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

Creative Cover Caption Contest: Finalists!

Alrighty, folks—Round 1 of the #MurfieVOCO Creative Cover Caption Contest has officially ended! We’d like to give a big thank you to everyone who participated and spread the word about this fun event! (THANK YOU!) Some of you are pretty gosh-darn amusing :-).

Now, the finalists have been selected, and it’s up to YOU to vote for your favorite caption! Below you’ll find our twelve favorite entries, each with a letter inside a (deserving!) gold star. In the poll that follows the twelve entries, vote for your favorite by selecting its corresponding letter. You remember your letters, right? Well let’s go!

A - Paul McCarthy

B - Pope Grimm I

C - Oleg Bozhenko

D - Matthew Wheeler

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F - Eric Selje

G - Charles Toomajian

H - John Stack

I - FEEDtheMUSIC.net

J - Byron C Mayes

K - Jason Tiffany

L - Stephen Livingston

***POLL RESULTS ARE ON THE WAY!***

If you’re a finalist, share this post and rally for the most votes! Here’s what you’ll win, depending on your amount of votes (most to least):

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

Voting ends on Tuesday, September 3rd at Noon ET. Let’s see who’s a real lossless boss!

:-)

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.

Get Lossless Streaming with Murfie + VOCO!

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Today, we are happy to announce a new partnership with NAVVO, the creators of VOCO—wireless audio systems that stream top quality music through a unique voice and touch user interface.

What does this mean for you? Now you can listen to your entire Murfie collection on any VOCO device! 

Plus, VOCO supports lossless streaming! Instead of just 320kbps mp3, lossless streaming plays FLAC files, giving you perfect CD quality audio. (You can learn more about FLAC music here.)

Join the Murfie HiFi for $99/year to get lossless streaming with VOCO, in addition to all Murfie Gold benefits!

Need a VOCO device? Pick out something that fits your vibe. Use the coupon code MurfieHiFi and get free ground shipping on your order!

Already own a VOCO device? Stream with VOCO!

We’ll keep workin’ hard to bring you new ways to enjoy your music—if your ears are super-happy, so are we!