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MacRumors
Mar 1, 2013, 09:46 AM
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David Bowie's first new album in 10 years, The Next Day, is available for free streaming on iTunes (http://itunes.com/davidbowie), the artist announced on his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/davidbowie) after an earlier teaser post where he told fans to "stay stuned for a surprise regarding iTunes."

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Due to be released on March 12, the streaming preview is exclusive to iTunes. Apple has occasionally offered such exclusive streaming preview in the past, as with the Red Hot Chili Peppers (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/08/22/itunes-store-offering-free-stream-of-unreleased-red-hot-chili-peppers-album/), Ke$ha and One Direction, working together with labels to leverage iTunes' dominant position in the digital music market.

Billboard gave the 14-track album the thumbs-up (http://www.billboard.com/articles/review/1549959/david-bowie-the-next-day-track-by-track-review) in its track-by-track review.
Bowie and producer Tony Visconti, who helped shaped his sound in the 1970s as well as produce seven T. Rex records, have struck gold in creating a work that is modern and well-connected to the artist's fabled sonic-past. No matter where Bowie takes the music -- and there are some moments where it seems headed to some off-putting territory -- he finds a melodic hook to swing on. It's an ability he used on "Low," "Heroes" and "Lodger" and that experimental trilogy from the mid- to late 1970s is as much a reference point as the earlier costumed years of "Ziggy Stardust" and "Aladdin Sane." This alchemy is almost magical.iTunes customers can also pre-order the album for $13.99.

Article Link: David Bowie's New Album Available For Free Exclusive Preview on iTunes (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/03/01/david-bowies-new-album-available-for-free-exclusive-preview-on-itunes/)



TheGreenBastard
Mar 1, 2013, 09:49 AM
Eh...

Is there any need of this being on the first page?

Sky Blue
Mar 1, 2013, 09:53 AM
Is there any need of this being on the first page?

$$$$

jowie
Mar 1, 2013, 09:59 AM
A glimpse into an all-streaming iTunes future...?

torturegarden
Mar 1, 2013, 10:04 AM
Once again the CD is cheaper over at Amazon compared to the lossy Itunes download. I've never understood that. Doesn't really affect me as I'll be getting the vinyl.

Tankmaze
Mar 1, 2013, 10:10 AM
Jemaine:
That's pretty freaky, Bowie
I hear that space is a pretty freaky place.
Isn't it cold out in the Depths of space, Bowie?

Both:
Do you need my Jumper, Bowie?

Jemaine:
Does the space cold make your nipples go all pointy?
And do you use your pointy nipples as telescopic antennae
Transmitting data back to Earth?
(Bret: Data back to Earth, Data back to Earth)
Jemaine:
Bet you do, you freaky old bastard, you.

Edit : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8f_XCH3zmM :D

SBlue1
Mar 1, 2013, 10:15 AM
wow, cool move.

knucklehead
Mar 1, 2013, 10:15 AM
He's the little fat man with the pug nosed face .... :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jv6mEv_rDdE

thefourthpope
Mar 1, 2013, 10:15 AM
A glimpse into an all-streaming iTunes future...?

Really, really, really, really hope not

fastlanephil
Mar 1, 2013, 10:24 AM
Once again the CD is cheaper over at Amazon compared to the lossy Itunes download. I've never understood that. Doesn't really affect me as I'll be getting the vinyl.

Amazon shipping charges.

pianophile
Mar 1, 2013, 10:29 AM
really affect me as I'll be getting the vinyl.

Pre-digital recordings aside, is vinyl really any better than CD for what I assume is a digital recording, unless the vinyl medium itself is the preference?

ctdonath
Mar 1, 2013, 10:31 AM
Huh, can only listen on iPad or computer - not iPhone. Had me confused for a few minutes.

jchase2057
Mar 1, 2013, 10:34 AM
Pre-digital recordings aside, is vinyl really any better than CD for what I assume is a digital recording, unless the vinyl medium itself is the preference?

