Spotify vs. Google Play Music: Which should you subscribe to? | Android Central

I am currently looking at Google Play Music and Spotify as an online music service subscription… So which one is the best?

Spotify is one of the most popular music services on the market today, but is it more deserving of your money than Google Play Music? Depending on your musical habits, the answer may be easier than you think.

Source: Spotify vs. Google Play Music: Which should you subscribe to? | Android Central

A Promising NEW Android App Called Radiogram

Radiogram is currently designated as being “unreleased”; however, you can download and try it. In other words, it is in “beta testing” and could be unstable; but, don’t let that stop you. I have installed it on my Android phone and so far I have found it to be quite stable. Radiogram is a FREE app (no ads) that gives you the ability to listen to thousands of radio stations (music, news, sports, etc…). Find your station of interest and simply tap on it to start playing. Nice app that is already good and will only get better…

Source: Google Play Store – Radiogram

 

Chrome Music Lab – Hands-On Experiments

Are you a music lover? If so, make sure you check out the Chrome Music Lab where you can have some fun with the hands-on experiments (such as Song Maker, Rhythm, Spectogram, Chords, Sound Waves, Appregios, Melody Maker and more…).  All of these apps can be run straight from your web browser and no account sign-in is required.

What is Chrome Music Lab? Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.

What can it be used for? Many teachers have been using Chrome Music Lab as a tool in their classrooms to explore music and its connections to science, math, art, and more. They’ve been combining it with dance and live instruments.

Can I use it to make my own songs? Yes. Check out the Song Maker experiment, which lets you make and share your own songs.

Source:  Chrome Music Lab

Stream Christmas Music To Your Computer With Internet Radio

When working on my computer I enjoy streaming music from the internet via the site called “Internet Radio“… To help get you in the spirit, listed below is the most recent tag cloud from Internet Radio; and, if you are familiar with tag clouds, the larger the text the more popular the tag is. As you notice, Christmas is the currently the largest tag.

Internet Radio

 Christmas Blues Country JazzChillout Top 40 Ambient Rock 80s ClassicalEasy Listening Metal Dance Oldies ReggaeDrum And Bass Lounge 70s Heavy MetalMeditation House 60s Trance Minimal PsytranceTechno Pop Dubstep Alternative 90s Funk SoulElectronic Hip Hop Psychedelic Swing ChillRockabilly Goa Progressive Hardcore Jungle New Age Greek Bollywood Disco Rap ComedySoundtracks Latin Hardstyle Talk Dub Salsa RnbEdm Manele

Tune in and listen to thousands of internet radio stations. Search or browse for your favorite music genres and play the radio stations in your preferred player.

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A Portable App To Download FREE Music

Download your favorite music for free with Free Music Downloader. Simply enter the name of the artist or the title of a song and Free Music Downloader can connect to over 20 online music services to locate the song. Once the song is located you have option of where you want to download the song from. After you make the selection, the song is downloaded and converted to a MP3. You also have option of including cover images, as well.

Free Music Downloader

Free Music Downloader is a Windows based application that requires no installation (portable app). Simply download, unzip the file (LastFM.zip) to a folder and run the “Last.fm executable.

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Revisit Van Halen’s Eruption With This Young Girl’s YouTube Video

Today’s topic is off topic; but, is a sensational off topic. If you grew up in my generation of the 1970’s, then you are familiar with Van Halen. If you are familiar with Van Halen, then surely you are familiar with his solo guitar performance of Eruption, which is second on the Guitar World’s list of the 50 best.

I want you to take a minute, or approximately a minute and a half and watch a young girl named Tina take us back in time, by playing Eruption, in this YouTube video

Published on YouTube on May 20, 2013

“Eruption” solo played by Tina (14 y.o.), teached and filmed by Renaud Louis-Servais ( http://www.youtube.com/renaudls )
Guitar model: Vigier Excalibur Custom.

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An Online Full-Featured Audio Workstation

If you are into music composition, then there is an online solution called AudioSauna that you have to check out. If your gift to life is not music, you still need to check out AudioSauna… It is an awesome display and example of what we can now do in our web browsers.

AudioSauna

AudioSauna is a full-featured audio workstation with an easy-to-use and straightforward user interface.

