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Vintage Colonge: Eternity
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Do you remember Eternity? Now, this is a really, really, really old cologne! Actually, it came out in 1988, and is made by Calvin Klein. I think this smells so good. Depending on where you're at geographically, it can be very difficult to get in stores. However, that's no problem, because you can get it here. Great vintage cologne to wear for the summer.

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Every thought about having an old school karaoke party? Or maybe, that special karaoke bar your friends always drag you to never has the music you like? Choose from hundreds, and hundreds of both classic and new downloadable karaoke music for your next party! or karaoke meetup. Download them here.

12 Issues: Spiderman Mag
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I used to LOVE comic books! In fact, I still do. A lot has changed since I was heavily in to comics, from the comic's printed art, to all the exciting great movies that continue to come out under both Marvel and DC comics. Comics are Unique in that you can enjoy the latest and greatest stories, while getting your nostalgic fix for very old superhero characters that go as far back as the 50s. Check out and subscribe to the new Spider-Man magazine, and get the latest news that is happening in Spider-Man's world here.

12 Issues Of X-Men Mag
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Out of all the comics, X-men are my most favorite. Maybe it's because in many ways I can relate to them. Struggling to navigate in a world that hates them. The only thing I can't relate to is having mutant powers (I wish LOLOLOL)! One thing is very clear of not just X-men, but almost all comic book characters, is that the male bodies have become much more defined, and the women are more voluptuous. Not sure if this is the result of mutant evolution, or a subconscious effort to sell comics. Whatever the reason, it's working! In this 12 month issue, or X-Men continues the fight for respect for all mutants, equality, and basic rights to exist. Learn more about this amazing magazine here.

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Free Streaming: Spotify
I'll be honest, Spotify isn't my first choice to put on my list of recommendations. However, Spotify offers free accounts that allows you to stream unlimited music legally! Not the best software in terms of functionality, but the service is free to use, and Spotify pays the artists their royalties.

I'll be honest, Spotify wasn't my first choice to put on my list of recommendations. However, Spotify offers totally FREE accounts that allows you to access unlimited music LEGALLY! Not the best software in terms of functionality, but the service is free for us to use, and Spotify pays the artists their royalties (which true fans of music should seriously think about). The desktop software is fully functional; there is a web feature available. However, I recommend downloading the desktop app instead, simply because it's more stable. Mobile software has limited access; you can only play music in random mode (in other words there are no on-demand features for free users). Limited radio skips per day. Limited playlists. Spotify does have an online community forum, but it appears to be more for reporting bugs than sharing music. The service itself allows you to follow Facebook friends, etc, but, that's about it. Spotify is not robust. It's an application that just exist, and don't expect too many software improvements in the future; unless of course they get more paid subscribers or sponsors; but, I don't see that happening anytime soon either.
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Free Streaming: YouTube
I think it's safe to say that YouTube is the most popular, and the most used FREE streaming service to date. As I've shared before, I've suggested that people minimize their use of, or to avoid using YouTube as a main source of music entertainment (because of concerns that many old school artists' music are not being monetized by the music labels as a result of how YouTube is setup). However, I've been reading more and more articles about YouTube's royalty negotiations. This is a good news. Again, it doesn't resolve all of my questions both as a fan and a responsible blogger. But it does show that changes are being made, and YouTube can literally become like a free video streaming service like Spotify, and pay artist for YouTube Videos. This is wonderful, because pretty soon it won't matter what service you use, because a significant portion of the streaming services will be legally FREE to use (with ads). However, when this happens, I do hope that people don't get stuck only using YouTube, and be willing to experience the other great services out here. I don't think there is a person on the planet who hasn't experienced YouTube, I don't think it makes sense to explain any further. LOL :-*

I think it's safe to say that YouTube is the most popular, and the most used FREE streaming service to date. As I've shared before, I've suggested that people minimize their use of, or to avoid using YouTube as a main source of music entertainment (because of concerns that many old school artists' music are not being monetized by their labels as a result of how YouTube is setup). But you know, I've been researching this for years, and I think I'm realizing what could be happening. Since Google is an online music retailer, it is possible that the record labels have worked out a deal that YouTube aka Google's videos are free license (some sort of packaged deal)? This would explain music videos with no ads. I also thought of Shazam too, which also uses YouTube. Because these licenses are usually top secret and withheld from the public, we'll never really know (I don't think). But rest assured, we know for a fact that Spotify, Napster, and all the other major streaming services, and Internet radio are paying royalties on all their streaming. Visit YouTube.com

Free Streaming: Crackle
Crackle has got to be (in my opinion), one of the best totally free movie streaming services out here! They have really really good "Original Content," and good movies. They improved video quality tremendously. The only thing I should tell you guys is that, so many people use Crackle that sometimes it gets really choppy. The only thing that really helps is a Roku Box 4, or a Amazon Fire Box, that has a Quad Core processor, and lots of memory to reduce the annoyance of buffering. Check it out on your video device, or go to Crackle online, by clicking on the graphic above. It's totally FREE!

