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FAQ: Does Murfie sell FLAC music?

This is a question we hear often. The short answer is yes…but “yes” in itself isn’t entirely accurate.

Murfie is a source for FLAC music online, but we don’t sell FLAC downloads. We sell CDs, from which we provide you CD-quality FLAC downloads, and even lossless FLAC streaming to Murfie HiFi subscribers. And that’s really the key aspect to what we’re doing, which some people don’t realize!

When you buy an album on Murfie, you’re buying a real, physical CD from our warehouse that you can stream and download anytime. You can store the physical disc at Murfie or have it shipped to you.

Most CDs are ready to download and stream immediately after purchase.

Download Formats FLAC, ALAC, mp3, aac
FLAC Streaming Sonos, NAD Bluesound, Voco
MP3 streaming (320kbps) Web Player, iPhone, iPad, Android, Sonos, NAD Bluesound, Voco, Samsung Shape, and more ways added all the time!

Why CDs? Buying a CD instead of a download gives you ownership rights to the content on that disc. You can download your files as many times as you like, stream your music on various devices without restrictions, and even pass on your collection to your heirs. What you’re getting when you collect with Murfie is a high quality music investment that will last you a lifetime.

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Murfie in the 2015 MAMAs!

It’s that time of year…time for our local Madison Area Music Awards!

Murfie is nominated for two categories, and two of our Murfie staffers (John and Kayla) hold nominations! We’d love it if you can vote for us!

Local Music Publication/Blog: Murfie Blog

Local Recorded Music Store: Murfie

John

– Artist of the Year: Nude Human
– Electronic Song: Is Is Is Not Is Not (Zanarkand) – Nude Human
– Unique Song: Is Is Is Not Is Not (Zanarkand) – Nude Human
– Electronic Album: Lupus Non Mordet Lupum – Nude Human
– Unique Album: Lupus Non Mordet Lupum – Nude Human
– Electronic Performer: Nude Human
– Unique Performer: Nude Human
– Male Vocalist: John Praw
– Specialty Instrument: Pat Reinholz – Nude Human
– Strings: Pat Reinholz – Nude Human

Kayla 

– DJ: Kayla Kush
– Local Music Radio Personality: Kayla Kush
– Local Music Radio Station: WSUM

You’ll need to register to vote. Click “Fan Membership” at www.broadjam.com/mama/index.php to get started. The $5 donation to register is for a great cause—providing instruments and education to Madison youth who want to pursue music.

About voting:
– In this preliminary round, you need to pick three in each category
– Jump to any category in the left sidebar (you’re not required to vote in all categories)
– Click “Submit” after each category to save your votes
– 1st round of voting ends March 9th – we’ll let you know if we made it to finals!

Vote Now!

New to Me: Newly-found music gems (Vol III)

Don’t you just love discovering old music? It’s great finding an album that’s been around a while, and seeing how it can resonate with you in life right now.

That happens a lot on Murfie, since there are so many used albums in the $1 – $5 range that are easy to gobble up! Check out some of our favorites…

ErasureBrandon found Erasure by Erasure

“I’d heard of Erasure many times but never actually listened to any of their music (outside of ‘Always’, the theme music from the video game Robot Unicorn Attack). This album had me hooked after track two! There are dance-y tracks and down-tempo grooves, featuring rich vocals and fascinating electronic elements and harmonies.”

The Melody at Night with You Keith JarrettAndrew found The Melody at Night, with You by Keith Jarrett

“I hadn’t heard of Keith Jarrett until I ripped some of his albums for a vinyl kit. I didn’t think much of it until I recognized some of the melodies as samples on a mixtape I’ve really been digging lately. After checking out some of his other albums, I realized that he’s an extraordinary pianist and an even more remarkable composer.”

Mescalito Ryan BinghamJeff found Mescalito by Ryan Bingham

“I heard this guy like, yesterday and was really floored. I don’t listen to a ton of Western-ish stuff and it may have my bleary state of mind. Apparently he sang the theme song from the film Crazy Heart, starring ‘The Dude’ Jeff Bridges.”

The Miseducation of Lauryn HillKayla found The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hill

“I’m late to get on the Lauryn Hill bus. After coming across this album on many ‘Best Of’ lists, I decided to give it a try, and I ended up really liking it. I’m impressed by Lauryn’s rhymes and the topics she focuses on, some of which are aimed at women from a woman’s perspective, which is great to hear in R&B. This album contains the catchy song ‘Doo Wop (That Thing)’.”

