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Wanted/needed: Complete article index of print magazine

A while back, there was a somewhat dated (but useful) text-only index of Stereophile mag. Don't recall at what year that index stopped, but it did start with  vol. 1 issue 1, IIRC.

Anyone know if that index is still around?

Also, has anything more comprehensive (and up-to-date) been since published? 

It would be cool to have better access to magazine archives --  even if one has to print a PDF of the index and tape it on the racks/boxes in which print mags are kept.

While we have the editors' in the same room reading this request, we could ask for the ultimate ... all issues on DVD or USB-drive ... ala National Geographic style ;)

Thanks!

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Re: Complete article index of print magazine

hollowman wrote:
A while back, there was a somewhat dated (but useful) text-only index of Stereophile mag. Don't recall at what year that index stopped, but it did start with  vol. 1 issue 1, IIRC.

We stopped updating it at the end of 2003 on the grounds that as almost everything in the print issue would also be available on the website, the function of the index would be replaced by the website search engine.

hollowman wrote:
Anyone know if that index is still around?

It exists as a large text file. I can email to anyone who wants it. Contact me at STletters@sorc.com.

hollowman wrote:
Also, has anything more comprehensive (and up-to-date) been since published?

No.

hollowman wrote:
While we have the editors' in the same room reading this request, we could ask for the ultimate ... all issues on DVD or USB-drive ... ala National Geographic style ;)

We have thought about it in the past but the cost would be high. We doubted that enough people would want to buy it to cover that cost. But as I have said before, almost everything Stereophile has published going back to the early 1990s is now posted to this website, with more posted every month, and is available free. We thought that would be an acceptable alternative.

John Atkinson

Editor, Stereophile

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More classic (non-tech) articles, pls!

JA noted: "But as I have said before, almost everything Stereophile has published going back to the early 1990s is now posted to this website, with more posted every month, and is available free. We thought that would be an acceptable alternative."

I assume by "almost everything", you mean mostly equip reviews and certain tech. articles. And you guys have done a decent job in slowly-but-surely "onlining" much of that.

And since there is a decent database of tech stuff now on this site, I guess I would like to see more non-gear content -- that used to be a significant (important) chunk of the print edition. E.g., there were certain music reviews and featured interviews (like the "...Visits..." series) that are not online.  And Sterephile interviewed some heavyweights like George Martin, Alan Parsons, Bernard Haitink, Klaus Heymann ... and lotsa big-time artists ... e.g., the Branford Marsalis interview from '95 was very entertaining!

In fact, I think that non-tech legacy content is more important (= timeless and robust) than gear ... since lotsa other mags/sites with gear ... and gear evolves and trancends and the old stuff needs to be "filtered" out of the information-overloaded Internet noise. 

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