Crackle has got to be (in my opinion), one of the best totally free movie streaming services out here! They have really really good "Original Content," and good movies (although, they've been kind of slacking lately with putting out new original content, such as "Powers"). They also have losts of classic shows like "Who's The Boss," "Alf," and "What's Happening." Check it out on your video device, or go to Crackle online, by clicking on the graphic above. It's totally FREE! It's legal! and the ads pays the actors! Visit Crackle

Free Streaming: PBS

PBS.org has a lot of free programming available to watch on their website. Also available for your ROKU device. They have some of the best documentaries available. From our vets, to the history of NYC, to historical arts and theater. Channel 13 & 21 really works hard to bring to you strong educational content. Visit PBS

Free Streaming: Local Lib

Do you have a library card? Not too many people realize that ANY major public library within ANY of the 50 states allows you to digitally download/borrow content through their website. The licenses are the same as borrowing physical books and media. Each state maybe different. Once the license expires, you'd be denied access. The license can easily be renewed if there are available licenses for previously borrowed item. Please note that downloadable content can only be possible if the library card matches the state location of your library's website. So in other words, to borrow the New York Public Library's content, YOU MUST have a NY library card. Visit NYPL

Free Streaming: Popcorn
Popcorn Flix usually isn't my go to site, but they do have a good mixture of both low budget and classic block buster hits. It pretty much works in the same way that Tubi TV, and Crackle does. You'll find movies such as "The  Decent (2005)," "Brotherhood Of Justice (1986)" and "The Toxic Avenger (1984)." All FREE to watch, and their service is also available on Roku.

Popcorn Flix has an even mixture of both low budget and classic blockbuster hits. It pretty much works in the same way that Tubi TV, and Crackle does. You'll find movies such as "The Decent (2005)," "Brotherhood Of Justice (1986)" and "The Toxic Avenger (1984)." Actors ranging from Cuba Gooding Jr., Kevin Hart, and Sylvester Stallone. All absolutely FREE to watch! The more people that watch movies using services like Popcorn Flix, the better movie selections we'll eventually get. Their free service is available on both Roku, and on the web. Visit Popcorn Flix

Free Streaming: Tubi TV
It has been awhile since I've used Tubi TV. This is another great totally FREE movie stream. You can watch on your Roku/Chrome or on your computer. I'll be honest, you'll have to search a tiny bit more closely with Tubi TV when it comes to finding movies you want. They tend to have a lot of modern day, low, low low, budget horror films. The kinds of films that a first time movie producer would make (fresh out of school). The flip side of it is, they also have a lot of good movies such as "Tin Tin (2011)," "Setup (2011)," and old TV show classics like "Alf (1986)," and classic movies such as "Duel At Diablo (1966)."

It has been awhile since I've used Tubi TV. This is another great totally FREE movie streaming service. You can watch on your Roku/Chrome or on your computer. I'll be honest, you'll have to search a tiny bit more closely with Tubi TV when it comes to finding movies you want. They tend to have a lot of modern day, low, low, low, low, budget horror films. The kinds of films that a first time movie producer would make (fresh out of school). The flip side of it is, they also have a lot of good movies such as "Tin Tin (2011)," "Setup (2011)," and old TV show classics like "Alf (1986)," and classic movies such as "Duel At Diablo (1966)."
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Free Streaming: OVG

OVguide is another company offering FREE movies on Roku and other devices. A lot of the movies are not as good as what Crackle has, However, I think you'll definitely be able to find some movies you'd like to watch. Currently, they have movies like, "Elite Squad: the Enemy Within (2010)," "Hoodium (1997)," and "Sins Expiation (2012) (with Danny Glover)." The nice thing about Ovguide, is that a lot of their movies appear to be curated. Now, normally I don't like curated content, only because websites that are curated tend to be a bit chaotic, in terms of navigating their site. However, when it comes to their Roku setup, it's integrated quite nicely. A couple of those curated film comes from Hulu (usually those that are available for free). Visit OV Guide