  • Record, Write, Edit and Mix
  • Virtual Analog Synthesizer
  • Frequency Modulation Synthesizer
  • Advanced Sampler

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Top Forty Songs Powered by Twitter and YouTube

I can remember in my teen years we listened to the top forty on the radio and then some years later we became mesmerized with the music videos on cable TV. That was a big thing to us as kids back then… To my younger readers, you are probably thinking I am a hundred years old. Not quite, but you can half that… Today’s post revived some of those memories I had and made me realize just how far we have come in terms of technology.

TopForty.it Yesterday on the blog I featured a FREE Online Utility to Convert YouTube Videos to MP3. During the process of researching and writing that post, I came across another interesting music site, that is powered by Twitter and YouTube, that revived those memories of the top forty and the music videos. It is called Topforty.it where you can become your own DJ.

Simply visit the site, click on the song of your choice to launch the YouTube music video. The music video, with controls, will play at the top of the screen. At that point, you do not have to do anything else.  Just let it ride…

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GEEK SQUEAKS’ (#56) – Popular Wireless Broadband Router, Powerful System Monitor, Largest List of Security Software, Windows 8 and Students, and Spotify

Cisco-Linksys WRT54GL Wireless-G Broadband Router
Linux-based Internet-sharing Router with built-in 4-port Switch and Wireless-G Access Point

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World’s Best and Largest List of Free Security Software

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A FREE Online Radio Player with Album Art

My “go to” online internet radio source is RadioTuna. It has been my favorite for nearly a year and half. As a matter of fact I did a blog post on Radio Tuna back in January 2010 [ CLICK HERE ] .

I recently noticed that RadioTuna now has a desktop player, called RadioTuna Player that is available as a download and install on your PC.  The player eliminates the need to open your web browser and go to the RadioTuna site to play your music.

RadioTuna Player

The player is pretty simple to use and has the following key features:

Browse Over 300+ genres

Save Preset Stations

Hotkey Support

Album Art

RadioTuna also has a FREE radio widget that can be embedded on your website or blog.

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FREE -YouTube Song and Video Downloader

Abelssoft, a software developer out of Germany, has released software that will seamlessly allow you to download music and music videos from YouTube directly to your PC.  You can search (and download) individual songs, albums and videos.

YouTube Song Downloader

The YouTube Song Downloader allows you to easily download music of your favourite band as MP3 or video and it’s 100% legal. Simply type in the name of a song and click on download to get it. Our new software will care about the rest.

The downloaded songs (and albums) are converted to the popular MP3 format and the videos can be coverted to the AVI, FLV or MP4 file formats. The user interface for this application is very user friendly and easy to understand.

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YouTube Song Downloader

To use YouTube Song Downloader, simply type in a song title into the search field and click the search button. You will see the results immediately. The YouTube Song Downloader can access millions of music files. Simply select an entry and click the play button to get things going… You can download music files (MP3) or videos (FLV, AVI, MP4). The YouTube Song Downloader allows you to get a clean and informative overview about the download status at any time.

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Listen to Local Radio Stations on the Internet

There are numerous music and radio resources on the internet; however, few offer the ability to readily locate and provide radio or music stations that may be local to your region.

Radiotime changes all of that.  RadioTime is an online internet service that provides a complete radio and music experience. RadioTime provides option not only for internet radio, but option to find and locate radio stations that may be local to your region. I was quite impressed that many of the stations, that I typically listen to in my car, was easily found using RadioTime.

RadioTime

The radio guide includes all stations you hear on your car radio as well as Internet radio. Listeners can access their favorites through their PC and other connected devices including cell phones and home entertainment centers.

We offer free no-hassle registration so listeners can customize their radio experience for faster access each time they visit. Listeners can skip registration and enjoy all of the same benefits of listening to radio. They’ll just have to find their favorites on every visit.

No software installation is required to run RadioTime. Simply visit the RadioTime web site [ HERE ], select your radio or music preference, and click on listen. A window will open and your selection will begin playing. You can then minimize the window to your taskbar to continue listening to the music (or radio station) and to continue browsing the internet.  It does not get any simpler than this… As a matter of fact, the setup provided by RadioTime is the easiest internet radio site I have experienced.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#58)

If you have an obsession for information technology and computers, then I encourage you to become a regular subscriber of the sites listed below.  To whet your appetite, What’s On My PC randomly selects each week recent articles that have been composed by the authors who are members of the What’s On My PC blogroll.

