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Published: 2015-06-18T23:41:02-07:00


Pirates, Pop and the Catwalk - April and May New Releases


We’ve added a whole host of talented musicians and DJs to Magnatune during April and May. The wide variety of genres and top quality musicianship demonstrates that we only add high-end music to our downloads website. Here’s an overview of...

I'm in the New York Times magazine


The New York Times Magazine has a story appearing this Sunday, about ZPM espresso (a kickstarter-backed coffee machine company) and my attempt to buy them when their company ran out of cash. Unfortunately, the link to me in the...

Overview of Magnatune releases in March 2015


If you're one for the deeper darker side of ambient, have a taste for melody driven indie folk or perhaps veer towards traditional instruments such as the lute or cello then be sure to check out our latest additions to...

February 2015 releases


This month we added 21 new albums to the Magnatune library. Here is a selection of latest additions to our downloads website. This month’s new releases certainly provide an eclectic mix of music. From the melodic and haunting melodies in...

Retina display support


Magnatune now automatically detects retina display devices (i.e., iPad, HD Android, and 4k monitors) and swaps in album art and artist photos at twice the resolution in those cases. I find the difference to be dramatic, especially with thumbnails of...

Webp image support


Parts of Magnatune are very image heavy, such as those that show many album covers or many artists. Starting today, if your browser supports it, these images are in Google's new WebP format, which (in my tests) results in images...

https support at Magnatune


I've just finished adding https support for Magnatune, which you can reach at I've also confirmed that we are not vulnerable to the Heartbeat vulnerability. Note that graphics and audio files are not provided via https, but everything else...

2nd generation iPhone app released


We've just released a second generation Magnatune iPhone/iPad app: New features: This app has a visual approach to finding music, by sliding around album covers. A playlist is automatically kept up to date in the background, so you can queue...

SmartPhone control of Magnatune via Apptui


The iPhone/Android app called "Apptui" recently added strong support for Magnatune. I've been using (and testing) it these past few weeks, as their Magnatune support went into beta, and I'm pleased to say I'm finding it quite useful. It's free,...

How to write a press release


A pianist friend of mine wrote me today, asking: how do write press releases, john? I need to write one for the new album. the label director showed me his draft, and it looks boring. are there books about this?...