I read the news today (oh boy)

If you’ve been without power and not heard the news today, The Beatles music lib­rary is now avail­able from Apple’s iTunes store for down­load.

Joy.

No, I’m not overly enthused by this, as I already own digit­al cop­ies of all the Beatles music that I’m inter­ested in. I bought them on CD years ago, and have since copied the music to my vari­ous .mp3 play­er devices. This is leg­al in Canada.

I’m not sure what addi­tion­al value there is in then in the music being avail­able through iTunes, oth­er than to make it easi­er to buy songs or albums con­veni­ently if you sud­denly real­ize you’ve got the Blue and Red albums, but are miss­ing the White.

Meh. It’s news, but it’s not the big news it’s being made out to be.

Making music on the iPad

In the pre­vi­ous item I men­tioned that I’d not yet tested out Seline HD, an iPad app. Well, I have now, and yes, it really is quite cool.

After fid­dling about with the inter­face for a bit, I was able to pull this little bit togeth­er.

I must have been inspired by the few hours of The Pil­lars of the Earth we were watch­ing — seems to have a medi­ev­al theme.

One neat thing I loved; you can record and over­dub, so with a bit of patience, you are the orches­tra!
bard1.egg by bgrier on Aviarybard1.egg by bgri­er on Avi­ary

Addi­tion­al note: I used the awe­some free online clip / audio edit­or Myna (an Avi­ary tool) to trim the head and tail of the clip so there was no dead space. Cloud audio editing…how cool!
Check out this video / tutori­al of Selene HD for a bit more detail.

How to find good music online with social media

In a recent post over at the Future Shop Techb­log I star­ted talk­ing about vari­ous Inter­net Radio ‘sta­tions’. Today I real­ized I didn’t talk about one of my ‘go-to’ online music sources blip.fm

It’s not your aver­age music ser­vice.
Blip.fm is a hybrid social media site and music dis­cov­ery ser­vice, focused around the concept of Blips. To quote the FAQ:

What exactly is a ‘blip’?
A blip is a com­bin­a­tion of 1) a song and 2) a short mes­sage that accom­pan­ies it. The way you cre­ate a blip is to first search for a song that you want to hear (or a song that you want your listen­ers to hear), then add a short mes­sage (under 150 char­ac­ters), finally you sub­mit it. Sub­mit­ting a blip is also referred to as “blip­ping”, so from here on out, when you read “he blipped my favor­ite track” it means “he sub­mit­ted a blip that had my favor­ite song attached”.

When you join Blip.fm, you assume the role of a DJ, run­ning your own ‘sta­tion’ with a playl­ist. As you explore Blip.fm music, you’ll see that songs were ‘blipped’ by vari­oi­us DJs. Check out their playl­ists (here’s mine).

You’ll see a list of blips that they found inter­est­ing, likely from oth­er DJs — a great way to see what tunes they thought were inter­est­ing.

Got Props?
If you like a tune you find on the main page, or listen to in someone’s playl­ist, then give that DJ Props:

What are “Props”?
On Blip.fm props are tokens of respect that can be giv­en from one DJ to anoth­er — say for blip­ping a good song or being a good DJ in gen­er­al. Every­one starts with 10 cred­its that they can use to give props to oth­er DJ’s. As you earn props from the com­munity, your props will increase and so will the cred­its you have to give. 1 props earned = 1 cred­it in your bank. The num­ber of props you’ve earned can only go up, but the cred­its you have goes down as you use them through­out the site. Check out our blog entry for a more detailed explan­a­tion.

Social Media Integ­ra­tion
Of course, it’s no good to be listen­ing to music without being able to share it. Blip.fm will send your tunes, as you listen to them, to the fol­low­ing Social Media ser­vices.

  • Twit­ter
  • Face­book
  • Friend­feed
  • Tumblr
  • Live­journ­al
  • Audi­o­scrob­bler
  • Ping.fm

In my case, I don’t usu­ally ‘blip’ tunes I’m listen­ing to my fol­low­ers — it could get annoy­ing after a couple of tunes. But, per­haps in the even­ing, I’ll feel like going ‘all DJ on my peeps’…hopefully they for­give me in the morn­ing.

So check it out, check out my playl­ist, and let me know what you think.

The ‘best music player ever’ gets hardware

The fol­low­ing post is a Quick­Hit™ — an art­icle or post I found online and thought was import­ant enough to share dir­ectly with you. Of course, you’ll see my thoughts or opin­ions pre­pen­ded or appen­ded to this post, oth­er­wise I’m just scrap­ing con­tent, and that’s not the intent.

Tech­Crunch is report­ing that Song­bird has a hard­ware deal with Philips — Bundled With Mil­lions Of Port­able MP3 Play­ers

Don’t count Song­bird out yet. The open source media play­er that’s increas­ingly pos­i­tion­ing itself as an altern­at­ive to Apple’s iTunes has forged a deal with glob­al elec­tron­ics maker Philips. Under the agree­ment, which will be announced later today at CES, Songbird’s soft­ware will come bundled with the Philips line of GoGear port­able music play­ers, avail­able world­wide.

Nice to see Song­bird con­tin­ue to grow…hey, where’d that cloud behind the bird’s butt go?

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