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Bill Mullin’s Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Be Sure to Visit this SUPER TECH BLOG and Congratulate Bill
for surpassing the 2 Million mark in visits

Internet Security Blog
Malware Infection Economy – Top Selling Products
and Services in Malware Business

Canadian Tech Blogger
Apple Sells Over 1 Million iPads

Mrintech
Best Free Portable Apps Suite with 280+ Apps

TuneUp Blog about Windows
PC Optimization: The Green Way

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
WordPress.com versus Blogger.com 3

Worthy Tips
Will you pay to watch Youtube video? You should soon

Netbook Freeware
PeaZip: Best Free Compression Tool for Netbook

I Love Free Software
3 Chrome Extensions for Downloading Files from Rapidshare

404 Tech Support
SparkChess – Quality, Free Chess Online

TTC Shelbyville
1.5 million stolen Facebook accounts up for grabs

Snakebytez
PDF OCR – OCR PDF Document to Editable Text

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites May 4

Tech-for Everyone
Click, click, fixed!

Rarst.net
Best and worst computing advice you know?

Lifehacker
Disable Google Chrome’s Location-Aware Browsing

Crazy World
of G HTC Incredible

thePC Security
Top 10 Spamming Country – No, China is Not There

Right On Technology
HP Buys Palm, Hints at WebOS Slate

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove AKM Anitivirus 2010 Pro

Carol’s Vault
Chillout Saturday : DJ River’s “Blue Room” album

Plato Press
Comodo Backup

What’s On My PC
Secure USB Flash Drive

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#57)

It’s that time of the week here at What’s On My PC… Reflected is a rundown of articles, randomly selected, from the past week that have been posted by the friends on the What’s On My PC blogroll. If you have a passion for information technology and computers, these sites are the one’s to visit.

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thePC Security
Ultimate List of Best Portable Antivirus For Your USB

Carol’s Vault
Songr – Download free music from 15 search engines

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove TrustDoctor

Evilfantasy’s Blog
PageAddict Firefox extension

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Principles of Security: Keeping it Simple

Right On Technology
Gizmodo’s Editor Jason Chen’s House Raided

Free PC Security
Avira 10 Installation, Configuration and Test

AskBillFirst
Defective McAfee update causes worldwide meltdown of XP PCs | Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report | ZDNet.com

Tech-for Everyone
Amazingly Dangerous Email: Must See To Believe

Rarst.net
Speccy – basic system info tool from Piriform

Lifehacker
Google Earth Arrives Inside Google Maps on the Web
[Google Earth]

Snakebytez
New way to explore disk space usage with Disk Space Fan

Carputer’s News and Computer Tips
Malware: Infecting the Unexpecting

TTC Shelbyville
Chrome Stats for Nerds

404 Tech Support
Exploring the AT&T U-Verse

Netbook Freeware
FARR (Find and Run Robot): Best Free Application Launcher
for Netbooks

Worthy Tips
Download Microsoft Office 2010 Product Guide(Official)

I Love Free Software
Download Microsoft USB Flash Drive Manager Free

Canadian Tech News Blog
Why flash is like crack

Internet Security Blog
Cannot Delete Print Jobs Queue in Spooler – Use Stalled Printer Repair

Mrintech
Important Security Tips for Online Banking

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
WordPress.com versus Blogger.com

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Styling Windows 7 (Part 1): How to Change the Visual Style

Plato Press
Cloud and Criminal Networking

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A Portable Start Menu for your Flash Drive

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Search, Play and Bookmark Online Radio Stations with RadioTuna

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RadioTuna is a cloud app that brings internet radio to your desktop via their online presence and easy to understand interface.  In the past I normally installed software on my PC to search for and bookmark my online stations; however, RadioTuna eliminates the need to do that.

The “cool factors” to RadioTuna are:

  • Can bookmark your stations (for future reference) that can be accessed anywhere there is internet access.
  • Album art is displayed as the songs are playing to enhance, not only the listening experience, but the visual experience, as well.
  • Very powerful internet radio search engine.

