Episode 58: The Hero’s Journey

By | Podcast | 4 Comments

Welcome back, my friends, to the show that seemed to have ended. We’re back with a brand new Conversely, and we do hope that you enjoy the new format. We’re trying some new things, hopefully having some new guests, and as always we’d love to know what you think. If you didn’t take our survey yet, please clickety click on this here link.

Today’s episode goes deep into the realm of mythology, as we explore Joseph Campbell‘s monomyth and The Hero’s Journey, a theory about our unending, timeless human desire to understand the world through the stories of heroes and their paths toward enlightenment.

More specifically we talk about rock stars and CEOs. But, well, that’s just how we do it on Conversely.

As we mention in the episode, this was all kicked off by an idea Mike had while driving, that went a little something like this:

Hero's Journey

We’ll let you read up on the rest. Here are the show notes:

We promise not to screw it up.  Tumblr is incredibly special and has a great thing going.  We will operate Tumblr independently.  David Karp will remain CEO.  The product roadmap, their team, their wit and irreverence will all remain the same as will their mission to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve.  Yahoo! will help Tumblr get even better, faster.Marissa Mayer on the Yahoo Tumblr acquisition

Subscribe (iTunes)
Subscribe (Stitcher)
Subscribe (RSS)
Subscribe (Spotify)
Subscribe (Rdio)


We want your feedback!

By | Podcast | No Comments

Hello and welcome to this not-really-an-episode of Conversely. As you may have noticed, we haven’t been recording Conversely episodes lately.

Don’t worry, we’re coming back. Soon.

In the meantime, we’re looking for your feedback so we can make Conversely awesome. Like, really freaking amazing awesome. We’re not messing around here, we want Conversely to be the best entertainment technology podcast in the world.

And so we need your help.

We’ve put together a little survey – it’s only a few questions, shouldn’t take more than a minute or two – and your responses will help shape the future of Conversely.

Thank you all so very much for listening.

Take The Survey

Episode 54: 2014 In Music, According To Us

By | Podcast | No Comments

We certainly hope your 2014 was as awesome as ours was, and to celebrate we’re bringing you a very special episode of Conversely: our year-end music wrapup. That’s right, we rant and rave and rant some more about the music we loved and hated in 2014. You better count on at least one Taylor Swift mention. And possibly some death metal.

And we welcome back our very favorite special guest ever, Mr. Jonathan Sexton!

Did you have any favorites in 2014? Let us know! Drop us comments on our blog.


Subscribe (iTunes)
Subscribe (Stitcher)
Subscribe (RSS)
Subscribe (Spotify)
Subscribe (Rdio)


  • Mike incorrectly states that Bruno Mars lifted the line “Gotta kiss myself, so pretty” from Morris Day in the movie Purple Rain. We can’t find proof of this anywhere. But come on, that’s totally something Morris Day would say.
  • Shawn picked Boy & Bear’s “Southern Sun” from the album Harlequin Dream, which unfortunately came out in 2013.
  • Mike picked HAIM’s “The Wire” from the album Days Are Gone, which came out in 2013. Officially we won’t allow these 2013 picks, but it’s safe to assume we listened to these songs a lot in 2014.


Reading list:

Our top singles | Spotify Playlist | Rdio Playlist

Our top albums:

Honorable Mentions:


Episode 51: If It Ain’t One Devil, It’s Another

By | Podcast | No Comments

Traditional depictions of The Devil – a.k.a. Satan, Beelzebub, El Diablo, Lucifer, Abaddon… you know, that bad guy, the baddest guy – typically describe a red-skinned, horned, winged, terrible creature, a fallen angel tempting humans to sin, the sworn enemy of God himself, and the enemy of virtuous humans everywhere.

In today’s music industry, the devil wears green.

We spend the better part of this podcast discussing the recent tiff between The Green Devil and The Biggest Pop Star On The Planet.

We also welcome our very special guest, Wes Davenport of Echo Ave.

SHOW NOTES (really just a reading list this time):


Episode 50: Conversely turns 50, and loses its hearing

By | Podcast | No Comments

Just how much difference does lossless audio make?


On this episode, we put that theory to the test. TIDAL has launched in the US, and we’re testing FLAC lossless audio next to Rdio 320kbps AAC. You’ll have to listen to find out the results.

We also welcome our newest team member Justine Avila!

And here’s the world’s worst captcha, which Mike encountered on Ticketmaster this morning.


Subscribe (iTunes)
Subscribe (Stitcher)
Subscribe (RSS)
Subscribe (Spotify)
Subscribe (Rdio)


Here are the songs we used for our audio tests, links to TIDAL, Rdio, and iTunes for good measure. It’s probably worth noting that the audio we used in the podcast was taken from FLAC versions, though our podcast is encoded in the extremely lossy 128kbps MP3 format. We just put it in the podcast for reference.

And finally, is FLAC really lossless?