Monthly Archives: January 2017

  • Music Piracy: Real Crime or Just an Abstract Idea?

    The practice of music piracy is still widely regarded as the main reason for the global drop in conventional music sales. But not by everyone. It could well be argued that music piracy is more of an abstract idea rather than an actual phenomena. And while it’s true that most recording artists despise the idea of music piracy, a lot of consumers think it’s okay. This difference in opinion could be explained by the fact that the term ‘piracy’ is in itself ambiguous and can be tailored to fit almost any argument. It follows then, that before we even try to understand how music piracy is affecting the industry, we must first find a contextual definition for the phrase.

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  • What is it About Vinyl Records

    2016 saw sales of vinyl albums beat the number of paid digital downloads for the first time ever. According to a report from the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), consumers spent £2.4 million on vinyl records, compared with £2.1m downloading digital. The industry cites a number of factors for the increase in record sales; Black Friday deals, the popularity of vinyl as a Christmas present and the increasing availability of reasonably priced record players in high street supermarkets. Whatever the reasons, the return of vinyl, which began back in 2008, is clearly a phenomenon that is here to stay. Continue reading

  • The beginners guide to Sky Q. The pinnacle of TV entertainment?

    You may think that your current SKY HD package is the epitome of pay TV services and gives you the absolute top level of content for your HDTV and up until very recently you would have been right.  Sky HD was the first on the UK market to offer broadcast in 1080 resolution and then the first to offer 3D in broadcast format.  It managed to reign supreme as the best broadcast Television service available to UK customers for a very long time but as with all things technology has been constantly improving and even SKY HD needed a major refresh to be able to keep up.  From its launch back in 2006 - now over 10 years ago it had been at the pinnacle of TV viewing experience and over the years the boxes were given upgrades.  Continue reading

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