The Next Track - A podcast about how people listen to music today
By Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn
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Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn look at how people listen to music today. We discuss music and musicians, and how we listen to music, whether it be analog or digital, downloaded or streamed, audio or video. We also look at hardware for listening to music: portable audio players, speakers, headphones, and home audio equipment.
||Clean♫ Episode #40 – The Revenge of Analog, with David Sax||Author David Sax talks about his book The Revenge of Analog: why people like vinyl, and why other analog technologies are popular today.||2/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #39 – Storing Media on a Network-Attached Storage Device||Doug and Kirk discuss storing a media library on a network-attached storage device.||2/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #38 – New in Audio at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)||Chris Connaker went to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He reports for us on new audio equipment and the MQA music format.||2/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #37 – Ripping DVDs and Blu-Rays, with Rob Griffiths||Mac writer Rob Griffiths tells us how to efficiently rip DVDs and Blu-Rays.||1/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #36 – Music Consumption in an Era of Media Fragmentation||Andy Doe returns to discuss how music consumption has changed in this era of fragmented media.||1/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #35 – Musician and Developer Peter Chilvers on Brian Eno’s Album and App Reflection||Musician and developer Peter Chilvers discusses making apps with Brian Eno, including the new generative music composition Reflection.||1/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #34 – The Cloud vs Syncing: Pros & Cons||We take a look at the pros and cons of syncing music to your portable device versus using the cloud to store your music.||1/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #33 – This Was the Year that Was, 2016||In this year-end wrap-up episode, we feature clips of some of our more popular episodes.||12/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #32 – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about DACs (Digital-Analog Converters)||Chris Connaker of the Computer Audiophile website explains what a DAC is, how it works, and a whether you need one. (And how you already have lots of them.)||12/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #31 – Jim Dalrymple on Apple Music||We welcome Jim Dalrymple of The Loop to discuss his experiences with Apple Music.||12/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #30 – Christmas Gift Guide||Why not spread a bit of holiday cheer? Doug and Kirk pick their selections for great Christmas gifts.||12/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #29 – Tagging Audio Files||Doug and Kirk explain everything you need to know about tagging your digital audio files.||12/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #28 – Music and Mystery: Author Peter Robinson on Music in His Novels||Author Peter Robinson joins us to discuss how he uses music in his DCI Banks series of mystery novels.||11/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #27 – Composing Music for Stage and Screen, with Paul Englishby||Paul Englishby talks about composing music for stage and screen, including the Royal Shakespeare Company's new production of The Tempest.||11/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #26 – Andy Doe Answers Your Questions about Audio Equipment and Technology||Andy Doe answers listener questions about audio equipment and technology in our first Ask Andy episode.||11/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #25 – Composer Timo Andres on Contemporary Classical Music, Part 2||The second and final part of our interview with Timo Andres, discussing his compositions, and the business of classical music.||11/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #24 – Composer Timo Andres on Contemporary Classical Music||Doug and Kirk welcome Timo Andres, composer and performer of contemporary classical music. This is the first part of a two-part interview.||10/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #23 – David Browne on the History of the Grateful Dead||Doug and Kirk welcome David Browne, author of So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead to discuss the history of this iconic band.||10/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #22 – In Praise of the iPod Classic||Doug and Kirk wax nostalgic about the iPod classic, and other one trick pony music players. And Bob Dylan.||10/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #21 – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Subwoofers||Doug and Kirk had some questions about subwoofers. So they invited Andy Doe to explain how they work, how to set them up, and why we might want to use them.||10/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #20 – You Think You Know about the Blues? Eliah Wald on the History of the Blues||We welcome musician, historian, and author Elijah Wald to discuss the history of the blues.||9/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #19 – Live Recordings and Studio Recordings||Doug and Kirk discuss the pros and cons of live recordings vs. studio recordings. And, are live recordings really live?