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The Record
2:04 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Streaming Utopia: Imagining Digital Music's Perfect World

Illustration by Claire O'Neill NPR

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 4:02 pm

Maria Yanez might be the present-day music industry's ideal customer. The 36-year-old from Long Beach, Calif., owns roughly 1,000 vinyl records. Though she has sold "a lot" of her CDs and stopped buying digital music about three years ago, she's mostly content with her paid Spotify subscription.

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The Record
10:22 am
Mon June 1, 2015

How Streaming Is Changing Music

Photo illustration by Claire O'Neill NPR

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 3:12 pm

There was a moment in the mid-2000s when it seemed like we might be collecting songs, one-by-one, into eternity. Internet connections were getting faster, hard drives stored more data in tinier spaces, songs were easier than ever to find and available for little or no money. Every year, the new version of Apple's iPod, first introduced in 2001 with a now-adorable 5GB of storage space, held thousands upon thousands more songs.

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Music News
7:43 am
Sat May 30, 2015

A Band Of Their Own

Doris Funderburk directs The Darlinettes.
Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 11:14 am

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Music News
6:20 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Before Berry Gordy's Motown, There Was John Dolphin's Recorded In Hollywood

John Dolphin and his wife Ruth Dolphin pose in his record store around 1958.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Jeanette Baker got to know John Dolphin when she was an aspiring teenage singer in the 1950s.

"I can see him now walking around with that cigar," Baker says. "When he walked around, you knew he was somebody, OK, because he had that air ... which was kind of unusual in those days because being a black man with all that competence that he had, he was like a role model to us."

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The Record
12:41 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

DJ Quik X Spoon, 'Inside Out' Remix

DJ Quik remixed Spoon's "Inside Out" for Yours Truly's Songs From Scratch series.
G L Askew II Courtesy of Yours Truly

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 2:37 pm

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NPR Story
5:08 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Immerse Yourself In SOAK's Tender, Unsettled Debut Record

SOAK's debut album, Before We Forgot How To Dream, comes out June 2.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 3:24 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Let's hear some new music now with our guides Stephen Thompson and Bob Boilen of NPR Music.

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Music Articles
5:17 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Ornette Coleman Sues Over 'New Vocabulary'

Saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 1:09 pm

Updated below at 6:40 p.m. ET with defendants' response.

Was it a laudable snapshot of cross-generational jamming, or taking advantage of a jazz titan?

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Music News
5:18 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Swedish singer Seinabo Sey.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 10:22 am

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Music News
5:18 am
Tue May 26, 2015

'Desired Effect' Reveals How Important Family Is To Rocker Brandon Flowers

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

A decade ago, you could hardly turn on the radio without hearing this song.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MR. BRIGHTSIDE")

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Deceptive Cadence
5:08 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Stephen Hough Puts His Experience Of A Miracle Into His Music

Pianist and composer Stephen Hough.
Andrew Crowley Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:49 pm

You wouldn't normally expect one of the great composers of the last few centuries to be meek, but how's this for humility?

"Bach and Beethoven erected temples and churches on the heights. I only wanted to build dwellings for men in which they might feel happy, and at home."

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