Announcing super low-res downloads on Murfie!

We are pleased as punch to deliver yet another option to listen to your music however you want: Low-res downloads!

Why limit you to “high quality” music when there’s a whole spectrum of quality out there? Now, in addition to 320kbps mp3, aac, and lossless FLAC and ALAC downloads on Murfie, you’ll see a new option called “4-bit 16khz” which is available to you at no extra cost.

Expert tip: The download process for this works best on Internet Explorer!

Who needs quality when you can literally compress your music collection so small that it fits on your new iPhone 6 in its entirety? Just click the orange button to learn more!

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!

How to ship CDs you buy directly to Murfie

Our goal is to help you grow your music collection. If an album is out of stock, click the “Find it for me!” button and we’ll try to locate a copy for you.

If an album isn’t showing in your search results at all, email us at info@murfie.com and we’ll try to find you a copy.

If you can’t acquire an album those ways, we still have you covered! You can buy CDs elsewhere online and ship them directly to your Murfie collection.

When you buy a CD through another retailer, simply put Murfie’s warehouse address, your name, and your User ID in the shipping address. You can find that info in the proper format on your Profile Page (Look under “Direct Shipments To Your Murfie Collection”).

This service is meant for the occasional shipments of CDs you can’t find in our member shops. If you are shipping CDs you acquire in bulk (more than 3 CDs at once, or more than 10 per month), we add them to your collection at our standard kit rate.

After we receive your CDs, we’ll post the files online and email you when they’re ready to stream and download!

Murfie and The River Food Pantry

Murfie is running a charity event for The River Food Pantry in Madison!

From November 15th to December 15th, donate used or new CDs or DVDs to Murfie. For each CD and DVD, Murfie will purchase one pound of fresh produce for the River Food Pantry on your behalf. Drop off your donations at Murfie HQ (7 N. Pinckney Street, Suite 300, Madison) or at The River Food Pantry at 2201 Darwin Rd in Madison.

Not in the Madison area? Ship your donations to Murfie, or make a direct donation on The River Food Pantry’s website!

Open since 2006, The River Food Pantry has been working to provide hot meals, clothing, groceries, and household items to low-income families in Dane County. In 2012, The River provided items to about 28,811 Dane County families, or about 81,386 individuals. That includes 30,163 children.

Help us make a difference! Drop off your donations through December 15th, and contact us if we can help you figure out the best way to contribute.

Murfie Streaming on Samsung Shape

Samsung has recently added support for Murfie streaming to their Samsung Shape Wireless Audio System.

Samsung’s new multiroom audio system, consisting of the compact M5 speaker, powerful M7 speaker, and specialized network hub, can be controlled with one mobile app on your iOS or Android device to stream Murfie and other music services throughout your entire home.

“We’ve had a couple M5 speakers to experiment with during development of the new service, and they are great sounding little units,” says Jason Gullickson, our lead developer at Murfie. “One of my favorite features is the circular volume control which works more like a traditional volume ‘knob’ and feels better than the up/down buttons found on other speakers. It also makes turning the music up or down quickly a lot easier.”

In addition to streaming your Murfie collection in 320kbps mp3, Samsung Shape also supports Bluetooth audio and works directly with Samsung televisions as well.

Check out the new Samsung Shape system at samsung.com. Murfie is among the music services easily found in their app.

Buy Music With Bitcoin

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Our big announcement last July had cryptocurrency enthusiasts buzzing: Murfie was (and still is) the largest music marketplace that accepts Bitcoin as payment.

Okay, so…why does this matter?

Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency, so it isn’t tied to banks, gold, or specific countries at this point. If the benefit of that isn’t obvious to you, I’ll just say that it’s good to have options.

And the fact that Murfie accepts Bitcoin is huge! You can use Bitcoin to buy some things online, but it’s still catching on with retailers and consumers, slowly but surely. By accepting Bitcoin on Murfie, we’ve made hundreds of thousands of albums available to be bought using the digital currency, and we’ve opened the door for Bitcoin users to buy tons of music their preferred way. (We’re talking about a huge door opening, like a barn door. Or an airplane hangar.)

To buy Murfie credit using Bitcoin, visit the billing page in your account. Then, head over to our holiday gifts page and music marketplace and find something you like! Every CD you buy comes with unlimited 320kbps streaming, and downloads in mp3, aac, FLAC and Apple Lossless.

Cordgrass in the Classroom

This is extremely cool! Murfie donated plastic jewel cases to HarborLAB, and just look at what they’ve done with them! They’ve created a rich educational opportunity that’s doing great things for the environment. Three cheers for HarborLAB!

HarborLAB

10277811_10152460397609878_535280063104689233_n Spartina nursery at the Greenhouse at the Greenbelt Native Plant Center on Staten Island. Photo by Erik Baard.

Our estuary is suffering great losses. In the past century, 85% of the New York and New Jersey area’s saltwater wetlands were destroyed by development and pollution. In 2012, the municipal government released its Wetlands Strategy as part of PlaNYC. The document also provides an excellent overview Independent nonprofits like the American Littoral Society, Regional Plan Association, and Riverkeeper, as well as state and federal initiatives like the Harbor-Estuary Program, have long advocated for protection and restoration through smarter growth and replanting.

HarborLAB Founder and Executive Director Erik Baard took the crisis as an opportunity for service learning across the city. He conceived “Cordgrass in the Classroom.” This distributed program, if fully realized, would affordably empower educators and students to improve our environment in a way that might integrate…

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