I want my iCloud!: a step-by-step guide to iTunes in the Cloud

UPDATED for iTunes 10.5 and iOS 5 Thinking about iTunes Match? See Getting the Most out of iTunes Match Let's start out assuming you have an iPhone and a Mac or PC running iTunes.  Here's what you need to do: 1.  Upgrade to iTunes version 10.5 - Open iTunes and select iTunes > Check for Updates. [...]

By | November 11th, 2011|iThing, Tech|

11 tips for getting the most from MOG and Spotify

If you sign up for MOG or Spotify and leave everything at the default settings, you could be missing 50% or more of your music.  That's because Spotify defaults to ~96 kbps on mobile devices, and 160 kbps on the desktop. The settings outlined below will bring your Spotify mobile streams up to 160 kbps, [...]

By | September 19th, 2011|iThing, Tech|

Mega Music Meta-Battle: MOG vs. Spotify Reviews

Spotify's July launch in the US quickly heated up the market for music on demand.  Existing players Rdio and MOG both announced free service tiers last week, where previously they only offered free trials.  And this week, they're all going to the ball with Facebook. MOG, in particular, is on fire.  They introduced a slick [...]

By | September 18th, 2011|music industry, Tech|

Hi-Fi 2.0: Getting good audio in the iPod age (part 1)

After decades of continual improvements in audio recording and playback technologies, the average 21st Century listener will hear most music at lower fidelity than before the millennium.  How did this happen, and can anything be done about it? While audio technology continues to advance, the listening experience for most consumers, especially those just entering the [...]

By | July 17th, 2011|iThing, music industry, Tech|

Adele: Live at the iTunes Festival – London 2011

Coming up:  Foo Fighters, Raphael Saadiq, Swedish House Mafia & more... If the Adele concert you planned to attend was postponed, cancelled, sold-out or otherwise just not happening, here's a chance to see her close up, on your own schedule, and for free! Gracious and charming throughout, her voice settles down around the 15-minute mark [...]

By | July 9th, 2011|Gig Bag|

Planetary Update: Starring Zoe Keating

Just heard from the folks at Bloom, and wanted to share a video they are featuring for the Planetary app we wrote about yesterday.  The demo uses a cut from MMT featured artist Zoe Keating.  Enjoy! Planetary (voiceover) from Bloom Studio, Inc. on Vimeo.

By | May 3rd, 2011|Gig Bag|

Then and Now: Music on the small screen…

Ready to Rumble: A Birthday Tribute to Link Wray Like some other guitar pioneers who came out of Washington DC, Link Wray was an artist who garnered more respect from other musicians than from the general public. (See also: Danny Gatton, and "The Best Unknown Guitarist in the World", Roy Buchanan.)  Born as Fred Lincoln [...]

By | May 2nd, 2011|Guitar, iThing|

iPhone Performance Apps: iShred, Guitar & PianoStudio

FDG Celebrates Verizon on iPhone with Music Apps Sale To welcome Verizon iPhone users, Frontier Design Group (FDG) has all of their music apps on sale this week for $0.99.  That's an 80% discount for iShred, GuitarStudio, and PianoStudio, which are normally priced at $4.99. If you miss the sale, go ahead and spend the [...]

By | February 9th, 2011|Guitar, iThing, Piano, Tech|