Mobile phones have developed and evolved into such powerful machines that it is now packed full of features and capabilities that used to be handled by separate devices. For example, many mobile phone owners have ditched their dedicated digital audio players and now use their phones to listen to music instead.
There are many sources online to get music that you can then download to your mobile phone. We’re not talking about illegal means of getting files but rather the legal sources for getting music. Below are some of the best sources for getting legal music files online: More →
There are indications that Microsoft is preparing to launch a new music service/application that will be similar to what Spotify, Pandora, MOG or Rdio offers. Microsoft is reportedly talking with different record labels about developing the said app/service.
Experts say that Microsoft’s plan is to release the service as part of the applications or services associated with the Xbox 360. It does not intend to use its Zune brand name because it did not gain traction with consumers. More →
Google Music is still in its beta and not a lot of people are getting it as yet. Itâ€™s not even available in other countries. But the guys at Google still want more people experience what they think may be a game changer in entertainment and cloud computing so they have finally released a version that is compatible with Appleâ€™s iOS.
The new version of Google Music can be accessed on devices that carry iOS. But this is not a completely separate app â€“ the access will go through the Safari browser. This is a mixed bag for some people. Others prefer a separate app so they can access Google servers even without the browser, while others want their access to be done through the browser so they wonâ€™t have to install any extraneous apps.
The browser interface actually acts similar to an app. Users can slide between the songs and as a nifty feature, the songs you are playing will continue to do so even when the browser is closed. Of course, browsing through the library and searching for songs can be done through the browser as well.
Google Music is not the first to market with a music streaming service â€“ it already has competition from Spotify and other music streaming services and soon from Appleâ€™s own iCloud service. Google Music has to make unique product decisions to distinguish it from its competitors.
Online music service Spotify has just rolled out several social features which the Spotify folks hope would bring their product into the full mainstream of the still growing social music niche. Spotify version 0.4.3 happens to be one of the largest feature upgrade for the online music service since its inception in 2008.
Kicking off its social features are editable Spotify music profile, ability to publish playlists, top artists and top tracks and a relevant move to connect with Facebook. In addition to its new social features, Spotify is also evolving itself to become a full music management platform by adding the “Library” folder which lets you combine your music library with other Spotify members.
Here’s a brief rundown of the new features of Spotify version 0.4.3:
published your Spotify profile on Facebook, blogs or personal website
share and publish playlists that you select as you create them
one-click subscription to playlists within Spotify or Facebook
display subscriber numbers and subscribers’ names in the submenu
star tracks or albums or group them into folders
drag and drop tracks for recommendation
What’s good about the new Spotify is the fact that you can now import any MP3 on your hard drive to your Spotify library via a link within Spotify pointing to its locaiton on your hard drive. You can also import iTunes playlists into Spotify.
Once you’ve setup your account, you can now start browsing, searching, playing and sharing your whole music library.
Overall, a pretty update that is worth checking out. Do you you Spotify? How do you like these new features?
Adaptive Blue has just updated it’s free browser add-on, GetGlue.com with personalized new releases for each user, real-time suggestions, the ability to quickly decide if a book, a movie, or album is for you as well as a new interface.
Let’s take a look at the new features which were just rolled out by GetGlue:
Personalized new releases – GetGlue scans new releases in movies, music, and books and give your the ones that are most relevant to you based on what you have already liked before. Â These movies pertain to your favorite genre which could either be a new album from your favorite artists, or even books on particular topic that interests you.
Real time recommendations – GetGlue automatically updates your recommended movies, music and books everytime you encountered new releases. You can quickly browse through these list by clicking on the “Recommended” filter.
Things you’ve already liked – GetGlue shows you similar things that you’ve already liked while you visit a movie, an album or a book on GetGlue.com or anywhere on the web. It also shows you reviews and liked items by your friends, neighbors and the entire GetGlue community who have similar tastes as you.
New activity streams - GetGlue’s new activity streams compress daily activities of various users. This gives you the ability to explore more items from these activity streams.
New interface - Finally, GetGlue has also redesigned the site’s overall interface – now bigger, shiner, simpler and definitely more fun.
So, there. Are you using GetGlue? Do you like the new features so far?
TiVo, a multimedia company popular for providing advanced television services has just launched TiVo Premiere and TiVo Premiere XL Boxes. Â Basically what these two boxes do is to provide you with a one box that aims to change the way you consumer various forms of media content.
TiVo Premiere combines cable programming, movies, web videos, and music all in one box Â that will unlock the real value of your HDTV set. It is energy efficient and promises to even surpass what the DVRs have done to our media viewing and listening habits.
If you’re multimedia consumer, there’s probably no reason why you would hesitate in getting the TiVo boxes. Well, of course that’s assuming that you are ready to spend $299 or $499 for either of these two TiVo boxes. And these will all happen come April 2010 when the TiVo Premiere and TiVo Premiere XL will be released.