Free Streaming: AMG TV

AMG TV offers FREE streaming of many classic movies on their website. It functions like a regular TV station with the commercials. Movies are NOT "on demand," meaning you can't choose what you want to see. The site has their own online TV guide, so you can see current and future programming and their time slots. The types of things shown are "Escape From Alcatraz (1979)," Starring Clint Eastwood, and also some recent TV shows such as "Leverage." Check out their online TV guide for listings. Visit AMG TV

Free Streaming: Snag Films

Snag Films is an absolutely FREE and legal video streaming service, and has content very close to what PBS (channel 13/21) has. Most of it's library contains, documentaries, and docudrama films. Find films on Hendrix, Ali, and MLK. You can also find stories on Cuban America, politics, classic B&W movies, and some educational LGBT films. The service is also available on Roku. Visit Snag Films

Free Streaming: Viewster

Viewster is a FREE streaming site that mostly does popular Asian movies, TV Shows, and Anime. However, they do have some American movies such as "Amnesiac," and "Inside Man." Plenty of horror movies, and old classics. Some LGBT movies as well. Unfortunately, many of the Asian content may not have subtitles (depending). Visit Viewster

Free Streaming: Film Rise

Like Snag Films, Film Rise has loads of documentaries and many other content, available FREE of charge. From movies, TV shows, to very old B&W classics. Also available for Roku. Totally legal, totally safe, and totally free with commercials! Find classic TV shows such as "The Heat Of The Night," and "Forensic Files." Find movies like "Tales Of Terror," with Vincent Price, and "Night Feeders." I recommend that you search for movies on your Roku box instead of browsing on their site. Most of the links seem to concentrate on selling movies through Amazon. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but if you only want to see free movies displayed, use your Roku box. Now, to be perfectly honest, most of these movies aren't my cup of tea. However, I posted this for people who still do love this kind of incredibly low budget and awful acting. BUT, some of the documentaries/TV shows are worth watching. Visit Film Rise

Semi Free: Google
GooglePlay is another service that's not at the top of my "best list," but it is another name that has been around for a long time. Although aesthetically speaking I don't care for GooglePlay's Android streaming app; the one thing where the app excels in, is that it allows you to listen to both your MP3 music, and your rental music! Most mobile apps don't do that, and I assume it's because of that good o'l licensing. Again, functionality wise, I think Rhapsody is 100 times better; but I would never tell someone never to try something. Go ahead and check them out.

GooglePlay is another service that's not at the top of my "best list," but it is another name that has been around for a long time. Although aesthetically speaking I don't care for GooglePlay's Android streaming app (or web app for that matter); the one thing where its android app excels in, is that it allows you to listen to both your MP3 music, and your rental music! Most mobile apps don't do that, and I assume it's because of that good o'l licensing. However, then again, most mobile streaming services are designed to be used as stand alone, such as Napster (Google was an MP3 player long before it got into the streaming business). Again, functionality wise, I think Napster is 100 times better; but I would never discourage anyone from ever trying a service; because it may be more suitable for your needs than mine. GooglePlay also offers totally FREE radio! You do not need a subscription service to use it; all you need is a Google account to start. So far, I think I like their music better than Pandora (only because they don't repeat music as much). Go ahead and check them out. Visit GooglePlay

Subscription: Napster
My preferred source of music streaming. One of the many reasons I recommend Rhapsody, is because they posses over 36+ million songs in their library, tons of features, and mobile, web, and desktop applications are all consistent with each other. Very easy to discover even more classic music with Rhapsody.

My preferred source of music streaming. The Napster service has came a long way; now it is international, and has integrated all of the 33 countries it services under one platform. One of the many reasons I recommend Napster, is because they posses over 40+ million songs in their library, untold international music, they promote lesser known artist as well as well known artists. Tons of features like, unlimited songs in playlists, unlimited radio skips, control variety of music in your radio stations, works with Shazam, ability to compare musical tastes with other users by percentage to help discover more music you like. They offer "Cloud Sync," an application that scans all your local music, and match them with the music in their database. Albums found will be placed in your Napster library, and iTunes playlists will be created as well. New features now include, adding custom gif covers to your playlists, OR upload your own covers! Also, sift through suggested music based off your unique playlist! Music quality up to 320kbps AAC, CD sound. Control radio stream quality separately, for those bad signal days while listening to the radio. Tools to easily share on social media, and discover users who like the same kinds of songs you like too! Napster even evaluates user playlists, and gives you a percentage number, as to how close your tastes are. Finally, mobile app, web app, and desktop applications are all consistent with each other. Very easy to discover even more classic music with Napster. Visit Napster

Subscription: Netflix
I recommend Netflix because they have 65+ million movie stream subscribers; and ships over 3,400+ discs are processed per hour, for the over 5.3 million DVD/Blu-Ray subscribers. Netflix has close to 100,000 movie titles and TV shows of just about every genre you can think of; titles that are not easily found anywhere else.

