Technology

September 15, 2009 by bryan

 


This Tunes Tuesday is all about our fav music technology. We have got to start out with a shout out to iTunes. If it were not for iTunes we would still be on our old CD player. We have been feeding CDs into our Macs for close to a decade.

Wikipedia says: "iTunes was introduced by Apple Inc. on January 9, 2001, at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco. The latest version, iTunes 9, was announced at Apple's September 2009 keynote "Rock and Roll"."

Speaking of iTunes 9...have you downloaded the newest upgrade? Have you seen the awesome iTunes LP.

Finally we can start getting the equivalent of DVD special features when we download music. Now labels have no excuse for not providing a better and deeper music experience. The film industry, although a giant, is still more agile and seems to adapt to fans better than the lumbering major labels of the music world.

Here is what Apple says: When you download select albums, you’ll experience a beautifully designed, interactive world right in your iTunes library on your Mac or PC. While you listen to your favorite songs, dive into the lyrics and liner notes, view photos, watch videos, and enjoy other bonus materials. Many are even created by the artists.

Another cool thing in the music world is Last.fm. Last.fm is a UK-based Internet radio and music community website.

Here is what Wikipedia says: Using a music recommender system called "Audioscrobbler", Last.fm builds a detailed profile of each user's musical taste by recording details of all the songs the user listens to, either on the streamed radio stations, the user's computer or many portable music devices. This information is transferred to Last.fm's database ("scrobbled") via a plugin installed into the user's music player. The profile data is then displayed on the user's profile page.

Users can create custom radio stations and playlists from any of the audio tracks in Last.fm's music library, and are able to listen to some individual tracks on demand, or download tracks if the rights holder has previously authorised it.

You can check out my Last.fm. Last.fm listens to my iTunes and builds a catalog of my songs and can recommend artists.

If you don't have speakers for your computer, check outharman/kardon Sounds Sticks. These babies crank! Plus they are just so pretty!

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