RadioTuna is the first real-time search engine for online radio, giving up-to-the-minute results relating to the music being played across the globe right now. If you search for an artist that happens to be playing right now, we’ll tell you and you can connect straight to that station. If your choice isn’t playing right now, we’ll tell you which stations are most likely to play them next.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#40)

If you have an obsession for information technology and computers, then you need to follow these blogs.  Listed is this weeks Geek Squeaks’; a sampling of articles (from the past 7 days) from the bloggers that are on the What’s On My PC blogroll. Talk about a great community of bloggers; none like it around!

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411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Antivirus Live

Plato On-line
How and Why Twitter is Addictive

Evil Fantasy’s Blog
The Ultimate Geek TaskForce!

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Infected by Scareware? Get Your Wallet Out!

Snakebytez
IEHistoryView : Track websites
recently visited in Internet Explorer

Carputers News and Computer Tips
IBM Lotus Symphony goes portable…

TTC Shelbyville
Duplicate Your Hard Drive

The Abbey Rose
Security Applications

I Love Free Software
Sweet Little Piano: Play Piano on your Computer

Technize
Remotely Control Your Phone from Computer

Worthy Tips
Download 30+ Free MP3 From Amazon in This Christmas

Mrintech
Import Contacts to Yahoo! Mail from Google Account

Freeware Elite
Symbols, Accents, Weird punctuation –
Do you know how to type them?

Canadian Tech Blogger
Google DNS vs OpenDNS

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Talking about the new Bing Bar

TuneUp Blog
Disabling Dr. Watson: Does It Really Improve Performance?

Carol’s Vault
5 websites to find your perfect Christmas recipes

Free PC Security
K9 Web Protection Free

AskBillFirst
Is It Disk or Disc?

Tech-for Everyone
How To Remove FinallyFast (PC SpeedScan Pro, Performance Center, Active Speed, etc.)

Sugarloaf Tech
Trouble upgrading to AVG 9.0 Free Edition

Rarst.net
SimpleDesktops.com – minimalistic wallpapers collection

Lifehacker
Chrome Extensions Gallery Officially Opens [Chrome Extensions]

Crazy World of G
Free Rip

Computer Too Slow
How to Diagnose Keyboard Problems

thePC Security
Free MP3 Manager Software Download | Music File Management

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Trusting the IT Guy

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Get answers to real questions with wiseGEEK…

The internet has become an infinite source of information that we have come to rely on for just about everything; however, it is important to verify the information for validity and accuracy.  Often we start our research for information from simply asking ourselves a question. The question in many cases can be relatively simple but finding the answer can be difficult because the answers are distributed across multiple web sites. This is where wiseGEEK steps in…

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wiseGEEK digests and simplifies disparate information into concise answers. The site is a compilation of nearly 50,000 articles, under 22 categories, with answers to common questions that is researched by over 100 qualified contributors.  wiseGEEK makes every attempt to keep the articles error free and accepts comments from readers to challenge the validity of the information.

…occasionally an error sneaks into one of our articles. That is where our wiseGEEK readers come in. In the “wiseGEEK features” menu available on every article page, there is an option to “comment on this article.” Every comment is researched and implemented where appropriate. Our qualified writers along with the army of readers ensures that our information is as accurate as possible.

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Personally, I enjoy visiting wiseGEEK, on a regular basis, to learn about answers to common questions and to build my trivia knowledgebase;  AND to give myself ideas for blog articles. Make sure you check out the category on “Internet and Computers”…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#25)

If you are new to What’s On My PC… you will notice on the right side of the blog a category listing for Geek Squeaks’.  The Geek Squeaks’ category is a weekly roundup of articles from the bloggers that are on the What’s On My PC… blogroll.  I encourage you to visit these blogs to learn more about information technology and computers.

Geek Squeaks'

Evilfantasy’s Blog
A rogue security test site?