My guess is that he is a collector. Collectors tend to prefer vinyl. A nice vinyl collection always looks cool on a shelf.

powaking
Mar 1, 2013, 10:37 AM
They couldn't even spell his name correctly in the file name (using Tubemaster to capture)

http://a1.phobos.apple.com/us/r1000/000/Features/SOTW/DavidBowe_TheNextDay.m4p

mw360
Mar 1, 2013, 10:41 AM
Once again the CD is cheaper over at Amazon compared to the lossy Itunes download. I've never understood that. Doesn't really affect me as I'll be getting the vinyl.

Because Amazon sells everything at a wafer thin profit way below RRP, and seems intent on wiping out everybody's profits in all sectors of retail.

Also the lossy iTunes version has almost equal value to the average consumer as a CD so the RRP is the same. Quality vs convenience...

mus0r
Mar 1, 2013, 10:41 AM
Eh...

Is there any need of this being on the first page?

Yes.

MonkeySee....
Mar 1, 2013, 10:42 AM
Eh...

Is there any need of this being on the first page?

Yes. Its David Bowie. :cool:

balamw
Mar 1, 2013, 10:43 AM
Amazon shipping charges.

A non-issue for Amazon Prime customers or anyone buying more than the $25 required for free shipping.

B

craftytony
Mar 1, 2013, 10:45 AM
A non-issue for Amazon Prime customers or anyone buying more than the minimum free shipping amount.

B

Cost of amazon prime?

balamw
Mar 1, 2013, 10:47 AM
Cost of amazon prime?

$79/year, but as I noted too you can add 1-2 other CDs or a book etc... and get free shipping that way too.

B

TimTheEnchanter
Mar 1, 2013, 11:10 AM
I think it's pretty awesome to be able to listen to a whole album free before deciding to purchase.

Just finished listening and have to say this is a really great album for Bowie. Always been a fan of his work, experimentation and forward thinking. I didn't know he was coming out with a new album but after listening I'm buying... although I might buy this CD from Amazon instead. Other artists I would be more inclined to buy from iTunes.

milo
Mar 1, 2013, 12:39 PM
Weird poster campaign, it originally came out looking like fake ads for other products with just the album title over it and no other explanation. Finally figured it out today now that there are ones with Bowie's name on it.

Eduardo1971
Mar 1, 2013, 01:21 PM
I think it's pretty awesome to be able to listen to a whole album free before deciding to purchase.

Just finished listening and have to say this is a really great album for Bowie. Always been a fan of his work, experimentation and forward thinking. I didn't know he was coming out with a new album but after listening I'm buying... although I might buy this CD from Amazon instead. Other artists I would be more inclined to buy from iTunes.

Yeah, I'm also going to purchase it from Amazon (I have Prime); the vast majority of reviews give it really high marks. Nice to see to Bowie blasting at full cylinders.

HornetMontana
Mar 1, 2013, 01:53 PM
The last track ("Heat"?) really brings me somewhere.

MaxCast
Mar 1, 2013, 02:01 PM
Once again the CD is cheaper over at Amazon compared to the lossy Itunes download. I've never understood that. Doesn't really affect me as I'll be getting the vinyl.
Rock on brotha

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Pre-digital recordings aside, is vinyl really any better than CD for what I assume is a digital recording, unless the vinyl medium itself is the preference?

not necessarily. It takes a lot for vinyl to sound good but when it's all set up correctly it is oh so nice. And fun too.

Gym Hellwig
Mar 1, 2013, 02:18 PM
I wish they would update the itunes store to 24/96 already. How many more years is it going to take?

towg
Mar 1, 2013, 02:25 PM
I wish they would update the itunes store to 24/96 already. How many more years is it going to take?

Yep - because you could tell the difference couldnt you?

zurichuk
Mar 1, 2013, 03:40 PM
The last track ("Heat"?) really brings me somewhere.

to the end of the album :D

Lancer
Mar 2, 2013, 02:25 AM
Again why are we here in Australia paying more for the same thing, it's not like they have to ship it 1000s of miles, it's a few minutes download on a decent connection.

