Archive for the ‘Sound’ Category

On the homepage of this website it says that Mog is “The Most Sophisticated, User-Friendly Music Player on the Web”. So why have I not come across it before or none of my friends recommended it to me? I know now, it’s not accessible to the UK. So why do sites make statements like “on the Web” and show UK advertising, when everyone knows the web is worldwide.

Anyway, having done a search for one of my old twelves that I cannot find on Spotify or iTunes, I did find it, shame I can’t play it… doh!

Find out more about MOG if you want at :

http://mog.com/

I love my music, but I can’t always remember the words, or just get them plain wrong. So to help me I found this site called Metrolyrics, that not only does the site give you the lyrics that you need but always keeps you up to date with the latest releases, you can log in and rate albums, artists and also chat with other music lovers.

There are also apps for your i-Phone and a plug-in for your PC, although I would prefer a Mac plug-in which has not been made an option just yet.

Find the lyrics to your tunage at :

http://www.metrolyrics.com

Content courtesy of Metrolyrics :

Find lyrics to the songs in your music library using the best iTunes, WinAmp and Windows Media Player lyrics plugin available!
LyricsSeeker uses the MetroLyrics database of over 450,000 songs and 15,000 artists to match lyrics to the song being played on your desktop music player. While you listen, the lyrics to your favorite tracks are made available at the click of a mouse.

According to the latest Wiki update :

MetroLyrics is a lyrics-dedicated website that was founded in 2002, and was the 1st lyrics site to license Gracenote’s lyrics catalogue in April 2008. MetroLyrics is the No.1 global lyrics website, and with 40 million+ unique users per month it is the 3rd largest music site in the US and Globally

Not so long ago I put up a post about a music website that is powered through recommendation called MFlow. Reflecting on what I am doing here is recommending a website to anyone that maybe interested. Some days I also find people recommending to me what sites they use and the word of mouth concept generally works well.

So it’s interesting to come across a music website whose priority it is to act as a hub for all quality music websites and the users that love them.

Dreamingstreaming.info is the site and is currently in a beta phase. They aim to offer users links to the sites who only provide high quality levels of sound. With the numerous ways of finding and playing music currently on the web Dreamstreaming will definitely help those who are embarking on sorting out their music collections and/or discovering these useful links.

Again it’s hard to tell how quickly or how successfully this site can become a brand name. That will be down to the users and marketing power combined. I think this is definitely a good idea because I cannot remember the last time someone recommended to me such a hub of a music and sound centered site.

Content Courtesy of DreamingStreaming :

DreamStreaming aims to become the most respected internet music information website in the world, for all types of streaming, download and on-demand music sources offering a high quality of service and / or music content through the internet.

Find out more about Dreamingstreaming at :

http://www.dreamstreaming.info/

Sony is releasing it’s new Walkman to the masses this week in the UK – the NWZ-A845. Well, what’s so good about this Walkman?

To begin with this Walkman is only 7.2mm thin, it has an OLED screen for stunning visuals,  the device can also play BBC iPlayer downloads, syncs with iTunes, has an audio play time of around 29 hours, comes with noise-cancelling headphones and weighs in at around 62g. So all in all a very nice alternative to the Apple’s Nano iPod.

Retail price in the UK is around £140, looks like Sony have got a great little product.

Watch one of the few video reviews I found below, courtesy of www.tracyandmatt.co.uk :

Read their current review at :

http://www.tracyandmatt.co.uk/blogs/index.php/sony-nwz-a845-walkman-unboxing-video

Do you need to access files from other computers in your home wireless network, or perhaps you need to transfer data from one device to another?

Then the Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station could be your calling. Introduced in January and available in the shops now, the device runs on a Linux platform and allows you to stream files to your device of choice, with the backing of the DLNA standards.

A couple of useful features include :

Torrent Download Manager, the Iomega iConnect manages peer-to-peer file transfers without the need of a dedicated PC.

You can also transfer files from one device to another using the on board copy process. Again transferring photos from your camera is a pc free process, using the Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP), no touch, automatic transfer of photos from digital cameras via the USB port.

My only concern is with USB3 around the corner, is it really worth investing a device with 4 USB2 ports right now?

However, the price in the UK currently is on average £60, which doesn’t break the bank if it solves some of your digital needs. And when people ask you, “Hey, is that your router?”

You can say “No….that’s my data station.”