Plato on-line
H1N1 Vaccine and National Security

Spywarebiz
BitDefender gets real about what you want in online security

Teck~Line
Critical Update for Adobe Flash Player (Reblogged)

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove SaveSoldier

Carol’s Vault
Finding inspiration on Twitter

AKS-Feel The Change
Music Search Engine – Find All Your MP3 Songs

Lifehacker
Tech Support Cheat Sheet
Reveals the Secrets of Troubleshooting

Rarst.net
FilterMyRSS.com – light online filter for feeds

Tech-for Everyone
The Best 10 Minutes

AskBillFirst
Setting up your browser to open multiple home page tabs

Free PC Security
Keepass – Free Password Security

Bill Mullin’s Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Save Your Machine – Keep it Clean

Mrintech
Google Pack: All Essential & Free Softwares!

Piyada’s World
List of fake antivirus and its removal tool

TTC Shelbyville
Change Firefox’s Default Search

Tux in the Midwest
Robot Hands Will Rule the World

Snakebytez
Tiny Program to Automatically Shutdown Computer

Is You GEEKed Up
Windows 7 Post Install Customization Checklist

Scoroncocolo
Windows Notepad

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A super easy way to listen to internet radio…

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Download FREE Music – New Artists – New Music

Powered by Microsoft and Reverbnation

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Microsoft is sponsoring (in partnership) with Reverbnation a 1000 FREE Song Downloads from new artists. The songs can be downloaded in the M4A or MP3 formats; AND, There is also an option available to listen to the songs to help you decide which songs you want.

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If you want to listen to something new and something different then jump over to Microsoft’s MySpace Page OR over to Reverbnation’s FREE Music Giveway to get started.

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A FREE Multifunctional Media Converter

It is very confusing to most users when it comes to the various media formats; whether it be audio (music), video and picture files. Once you think you have the file formats figured out, you will spend a great deal of time trying to find a conversion utility that will take one file format and convert it to another so that it will be compatible with whatever device you are working with.

I recently started using a FREE program called Format Factory that  makes the conversion process from one media format to another a breeze. This is one of those FREE software applications that is comparable to the commercial products that you pay for. Format Factory supports  conversion of all popular video, audio, and picture formats.

All to MP4/3GP/MPG/AVI/WMV/FLV/SWF.
All to MP3/WMA/AMR/OGG/AAC/WAV.
All to JPG/BMP/PNG/TIF/ICO/GIF/TGA.
Rip DVD to video file , Rip Music CD to audio file.
MP4 files support iPod/iPhone/PSP/BlackBerry format.
Supports RMVB.

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Format Factory’s Features:

Support converting all popular video,audio,picture formats to others.
Repair damaged video and audio file.
Reducing Multimedia file size.
Support iphone,ipod multimedia file formats.
Picture converting supports Zoom,Rotate/Flip,tags.
DVD Ripper
All to RMVB
Audio File Joiner
Support AviSynth
Supports 50 languages

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#2)

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15 free downloads to pep up your old PC – Curious? Read

Electoluminescent Wire Goes to Local Area Networks – TTC Shelbyville

What do the dolby numbers mean? – Tech for-Everyone

How does your teenager use the internet?  Should you care? – Bill Mullins Weblog Tech Thoughts

Google Chrome Beta Updates, Boasts Improved Speeds and New Features – LifeHacker

Free Image Recovery From Digital Camera – Piyadas World

Planning and Choosing Parts for Your Carputer Build – Is You Geeked Up

WOT – Against Intuition – Free PC Security

Avira has launched its new Version 9 – EvilsFantasy Blog

Google Voice – Crazy World of G

Image Editing With No Install: Sumo Paint – Confessions of a Freeware Junkie

Google Chrome Video – Carputers News and Computer Tips

Beautiful Oriental Chillout from Jamendo.com – Carol’s Vault

Verizon Network Extender Boosts Cell Phone Signals at Home – AskBillFirst

How to Detect and Remove U.Z.A Operating System Wallpaper – 411-Spyware

WeFollow: Latest User Powered Twitter Directory – All Thats New

Beware When The Dog Barks – What’s On My PC…

Geek Squeaks are random “hot” topic links (called “squeaks”) from various credible sources (called “geeks”) and may appear on the blog at any time.  Many of the topics are creations from fellow bloggers or software authors who have actively participated (e.g. link exchanges, comments, etc…) with “What’s On My PC…”.  If you are interested in a link exchange please leave a comment below.

