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All albums eventually come to an end--even super-gonzo triple live CD sets--and the time has come for this blog to end as well.
I've had a great time exploring the intersection of music and technology for the last three-plus years. And even though the music industry is going through some wrenching changes, the public's interest in music has, if anything, gotten stronger.
I'm not convinced Google TV will be any different from the many other failed attempts to bridge the Internet and television--WebTV and its various Microsoft offshoots, AOLTV, and the first iteration of Apple TV all come to mind. (Although the new Apple TV might be at the right price point to make a go of it.)
Google's emphasis on apps might sway some skeptics, but for the masses, it really comes down to entertainment content. Before I'll pay for some mysterious box that attaches to my TV--much less buy a brand new Internet TV--it needs to … Read more
Microsoft said today that popular European music service Spotify will be coming to Windows Phone 7, as well as Microsoft's older Windows Mobile 6 generation phones.
The move gives Microsoft another music partner as it prepares to launch Windows Phone 7. Start-up Soundtrackr also is readying a Windows Phone 7 application, but, as first reported by CNET, Pandora won't have a Windows Phone 7 app at launch, despite a full-court press from Microsoft's top executives.
"Spotify is a great example of software innovation emanating from Sweden and Europe," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in a … Read more
The past 10 years have witnessed a long, steady decline in CD sales, with current numbers low enough to convince brick-and-mortar retailers to reduce CD inventory (and get creative about how to use the resulting space). Luckily, just about any tune that strikes your fancy can be found online.
The Internet is a veritable smorgasbord of music, and it's oh so easy to partake. Better yet, many of the options are completely free. So if you haven't already jumped on the digital-audio bandwagon, now is as good a time as any. The following tips should help you enjoy the vast array of gratis listening experiences available on the Web, whether you don't know where to begin or you're just looking for new sources for your online rotation.
First, let's get this out of the way: DON'T steal music. People have many "shades of gray" arguments on this matter, but for our purposes I'm going cut and dry here. Unless songs have been offered up for free directly by the artist, it's just not right to download tracks you haven't paid for. There are plenty of legal ways to listen to music online for free to decide if you want to shell out for a copy for your hard drive.
As for streaming, options abound, but you have to decide what kind of experience you're after. If you want to stream a particular song right now, DO search for it on Grooveshark. This rather unique music service lets you listen to songs on demand, create playlists, and see what's popular with other users. It manages to be completely free and legal by serving fairly unobtrusive ads, which ensure licensees get paid--or so the company states. Grooveshark has been the subject of legal battles in the past; however, it has managed to stay up-and-running so far.… Read more
Pandora is now available on TiVo Premiere and TiVo Premiere XL boxes, TiVo announced today.
All in all, TiVo's Pandora offering isn't all that different from versions of the service available on other devices. Users can access all of their stations from TiVo. They can also create new stations from the set-top box. As with every other Pandora installation, users are able to say whether they like a song to personalize their stations.
TiVo is a little late to the Pandora game. Currently, the music service is available on a slew of devices, including Roku set-top boxes, Viera … Read more
After I expressed my disappointment with Ping yesterday, a helpful reader pointed me to Like.fm as an example of the promise of social music.
Here's how it works. First, download and install the free plug-in for iTunes. (There's also a WinAmp version for you holdouts.) Whenever you play a song from iTunes, Like.fm posts the title and artist on a public Web page. Other users can then click on the "play" button on that page and if a video of the song exists on YouTube, it'll start playing. If you link Like.fm … Read more
Apple's iTunes, the largest music retailer, will boost the amount of time users are allowed to sample a song, sources told CNET on Monday.
On Wednesday, when Apple CEO Steve Jobs takes the stage at the company's annual September media event, he is expected to announce that iTunes users will be allowed at least twice the amount of time to sample a song, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the move. The sources said the sample period could be extended to as much as 90 seconds.
An Apple spokesman said the company doesn't comment on speculation … Read more
Editors' note: Since this post was published, a representative for Pandora has informed us that the new feature will not be available until Wednesday. At that time, users will be able to fully explore the functionality at the service's genre page, which is currently under construction.
Tuesday morning, Pandora introduced a handy new feature for its online streaming service: genre-based station creation. Before now, users could use only artists, songs, or composers as "seeds," which are the basis for the mixes that are then provided via the Music Genome Project. The new capability offers listeners a way … Read more
Google releases an expanded voice control app for Froyo, A PSP/Android hybrid gaming device, and the first Android Trojan (if you live in Russia). Plus Justin reviews SwiftKey, and we cover all of the Voice commands achievable with the new Google app.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360) EPISODE 11News Google unveils Android apps for voice, desktop sync Droid 2 launches Thursday with Froyo, Flash Froyo update hits Motorola Droid First Trojan for Android Phones Goes Wild Examining the Android Trojan Google pulls 'Easy Root' from Android Market. Have they turned evil? Easy Root is available from the developer's website Lots of Android on Verizon's leaked roadmap Exclusive: Sony Ericsson to introduce Android 3.0 gaming platform and PSP Go-like smartphone Fix coming for Froyo audio issues Epic Brings 4G to Samsung Galaxy S Smartphones … Read more