New Cool Collection: Podcast Guests

In the Murfie marketplace, we’ve hand-picked collections of albums for you to shop, which we call Cool Collections. They’re over on the left sidebar of the shop for you to browse.

But hey, you know that already—so it’s time to introduce our newest collection, Podcast Guests!

Man, I can’t believe it’s been over two years since the Murfie Podcast started! Our first ever Murfie Podcast featured Josh Harty, which we published on January 10th, 2012. Since then, we’ve continually been amazed at the awesome interviews we’ve landed, and have been more than happy to introduce to you some musicians and bands who are on their way to the top.

Hit up the Podcast section of our blog to take a trip down memory lane. Then, stock up on the musical goodness we’ve gathered together—albums by artists from Everest to Eric Hutchinson, from Amy Ray to Pure Prairie League, and most recently Zoë Keating, who have all been taken the time to record an interview with us.

Every album you buy is ready to stream not only on the web, but on iPhones, iPads, and Android phones and tablets with our app, as well as Sonos and VOCO devices. At Murfie, you’re streaming 320kbps mp3, which is excellent quality. Check out our new lossless streaming service too (released on Sonos last week!). You can also download any album in your Murfie collection in mp3, aac, FLAC and ALAC, and have it shipped to your door.

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Lossless streaming on Sonos, worldwide!

Hip hip hooray!

The day has arrived—Murfie HiFi, our much-buzzed-about lossless streaming service, has officially launched on Sonos! In case you haven’t heard, Murfie is the only lossless streaming service for your entire music collection on Sonos. Now you can enjoy your music anywhere in your home, with perfect fidelity.

This also means Murfie is available globally on Sonos! Hello, world!!!

Not a HiFi member? Upgrade to lossless streaming! (HiFi members now have control over the streaming quality delivered to their Sonos system—standard 320kbps mp3, or FLAC—via a setting on their Profile page.)

Host your whole music collection with Murfie: Enjoy the perfect fidelity that only Murfie HiFi streaming on Sonos Wireless HiFi delivers—we individually clean, upload, securely store, and insure every CD and vinyl record you send to Murfie. We’re real pros! Learn more…

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Top Posts of 2013: Murfie Blog

We’re almost there—2013 ends today, and I know that everyone at Murfie is happy to have had an exciting year. Social media is a big part of my role here, and writing for the Murfie Blog is always fun. Our blog not only keeps you up-to-date about new features, but it gives you a good look at what goes on behind the scenes: our staffers, our favorite music, and our holiday memories, for starters.

WordPress, the site that hosts our blog, gave us some statistics that point out our most popular posts of the year. Here are those posts, along with a bit of commentary by yours truly.

1. Creative Cover Caption Contest: Finalists! 
Remember how competitive all the finalists were in the #MurfieVOCO contest?! That was a fun time for all of us. It was great to see the creativity of our members shine through. And, it was awesome to celebrate the fact that Murfie now offers lossless streaming with VOCO! That’s really boss!

2. About Murfie
Well hey, it’s good to know people want to learn more about us! Hehe. Our service is definitely unique as ever, and a lot of what we do is communicating what we do.

3. Staff Picks: Top Albums for Lossless Listening (FLAC & ALAC)
This post totally earns its spot high on the list of popular posts. A lot of audiophiles out there swear by lossless listening: It’s higher quality, and it makes certain recordings sound even more rich. John, our Murfie staffer, is without a doubt an audiophile who can recommend what sounds good in lossless format.

4. Music not on iTunes
You guessed right—this post talks about what music is not available on iTunes, and why it’s not available. At Murfie, you’re buying real, physical CDs—not copies or licensed files. Since you own a CD, you get unlimited downloads and streaming of the music on your CD. So you’ll find stuff on Murfie that’s not on iTunes. Nice, eh?

5. Creative Cover Caption Contest
See #1 on the list (above). We owe it to Shawn Broderick for thinking of this tongue-twisting title for our contest.

