Audiophile Forums, Vol. 2

Forums are among the most useful resources out there. Technology and music are huge topics that audiophiles feel passionate about, so as you might guess, there are a ton of interesting discussions happening online.

We love finding out when our members spread the word about Murfie in forums. It’s fun to see ourselves named as leaders in cloud storage, FLAC music, CD ripping, low album prices and lossless streaming, As a growing company, we appreciate your support!

In our previous article we recommended Head-Fi, Hydrogenaud.io, SteveHoffman.tv and ComputerAudiophile for music lovers. This time we’re recommending four more, which would be wise to check out!

►StereoNET

News, reviews and info about Hi-Fi, Audio-Visual and consumer electronics.

►Reddit Audiophile

Trending audiophile topics ordered by popularity.

►AudioAsylum

An independent, user-supported resource about all things audio.

►AudiogoN

Music, speakers, digital, analog and more.

Audiophile Forums

Do you love talking about music? There are some online discussion boards for music collectors and audiophiles that may be of interest to you.

Forums aren’t for trolls—they’re actually quite fun and engaging! As a growing company, we thrive on your recommendations. Please don’t forget to spread the word about Murfie as a source for FLAC music, CD ripping, low album prices, lossless streaming, and more, next time you consider sharing insights on your favorite music websites.

Here are some forums we recommend:

► Head-Fi

A meeting place for headphone hi-fi enthusiasts.

► Hydrogenaud.io

A place to discuss audio technology.

► SteveHoffman.tv

A popular spot for everything from music to hardware to visual arts.

► ComputerAudiophile

A source for computer audio and music server Information and reviews.

Download FLAC at Murfie

Murfie is one of the few sites on the web where you can download music in FLAC format.

What is FLAC music, you ask? Most audiophiles know the answer, but most folks buying and downloading music online have never heard of it.

FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec. When music from a CD is ripped in FLAC, complex data compression algorithms are used, which allow the exact data from the music file to be reconstructed identically when it’s accessed for digital listening (even after it’s been compressed into a zip file, uploaded, downloaded, and opened). Since FLAC allows for identical reconstruction, it maintains the details that audiophiles and music lovers love throughout the process of transferring, leaving superior sound quality for listening and jamming out.

Since the details are saved, lossless formats like FLAC and Apple Lossless (ALAC) result in larger file sizes. This can be contrasted against compressed formats such as MP3 and AAC. When an audio file is converted to MP3 and AAC, tiny bits of data are removed to save space, resulting in a slightly altered sound.

Not surprisingly, there are many folks who may never realize they have been listening to compressed tunes until they listen to them in an uncompressed format for the first time!

On Murfie, you can download your CD collection in lossless, and get the most out of your music while keeping your physical collection off your hands! We even offer a rip to hard drive service for folks who want their CD collections ripped to FLAC and transferred to an external hard drive.

Since you own every CD you buy or send in to Murfie, you have the freedom to download your music in different formats, so that you can hear the difference and choose what’s right for you.

Try it out!

Would You Pay for Higher Quality Audio? [POLL]

Confession. I read this article (on evolver.fm) that asks “Would You Pay $20/Year for High Quality YouTube Sound?” and was inspired to do a similar but different poll.

My poll is less specific. I ask but one thing of you, only one… Yes or no: are you willing to spend more money to get higher quality audio? When it comes to music, “high quality” generally means audio compressed in a lossless format like FLAC or ALAC. The cool thing about lossless compression is that it perfectly preserves the fidelity of the original audio data.

Side note, here at Murfie, we offer the two biggies in lossless formats FLAC and ALAC for music downloads.

Shout-out from Badger Herald, shout-out to FLAC!

Appeasing audiophiles and non-audiophiles alike

The Badger Herald just published a great article on Murfie describing our green, cheap, and legit way to exchange CDs for more music.  In general, they interpret the Murfie business model and vision quite well.  I especially dug how they communicated that “while single-track downloads aren’t available, Murfie users can get entire albums for about the price of a single song on iTunes without the potential for torrent-fueled free music guilt.”  Admit it, a very small part of you feels (or would feel) sheepish downloading music illegally.  Or maybe not…

The point is, music sold on murfie.com is a great value.  And it’s legit.  And it’s green.  And The Badger Herald did an awesome job making this all plain.  There is one thing I wanted to respond to, though, and that’s the article’s mention that “hardcore, snobbish audiophiles might scoff at owning music in exclusively digital formats.”  Believe it or not, Murfie has the goods to satisfy these picky audiophile-types.  On murfie.com, music is available for download in MP3…and FLAC – a lossless file format.  Audio compressed in FLAC exactly preserves the fidelity of the original CD, providing comfort to aforementioned audiophiles that they are listening to music at a level of quality close to the original performance’s.  Maybe it is possible to have it all?