I recommend Netflix because they have 94+ million movie stream subscribers; and ships over 4,000+ discs are processed per hour, for the over 6 million DVD/Blu-Ray subscribers. Netflix has close to 200,000+ movie titles and TV shows of just about every genre you can think of; titles that are not easily found anywhere else. Memberships as low as $5 a month for discs, discs are delivered within 3 days. Streaming membership as low as $8 per month. Well worth the subscription. You'll never by another disc in a store again. Visit Netflix

Subscription: HULU
I recommend Hulu because they have thousands of movie titles for streaming. In my opinion, it is the best service for current and popular TV shows, such as "Empire," with the handsome Terrence Howard. However, I think Netflix has a larger selection of better movies.

I recommend Hulu because they have thousands of movie titles for streaming. In my opinion though, it is the best service for current and popular TV shows, such as "Empire," with the handsome Terrence Howard. However, I think Netflix has a larger selection of better movies. The the bulk of their movies are the same kind of movies you'd find in the $5 cage in the "close out" section of your favorite DVD store. That's not to say you can't find good movies every once in a while, but the reality is they are better known for their TV shows, and some documentaries. They have some good "Original Content" too. Because licensing is expensive, they usually don't have all seasons for a particular show. If you need to see earlier seasons of a show, you're going to wind up signing up for Netflix. Visit Hulu

Subscr/Retail: Amazon
Although I don't use AmazonPrime, I do think not only it is a good service, it is one of the most trusted & long standing names in the web business. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't have as much music as Rhapsody, or even Spotify. However, if you are already a member of Amazon's Prime, You automatically have access to their music streaming as part of their bundled Prime package. If it comes free, why not try it? You should know that licenses fluctuate consistently. In other words, an album may be available this year, but not the next with Amazon. I know that's one of the major complaints with the movies, not sure if that's the same with the music feature.

Recently tried AmazonPrime video package, and let me tell you the video and sound is phenomenal! They don't have as many movies as Netflix, however, many of them are quality movies. It's not only a good service, it is one of the most trusted & long standing names in the web business. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't have as much music as Napster, or even Spotify. However, if you are already an Amazon Prime full member, you automatically have access to their music streaming as part of their bundled Prime package. If it comes free, why not try it? You should know that licenses fluctuate consistently. In other words, an album/film may be available this year, but not the next with Amazon. This may annoying for some, but at least in terms of movies, it helps to bring in fresh content to watch. Visit Amazon

Subscr/Retail: iTunes
I don't really use my desktop iTunes as much as I used to since I started streaming. But, I do use it to manage and transfer my MP3 to my Android. At the same time, many of you have read my pet-peeves concerning Apple music; and on of the latest pet-peeves I've discovered is that it looks like they're not offering any sample plays on their media widgets (obviously to promote their music streaming (unnecessarily extreme)). However, iTunes is still so very popular that it wouldn't make sense for me not to add Apple music to my legal streaming list. At the end of the day, iTunes really doesn't have anything that sets itself apart from any other streaming service out here, other than it's brand name. However, I will say that their iTunes radio delivers an excellent selection of music. iTunes is still offering 3 months free (I think). Just in case, iTunes is now available for Android. I don't remember if you can play MP3s though; I had no interest in getting the trial. But for all you Apple fans, go right ahead!

I don't really use my desktop iTunes as much as I used to since I started streaming. But, I do use it to manage and transfer my Purchased CD/MP3 to my Android. Apple's music is still so very popular (despite it's maddening quest to control music on it's service) that it wouldn't make sense for me not to add "Apple Music" to my legal streaming list. At the end of the day, Apple Music really doesn't have anything that sets itself apart from any other streaming service out here, other than it's brand name. However, I will say that their radio delivers an excellent selection of music (for now subscription only). Please don't mistaken Apple's radio playlists, for their curated bulls*** radio. You don't need Apple to gain access to those, you can easily find those around the net if you look hard enough (which are also legal by the way, and artists get credit for each IP address connected). Apple Music is still offering 3 months free (I think). Just in case, Apple Music is now available for Android. Visit Apple

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Here is a list of my hand picked resources, on where you can find FREE links to legal internet radio, YouTube links to classic TV shows, classic music performances, my favorite movie recommendations, and more! I add a couple of links about once every couple of months. Visit Resources