6. Henry Mackaman
This year, we lost our friend Henry very suddenly. It really shook our staff and everyone else who Henry touched during his lifetime. It was an absolute honor to have him as a friend and creative collaborator. He will always be remembered and missed, and he is a source of inspiration for the people who were lucky enough to know him.

7. Download FLAC at Murfie
So often, we come across people online who are asking, “Where can I download FLAC music LEGALLY?”  Murfie is happy to provide this high-quality format as an option for downloads (and now streaming). I totally admit: Before I worked and shopped at Murfie, I had no idea that FLAC music sounded so much better than other formats. This is because I was stuck downloading mp3s, which is often the only file type that is provided by other music services.

8. Get Lossless Streaming with Murfie + VOCO!
Okay, if for some reason you haven’t noticed #1 and #5 on this list, let me know and I can go into more detail about this one.

9. The Move, Part 1: “Out with the old…”
A BIG change in 2013 was our office location! In order to have room for our growing inventory, we had to move our office…all the way down the street! We even made a fun video documenting the move. We like our new digs at 7 N. Pinckney Street a lot. There’s tons of good photos in this post!

10. Interview with the Simpkin Project [Podcast]
Cooool! I’m so happy to see this on the top ten posts. The Simpkin Project is a band that was recommended to me by Chris from Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (one of my favoritest bands in the whole entire universe). In a time where modern reggae goes in all directions, The Simpkin Project holds a true rootsy style. And hey guess what…I’m flying out to California to see them play in January. Wheee!

As our main blog contributor, I want to say thanks for reading our posts, and thanks for following us on Facebook and Twitter. I couldn’t do this without the help of other blog contributors including John Kruse and Ally Boutelle. Social Media is a fun window to the goings-on in Murfieland. I can’t wait to share what’s new in 2014! Happy New Year everyone! :)

-Kayla

Staff Picks: Top Albums for Lossless Listening (FLAC & ALAC)

One of my favorite aspects of Murfie is the ability to download my albums in lossless formats.  I personally prefer FLAC, but ALAC is an equally great option.  I was super excited, then, to hear about our partnership to allow lossless streaming on Sonos and VOCO devices.

Now that I have the ability to stream in full, lossless CD quality, I thought it would be fun to recommend a few albums that are particularly great for lossless listening.  This list was put together largely by consulting mixing and mastering insiders.  These are albums often used by studio engineers as standards for how a particular genre may sound at peak performance.  With that said, grab a good pair of headphones or hook up your Sonos or VOCO and relax!

12912-largeSea Change by Beck was mastered by Bob Ludwig, one of the most respected mastering engineers around.  In addition to working on Sea Change, Ludwig has worked with over 1300 artists, including the Kronos Quartet, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead and more.  Sea Change does a great job of pumping out clear dynamics without falling too far into the trenches of the Loudness War.  Particularly of note here are the vocal and drum captures.

21411-largeAnother great piece of work by Bob Ludwig is New Favorite by Alison Krauss + Union Station. This album is noted for great clarity in vocals, maintaining solid, crisp levels for the rest of the sonic space, too.  Everything is mixed into a great soft texture that will fill up any room.  A lot of the popularity of this album – which charted on Billboard for both Country and Bluegrass categories – comes from the fact that Alison Krauss also appeared on the exceedingly popular O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack the same year as New Favorite debuted.

6675-largeWith over 10 million sales across all albums, Deep Forest is perhaps one of the most popular world music groups around.  Their debut self-titled Deep Forest album accounts for nearly a third of those 10 million sales alone.  Deep Forest was mastered by Vlado Meller at Sony’s New York studios, and it demonstrates a wide range of sonic qualities, all mastered together as one cohesive unit.  If you want some good sounding lossless reverb, this is the album for you.  Though the group is still active, the only album to outsell their debut has been 1995’s Boheme, with over 4 million sales worldwide.

