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Along with many other sites, we have turned this site black to point to the importance of black lives, and to express our solidarity with the people of color in this country, who have continually experienced racism in forms both subtle and overt for many centuries.

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Episode 2.11 Encoding Quality: Potato

Tidal, Youtube, Bandcamp, and the Future of Music Distribution

Tagged: art, ethics, technology

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Chris and Stephen note the launch of Tidal with some skepticism, then contrast the service with what could be considered Tidal’s polar opposite: YouTube. We look at the international aspects of music distribution, and think about how youth factor in to the ever-changing equation. And, good news, there’s a happy ending. I love happy endings.

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