MUSIC MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER
As an 80’s kid who grew up on cassettes and his dad’s vinyl collection, the journey of music discovery has taken some interesting twists and turns over the decades. Who can forget the joy of making mixtapes for that special someone, or the first time they experienced the warmth and subtle hiss of a vinyl record? But alas, those analog days were soon replaced with the digital audio revolution, which was around the time when audio CDs and players became affordable for the masses. Then MP3 and peer-to-peer file sharing came along, disrupting the music industry and paving the way for today’s music streaming services.
While I do collect CDs from time to time, I’ve also purchased my fair share of music from iTunes, Bandcamp, and Big Cartel. Despite my best intentions, I have spent an unhealthy amount of time cataloging my digital music library, making sure that the tracks are tagged correctly with matching cover art. Lately, however, it’s becoming more difficult to justify the purchase of digital music. After all, why subscribe to all-you-can-stream services like Spotify and Deezer, when you’re going to fork out the price of a monthly fee for an album? In this issue of HWM Malaysia, we highlight of five popular streaming services on page 70 (“Stream Your Beats”) and compared their strengths and weaknesses to find out which offers the best overall package.
But it’s not all about the music this August, as we have prepared two shootouts for your reading pleasure. The first touches on business-centric Ultrabooks (“Lightweight Machines for Heavy Workloads”, page 60) that promises lightning-quick boot times and allday productivity on a single charge, while the second revolves around affordable smartphones (page 78) that let you experience ultra-fast 4G LTE connectivity without breaking the budget. This issue also saw the introduction of a new section called Geek Life, and we’re kicking things off with a selection of smart watches for the savvy traveler in you.
We hope you’ll enjoy the rest of the August 2014 issue. And with that, until next time!