||9/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #18 – New Yorker Music Critic Alex Ross Discusses Listening to Classical Music||We welcome New Yorker music critic Alex Ross for a long discussion about listening to classical music today.||9/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #17 – Jacks, Pods, and Music||We take a look at the audio-related elements of this week's Apple product announcement.||9/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #16 – Managing and Storing Digital Media Files||You have lots of digital audio and video files. What's the best way to manage and store them?||9/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #15 – What is Mastering and Remastering?||We welcome Sangwook "Sunny" Nam, two-time Grammy nominated mastering engineer, to learn about record mastering and remastering.||8/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #14 – Audiophile Utility Poles and Other News||Doug and Kirk take a look at recent news in the music and audio world. From audiophile utility poles to iTunes news, from record stores to car radios, this news and views episode keeps you up to date on what matters in music listening.||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #13 – Which Streaming Service Is Right for You?||Doug and Kirk welcome back Chris Connaker to discuss music streaming services. Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, or another; which is right for you? What are the pros and cons of the various streaming services?||8/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #12 – iTunes & AppleScript||Doug and Kirk discuss AppleScript, which helps you manage your iTunes library.||8/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #11 – Audio Myths & Superstitions||We welcome back Andy Doe, digital music consultant, to discuss myths and superstitions around audio; cables, breaking in hardware, digital audio, and more.||7/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #10 – Setting Up a Home Media Server||Have you ever wanted to set up your own home media server? Doug and Kirk discuss the pros and cons of doing this, and explain how to set up a Mac mini as a media server.||7/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #9 – Will Hermes on Discovering New Music||We welcome Will Hermes, NPR and Rolling Stone music critic, to discuss music discovery.||7/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #8 – Listening to Words: Audiobooks and Spoken Word Recordings||Doug and Kirk discuss spoken word recordings. The history of spoken word recordings, how to get them, how to manage them, and how to listen to them.||7/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #7 – Music and Genres||Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn analyze the rumor that Apple is planning to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone, and then discuss how people organize music by genre.||7/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #6 – What Is High-Resolution Audio?||We welcome Chris Connaker, of the Computer Audiophile website, to discuss high-resolution audio. What are the pros? The cons? Is high-res for you?||6/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #5 – Headphones or Speakers?||We discuss new features coming to Apple Music, then discuss listening to music with speakers or headphones||6/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #4 – Streaming Shenanigans and Metadata||Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn welcome special guest Andy Doe, digital music consultant and classical record label head, to discuss some streaming music shenanigans, and audio file metadata, the information that tells you who a track is by, its name,||6/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #3 – Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know about Audio File Formats||Doug and Kirk discuss the various audio file formats you may encounter when you listen to digital music.||6/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #2 – To Stream or to Own Music?||To stream or to own? That is the question.||5/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean♫ Episode #1 – Songs to Albums to Songs||Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn discuss the history of music listening, from songs to albums to songs.||5/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Thanks Doug and Kirk!
I've been reading and listening to these guys for years when it comes to music and iTunes. I'm so glad that they decided to take the time to make a podcast together. My question is: how in the world did they reach through my Mac and without any input from me, come up with 10 (and counting) excellent podcasts that cover every subject that I would want them to cover? Great start guys and keep up the good work here. For those of you looking for a great podcast to listen to about music and they way folks consume music now (and have consumed it in the past) give this podcast a listen. It is time well spent!
The iTunes Experts Speak!!!
As someone who has downloaded and purchased Applescripts from Doug Adams for many years and I'm glad that he and Kirk have finally started a podcast. It has great information and useful tips. Keep it up! I hope you'll eventually take listener questions for future episodes.
Honestly, I rarely ever write reviews but this podcast, and these gentlemen, deserve it. The podcast is an excellent source of information and entertainment about music in the digital age. Their love of music is evident throughout every podcast and their open minded acceptance of ALL types of music is refreshing. Great common sense information from two genuine experts in this field. HIGHLY recommended!