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Contrary to all my fears, Pono is here to save the music industry! 24-bit music is about to hit the mainstream, backed by Neil Young, the major record labels and an army of world-renowned artists.

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It was May 2005 and we were holding a regular Linn management review at a hotel near Glasgow where, as it turned out, Lou Reed was also staying during a break in his tour.

During a coffee break, I saw Lou reading the newspaper in the hotel lobby and, despite shaking with nerves, couldn’t resist approaching him. He immediately put me at ease, placing his hand firmly on my shaky leg, telling me I didn’t need to be nervous and asked me to take a seat.

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My interview in the UK’s Metro newspaper last week appears to have touched a raw nerve with many people. In that interview I claimed that mp3 downloads will be replaced by music at studio master quality. And it was this prediction that seems to have raised the most hostility.

This surprises me.

It’s not like I predicted the demise of the toaster…

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I cringed throughout Neil Young’s recent appearance on The David Letterman Show, in the way you do when sensing public embarrassment of one of your heroes at the hands of a talk-show host.

What made it worse though, was the confirmation it gave that my visit to Broken Arrow a year ago had made zero impact on the great man.

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Last summer, when a friend invited me to a gig in a tiny venue in Glasgow, I had no idea it would end up with Linn signing one of the UK’s most exciting rising acts, Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo.

That night there were about 25 people crammed into Brel, a little pub on Ashton Lane, in Glasgow’s trendy West End. From the atmosphere alone it was apparent that something very special was happening…

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It recently dawned on me that most of our family time is now spent in the kitchen. Of course it’s where we cook, but also where we eat, where we socialise and increasingly where we listen to music.

Music as part of family living means lots of different things for us; during the day my wife likes the radio on in the background, my kids use the iPad to watch TV in the afternoon, I watch the news on the laptop when I get home from work. That’s all before dinner.

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Perhaps the last thing you’d expect to find hidden in the Japanese countryside, nestling in a beautiful forest, is Linn’s old exhibition stand from the 1987 London show “Hear Linn Live!”

But indeed there it is, the wooden cabin that Linn’s founder Ivor Tiefenbrun commissioned for the show, once he realised it would be more cost-effective, and reusable, to build an actual house than a typical exhibition stand.

Over an adequate sufficiency of drams after the show, so the story goes, Ivor pledged the cabin to Yoshihisa Mori, the legendary audio engineer and log cabin enthusiast. It was packaged, shipped to Japan, and rebuilt on Mori-san’s small freeholding, about halfway between Tokyo and Fukushima.

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Finally it’s begun. The waiting is over.

I’m delighted and excited to report that this week we’ve launched our Studio Master download partnership with Universal Music Group.

The first titles are some of the greats of classical music, remastered at 24-bit by Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Classics from their original analogue tapes.

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Apple’s decision to finally open source its Apple Lossless (ALAC) format is welcome news.

For one thing, people who use iTunes to store and archive their CD collection, and take care to change the audio quality to Apple Lossless, will be able to stream their collection to a wider range of products.

For Linn, where we’ve been advocating FLAC, yet supporting an unofficial version of ALAC, it means we no longer risk the wrath of Apple HQ for letting people listen to their music collections through our systems.

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You might have noticed that the Linn website has changed in the last couple of weeks.

Out with the Old

Our previous website was conceived as an online catalogue. The structure neatly mirrored the areas of Linn’s business and the categories of products. This was ideal for people who knew Linn and knew what they were looking for.The home page was used as a podium to display the latest products and upgrades. It broadcasted: “Look at our latest offering.” It assumed knowledge of Linn, assumed that the latest offering made sense in the context of an existing understanding of our business and products.

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