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  1. It's on Spotify. :) https://open.spotify.com/album/6X93mLWSGOp8XzuyuWbcuJ?si=2gVwbLhJSaCcBFaKUgoSgA Sounds great!
  2. I'm listening to a live stream of Neil Finn right now from his home in L.A. using the MixLR app, and beaming it to my home theater. It's awesome, Love Neil Finn. MixLR has a boatload of live streams, and you can chat with other fans and ask the artist questions. Neil's wife Sharon recorded the video to this session the other day - 4K video - it's almost like being there.
  3. Ex-McKinsey consultant. My first startup, Zip2, was acquired by Compaq/Altavista. The CEO of Altavista paid McKinsey to formulate a strategy for the company. After $1M they came back and told us to focus on search. Never would have thought of that! That's why I enjoyed Don Cheadle's House of Lies Showtime series so much.
  4. Yes, that was my point. I actually have 4 Sonos systems in my house as well. :) Raspberry Pi 4's with locally attached external drives make great file servers for audio distribution within a house. I thought about more sophisticated options (e.g. NAS) but really didn't see the point. I have one Pi with an IQAudio DAC hat board running piCorePlayer, Squeezelite and the LMS, but really only use it as a file server.
  5. I have several Raspberry Pis running piCorePlayer, Volumio and Raspbian/Plex in the house. I have a portable USB hard drive connected to one of my Pis running on piCorePlayer with the Logitech Media Server with 700GB of ripped CDs and other music. Works great, and I made the drive a Samba mount so it's shared on my network. A new Raspberry Pi 4 is pretty cheap and you have a lot of flexibility in terms of what to run on it, as well as using the new USB 3.0 connections for portable drives.
  6. I did this in two stages. I already had the Mac desktop app but never subscribed to Amazon Music. So I started a 30 day free trial. After that I saw in the app to try the HD/UHD offering so I then added that free trial as well. On the Mac when you play a hi-res track it prompts you to change your audio settings to output the higher sample rate with the Midi/Audio app. As someone mentioned earlier, if you've ever subscribed to Amazon Music in the past you will not get offered another free trial, so you have no way to try out the HD offering without a $7.99 purchase of the base package.
  7. I thought that Harley had disabled the comments section of his last advertisement on MQA, but it turns out Disqus was blocked because they were calling it without an https protocol on an SSL-encrypted page. Looks like this effectively turned off the comments section from every article. What a bunch of clowns. The site is not mobile-friendly either. Hey, it's 2019. And yeah, I trust your technical expertise on things like MQA.
  8. I just posted my comment - and not afraid to do so under my full name. Harley's latest article was truly over the top. It's almost as if someone at The Onion wrote it for him.
  9. Yes, I'm running the LMS on the RPi with the IQAudio I2S DAC and local USB drive. Nice to not have to have my iMac powered on to run the LMS.
  10. I also have a fifth RPi that is running Ubuntu and has a 5GB drive attached to it via USB where I run Plex and use it both as a video and audio server. And the other piCorePlayer RPis have no problem connecting to the music library on it as well.
  11. Two have an IQAudio I2S DAC (one with a RPI display), one has has a Schiit Modi multibit connected to it via USB. But I have various music libraries elsewhere on my network (e.g. iMac, Asus router), and I've fooled around with having the various piCorePlayers connect to different libraries from different places on my network without issue. I also run Volumio on a fourth RPi with an Allo Boss I2S DAC (and RPi display). You can never have enough networked streamers in your house.
  12. I have 3 Raspberry Pis running piCorePlayer and they all access various music libraries on my network with no issues at all. One of them is connected to a portable USB drive with a music library that other Pis access, but I've also connected the Pis to other music collections on my network.
  13. I have to admit I kind of miss Lavorgna running Audiostream. He was just such a predictable jerk, and always provided a great deal of entertainment. Picking fights with anyone who posted a comment that did not line up with his shill-centric editorial garbage. Having his buddy Steve Plaskin write the most outrageous glowing reviews of the snake oil from Synergistic Research. Rafe Arnott doesn't post info that is more useful, helpful, or accurate than Lavorgna did, but he's kind of a likable guy. Unlike ML.
  14. I would go for a full Raspberry over the Pi Zero. I have 4 or 5 Raspberry Pi 3's in my house driving music to various audio systems. I run both Volumio (I am the main contributor to the Spotify plugin) and piCorePlayer. The sound quality of either distro will be identical. PiCorePlayer is an extremely small distro built on piCore Linux. It leverages the open source software Logitech built for their Squeezebox hardware, discontinued years ago. The software is rock solid, and has a ton of plugins. Volumio is a newer system, built on Node.js, that is a lot of fun to play with, and has an increasingly large number of plugins coming from an active community. There is a paid subscription to MyVolumio, however the base Volumio system is open source and free to use. In both cases you can add a $70 touchscreen to the Pi, and have a great UI in addition to the various mobile phone/tablet apps you can use as a controller. I would recommend getting two microSD cards, try out both, and see which one you like more. If you do try out Volumio and want to use Spotify make sure to check out the thread on the forum on how to install a patch to get Spotify working correctly.
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