The Walkman Is Still Here. Cassette Players Are Making a Comeback with New Technology.

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Spotify and Apple Music may not need to worry just yet, but the two popular music streaming services should keep an eye on an old adversary: cassette tapes.

Thanks to the work of one French company, the personal audio cassette player is making comeback. And this time, things are a little different.

Mulann is a European company that produces magnetic strips for items like debit and credit cards. However, those magnetic strips are also used for audio by professional recording engineers to capture film and music footage.

Just four years ago, Mulann made a savvy business move to create a subsidiary company called Recording the Masters. It’s mission? To take advantage of the rapid rise in demand for analog music in the form of cassette tapes.

CEO Jean-Luc Renou acknowledged that the digital music industry is king. Yet, he made an interesting comparison in describing the possibility of a co-existing relationship between analog and digital music.

“It’s like heating. In your home, you have heaters in every room–high numbers–and that’s not going to change. That’s digital,” Renou explained. “But you can also have a single fireplace, and it takes time to experience something different–this is analogue. The fireplace isn’t going to replace your heaters and the heaters won’t forever kill the fireplace.”

Of course, technological advances have made it possible to incorporate some new features into portable cassette players, which became popular in the 1980s thanks to the Sony Walkman. In fact, Mulann partnered with La Toile sur Ecoute to launch a modernized portable cassette player that will feature significantly better sound quality, bluetooth connectivity and a rechargeable battery all at a cost of $76.

That price point should help capture a share of the growing market for old-school musical formats. One report revealed that in 2018, there were more than 219,000 audio cassettes sold in the United States. That represented a massive leap from the 178,000 sold the year prior.

And while 80 percent of music is streamed in the United States, it is never too late to ditch the digital and enjoy the authenticity of analog music.

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These Celebrities and Their Children Almost Look Like Twins

Genetics sure are funny things, don’t you think?

Some of us look more like our parents than others, but these kids are the spitting images of their famous moms and dads (lucky them) – actually, in some of these cases, it’s the kids who are the famous ones.

I guess the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree with these folks…

1. Reese Witherspoon and Ava Phillippe

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2. Lisa Bonet and Zoë Kravitz

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3. David Beckham and Brooklyn Beckham

4. Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber

5. Tish Cyrus and Miley Cyrus

6. Demi Moore and Rumer Willis

7. Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson.

8. Kate Moss and Lila Moss

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9. Eugene Levy and Dan Levy.

10. Clint Eastwood and Scott Eastwood

Pretty wild, right?

Do you know of some other celebrities whose kids look just like them?

Tell us about them or share a pic in the comments. Please and thank you!

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In 1942 the song “Deep in the Heart…

In 1942 the song “Deep in the Heart of Texas” was banned by BBC during working hours on the grounds that its infectious melody might cause wartime factory-hands to neglect their tools while they clapped in time with the song.

Enjoy These Cool Facts About Music of All Kinds

I’ve been a music lover since I was pretty young. My brother, who is nine years older than I am, got me into all the good stuff from a very young age: AC/DC, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, etc.

Since then, it’s been a love affair with finding cool, new (and old) music to sink my teeth into, and seeing live bands when I get the chance.

Let’s take a look at 10 really cool music facts to get our day started the right way!

1. Sudden savant syndrome.

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2. I wish there was video of this.

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3. A lot of time wasted.

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4. They were trailblazers in many ways.

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5. The cut up technique.

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6. The Lizard King.

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7. Two musical geniuses.

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8. Helping out the fans.

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9. Don’t change a thing.

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10. A little history lesson.

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Pretty cool facts, huh?

Who are some of your favorite bands and musicians? Share them with us in the comments!

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Research Shows That Underwater Speakers Can Help Revive Dying Coral Reefs

Dying coral reefs have been a problem for years now, and scientists have struggled to figure out ways to revive struggling reef ecosystems. But a recent study published in the journal Nature Communications has given scientists (and everyone, really) newfound hope about this critically important issue.

The study found that playing sounds on underwater speakers could entice fish to come to dying reefs. The sounds being played on these speakers aren’t pop music, to be clear. Rather, they mimic the sounds of a healthy reef. Researchers found that when a loudspeaker played the sounds of a healthy reef, double the number of fish came by, and 50% more fish species visited compared to dead coral reef areas without any artificial sounds.

The experiment lasted 40 days, and the species of fish that flocked to the coral with the loudspeakers were very diverse. This is valuable because fish clean reefs of choking algae and help make space for new coral to grow. While this certainly isn’t the only ingredient in reviving dying coral reefs, it definitely can help reefs begin to recover. And diverse fish species bring different functions to coral reefs, which further helps recovery.

Andy Radford, a co-author of the study, said, “If combined with habitat restoration and other conservation measures, rebuilding fish communities in this manner might accelerate ecosystem recovery.”

Coral Reef, Florida

There are many factors that cause a cause reef to suffer or die. In the Florida Keys, sewage and fertilizer runoff has led to nitrogen enrichment in areas with coral reefs, killing corals. Rising ocean temperatures kill coral as well – around 50% of Australia’s famous Great Barrier Reef has been bleached to death because of high oceanic temperature caused by climate change. Though, on a positive note, it looks like some corals are becoming more resistant to increasing temperatures in the water.

Let’s hope that research and ACTION continues to develop for this very important cause. We only have one Earth, let’s take care of it!