Don’t worry whichever you choose to get, you’d still get the same features such as broadband and broadcast integration, TV Baby Browser, easy to use HD layout, built-in Adobe Flash Player, 45 hours of HD storage or 400 hours of standard definition programming feature. Â If you want more recording capacity, you can opt to get the TiVo Premiere XL box instead. This option offers 150 hours of HD or 1350 hours of SD programming.
Are you getting one of these TiVo boxes? Or are you satisfied with your current TV box.
Universal Music Group (UMG) has teamed up with ad-sponsored digital music download service FreeAllMusic to provide a facility for music fans to download freely and legally music tracks from UMG’s stable of artists. The deal will give users up to 20 free music downloads per month, five per week starting every New Music Tuesday.
In case you’re not aware, FreeAllMusic is a fairly new music service offering downloadable, high-quality, iPod-compatible MP3s of popular songs that are advertiser-paid, free, legal and DRM-free. The catch? You have to watch a short video commercial before you can download an MP3. You have to do that to let FreeAllMusic continue providing the service. It is after all what’s paying their bills to keep the site running.
The good thing is, after watching the video commercial and downloading the MP3, you can now enjoy it anytime, anywhere minus the ads. Fair enough, right? Ok, before you folks jump for joy, let me just tell you that FreeAllMusic is a for US-only site. So bad luck for all of us non-US citizens of the world. But of course there are other alternatives to this service, if Â you know what I’m referring to.
If you’re from the U.S., you need to register at FreeAllMusic.com and then simply select a participating brand, then watch the short video commercial. After which you can start downloading the mp3. You can also share your downloads to friends but they have to download it for themselves. And they should also watch the video commercial. Or post your music download to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter so that others may know about FreeAllMusic.com’s service and be compelled to watch video commercials in exchange for free music.
Say goodbye to pesky and obtrusive ads whenever you want to listen to free songs featured on music videos on YouTube. Likewise, say goodbye to those annoying country-specific restrictions that renders most songs practically un-streamable if you live in Timbuktu. Thanks to new site Muziic you can now enjoy those two benefits brought by the free Internet.
First started as a Windows application, Muziic then lets you organize and manage music collections from songs featured on YouTube videos. Think of it as the Windows iTunes for YouTube, that also lets you rip mp3s to YouTube.
To make its service more relevant, Muziic recently launched a web-based media player. And while they were at it, they brought along music video start-up Vevo which went public recently.
So, what do this bring us, free music loving Internet citizens? Â Free songs, as in millions of them with accompanying videos to boot.
And then what else? Muziic also lets you register on the site so that you can create your music playlist. It has a very efficient search engine which offers direct song access similar to iTunes does. For those who couldn’t live without sharing things with their friends to social networks, Muziic also just recently rolled out a Facebook app. How about an iPhone app? Not yet but it’s coming pretty soon, I hope.
An online service as good as this is not without a glitch of course. For one thing, Muziic removes country-restriction to video contents from Vevo. While this may seem ok for now, Vevo is said to be looking at it right now. Hopefully, they won’t do something to spoil Muziic’s party.
Aside from having tested its features and services already, new music sharing and playing in the cloud service, tunesBag finally goes out of public beta after being in close-by-invitation only mode for quite some time now. Earlier, tunesBag has released a web client, Adobe-AIR desktop client, Â iPhone and Facebook apps.
Offering both a free ad-supported version as well as a paid premium subscription, tunesBag lets you upload your music collection to its cloud storage and then play them anytime, anywhere. tunesBag also lets you easily share your playlists and invididuals via email and social networking updates. You can also rate and recommend songs and playlists to anyone. In other words, tunesBag is your standard online music sharing service.
And to avoid copyright issues, tunesBag only allows music sharing in countries where it is legally covered by licensing agreements. tunesBag will determine this through your IP addresse. Likewise, tunesBag may also refer users with restricted access to licensed music to other online sources where they can listen or find information about those music tracks.
I remember using Â the free music app Songbird a long time ago but didn’t quite fully maximized its features. Â In fact, I thought the app was no longer existing until now that I learned about its latest software update, Songbird version 1.4.2.
In case you never heard of Songbird before, it’s an open-source music app that you can use if you’re tired of using iTunes and Winamp as it provides simple interface with powerful features to let you manage and listen to your music files.
For its latest version, Songbird is introducing new features such as Mass Storage Class Support, CD Rip support, and Purple Rain Feather.
MSC Device Support lets you sync tracks from MSC devices to phones and MP3 players including the iPod Â through MSC mode. Â Music tracks which are in incompatible formats are transcoded on the fly to be supported by Songbird.
Songbird also now lets you rip CDs into FLAC/OGG or WMA for Windows users.
Finally, the new Songbird now sports a new Purple Rain Feather for a sleek-looking and cool interface. It now has dedicated toggle buttons for frequently used Media Views and simplified display pane management.