Find out more about the Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station at :

http://go.iomega.com/en-us/products/network-storage-desktop/wireless-data-station/network-hard-drive-iconnect/?partner=4760#tech_specsItem_tab

If are looking for ways to access files across your network then look at :

https://vyber.wordpress.com/2010/03/01/social-usb-mass-storage/

https://vyber.wordpress.com/2010/03/10/boxee-a-social-open-source-media-center/

Read more about the DNLA at :

http://www.dlna.org/industry/home

Purchase the Iomega iConnect from Expansys at :

http://www.expansys.com/d.aspx?i=196377&partner=froogle

Watching television and movies is a major part of my life. Being brought up during the 80’s using Video Recorders I saw at first hand how Betamax lost to VHS in the video rental market. What did happen during that struggle was I developed a need to control what I liked by recording it directly from the television.

Today the Internet allows us we can access television shows that we may have missed online, we can rent or buy movies, we can record shows directly to our PCs and we have the support of the digital controls of Digital Video Recording, like TiVo and Sky+. Not forgetting the various other streaming services like Zatoo and the thorn in every major content providers back side…file sharing.

The other way the Internet has changed what we watch is information surrounding movies, shows and actors, which really is the fuel powering our need to find and experience the shows we want. Television services like the NBC, BBC and Sky don’t tend to team up with companies like IMDB, or their own websites to provide users with some of the missing information. In the same way DVDs don’t have an integrated approach with the Internet. But later this year, that is about to change.

TiVo, the company that showed us why we need a DVR back in 2000 is bringing the Internet to its DVR Guide. So now, when you search for a TV show or movie you can access more content which is being streamed from the Internet which is directly related to your search. That’s definitely a step forward. Now we need a way of sharing what we watch with our friends in a private network on the same interface, now that would save time.

Find out more about TIVo Premiere at :

http://www.tivo.com/products/tivo-premiere/index.html

Some reviews found on the web :

http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/02/dnptivo-premiere-and-premiere-xl-usher-in-a-brand-new-interface/

http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/the_web/article7050684.ece

Music used to be simple. You heard a track on the radio, you purchased the record, you made tapes. Nice.

Then came the Internet, and that all changed. Peer-to-peer file sharing created the need for free music. Although file sharing still continues to exist, there is now a significant market for legal streaming services. Music lovers are streaming free music from a variety of sources like Spotify etc.

When Last FM arrived on the scene in 2002 they used a music recommender system called “Audioscrobbler”. It was slightly different with its streaming model in that it recommends music, videos and concerts based on what you listen to. They do this by telling you what other music people are listening to based on the choice of artist you have made. In March 2009 subscription services was introduced to some countries.

But what if it was the people instead of a computer system recommending music, add in the twist of being paid for those recommendations, then sharing music and more importantly making money, may have found a new model within the music industry.

Start-up mflow may have just come up with such a model. They understand that a lot of music that comes into our lives comes from recommendations and therefore could be used a source for music searchers everywhere. The big question is the catalog, without a choice users could find this model a turn off, and therefore the community could fall apart. It’s a good idea, but whether it can work is a bigger question.

Looking to launch in April 2010 mflow whose tag line is ‘music is better shared’, quote some of the following on their site :

We don’t want be told what we ‘might like’ by a software program.

We don’t want to stare at an empty search bar… “a whole world of music at my fingertips, and I can’t think of anything to look for…”

We don’t want to have to subscribe to anything.

We don’t want adverts.

We just want a way for our mates to send us music they think rocks.

Find out more about mflow at : http://www.mflow.com/

Updated 12/03/10, mflow were interviewed on Technology Unplugged Sky News, watch it now :

Designed to eliminate these unsettling frequencies, My Pet Speaker features an Omni directional speaker with a 4” drive unit and cone reflector which disburses the music in 360 degrees recreating how animals hear in nature.

A Pet Acoustics App is also available for your iPhone.

Play your choice of music with repeatable results for rest time, separation anxiety, thunderstorm nervousness, car travel, veterinary visits, barn time, trail rides, walking with your dog, grooming, puppy and kitten training or for quiet time.

Find out more about Pet Acoustics at : http://www.petacoustics.com/home.html

Moody

Posted: February 20, 2010 in Music Mood
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Mac OS X / Windows app to mood tag your music in iTunes. With Moody you can create streamlined shuffles with songs in the same mood, use their database when you get tired of tagging. Now also in a new automatic way, quit Moody and still listen by mood…the Helper takes care of stuff, Twitter about your favorite songs and more.

Find out more : http://www.crayonroom.com/moody.php

WhoSampled

Posted: February 20, 2010 in Culture, Music History
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“Dig deeper into music by discovering direct links between over 23,000 songs and 10,000 artists, from Hip-Hop, R&B, Funk and Soul via Electronic Music through to Rock, Pop and beyond. Watch the videos, contribute new content, discuss and vote.”

Find out more : http://www.whosampled.com/