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Vinyl Record Sales Surpassed CDs Last Year for the First Time in Decades

As someone who has collected vinyl since high school, I think this is awesome. Don’t get me wrong, I like CDs and cassettes too (I don’t currently have any 8-tracks), but I prefer vinyl records.

I just honestly believe they sound the best out of all formats.

In 2019, people bought $224 million worth of vinyl records. This was the first time since 1986 that vinyl outsold CDs.

That’s a long time for a medium to spend on the outs before it stages a takeover from its replacement format, don’t you think?

Vinyl has been competing with CDs, cassettes, and now with digital music for many years, but a resurgence in the popularity of records along with annual events like Record Store Day have made vinyl a hot commodity again over the past several years. Records have gone from practically obsolete, to objects of desire once again.

In the week that ended on December 26, 2019, 1.243 million vinyl albums were sold – the first time that’s happened since Nielsen began tracking music data in 1991.

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And it isn’t one generation that’s making up a bulk of the vinyl sales; Millennials and Generation Z folks are just as likely to buy records as Baby Boomers and Generation X’ers. Plus, people are buying records from artists across many generations. Currently, some of the biggest-selling vinyl artists are Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, The Beatles, and Queen.

Just for fun, I’d like to include some of my favorite record stores across the country. Check these folks out online or in-person if you’re in the area!

Creme Tangerine Records in Costa Mesa, California.

Premium Sound in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Love Garden Sounds in Lawrence, Kansas.

Go buy some records!

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Wow! Playing Music Benefits Your Brain More Than Any Other Activity.

If you’re interested in strengthening your brain, playing a musical instrument is the best exercise you can do to improve brain function, make you happier and protect against dementia.

Learning to play an instrument actually changes brain structure and improves functioning better than any so-called brain games. Those who learn to play when they are young also have better long-term memory and brain development.

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A study completed by researchers at the University of Montreal found musicians tend toward more mental alertness over those who don’t play.

Head researcher Simon Landry said,

The more we know about the impact of music on really basic sensory processes, the more we can apply musical training to individuals who might have slower reaction times. As people get older, for example, we know their reaction times get slower. So if we know that playing a musical instrument increases reaction times, then maybe playing an instrument will be helpful for them.

Previous to this study, Landry discovered musicians have faster auditory, tactile, and audio-tactile reaction times, and an altered statistical use of multisensory information.

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In other words, playing an instrument is a complex and emotional task requiring multiple senses, inputs and fine motor skills. This is what changes the brain and can also help musicians be successful in other fields, like business.

Scans of brains actually show physical differences between musicians and non-musicians. The huge bundle of nerves connecting the two sides of the brain, or the corpus callosum, is larger in the brains of musicians.

Learning an instrument at a young age leads to the biggest brain differences. Even if someone doesn’t dedicate the rest of their lives to an instrument, there are still drastic changes caused by even moderate or intermittent study. That’s because music instruction makes these changes in the brain more efficiently than any other activity (that we know of).

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From strengthening speech processing to protecting against dementia, learning to play an instrument is like lifting weights for your brain. So forget the dumb brain games on your phone. Pick up guitar or find a piano teacher.

Your brain will thank you.

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After a head injury, Derek Amato was diagnosed…

After a head injury, Derek Amato was diagnosed with Acquired Musical Savant Syndrome, and suddenly could play expert level piano. When asked during an interview to perform a simple song, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. He attempted, struggled, and gave up.

Here Are Some Hilarious Tweets About ‘Frozen 2’ from Parents

We know that if your kids are of a certain age, you’ve already taken them to see Frozen 2…at least once. There’s no escape, and you know it.

Just remember, you’ll be hearing your kids sing the songs from this movie for the next couple years, so get used to it and go with the flow.

Just let it go.

Let us begin…

1. Look what you started.

2. Taking it to a new level.

3. She’s had enough.

4. She needs to learn.

5. Booyah!

6. You’ll probably have to camp out.

7. Might need to hit that 100 mark.

8. Couldn’t go with that one.

9. Oh, great…

10. That’s nacho cheese!

11. Done for a while…

12. SPOILERS EVERYONE

13. This is what you have to look forward to.

14. Lots of snoozing going on.

15. Aw. That’s nice

How many times have you taken your kids to see Frozen 2 so far?

Let us know all about it in the comments!

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A Guy Pranked San Francisco by Placing Airpod Stickers All over Town

AirPods aren’t cheap and everybody wants a pair of them. Also, if you do own a pair, you know by now that you can lose them at any moment. It’s kind of like owning a pair of earrings or a wedding ring that you regularly take off and put somewhere random.

Some funny fellow took advantage of the AirPods phenomenon and decided to pull a prank…on the entire city of San Francisco. A guy named Pablo Rochat printed up life-sized AirPod stickers and stuck them on the ground all over San Francisco.

They look very realistic, so you know that people who saw these on the ground either thought to themselves, “Shit, I just dropped an AirPod”, or “Awesome, someone else dropped their AirPod and now it’s MINE.”

Rochat said, “I often see people drop their AirPods, so I thought it would be funny to make it look like people are dropping their AirPods all over the city and see if people would try to pick them up.”

Rochat added, “That’s the best part. I love putting AirPod stickers on the ground and standing back to see people try to pick them up. Some people are amused by it, but a few have been angry that they were pranked. Joke’s on them!”

Here’s the best part: if you want to try this out in your hometown, Rochat tweeted out the free template for the AirPod stickers so we can all get in on the action. I’m know what I’m gonna do this weekend…I hope I don’t get beat up…again.

LOLzzzzzzzzz.

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