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Get to know Westminster blues musician Christopher James

Christopher James

Meet Christopher James

Christopher James is a celebrated blues musician from Westminster, Maryland. If you’re into the local blues and jazz scene, you probably know his music well, and if you’re not, maybe you recognize his song, “Catch That Train”, from our Ting Westminster commercial, “A great town deserves great Internet”.

That’s one of the great things about James. He’s immersed in the music world. A teacher at Coffey Music on Main Street, a performer, a session artist and a touring member of various groups, James has made a solid, storied and successful career without having to leave home. At least, not for too long.

We’re proud to have the opportunity to connect with artists and musicians in our Ting Towns. When we make a commercial celebrating a town, we do our best to partner with local bands and artists. It’s more complicated than grabbing a track from a royalty-free music service but it supports local artists and personifies our local approach. It also gives us the chance to meet artists like James and to hear their stories. In short: worth it.

How to turn your collection of vinyl to digital

vinyl to digital

Rip your vinyl to digital

There’s a ton of reasons why you might prefer vinyl to digital. The sound, the large-scale album artwork, the rarity, the whole physical collection part of it. Sometimes, it feels like the only thing vinyl lacks is portability.

The good news is, you can take your collection anywhere if you rip it to digital.

Before we get ahead of ourselves here, let it be known: this is a labor of love. Ripping vinyl isn’t as easy as ripping CDs (assuming your computer still has a disc drive and if not, remember those?) and transferring vinyl sound to digital requires a bit of care, attention and patience. But of course you, as a lover of LPs, already possess all of those qualities. So, full steam ahead.

Ting business Arqball creates accessible photography tools


Arqball’s game-changing photography tools

Do you ever stop and look around and ask yourself, how would the world change if there was no Internet? Sure you’d probably spend a lot less time looking at cat videos, but what about the big stuff? What about the game-changing innovations that have helped shape the economy, accessibility and the ability for small businesses to compete globally?

Without the Internet, there would be no Arqball or Arqspin, that’s for sure. And are we ever glad the Internet (not to mention, crazy fast fiber Internet) is around to help them do the kind of work they do.

We had the chance to catch up with Michael Holroyd, Director at Arqball and Nathan Blessing, Director of Business Development and Logistics for Arqspin. We talked about all things Arqball, their incredible Arqspin software and how Ting Internet powers their business all over the world.

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