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 #139 - In Which We Bid Farewell

    January 14th, 2019  |  4 mins 2 secs

    It's been a long, strange trip, and it's time to get truckin' on.

  • Episode #138 - A Look Back at Music We Discovered Last Year

    January 4th, 2019  |  29 mins 4 secs

    Music discovery has changed a lot, and as the new year rolls in, it's time to look back at 2018 and the music that we have discovered.

  • Episode #137 - How Do You Create a "Music Social Network?"

    December 28th, 2018  |  32 mins 22 secs

    Apple has killed off its second attempt at a "music social network," Connect, which was part of Apple Music. We ponder what it would take to create a useful music social network.

  • Episode #136 - Breaking Up with iTunes?

    December 21st, 2018  |  27 mins 38 secs

    We look at some possible future scenarios about iTunes, in part because a recent change that Apple has made.

  • Episode #135 - Christmas Gift Guide

    December 14th, 2018  |  31 mins 33 secs

    Doug and Kirk make a list, and check it twice, presenting some ideas for music-related Christmas gifts.

  • Episode #134 - Downsizing Your Audio System

    December 7th, 2018  |  37 mins 21 secs

    Chris Connaker, of the Computer Audiophile website, joins us to discuss downsizing audio systems. You really can get good sound with a minimal setup these days, and Chris explains how.

  • Episode #133 - Desert Island Discs, Part 2

    November 30th, 2018  |  30 mins 17 secs

    Doug and Kirk have made lists of their ten desert island discs, and, in part one of a two-part series, we hear Doug's picks.

  • Episode #132 - Is the Album Dead?

    November 23rd, 2018  |  39 mins 9 secs

    A recent article in Rolling Stone says that the album is dying. Andy Doe says that "every word in that article is shite."

  • Episode #131 - Jeff Slate on Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks

    November 16th, 2018  |  36 mins 58 secs

    Musician and journalist Jeff Slate wrote the liner notes for the latest Bob Dylan Bootleg Series release, More Blood, More Tracks, covering the Blood on the Tracks sessions.

  • Episode #130 - Desert Island Discs, Part 1

    November 9th, 2018  |  26 mins

    Doug and Kirk have made lists of their ten desert island discs, and, in part one of a two-part series, we hear Kirk's picks.

  • Episode #129 - Discovering Classical Music with Timothy Judd

    November 2nd, 2018  |  33 mins 49 secs

    Classical music is vast. How can listeners new to the genre find what they want to listen to, and learn to appreciate the many styles of music it contains. We talk with Timothy Judd who helps listeners do this through his blog.

  • Episode #128 - How Streaming Changes Music

    October 26th, 2018  |  32 mins 50 secs

    Streaming music has changed the economics of the music industry, but it has also affected the way songs are made. We discuss some of these changes and how music is adapting to the new ecosystem.

  • Episode #127 - The Changing Economics of the Music Recording Industry

    October 19th, 2018  |  33 mins 27 secs

    We all know that the recorded music industry has gone through many changes in recent decades, but it can be interesting to take a long view of the various ways that music has been sold.

  • Episode #126 - Background Music and Muzak

    October 12th, 2018  |  37 mins 41 secs

    Sometimes, you hear music where you least expect it, and where you don't choose to hear it.

  • Episode #125 - How We Do It

    October 5th, 2018  |  32 mins 53 secs

    How is the sausage made? In this episode we present a making of episode; how we make our podcast.

  • Episode #124 - Deluxe Editions

    September 28th, 2018  |  33 mins 8 secs

    Deluxe editions, super deluxe editions, and more. The record industry is trying hard to get us to buy our favorite music again.