Conducting Business

Forget the iPod. Was the Sony Walkman the Real Game-Changer?

Friday, April 03, 2015

If you're a music fan of a certain age you’ll remember your first Walkman: likely a cassette player with a belt clip and possibly a built-in radio.

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New Tech City

Computerized Confessions: Biographies and Wedding Toasts in the Digital Age

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Biographers have relied on handwritten letters for centuries, but more and more, they're using emails, texts and online chats to tell the story of a person's life.

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Questlove on ‘Shuffle Culture'

Friday, April 13, 2012

The shuffle setting on iPods and digital music players has changed how we experience recorded music. Drummer Questlove of The Roots and friends are emulating the juxtaposition and freedom of the shuffle setting in live concerts at BAM this week. He joins us to talk about shuffle and take calls. 

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The Takeaway

Walter Isaacson on the iPod's 10th Anniversary

Thursday, November 10, 2011

It was a decade ago today that Apple's first iPod digital music player was released, forever changing the world's relationship to music. No longer would people on the move have to choose their favorite handful of CDs for their commute to work or trip to the gym. Entire record collections could suddenly be jammed into one's back pocket. The iPod would go on to be recognized as one of the crowning achievements of Apple founder Steve Jobs.


The Takeaway

Steve Jobs: Iconoclast, Innovator, Design Maverick

Thursday, October 06, 2011

"Apple took us into a space where technology didn't have to be this rational thing," John Maeda told The Takeaway. "It could be an emotional thing — a thing you could connect to as a person." Maeda, a world renowned graphic designer and visual artist, is president of the Rhode Island School of Design. Maeda cannot understate the influence of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs on his life and career. He fondly remembers his Apple II and his first Macintosh in 1984, which his MIT classmates derided as a "pansy computer." "I knew that computer was different," Maeda said. "It was making a statement."



If You See Something, Say Something

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The numbing effects of our everyday lives have been brought into the theater, writes Fred Plotkin. As a result, "most opera audience members do not activate their eyes, ears and other senses to fully take in the experience."

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The Real Music Man

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Steve Jobs is not a musician, or a record producer, or a composer. But he has profoundly changed the way we hear music, the way music is produced, the way music is marketed. The products he invented have helped make music an almost ubiquitous part of our lives.

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WQXR Features

A Ban on Walking with Music?

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

New York state Senator Carl Kruger has introduced legislation to make it illegal to use an electronic device while crossing a city street on foot. What do you think about the practice of walking and listening to classical music? Take our poll.

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WQXR Features

WQXR Mobile App Poll

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

We are designing an application for mobile devices (iPhones, iPads, Droids, etc.) and would like to get your input. What features would you most like to see on a WQXR app?

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Marathon Music

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

If you’re running the New York City Marathon this Sunday, what classical music will be on your iPod? Or if you’re strictly a spectator, what classical selections would you suggest? Tell us and listen to this week's Arts File.

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Musical Omnivores

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Alex Ross's book is a sign of the musical times

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The Takeaway

First in Line for the iPad: Inside the Minds of Early Adopters

Thursday, April 01, 2010

In a mere 48 hours, Apple will release its widely anticipated and newest product: the iPad. As with every other Apple product launch — including that of the iPod and iPhone — crowds are expected to line up around the block on Saturday, hours before the stores open, to buy iPad on opening day. But some might wonder: what’s the point? Won’t these early adopters just be wasting half a day, paying too much money, and buying a glitch-filled experiment?


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