Have you found something that’s not all-that-new? Let us know in the comments!

#FreeFriday: Odelay

How about a giveaway to round out the week? Alas…it’s #FreeFriday!

For a chance to win today’s featured album, all you gotta do is read this post, then share it on social media at least one of these ways:

  • Share the link on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #FreeFriday
  • Retweet one of the #FreeFriday tweets we send via @murfiemusic
  • Share today’s #FreeFriday Facebook post

Be sure your social settings are on public so we can see your post! Enough details. Now on to the album we’re featuring!

Beck Odelay

Odelay (Beck, 1996)

Beck may have recently won a GRAMMY for his 2014 album Morning Phase, but his old accomplishments are still fresh in the minds of those who remember the most innovative 90s alternative rock.

Odelay, Beck’s 5th studio album, is considered one of the best albums of all time. After it was released, it won Rolling Stone‘s Album of the Year, ranked number 306 on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and number 9 on their 100 best albums of the nineties list. It won a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album and was also nominated for Album of the Year.

There is something in Odelay for everyone. There are genre-bending compositions that tap into such sounds as grunge rock, old-school rap, folk, and electronic. The album is mostly upbeat, with a few mellow moments to keep you grounded. Some tracks that stand out to me are the upbeat hits “Devil’s Haircut” and “The New Pollution”, the southern hip-hoppy “Hotwax”, the epic “Novacane”, and the amazing groovy “Where It’s At”. When you listen to this album, there is never a dull moment.

Beck’s lyrical skills are outstanding. He uses flawless rhymes that are full of imagery and irony, delivered primarily with his rapping vocal style. He uses samples and distorted sound effects that in the end sound harmonious.

I’m going to go ahead and say Beck is pure musical genius. Odelay is a must-have album in your collection.

Share this post in one of the ways listed above, and we’ll let you know if you won the album on Monday! There can be more than one winner! Best of luck. :)

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Is hi-res audio worth the price?

As Onkyo plans to expand its hi-res music store to the US, it’s time to decide if hi-res downloads are worth paying more for than CD-quality files.

In recent times, we’ve seen more focus on the quality of music files online. For music lovers who enjoy digital music, this is a welcome change. Folks like musician Neil Young are taking a stance against the low-quality downloads that consumers are used to getting from online stores like iTunes.

“We live in the digital age, and unfortunately it’s degrading our music, not improving,” said Young.

To combat crappy digital music, Young launched his Pono device and its corresponding hi-res audio store online. Now, Japanese consumer electronics company Onkyo is planning to expand its hi-res audio store, e-Onkyo Music, to the US, and hopefully tap into the same audiophile market that prefers purchasing higher quality files.

CD-quality audio is better than low-quality files, and hi-res audio is considered to be even better than CD-quality audio in terms of bandwidth and dynamic rage. But when the two are compared in listening tests, even to high-bitrate mp3s, a lot of people can’t hear the difference. For this reason, the question of whether hi-res is truly “better” for listeners than CD-quality is still under debate. (Try comparing them for yourself!)

So how much do places like Onkyo and Pono charge for a hi-res album in FLAC format? Here’s an example, compared to the price on murfie.com for CD-quality FLAC.

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Pono eOnkyo Murfie
quality 48kHz/24bit 48kHz/24bit 44.1kHz/16bit
price $22.99 ~$31.00 $16.00

The Diana Krall album is a new release. How about building your back catalogue with an old favorite?

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Pono eOnkyo Murfie
quality 192.0kHz/24bit 192kHz/24bit 44.1kHz/16bit
price  $24.79  ~$30.00  $3.00

High-quality music is great, but it would be outrageous to pay for a hi-res album if you can’t hear the difference between that and CD-quality audio, which is already high. Some have even claimed that the hi-res movement is profitable trickery aimed at elitists and audiophiles.

Ultimately the choice is up to you, the listener. Find out what you can hear—and can’t hear—and make the choice that makes sense for you. When you choose to buy an album from Murfie, you’re buying a real CD that you can download (FLAC, ALAC, mp3, aac) and stream on different devices (320kbps mp3 or FLAC). Then choose to store the physical disc with us, or have it shipped to you.

For us, quality is key, along with providing access to your music that isn’t limited by any brand or device. Since everything released on CD can be ripped and downloaded in FLAC, Murfie just might be the largest source of high-quality FLAC music online. See for yourself!