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A Very Inspirational “Amazing Grace”

This is an off topic blog post, but sometimes those posts can be the best. When I come across something that I feel is phenomenal, I have to shout it out. All of us have listened to or have been exposed to the hymn “Amazing Grace” at one time or another. It is one of the most popular hymns in America and is a hymn that really touches the soul. The history of what inspired the words to “Amazing Grace” is interesting in itself.

According to the Library of Congress;

“Its text, a poem penned in 1772 by John Newton, describes the joy and peace of a soul uplifted from despair to salvation through the gift of grace. Newton’s words are also a vivid autobiographical commentary on how he was spared from both physical and spiritual ruin. It relates the happy ending of the tale of a defiant man who manages again and again to escape danger, disease, abuse, and death, only to revert to “struggles between sin and conscience.”

Recently while browsing YouTube, which I am really not a frequent visitor, a music video of “Amazing Grace” being sang by Il Divo, the popular operatic quartet, caught my attention.  The combination of the hymn and this quartet is phenomenal.  I encourage you to take a moment to listen to and view the video.

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Reverse Technology – Vinyl LP Records Making A Comeback…

Talk about reverse technology… I would never have imagined LPs (long playing vinyl records) as still being popular. In 2008, vinyl LPs doubled in sales. I came across this article at “ComputerWorld” and thought I would share this with all of the baby boomers out there. You can read more about this at the “ComputerWorld” link below. 

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Back to the future: Vinyl record sales double in ’08, CDs down

What’s old is new again when it comes to audio storage

By Lucas Mearian

January 2, 2009 (Computerworld) Audiophiles have long argued that vinyl records offer better sound quality than CDs or MP3s, but their stoic loyalty in the face of change was seen as little more than a nostalgic bias during the 25 years in which digital recordings came to dominate the music industry. In recent years, however, sales of LPs — that’s short for long-playing records, kids — have more than doubled online and are regaining overall market share, thanks to new converts looking for more than they can find in an MP3 selling for 99 cents online.

In 2008, 1.88 million vinyl albums were purchased, more than in any other year since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking LP sales in 1991. The previous record was in 2000, when 1.5 million LP albums were sold. More than two out of every three vinyl albums bought in 2008 were purchased at an independent music store, according to SoundScan.

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VideoLan (VLC) – A free cross-platform media player…

The Windows Media Player, in my opinion, “is a bloated, hard to understand, does not play well with others, likes to tell on you, hooks into your operating system, mediocre” media player. Sorry Microsoft, but myself and legions of others like “simplicity, easy to follow, will play anything, respects our privacy, can be deleted if we don’t like it, above average” media player. I didn’t mean to start this post out so blatant, but I want you to know there are other media player options available.

If you are looking for an alternative “FREE” media player with simplicity in mind, that works across many platforms (i.e. Windows, Mac, Linux, BeOS, Syllable, & others) and will play just about anything that you throw at it; then give VideoLan –VLC media player a try. I have been using this player for approximately 2 years and it has not let me down. I initially started using it when I tried to play a movie with Windows Media player and it basically told me it did not support the format and that additional codecs was needed. Once I found, downloaded and installed what I thought was the correct codec, I soon discovered that I had thrown trash at my system that caused Windows Media Player to not function properly. Of course I was questioning; What is a “codec”? To be honest with you, I love tech stuff, but I really don’t care about “codecs”. If you get into the various digital media formats, the term “codec” will cross your path often. Per WikiPedia, “A codec is a device or program capable of encoding and/or decoding a digital data stream or signal”. What is so nice about VideoLan (VLC) media player is that it supports a large number of multimedia formats, without the need of additional codecs. It is not the prettiest media player out there, but it gets the job done and does it very well. If you are into appearance, VideoLan (VLC) is skinnable. Oh, and if you don’t know what a skin is; a skin is an add-on that you can use with VLC to change the look and feel of the player to make it more aesthetically pleasing to the user’s eye.

Description of VLC (from the web site):

VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, …) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network. It doesn’t need any external codec or program to work.

NOTE: There is also a portable version of VideoLan (VLC) available at Portableapps.com

 

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