I have so many apps, programs, websites, tools, etc etc that I use related to music (I listed them out below).
But I’m still missing a functionality I really want… and that is: a notification system when an artist I follow is about to release new material, or is about to perform in my area! If anyone knows of something reliable that provides this data, I’d love to hear about it.
Muspy is supposed to tell when artists release new material, but its unreliable. It misses a lot of data, or sends it late, and duplicates data (for other country releases).
Last.fm has listings on artist performances, but its incomplete and hard to get at the data. It relies on artists/users to upload the information regarding tour dates. Also, it doesn’t have a notifcation system for when artists you like are coming to your area. You’re left with hoping you visit the artist’s page at the right time.
Here’s the things I’ve used related to music:
- Last.fm (web, desktop, mobile)
- Pandora (web, mobile, desktop “OpenPandora”)
- Grooveshark (web, desktop, mobile)
- Spotify (desktop, mobile)
- iPod (mobile)
- iTunes (desktop)
- Windows Media Player (desktop)
- Youtube (web, mobile)
- iHeartRadio (mobile, web)
- iLike (mobile, web)
- mySpace (web)
- Muspy (web)
- 8tracks (web)
- AllMusic (web)
- Playlistify (web)
- Shazam (mobile)
- Soundhound (mobile)
- BingMusic (mobile)
Then there is of course, the more traditional avenues: FM radio, Satelite radio, Television, Concerts, and Coffee Shops.
It’s crazy how often and in how many different ways we have access to music! In another article, I’ll attempt to summarize everything that these tools are trying to accomplish, and every functionality one could possibly want related to music.
I’ve been a huge fan of MediaMonkey ever since it was released, I love the ease of management and the freedom that it gives you (over that of iTunes) is great! I now love the fact that it supports iPhones as well because it so nice being able to put songs onto the iPhone without using iTunes. Now the only thing I really use iTunes for is to download the podcasts that I’m subscribed to, and I’ll occassionally connect my phone to iTunes to remove some songs or to add some new ringtones. Other than that, iTunes is pretty much obsolete on my computer. Until recently.
I just upgraded my PC from Windows 7 Beta to Windows 7 RC1, and I’ve installed MediaMonkey 126.96.36.1991 and ever since I’ve upgraded iTunes to version 8.2, I am unable to connect my iPhone while running MediaMonkey. Connecting my iPhone causes MediaMonkey to immediately crash. It just gives me the following error message prior to shutting down:
MediaMonkey – Audio Library has stopped working
As of right now, it looks like I’m stuck using iTunes to manage all of the music on my iPhone until the next version of MediaMonkey comes out, or until iTunes changes… I think it’s going to be left up to the MediaMonkey developers to fix the problem.
Recently (actually, I don’t know how recently it was, considering I haven’t used my Xbox 360 as a media center extender in quite some time) the Xbox 360 began supporting file types other than Windows Media files (.WMV) on the Xbox 360. I tried connecting my Xbox 360 to my media center and wanted to play an .MPG file that I had on my computer from my video camera, and I got the following message:
Optional Media Update Required
A media update is required to play this content
From there, all I had to do was connect to Xbox Live and let the update download on its own. Now I can quickly and easily view any video that is sitting on my computers hard driver, whether it is an .AVI, .MPG, etc. I haven’t yet tried to stream any .MKV or DIVX files, but I’d love to hear if any of those file types have worked for you.
So like many people, I have an iPod and iPhone which I use to play music while I’m on the go – neither of these devices have very good support for songs or albums that have multiple artists. I also use Windows Media Center to play music through my home entertainment system; the major difference is that Windows Media Center has great support for songs and albums with multiple artists. Here’s an overview of how Media Center works, and I just found out that MediaMonkey offers the same support – that’s why I’ll be using MediaMonkey from now on to manage all of my music.
When tagging songs for Windows Media Center, I specify the album artist as Various Artists or as the primary artist on the album (depending on the instance). Now, here is the thing that I really like about Media Center – Within the artist field, I can enter multiple artists separated by either a slash (/) or a semi-colon (;) ( rather than putting Feat. Diana Ross somewhere else. So lets say I’m tagging a song that has 3 different artists – 50 Cent/Diana Ross/Paul McCartney (eclectic group of artists… I know). Within Windows Media Center, when I browse my music by artist, this song will show up under each of the 3 artists, where as in iTunes, I now have a new artist listed as 50 Cent/Diana Ross/Paul McCartney. I really like the feature of Media Center how it will parse the album artists on the slash or semi-colon. I think this is a very useful feature and I would love to see this added to iTunes.
MediaMonkey has just added this support in version 3 (using only semi-colons) and they also allow you to use semi-colons to separate genres, classifications and other fields too.
Check out MediaMonkey
Please let me know what you all think and if you have any suggestions on tagging songs with multiple artists.