STREAMING NEWS

Hello my beloved blog readers!! Well, if you haven’t heard already, Prince passed away without having a will, and the powers that be were/still are scrambling to figure out how to manage his $$$$$ estate. Prince made it known that he did not want to have his music streamed by any streaming service, because he felt that they were just as bad as the record labels for not paying fairly. As I’ve expressed in an earlier post, I was pissed when he pulled ALL his music, and that included Spotify! I’ve always highly disagreed with Prince’s theory from day one. It only seemed artists are not paid fairly because we are no longer selling physical media anymore, so there is a resistance to the new pricing structure.  However, I just got an email today from iHeartRadio, and the email stated that they now have Prince’s entire music catalog! Now, since iHeartRadio has now made on-demand streaming available, AND since their streaming is now powered by Napster, Napster now has all his music too. I’m pretty sure that more services will follow.

I was really pleased to see this. Although, the reality was I had almost all of his music anyway so it didn’t matter to me. However, it was the principle of it all. I didn’t feel Prince was any better than the record labels, by forcing his fans to sign up for Tidal Streaming service if they wanted to stream his music (just because he felt Jay-Z would pay more money, but in reality, Jay-Z was in legal for not paying a lot of labels (so much for honesty)). Your only alternative was to purchase from iTunes, Google, Amazon, or pay collector’s prices for original albums from a specialty store. I’m sure if we could hear Prince now, he’d be pitching a bitch! But, as the record company finally understood in the end, was you can’t control, nor fight technology. End of story. Their reign of terror, and hijacking musical art for their own gain is over.

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I was thinking, when was it the last time I actually purchased an album, or a CD? Wow! I really couldn’t remember! The best estimate I can make is some time about the beginning of the 1990s, which is still a pretty long time. Now, this goes to show you how technology has effected all of us, especially me. When I think about the kind of person I am, in terms of being a heavy fan of the classics, I almost never gone a month without buying something, even if it was a single or a remix of something. The 80’s were huge for me, because I used to buy a lot of both records & CDs of disco, club, and acid-house music. Now because of digital technology, I can only remember making 2 physical CD purchases since the 1990s, and that was only because they were a replacement to music I used to have. I must say technology has also changed the way I think of memorabilia too. Now, I just prefer to purchase all my entertainment on digital where it can be stored. Cassettes and CDs really do appear to be a hassle now (in terms of traveling). Wow, I just laugh when I think back on how I used to bring cases of CDs with me everywhere I went, because I never knew what musical mood I was going to be for that day. However, I don’t miss my cassettes being tangled up though. LOL 😀

You know, the one thing I am extremely happy about (at least when it comes to music), because of music streaming and how the music business is now setup, it’s pretty hard to do anything illegal. I mean although I complain about YouTube a lot, the reality is there are many factors as to why YouTube is one of the very few entities that are allowed to getaway with a lot of things. However at this stage, it doesn’t really matter what those factors are, the end result is that people can listen to music free, and as a listener you have absolutely no outwardly known legal obligations, or bound to any contract (other than not illegally RIPping the song straight off YouTube, but if it’s free already, why would you even bother doing that? It’s more work than it’s worth). Just listen and share on social media and the artists (and sometimes songwriters) get paid and marketed at the same time, though the power of fandom. I know I’ve said this a number of times before, but it’s so true, “if you still use torrents to download music illegally, you’re pretty much out dated and doing it because of habit and not necessity.” While the streaming world isn’t going to have every classic music (and for obvious reasons they will never have), to be able to go on Amazon and find that one song you want for download, and only pay just $1.29 at the most for that song (I’ve seen some classic songs for as low as .69¢), that is a steal! Then enjoy everything else  on Spotify or YouTube. The music industry has made a complete 360° turn around, sad to say though, it was done not because they wanted to do right by fans, it was to save the industry. Finally, music is for ALL fans of music, and not only for the elite who can afford it. Now, we just need to work on the movie industry.

