Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Amazon Cloud Player for iOS Released

Amazon’s Cloud Player for iOS is now available in the iTunes App Store. Amazon Cloud Player provides Amazon’s customers with the ability to stream or download music stored in their Amazon Cloud Drive. You can also manage your music library and create playlists using the App. Because Apple prohibits it, you won’t be able to purchase new music through the App – the Kindle App for iPhone is limited in the same way.

Now your music can come with you everywhere! Listen to your music from the cloud on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch anywhere you are. You can download or stream your library from the cloud – or play the music you already have on your device. – iTunes App Description

Amazon Cloud Player is long overdue – it should have launched along with the Cloud Drive service a year ago. Still, I’m glad to see that Amazon is willing to commit resources to supporting their customers that are also Apple customers.

Amazon Cloud Player

Zune Failing

I really think Microsoft’s new media player, the Zune, is going to flop. All the marketing dollars in the world aren’t going to displace the iPod – at least not this time. Gary Stein recently commented on something that happened on CNN related to the marketing challenge Microsoft faces with Zune. Zune is going to fail because marketing products isn’t one of Microsoft’s strengths. Just look at the Zune website – the fake lifestyle shots are transparent and an instant turn-off for the demographic Microsoft needs most at this point – the kids.

I watched CNN this morning and Soledad O’Brien literally interrupted the tech-biz reporter, who was talking about the Zune, to extoll the virtues of her new, $70 iPod Shuffle. The next time the story came through the cycle, she had gotten her iPod out of her office and demonstrated how cool it was that you could clip it, and essentially un-sold the Zune, and pitched the iPod. — Gary Stein’s post – Easy Album Art

I’m a freak about keeing my iTunes library organized and part of that includes making sure all of my music is properly cloaked in the right album artwork. = easy album artwork. Type the name of an artist or a song and they’ll almost always have the album art available.


iTunes album artwork tip: You can drag images from a webpage (off of search results for example) to the artwork window in iTunes to add or update the artwork associatd with any song.



I started using Pandora, a streaming music player that builds play lists for you to match your taste, a couple of weeks ago and I’m still using it. I built a few stations based on artists that I like and Pandora streams similar music to my headset. It’s pretty cool and I’ve discovered some new artists using the service. It gets smarter too as you use the simple thumbs up and thumbs down system to tell it what you like and don’t like. Over in the right-side column of this blog’s home page you can see a list of the stations I’ve built so far – click on any of them to start your Pandora experience.

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