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Audio engineering pioneer John Meyer: Stop chasing the next big thing, and go with FLAC instead

Advertisement<p>30 Comments<p>Credit: Bill Graham / Meyer Sound<p>John Meyer may be making really expensive loudspeakers, but when it comes to high-end audio, …

15 Songs With Misunderstood Meanings

Here's a look at some songs that got their meanings twisted and misconstrued—and the original intentions put forth by the artists who wrote them.<p>1. …

The Art of Mapping Music: Mike Hamad’s 200 Schematics of Songs by Phish, Pink Floyd & The Dead

Mike Hamad, a music writer for The Hartford Courant, has a deep and abiding love for Phish. He also has a talent for drawing "schematics" or maps …

Why is the average pop song only 3 minutes long?

There's a famous Billy Joel song called "The Entertainer."<p>In it, the piano man warbles about the perils of the music industry, and having to limit …

Smart people listen to Radiohead and dumb people listen to Beyoncé, according to study

How does a person’s intelligence relate to the type of music they listen to? For the last several years, a software application writer by the name of …

Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did

As Derek Thompson writes in this month's issue, the music industry has learned how to use data from apps like Spotify and Shazam to predict new hits. However, just a glimpse at the Billboard charts will tell you that today's pop music is more homogenous that it has been in decades. Why? Because we …

Music Charts

Does Bitrate Really Make a Difference In My Music?

Dear Lifehacker,<br>I hear a lot of arguing about "lossless" and "lossy" music these days, but I'm having a hard time getting straight answers. Does …

Audiophile

Scientists Now Know the Catchiest Song of All Time

It's official. Scientists have finally figured out the catchiest song of all time, and the winner is "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls.<p>The 1996 single off …