You can buy better headphones or speakers, but if you're playing lo-fi MP3s you'll never experience the sound the artist enjoyed in the studio. Blue Coast Records uses their own proprietary recording technique and digital delivery methods to provide you with an exceptional audio experience. Bring the magic of a live studio experience into your home. The future is here for you to try.

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Keith Greeninger, Blue Coast Records

Keith is fan favorite for his rich voice and compelling stories of everyday life. If you've come from the NPR link, this is one of the featured songs from the podcast. Accompanied by bassist, Chris Kee and drummer, Brain, you'll experience a live-in-the-studio performance
that was the reason we started Blue Coast Records
.

For more music from Keith Greeninger, visit http://bluecoastrecords.com/store

Keith Greeninger "Jimmy And The Crows"

Description
MP3's are "lossy" compressed audio files. Lossy compressed audio files are made smaller with complex conversions that remove audio information. Though most download stores sell sizes that are 128 kbps, some stores are selling 256 kbps files. MP3 320kbps are the largest and best sounding mp3 files available today. Other compressed audio files are AAC (what iTunes uses), AC-3 (a Dolby format).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP3

What You Need
  • a computer, mobile phone, tablet or server
  • a song manager like iTunes, Windows Media Player
  • 5 minute song file size is 11.7MB
  • phone modem, broadband or faster for download

Advantages

  • easy and instant gratification!
  • most devices play mp3 without additional software or hardware on computers
  • small size allows for thousands of songs on a hard drive or smart phone
  • carries metadata for album art and album information
  • iTunes and Windows Media player are nearly standard on most computer
  • all computer soundcards accommodate mp3 audio

Disadvantages
  • doesn't offer the full listening experience on better headphones or home listening system
  • compromise of quality for ease of use
  • almost anyone can make an mp3 audio file

Description
Free Lossless Audio Codec (or FLAC) is another kind of audio compression. Digital audio compressed by FLAC's algorithm can typically be reduced to 50–60% of its original size, and decompressed into a near identical copy of the original audio data. 9624 refers to 96000 samples per second and 24 bit audio which is more than 2 times more samples per second than CD quality digital audio. FLAC files can come from various size files. ALAC is Apple Lossless Audio Codec, a similar compression algorithm.

What You Need
  • a computer, mobile phone, tablet or server
  • a free song manager like Foobar2000, Winamp
  • 5 minute song file size is 61.3MB
  • good Broadband speeds for download

Advantages
better sound quality than mp3 and very close to the original source music.
will play on most computers without new soundcard after installation of software.
smaller than source files for easier internet downloads
carries metadata for album art and album information
plays on Android phones without additional software

Disadvantages
DOES NOT PLAY ON ITUNES
Requires installation of FLAC decoder on most computers
compromise of quality for ease of use.

Description
By 1990, the Compact Disc (a 5" disc that held PCM digital audio) began to replace vinyl as the number one way to deliver music to customers. Since 2008 we have been delivering these very large files from the original source recordings. We chose 9624 or 96000 samples per second for our download which is more than 2 times larger than a recording made for CD disc. The larger file will make for a better sound, just as more pixels make for a clearer photograph.

What You Need
  • a computer
  • a song manager like iTunes, Windows Media Player, Foobar2000
  • 5 minute song file size is 164MB
  • very fast broadband for download

Advantages
WILL PLAY IN ITUNES
the original sound of the uncompressed audio offers better sound than mp3 or FLAC. While this is arguable, many audiophiles hear the improved sound with uncompressed files
can drag and drop into iTunes for playback without additional software
most computers have a soundcard that accommodates 9624 digital audio

Disadvantages
does not have the ability to carry metadata
longer download times
not recommended for smart phones.

Description
Direct Stream Digital (DSD) offers the closest sound to analog tape - richness of full frequencies combined with huge dynamics range. Like pixels for a photographs, the more samples per second, the better the sound. DSD uses only one bit which gives it greater efficiency for digital delivery through the internet. Though DSD is in the very early development for delivery to home audio enthusiasts, it has been used in professional recording for more than a decade. As internet speeds get faster, so will the demand for bigger and better sounding files like DSD.

What You Need
  • a computer
  • a song manager like JRiver Media Player (PC) or Audirvana (Mac)
  • 5 minute song file size is 201MB
  • very fast broadband for download

Advantages
64 times more samples per second than a CD
realistic dynamic range
carries metadata for album art and information
Higher Quality and faster download speeds than PCM wav at its highest quality of 352.8kHz

Disadvantages
DOES NOT PLAY IN ITUNES
true DSD playback requires a DSD DAC, however you can still play DSD files converted to PCM
limited, though growing, catalog of music
some incompatibilities with song managers playing DSD, PCM wav and FLAC files.
VERY large files that require patience and fast broadband.

Description
Also called "Double DSD" or DSD128, DSD 5.6 has recently come into vogue for audiophiles anxious to truly hear the magic of the studio. Consumer electronics for music lovers has been pushing the envelope for the format as listening tests have proven DSD 5.6 to be an exceptional sound. This is the future of music, audio and the home listening experience.

What You Need
  • a computer
  • a song manager like JRiver Media Player (PC) or Audirvana (Mac)
  • 5 minute song file size is 401MB, A HUGE FILE!
  • very fast broadband for download

Advantages
closest sound to analog tape
128 times more samples per second than a CD
realistic dynamic range captures a performance at its best
carries metadata for album art and album information
Higher Quality and faster download speeds than PCM wav at its highest quality of 352.8kHz
noticeable difference in sound quality

Disadvantages
DOES NOT PLAY IN ITUNES
not all DSD DACs play DSD 5.6
extremely limited catalog of music
some incompatibilities with song managers playing DSD 2.8 and PCM wav and FLAC files.