59377-largeGeorge Duke was a master and pioneer of the keyboard, dominating the world of jazz, as well as mainstream music.  Unfortunately, Duke passed away earlier this month, but his legacy is huge to say the least.  Many of Duke’s newer recordings were mastered by John Vestman and mixed by Erik Zobler, and are used as reference discs for how keyboards should sound.  Duke’s solid arrangements make for very clear, wide recordings that sound great on headphones or high-end systems.  I personally recommend CoolIs Love Enough? and Dukey Treats.

Now that you have some of my picks for lossless listening, I’d like to hear yours!  What album(s) do you think sound the best, particularly in a lossless format?  Leave a comment below, and we’ll give it a spin at Murfie HQ.

Creative Cover Caption Contest

Let’s have some fun celebrating the new Murfie + VOCO partnership! You have a chance to win VOCO devices, Murfie HiFi, VOCO credit, Murfie credit, and more in our Creative Cover Caption Contest!

The contest will have 12 winners—meaning you have 12x a greater chance at grabbing great goodies!

CONTEST DETAILS

Step 1 of 3. Pick any album cover on Murfie and think of a creative caption. It can be funny, clever, socially relevant, interesting—anything you like!

Step 2 of 3. Share your caption, the hashtag #MurfieVOCO, and the Murfie album page link on Facebook and/or Twitter.
If your Facebook account is private: Copy and paste the Murfie album page link in a Facebook post and change the post privacy settings to “public”.
If your Facebook (or Twitter) account is publicly viewable:  You can hit the social sharing buttons right on the Murfie album page!

Step 3 of 3. Double-check that your caption, the album link, and #MurfieVOCO are all included so we can see your entry!

The deadline to get your captions out there is August 22nd at noon ET!

We’ll pick our favorite entries, which will then move to a final round of voting. We’ll let you know if you’re a finalist by responding to your post on Facebook, or by tweeting at you! We’ll include a link with instructions about how to rally for votes from your friends and fam in the final round.

Here are some examples of captions:

TWITTER

FACEBOOK

PLEASE NOTE

  • In order for us to see your entries, you’ll have to be certain that:
    – Your Facebook post is publicly visible.
    – Your Twitter account is publicly visible.
  • You’re only required to share your caption once, on your choice of Facebook or Twitter—although you’re more than welcome to share on both platforms, which will only increase your visibility!
  • Be sure your caption won’t offend anyone.
  • The contest is for US residents only.
  • Album art may not be altered in any way.
  • Go ahead and submit a few different album captions!
  • Murfie and NAVVO staffers (and their family members) can enter for fun, but they will not be able to move to the final round!

Enough details—let’s talk PRIZES!

There will be 12 winners. Finalists must rally for the most votes to win the best stuff! Here’s what you can win:

1. VOCO VSPOT + 1 year of Murfie HiFi + $100 Murfie store Credit
2. VOCO VSPOT + 1 year of Murfie HiFi
3. VOCO VZONEplus + 1 year of Murfie HiFi + $50 Murfie store Credit
4. VOCO VZONEplus + 1 year of Murfie HiFi
5. VOCO VZONE + 1 year of Murfie HiFi + $25 Murfie store Credit
6. VOCO VZONE + 1 year of Murfie HiFi
7. $100 VOCO store Credit + 6 months of Murfie Gold or HiFi + $25 Murfie store Credit
8. $50 VOCO store Credit + 6 months of Murfie Gold or HiFi + $20 Murfie store Credit
9. $25 VOCO store Credit + 6 months of Murfie Gold or HiFi + $15 Murfie store Credit
10. 1 year of Murfie HiFi
11. $50 Murfie store Credit
12. 1 year of Murfie Gold

Give us a holler at info@murfie.com if you have any questions. The deadline to get your captions out there is August 22nd at noon ET!

G’luck, friends—now make those captions!