’s take on it.

Hot Chip – Transmission (Joy Division Cover)
This is one of my favourite Joy Division tracks. I can’t imagine how this cover actually came about. Prepare yourself for something a bit different.

Tune in next time for MOAR of what is on my radar.



NEWS: Depreciation Guild Remix Chatelaine Track & UK Tour

Good news for UK fans of The Depreciation Guild, who had to cancel the European leg of their Spirit Youth tour earlier this year. The word on the street is that they are looking to play some UK dates in September. This is fantastic news and I urge everyone to consider checking them out. In the meantime, check out their reworking of “Broken Bones” by Chatelaine. Chatelaine is the solo project of Toni Halliday of Curve fame.

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Buy Depreciation Guild’s new album “Spirit Youth” at Amazon.