Music

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Music has always been, and continues to be, a big part of my life. There is always something playing around the house and its impossible for me to get in the car without my fully loaded old 160Gb iPod Classic.

Almost all my music is digital these days, although I still buy some alums on vinyl. Don’t ask me why … I just do.

I always buy albums at the highest available resolution and use Qubuz and 7digital as my go-to sources. I have also used HD Tracks once or twice but I find them to be more expensive although this can be offset by regular discount offers via email.

My Hi-Fi Systems

My current hi-fi system consists of a Naim UnitiQute 1.5 streamer (its been upgraded to play 24/192) fed by a Synology DiskStation DS213J NAS with two 1Tb Western Digital Red disks in a RAID array. The DS is backed up daily to an external USB disk.

There’s also a single Sonos Play 1 in the dining room that can access the music stored on the NAS.

Music - Hi-Fi system

My hi-fi-system

Both systems are accessed using either the Naim or Sonos IOS Apps, which work flawlessly. Its so convenient sitting in the lounge and being able to access all of the worlds music via Spotify (currently testing the CD-qualify streaming from Tidal) as well as our hi-res files on the NAS from an iPad.

I use an Apple MacBook Pro, which means that iTunes is my only choice to organise my music collection. I have tried to find alternatives that may be quicker, but none were able to manage my music as well as load my iPhone, iPad & iPod. I’d love to hear from you if you have found an alternative that doesn’t contain so much “bloat.”

One of my biggest regrets  is that I never had the time or patience to learn to play an instrument.

What sort of music do I like? All sorts! The best way to find out is to listen to my radio show on ITfM Radio on Monday evenings from 8:00 to 10:00pm. You can catch up with what I played by listening to the Spotify playlists on the site.

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