The Next Track

A podcast about how people listen to music today.

About the show

Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn discuss music and musicians, and how we listen to music, whether it be analog or digital, downloaded or streamed, audio, or video.

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  • Episode #252: Imprinting and Dilution

    March 29th, 2023  |  27 mins 10 secs

    Creative content we discover at certain times of our lives imprints on our brains, and we forever compare other music, movies, and books to those we discovered at the right time.

  • Episode #251: 19th Century Technology

    March 15th, 2023  |  29 mins 34 secs

    Doug moved, and we discuss 19th century technology and wires.

  • Episode #250: Triangles of Sadness

    March 1st, 2023  |  30 mins 17 secs

    On speaker placement and triangles.

  • Episode #249: Immersive Audio and the New HomePod, with Chris Connaker

    February 15th, 2023  |  28 mins 41 secs

    Chris Connaker from Audiophile Style joins us again to discuss some of his recent discoveries in immersive audio, and we talk about how the new HomePod sounds; better than expected.

  • Episode #248: The New HomePod

    February 1st, 2023  |  29 mins 22 secs

    Apple has released a new HomePod, two years after discontinuing the original model. But is it the HomePod we want, or the HomePod we need? We discuss how it works with home automation. Also, Audio Hijack has just been updated. It's an essential app for recording audio on Macs.

  • Episode #247: Subtitles

    January 18th, 2023  |  32 mins 48 secs

    Why do so many people turn on subtitles when watching TV?

  • Episode #246: Apple's Music App in 2023

    January 4th, 2023  |  34 mins 53 secs

    We discuss the state of Apple's Music app and new or missing features for 2023.

  • Episode #245: Christmas Gift Guide

    December 21st, 2022  |  28 mins 54 secs

    Doug and Kirk look at some Christmas gifts for music lovers.

  • Episode #244: Too Many Songs, Not Enough Hits

    December 7th, 2022  |  30 mins 41 secs

    Record labels no longer have control of which songs become popular, and, as a recent article in Billboard says, there are too many songs and not enough hits. (Yes, we recorded this back in October.)

  • Episode #243: Are Singles Dead?

    November 23rd, 2022  |  27 mins 20 secs

    Do charts of the top singles make sense any more?

  • Episode #242: How to Break the Ice for Podcasts

    November 9th, 2022  |  31 mins 15 secs

    Doug and Kirk discuss some new gear for working with audio, immersive audio, and Zoom.

  • Episode #241: Geoff Edgers on Searching for the Perfect Sound

    October 12th, 2022  |  38 mins 13 secs

    In a long Washington Post article, Geoff Edgers goes in search of perfect sounding vinyl records.

  • Episode #240: There's No Old Music Anymore

    September 28th, 2022  |  27 mins 23 secs

    Music no longer sounds like it comes from a specific time. Old music sounds new these days.

  • Episode #239 - Immersive Music

    September 14th, 2022  |  41 mins 41 secs

    Is it time for a new audio revolution? Immersive music may be the next big thing. Chris Connaker joins us to tell us about his 7.1.4 audio system.

  • The Summer Interregnum

    July 20th, 2022  |  41 secs

    We've decided to take rest of the summer off, and we'll be back in September. Enjoy your summer (or your winter, if you're down under).

  • Episode #238 - The Fade

    July 6th, 2022  |  31 mins 4 secs

    Why do some songs fade out when they end? The brass band in the gazebo in the public park never faded out their songs.