Atmosphere gave us all a nice little Christmas present today by releasing Strictly Leakage. It’s a full 13 song album “to chase away the winter doldrums”.
Quote from Rhymesayers:
as a way to thank all of our supporters, ant and i have put together this party favor.
it’s called “strictly leakage.” thirteen songs to chase away the winter doldrums.
free and downloadable at this link : Right Click and Save as…
it’s great for first dates, crappy houseparties, or to play in the backround while you google yourself again.
is downloadable a word?
what’s a doldrum?
nonetheless, thank you for the love, and please have a happy safe holiday.
oh yeah, i almost forgot,
“sad clown bad winter 11” is available now, and a new album from atmosphere, “when life gives you lemons, you paint that shit gold” will be available on april 22 2008.
The USPS wants to increase the rate that they currently charge Netflix by 17% – this will drastically decrease Netflix profitability. Netflix will obviously try to offset this postage hike by passing on the rate increase to it customers, but that could result in a loss of customers. At the time of this writing, Netflix stock is pretty much unchanged, but I bet in the days to come, you’ll see the stock price start to fall, and once the rate increase is actually put into effect, the stock price will undoubtedly fall even more.
At the time of this writing, Netflix (NFLX)stock had closed at 23.49… watch for it to fall below 20 as the news of the USPS rate hike spreads.
USPS says that the rate hike will go to generate approximately $61.5 million over the next 2 years and will help cover the increasing processing costs. After an audit, the USPS concluded that 70% of the mailers “sustain damage, jam equipment and cause mis-sorts during automated processing”.
I haven’t seen any news about the US Post Office increasing rates for Blockbuster DVD mailers… I wonder if now is a good time to invest in Blockbuster???
Recently, I began having some problems with my Xbox 360 connecting to my Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center PC. I’d repeatedly get the following error:
The Xbox 360 was unable to prepare a connection to the Windows Vista Media Center-based PC. Restart your Xbox 360 and try again.
Guess what… restarting the Xbox 360 didn’t work. For some reason, the credential that got setup on the Windows Vista Media Center PC went bad and the PC just stopped recognizing the Xbox 360 as a Media Center Extender (MCE). Thankfully, after some searching, I found the solution here: Continue reading Connection Failed. The Xbox 360 was unable to prepare a connection to the Windows Vista Media Center-based PC. Restart your Xbox 360 and try again.
Ready for the hottest movie of the summer? Maybe not the hottest, but it defnitely should be funny as hell Superbad from the creator of the 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Talledega Nights comes Superbad… visit the site now to find out if you’re Superbad. Check out the Superbad official website and take a look at the movie trailers and the TV spots.
Some great quotes from the clips (you can also see them on YouTube)
- “I heard she got breast reduction surgery” … “What?!?! That’s like slapping God across the face!”
- “McLovin?” … “Great name, sounds like a sexy hamburger.”
- “Do you have any bigger clothes, or do you only shop at Baby Gap?”
- “What’d you do, lose him?” Completely out of breath & sucking wind, “He’s a freak… he’s the fastest kid alive… he’s the fastest kid alive.”
Looks like this movie is going to be a cross between the 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked up, this time 3 geeky ass high school seniors have the quest of getting laid. The trailer is funny, the clips are funny, and I’m sure the movie will be just as funny as well. Seth Rogen (from 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up) has yet to disappoint… he was meant to be in movies like this, and I’m sure will bring plenty of laughs once again.
Prior to September of 2006, you had to have a valid university email address in order to even register for Facebook. Now that Facebook has opened up registration to anyone and everyone, they have seen nearly 100% growth in their unique visitors from the same time last year. Will Facebook kill off Myspace? Wouldn’t that be great???
comScore, a leader in measuring the digital world released a study on the visitation to facebook.com, which showed the site grew to 26.6 million unique visitors in the U.S. in May 2007, marking an 89-percent increase versus the same month last year. The dramatic growth comes on the heels of Facebook.com’s decision in September 2006 to open up registration to the general public, a change from the previous policy requiring a valid email address from a university or a selected group of secondary schools and businesses. Read more here: Facebook sees flood of new traffic from teenagers and adults
So ever since iTunes started hassling me with its “determining gapless playback information” garbage, I have been looking for a media player that would replace iTunes, but still support the iPod and other devices, while still giving me complete control over my music collection. That’s how I came across Songbird (www.songbirdnest.com)
Songbird is built on the Mozilla/Firefox platform and allows you to play music from your computer library, or it will let you play web-based streaming files as if they’re on your computer. It allows you to open up webpages within the media player and it displays a list of all media files below that you can click on to play and/or drag them to your computer to save them.
Songbird is very customizable like Firefox, they allow you to feather it (skin), plus there are numerous extensions and plugins that can be applied.
“And oy, there it is.” – listen for that line if you watch the screencast.