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Well, it looks like we’re finally here! Wow, looking back, I remember a time (during the old Napster days), when both the music and movie industry were totally against the internet. Look at how times has changed! Before, the only way you were allowed to download a movie, was unless you paid per-download for it. Now, they’re available with our monthly streaming service! Yes, I know we were able to do this for quite some time now. However, the difference is, companies like Netflix now has much better movies (although the had to raise their prices to do it, but I think it’s worth it). With this economy, subscription services are becoming more and more important (I dare to say even vital), and I think that both the music, movies, AND now software industry is starting to finally acknowledge that now. With more and more people spending just as much time (if not even more time) on their cellphones as with their computers, this is a no-brainer! One of the many things I am most happy about, is that they offer FULL HD downloads! Instead of spending 2-3 hours ripping one blu-ray disc (sometimes much longer), you can take from about 5 up to 15 minutes (depending on your data speeds) to download a high quality movie, and call it a day 😀 It’s important to note that Netflix did not change anything on their mobile application (well, let me speak for only Android). You still have the same familiar aesthetics, with a few extra download features. Now, of course all movies are not available for download, but a lot are. They have even added a “downloadable” section for you to browse. Although I have a feeling they have more available, so I think it’s a good idea to search for what you want anyway.

Not sure if my readers are aware, Amazon Prime subscribers allows you to download too. The quality is very good, although I downloaded one or two episodes of a TV show and the sound was a little out of sync. But for the most part it works very well. To be honest though, Netflix has the better movies! Although in the TV show department, I think they are about the same (they just offer different content). The only thing that kind of annoys me about amazon, is that it takes them a LONG time to get licensing for newer movies and TV shows. Personally, I think this is because they are also retail, and they make more money by selling than streaming (plus, I guess there’s that whole physical inventory thing… LOL).  The next biggest competitor is Hulu, I don’t suppose Hulu is going to offer downloads for a while. If they do, my guess it’s going to be all the “B” movies that the average person doesn’t care for. Titles like “The Killer Bunny,” or “Santa Clause Meets One Arm Karate Grandma From Outer Space.” I do hope though that more old school copyright holders offer their licenses to streaming; because those classic gems isn’t doing anything for anybody locked up away were nobody can see them again! This to me is so selfish, you’re literally keeping history away! The reality is, it is my opinion that TV stations will probably cease to exist at some point. You can literally create a show in your own home. And if you want to find proof, do some research on how newspapers are now struggling because of online blogs (and I guess you can add YouTube to that equation a well). Which begs the serious question about the validity of information being offered on the web. If you’re not well read from valid sources, you’re up shits creek. Just look at what’s going on in the last few weeks concerning Donald Trump.

So if copyright holders want to make money, they better start offering up their licenses to streaming services at a decent cost, so that customers can afford it. They’ll be no more pitching to TV stations/networks and “see if they will pickup a season, or buy a show.” Everything will pretty much be home grown. I guess you can say the streaming companies like Netflix and Amazon will replace television stations, and television networks might be paying Netflix and Amazon to feature their content on their service.

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I’d like to share something I’ve gone through with Hulu a couple of months ago; I think it makes a great blog post. Actually, it wasn’t Hulu’s fault, it was the movie studio. A while ago I written an article discussing the fact that the movie industry is going through the same withdrawals the music industry had here. What I’m about to share with you is a perfect example of that. I wanted to watch a particular show I thought it looked good. However, I quickly noticed that episodes were not consistent. In other words, episodes were missing! I could not understand that because it was a new show, and Hulu is very good at making sure current episodes are available. Well, much to my disappointment, when I called Hulu, they told me it was because of that good o’l licensing. The license agreement they had for said show, was to only have  8 episodes at one time, from the last/most current show aired on television. WTF?

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Now, I had to remember that it’s not Hulu’s fault. However, as a consumer, many people may not realize that, anytime a copyright holder omits episodes from streaming services, they actually make more money by forcing you to buy a $2 episode from Amazon, or an entire season on disc, just to watch a couple of episodes (defeating the purpose of having a streaming service). Now, they know most people are not going to start watching a show out of sequence (unless they know that each episode does not link to each other, such as “Law & Order”). These are the kinds of tactics that would make people use torrents. The whole reason we use streaming services is because quality physical media is far too expensive; and when I say expensive, I mean most of us really can’t afford it in this economy. There is no reason why that copyright holder couldn’t make it more affordable, and grant us access to all of the episodes. They’re doing the same things with movies. And they let you know “this movie blah blah blah will not be available on Netflix for a long time.” They really need to stop, and understand the economic landscape has changed. You know, maybe it’s not just the movie studios, maybe the issue really is the actors that command an extraordinary amount of money that force studios to do this? I don’t know. But the good thing so far (as far as I’m concerned), not only is music now affordable (at a streaming premium), it’s also legally free via internet radio w/ads and Youtube w/ads. It’s going to take the movie industry a lot longer to adjust their old mindsets and set their licensing prices fairly. You know, after the old original P2P Napster (not to be confused with today’s Napster, formally known as Rhapsody) almost single handed brought down the music industry to it’s knees in the 80s, you’d think the movie industry would take a hint. But I digress.

