Last.fm, an Internet radio Web site and music recommendation engine, is adding an on-demand track player by banding up with Spotify.
The partnership makes sense for both companies. The inability to play entire catalogs of artists -- something that requires onerous negotiations with labels to reach expensive licensing deals -- has long been a missing link of Last.fm's discovery service. … Read more
To me there's nothing sadder than a car that lacks Bluetooth. Well, OK, there are lots of things sadder, but for anyone who drives and owns a smartphone, it's definitely a bummer.
Because without Bluetooth to link the phone to the car stereo, how does one listen to one's playlists? One's podcasts? How does one conduct a hands-free call? One does not! This is how sad that makes me.
Fortunately, you don't have to throw out your car and buy a new one. All you need is an FM transmitter that can act as the … Read more
Most of us have used streaming-audio apps in the past, whether live-radio apps like TuneIn or streaming-music mix makers like Pandora. But with such a crowded landscape for streaming audio, the only way for a new player to break in is by being clearly different.
Radical.FM seems like it has that kind of potential, but at this … Read more
Mrs. Cheapskate's minivan doesn't have Bluetooth. I don't even have a line-in jack. I know: the horror! Thankfully, there are gizmos that can bridge the gap between smartphone and car stereo, thus making it possible to enjoy playlists, Pandora, audiobooks, and other audio treats.
And one of the best such gizmos is now available at a Cheapskate-exclusive discount. Through Wednesday, you can get the Accessory Genie GoGroove FlexSmart X3 Bluetooth FM Transmitter for $44.99 shipped when you apply coupon code FLEX3 at checkout. Regular price: $59.99.
Like its predecessor, the FlexSmart X2, the X3 plugs … Read more
ClearFM works very well in scanning, listing, and detailing available stations for transmitting over FM frequencies, but it has a number of flaws. From a frustrating interface design to the non-mobile friendly way in which information is displayed, there are many hurdles to overcome in using this app effectively. If you do, however, you'll likely find it worth your while.
First, know that this is not a music playing app. It looks like one and the description even makes it sound like one, but ClearFM is not designed to play music or any other kind of radio station. Rather, … Read more
Last.fm founders Felix Miller and Martin Stiksel think they have the solution to the overabundance of Web sites and the ever-flowing rivers of social media feeds.
The two European entrepreneurs, who created the service that recommends music based on your listening history, have decided to apply their technology to the entire Internet.
"I've been browsing the Web for like 15 years and I've got nothing to show for it. All this knowledge I created just disappeared," Stiksel said during a visit to Silicon Valley this week. "So we applied the Last.fm principle to … Read more
I love both of my kids, but I don't enjoy it when they are both attempting to converse with me at the same time. Similarly, I love listening to Pandora when I'm at my desk, but I don't enjoy it when it is playing a song when I try to watch a YouTube clip. With the Be Quiet add-on for Firefox, you can prevent two audio streams from bombarding you simultaneously.
After installing Be Quiet and restarting Firefox, the extension will work in the background. If you are listening to Pandora in one tab and start watching … Read more
Spy on Ask.fm's public stream and you'll feel like you've been transported back to middle school, dumped in the center of he-said, she-said dramas -- sometimes innocuous, sometimes not. Here, hormone-crazed young boys and girls banter about their after-school plans, tease their peers, boast about their most recent hookups, and try to appear cool with expletives and graphic language.
Ask.fm is a 3-year-old question-and-answer app that's wracked up 57 million users and is adding members at a rate of 200,000 a day. It's spreading from kid to kid, infiltrating middle schools and … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Stereotype.fm comes up with quirky statistics about music fans, like "MJ fans likely to join a cult."
- Nine new ways to sit, thanks to tech.
- Illegal music downloads took a nosedive in 2012.
- Check out Samsung/GameSpot's Unicorn Apocalypse contest for a chance to win $25k.