The US price is $13.99, here it's $19.99AU, that's a 42% increase and currently the AUD is worth more than the USD!?!?!?!

samac92
Mar 2, 2013, 04:16 PM
I wish they would update the itunes store to 24/96 already. How many more years is it going to take?

Please read:

http://people.xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html

tl;dr? You cannot hear a difference.

jowie
Mar 2, 2013, 05:10 PM
Please read:

http://people.xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html

tl;dr? You cannot hear a difference.
good link.

Please, not another 24/96 (or even 192) audiophile argument. The Emperor isn't wearing any clothes.

Gym Hellwig
Mar 2, 2013, 05:39 PM
Please read:

http://people.xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html

tl;dr? You cannot hear a difference.

Same nonsense people said about 1080p blu-ray. "Nobody can tell the difference", "You need to sit 3 inches away from a 70 inch screen to notice the difference". Yeah right. Pure nonsense.

24/96 blows itunes' current 256kbps garbage out of the water.

Gym Hellwig
Mar 2, 2013, 05:58 PM
I would even gladly accept lossless ALAC from itunes. At least offer CD quality.

princigalli
Mar 2, 2013, 07:10 PM
one of the best artists ever. but can't you stream on spotify anyway?

entropys
Mar 3, 2013, 05:52 AM
$79/year, but as I noted too you can add 1-2 other CDs or a book etc... and get free shipping that way too.

B So, instead of $13.99 you have spent how much to justify your ill thought through argument?

Again why are we here in Australia paying more for the same thing, it's not like they have to ship it 1000s of miles, it's a few minutes download on a decent connection.

The US price is $13.99, here it's $19.99AU, that's a 42% increase and currently the AUD is worth more than the USD!?!?!?!

Yep, it sucks all right. Just to ensure some importer OZ copyright holder in Australia gets their daily cocaine and access to more hookers than a HSU union official.

ScoobyMcDoo
Mar 3, 2013, 07:14 AM
So, I noticed that it says the album is available for pre-order.

One thing I don't get is why on earth anyone would pre-order electronic media?

balamw
Mar 3, 2013, 07:14 AM
So, instead of $13.99 you have spent how much to justify your ill thought through argument?

It's not like you don't get anything for the extra $11 (to reach $25). For those who purchase a lot of books/movies/music it's just not an issue. There's always one or two items on the wishlist if you need to reach the $25/order minimum. Plus, Prime gives you free books and video streaming.

Of course if you only ever buy one CD per year, you'll have to pay for shipping.

B

dtuck90
Mar 3, 2013, 08:44 AM
I would even gladly accept lossless ALAC from itunes. At least offer CD quality.

iTunes really need to start doing this. If they can offer 1080p video for streaming/download then they can offer CD quality music at least.

Gym Hellwig
Mar 3, 2013, 06:54 PM
The album is great, but 2 or 3 songs too long. Could have dumped 'How Does The Grass Grow' and 'Set The World On Fire' and it would have been a classic. Those songs are useless filler.

eco7777
Mar 4, 2013, 04:33 PM
My guess is that he is a collector. Collectors tend to prefer vinyl. A nice vinyl collection always looks cool on a shelf.

Nope, vinyl sounds better if the record itself is analog.

My experience with both vinyl and digital recordings is that vinyl sounded a lot better

Arran
Mar 5, 2013, 11:45 AM
One thing I don't get is why on earth anyone would pre-order electronic media?

Yeah, like they're expecting a shortage of electrons on release day? :confused:

I think it's pretty awesome to be able to listen to a whole album free before deciding to purchase.

Yes it is!

Just finished listening and have to say this is a really great album for Bowie.

Agreed. It's feels like a bunch of his past (and maybe future?) personas got together and partied. :)

You know, I think he really fooled us all with the release of, "Where Are We Now?" on Jan 8th. It's a lovely tune, but it's also a slow, poignant look back at his heyday. It felt like his swan song. His last breath. Even the critics said his voice sounded frail.

And then a month later he comes flying out of the gates with the full album! Like he's never been away. Masterful.