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So, YouTube is offering a free 14 day trial of their new “YouTube Red.” I am not impressed. Not impressed at all! My readers know that I would NEVER tell a person not use or abandon a service; because if they like it, who am I to discourage right? Well, this is my first exception to the rule. Guys, I really don’t recommend purchasing the “YouTube Red” service. I’m going to sum it up in one sentence. “You’ll get more value from using Spotify’s free service!” I’m not kidding about this! It is exactly what I have expected. They are pushing to the public an unfinished product. I’ll be honest, my personal opinion, is that Google put this together as quickly as they could just to keep the music labels off their ass. The mobile app is not even intuitive. It took my so long to realize where my playlist were. I can assure you, if you’re a power user of any music app, I’ll doubt you’re going to like YouTube Red. And if you mostly use YouTube’s website, I really don’t see the point to pay $9.99 month to get the same thing with the exception of the removal of ads.

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Well at least I know that they have two modes, a video mode and a head phone mode. So you can listen to it without video. I couldn’t figure out how to create playlists from the mobile app. It looks like I had to like the videos I was listening to. So in other words, my likes became my all in one playlist. The only other good thing about the YouTube Red mobile app, is that you can control the storage capacity. However, from the looks of the storage settings, you’re downloading the entire video and not the audio only. This is a problem, as I’ve mentioned in a previous post that unless you have a really good bandwidth and or unlimited mobile 4G, this is an issue! My first impression of this app is that it was not well thought out, or designed for a power user, just like their website. I will not waste my time with YouTube Red. They’re offering way too little for what they’re charging. Users just don’t want unlimited music, we want features as well; and YouTube Red offers almost none. Therefore, use Free Spotify, or if you’re looking for real user power, come on over to Napster for the same $9.99 a month.

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Hi guys, I would like to share with you something I just discovered today. I am using VLC version 2.2.1. VLC is open source, and has been around for a while; it can literally play almost every file format you can think of.  I normally only use VLC for watching videos. However, today I took the time to skim through some new features, and realized that VLC now has audio streaming. This should give you an idea of just how huge free radio is. Again, I’m not trying to tell you how to listen to your music; however, there is so much your missing by only sticking to one thing. There is so much culture and diversity out here on the internet; and most importantly, the kind of oldies you just don’t hear on regular local stations anymore.

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Free radio is here, there is no need to use torrents anymore; and although I still have some concerns about YouTube, even YouTube is slowly but surely working on new licensing and royalty deals as I’m writing this post. I really love the new business model, music is truly indeed becoming almost free (with ads) (be it live or playlist generated stations). Like television, ads will now pay for the music, NOT the fans! Paid options such as Rhapsody, Spotify, iTunes, etc, will still be available for power users. It is unfortunate that physical memorabilia isn’t as popular anymore; but at least you don’t have to spend your entire income trying to purchase CDs of artists you love anymore. Now, I have noticed that only Jamendo & IceCast radio directory works. Not sure if the connection to those feeds are down, or there is a bug. I’ll figure it out later. But let me tell you this, the sound is good and the selections are tremendous.

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Hi guys, I need to vent for a quick minute. 🙁 First, let me start off by saying, unfortunately I have never really been a Adam Sandler fan. Sorry to say. If I had a choice between Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey, I’d take Jim in a hot minute. But anyway……… Having said that, the one movie that I found that I actually liked in Sandler’s entire movie career is “Pixels (2015)” in 3D. Now to be honest, the only reason why I’ve gravitated toward this movie, is because of the movie’s vintage game theme. The special effects were really AWESOME! Everything almost looked like glowing Legos! In fact, it was sooo awesome, that his acting was actually tolerable.

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What burned me up enough to want to b**c about this movie, is all the crap surrounding the 3D version of the movie. Unfortunately, Netflix doesn’t have it on 3D; VUDU has it, but they’re charging $33 to own with no option to rent. What? Grrrrrr!! I logged in to my Amazon account, and saw a 3D Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital bundle for only $18! WTF? I gave VUDU such an ear full, but in reality, it’s not VUDU’s fault. $33 is the license charge that the movie studio has set, if fans want to see this movie. This makes absolutely no sense that you get a cheaper deal by purchasing the physical disc than the stream? But $33? I’m thinking to myself, there has got to be another reason I’m not seeing for this outrageous price! Either this is a massive error, or I’m thinking this price is set for fans out side the U.S.A. In reality we’re still getting a good deal, but this proves the importance of taking your time and look before you buy. Geeezzzzzzz

