The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: What can you do if your subscription to The Well-Tempered Ear has been dropped – and not by you?

May 24, 2016
5 Comments

By Jacob Stockinger

The Ear is looking for readers to help him with a problem that some readers of The Well-Tempered Ear have encountered.

It seems some readers have had their subscription ended — WITHOUT them ending it.

That is discouraging for the readers and The Ear, who broke the 1,000 subscriber mark not too long ago and who would love to break 1,100.

Some readers ask The Ear (below) to put them back on the active list. But unfortunately, The Ear has nothing to do with that part of the operation.

And he too doesn’t know why it happens.

But he has his suspicions.

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It could be that there is a new software update on the part of either the reader or the part of the blog host, WordPress.

It could be a newer version of an operating system for readers’ computers, such as OS for Apple Macs or Microsoft Windows for Dell and other PCs.

How can you solve it?

How can you renew your subscription?

So far the best suggestion seems to be this: Unsubscribe and then re-subscribe.

But maybe there are better ways that some readers have discovered.

And maybe WordPress, who is responsible for subscription services, will read this and have explanations and suggestions or outright solutions.

In the meantime, The Ear wants to hear how often the problem has happened and how it was solved.

Please leave word about both frequency and solutions to this problem of cancelled subscriptions in the COMMENTS section.

Thank you for this, and for supporting this blog with your subscriptions as well your reading and replying. They all encourage The Ear to carry on.


Classical music: The critics are unanimous — iTunes, Spotify, Pandora and others streaming services do a grave injustice to classical music. CDs and vinyl are far better.

July 31, 2015
3 Comments

By Jacob Stockinger

The critics’ judgments are in and they seem unanimous: iTunes, Spotify, Pandora and other similar streaming services do a grave injustice to classical music. In the end, CDs and vinyl LPs are far better than streaming for a quality listening experience.

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The difficulties apparently have to do with engineering and the limits of technology, specifically of the digital compression of sound.

Here are three good and convincing critiques to read:

From The Atlantic magazine:

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/07/the-tragedy-of-itunes-and-classical-music/399788/

From the acclaimed prize-winning music critic Alex Ross (below) of The New Yorker magazine:

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/the-anxious-ease-of-apple-music

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Here is an analysis from the prolific and always interesting reporter Anastasia Tsioulcas (below), who writes for National Public Radio (NPR) and its outstanding classical music blog Deceptive Cadence. She tackles other streaming services including Pandora and Spotify. She focuses on the organization and the difficulty of finding the music you want to listen to:

http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2015/06/04/411963624/why-cant-streaming-services-get-classical-music-right

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