Sweet Potato Sin – Why Your IPOD Sucks

27 Apr
The Sweetest Sounds

The Sweetest Sounds

Now I took a trip down to Sissy’s
She’s a friend of mine
She smiled and asked me in
Well, she drew a box and a big,
fancy question mark
Said, “Brother, which one is you in?”
I told her, “Sister, don’t worry
’bout the mule going blind
You just sit in the wagon and
hold on to the line
‘Cause anyone who’s ever had
sweet potato pie
Don’t want pumpkin again…

Al Jarreau – “Sweet Potato Pie”

This one could be just titled… Your IPOD sucks.

According to the LA Times –

In a digital age, vinyl albums are making a comeback

Sales of such albums were up 89% in 2008, which has fueled a mini-boom in neighborhood record stores.

The sales of Vinyl Records were the only portion of the record industry to increase last year

The sales of Vinyl Records were the only portion of the record industry to increase last year

“I’ve always marveled at every new generation of 15-year-old boys who go to the Doors vinyl section and say, ‘Wow, an original Doors LP!’ ” said Marc Weinstein, founder of Amoeba Music, the three-store chain whose Hollywood branch is among the largest independent retail record stores in the U.S. “Major labels should have capitalized on this years ago.”

Slowly they are, by pressing a growing list of vinyl catalog reissues and new albums by marquee artists such as U2. Nielsen SoundScan reported 1.88 million sales of new LPs last year, an 89% increase over 2007. And that figure is almost certainly conservative, as many independent retailers do not report their sales to SoundScan; the service says that more than two-thirds of vinyl albums are sold at indie operations.

Why, you might ask?

Because even on a moderate system the audio quality coming off a vinyl record far surpasses that of any of the digital media.

Part of the detrius of a seriously misspent youth is a stereo system my kids call “Dad’s Monster”.  The primary Amp is heavy enough to produce that “goin’ home from down south rear bumper drag 1″ off the pavement-  headin’ North on the freeway after the holidays” (You KNOW what I’m talking about!) effect if placed in the rear of an American passenger car. Analog… Tubes… Probably producing better quality sound than 90% of the digital recording studios are capable of today…

Which gets in to the Garbage In Garbage Out issue.

My kids, as they approached the end of tweeny-hood all discovered the music of 60’s musicians – usually led by a ‘discovery’ of Jimi Hendrix. As an object lesson one day I took an IPOD, a CD, a CD recorded on a computer from source material off the internet… And an original, pristine vinyl recording of Electric Ladyland – and played the same song from each through “the monster”. You really appreciate Jimi…

When you can actually hear his music.

Don’t try this at home, BTW – because it invariably winds up in a demonstration for each of the kids friends… Which can be legion.

Did the same thing on a substantially more modest setup with an old BSR Turntable and solid state Sansui Amp… You lose some of the acoustic airspace and harmonics versus a tube amp…

But it’s still ten times better.

Is there a market here?

“By the end of 2008, over 50% of our business was in new vinyl, which amounts to millions of dollars a year,” said Matt Wishnow, founder of the New York-based online music retailer Its turntable sales increased 200% in 2008, with the company shipping dozens daily during the holiday season.


Posted by on April 27, 2009 in General


6 responses to “Sweet Potato Sin – Why Your IPOD Sucks

  1. t-shirts101

    April 27, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    You have to have audiophile tastes to really appreciate such a thing… or at least the appropriate space, budget, and lifestyle.

    Although it may not be the best sound quality by comparision, but my iPhone (with the iPod component) serves me well for the sake of convenience. I’ve got an iPod jack plugged into the back of my car radio (AUX) and can listen to both ripped CD’s as well as internet radio…

    …my point being that in order to take advantage of LP’s, my lifestyle (and budget) must change to appreciate such a thing. I don’t see that happenning until 2010 (when I move – again) unfortunately.


  2. btx3

    April 27, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Not really on the audiophile tastes. The teenies buying these LPs are probably listening on Dad’s old Pioneer, Sansui, or Technics systems.

    While it defies the ego aesthetic – many mid and top shelf systems of past years sell through Yard sales. New isn’t necessarily better. The hardest thing to get anymore is a decent turntable (and I don’t mean exotic or “audiophile”), as folks are watching like hawks whenever one of those come up.

    I picked up a Macintosh Tube Amp that way a few years ago for $60. The current super-duper “upgraded” version of one of those goes for north of $10,000. Old Dynacos still show up. My Mac ran great, I tuned it up with new tubes and electrolytics – which isn’t something I’d recommend for the average homeowner – and wound up gifting it to a friend.

    Know you work and live in the epicenter of the Automotive disaster…

    Hope you land well.


  3. t-shirts101

    April 27, 2009 at 2:58 PM

    When I’m able to upgrade my current (Best Buy Budget) system, I’ll e-mail you for advice on some brand names to look out for, thx.

    I’m not looking forward to the summer here in Detroit… it’s already showing signs of being just plain off-the-hook (crime and general crazyness with the warmer weather); the unemployment (and underemeployemnt) is really showing itself.

    I’m OK for now… I left Ford for another gig a while ago. (My job at Ford is now being handled by Sunil in Mumbai.)


  4. Inking Stamp :

    October 26, 2010 at 3:09 AM

    when it comes to car radios, i prefer to use either Alpine or Pioneer. they are really great brands~*.


  5. Bruce Burtman

    December 2, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Car radioes that are digital are the best since they last longer than analog ones. :

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  6. Chauncey Rayas

    March 12, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    In-car entertainment has come a long way since 1930, when Motorola introduced the first commercially successful car radio, the Model 5T71. Over the past 80-plus years, car audio has evolved from the basic AM radio receiver with a single speaker to complex electronic systems reproducing music and other entertainment from both over-the-air signals and recorded formats. Many systems today can play music from a staggering array of audio sources: radio, CD, portable music players like the iPod, USB flash drives, SD cards, Bluetooth audio and hard-disk drives. ,

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