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Sort of by accident, I found this wonderful documentary called “Downloaded (2013).” This film is almost two hours long. I’d never thought I would sit through a documentary like this; but like I said, it is extremely interesting and educational for me as far as hearing intimate feed back from RIAA and record labels. In essence, it is a very interesting look at the history of Napster, and how it changed the music industry forever. First, I’d like to say very quickly upfront, the film is not a “how to,” nor is this entire film about labeling all file sharers evil. I wanted to share this not because I want to sway people to think a certain way, but to help both music and film lovers be aware of the effects of file sharing, and how it really could have destroyed the industry.

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Shawn Fanning was one of the original co-founders of Napster (long before Rhapsody took over). He quit school to pursue his dream of building a company with a fan based application, that would allow other fans to share files and communicate with other fans of the same artists or movie. Back then, because it has never been done before, it wasn’t officially illegal yet, in terms of sharing files. The music industry was slow to understanding the scope as to how many people were actually downloading, exactly how much was downloaded, as well as the ease of downloading with Napster. However, Fanning very much wanted to work a relationship with the music labels in order to get artists paid, this was his intent all along. However, the music industry still had problems with Fanning’s vision, because the music industry as a whole wanted to stick with their old ways and old formulas.

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Many artists were divided on this issue. Some artists felt that Napster was doing a good thing; because statistics has shown that a significant amount of people that used Napster, actually purchased the music later on. Some artist saw it as stealing. But again, it boils down to something that was new, and the people that theoretically stand to lose money (in their eyes) was the ones that were most against it. However, the courts understand that you can’t stop technology, in addition to the fact that the music labels gave no room for fair use instances. Many fans saw Napster as no different than borrowing their friend’s record, then taping it on cassette and giving it back to them (which was legal for personal use).  However, the sheer massiveness of the Internet changed the game as far as how fans get their entertainment.

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I understand both sides. As I’ve said before, there are those who vow never to buy one piece of music ever again; as a form of rebellion against the greed of the music industry. It is interesting that throughout the legal battles, the music industry NEVER discussed the fact that the reason why many download so much, is because they couldn’t afford it. Once technology moved to CD, those prices went off the chain! However, through the years of long legal battles Napster had with the record labels and the RIAA, it’s helped shape the new business model we have today. Because the music labels felt that if they get rid of the “threat,” and the treat meaning Napster, everyone would stop downloading for free. This never happened; in fact, literally thousands of other file sharing software was developed using the same type of Napster infrastructure. But through the aftermath of all that mess, they have found away for fans to listen to music for free, and the labels can still get paid through an ad supported services. But I think the old peer to peer mindset still exist, and I think it will still take a while longer for old habits to break. JMHO.

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After watching this documentary, I realized this might be one of the many reasons why the music labels haven’t attacked YouTube as harshly as they did Napster. They are literally scared of having an even worse repeat performance of piracy, and that people could theoretically stop using legal services like Rhapsody, etc, altogether; and really end the music industry as we know it for good. Even though the music industry would never admit it, the fans won; and the days of milking fans dry was over; and that was the bottom line. It was because of Napster, that music (and film) has now become more affordable/accessible to those who support their artists/actors. There are many companies such as Spotify who have a vision of making music free by using an ad based system. So far, despite the apposing view from companies like Apple, this formula does seem to work (they’re not making loads of money, but they work). But you know what? It is my view that it really doesn’t matter, because no matter what any music streaming service does, at a standard price point of 9.99 a month, the music labels are going to take 80% of the revenue anyway. Music streaming is a very hard business to get into. Which is why business like Live365 has folded. This is largely because labels want more and more money; labels just have a hard time understanding that our economy has changed. Especially when it comes to music, music is a part of our culture, fans have a right to afford their favorite music. Watch it on Netflix Downloaded (2013).

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“The State Of The Entertainment Industry Today,” kind of sound like a magazine title doesn’t it? I wanted to write a little bit on this topic, because it seems that the more I try to research this very topic, the more I’m sort of confused. The reason being, the opinions are so diverse that it becomes really difficult to discern what is fact and what’s fiction. Some of the opinions are bias, some uninformed, and some writers thoughts are just all over the place. I think part of the problem is, since the age of streaming, both music labels and streaming services are very secretive in terms of their numbers. This is understandably so, since it is both considered intellectual property and a “secret recipe” of sorts. But this makes it really hard to determine how well the music industry is really doing, all we can all do is speculate and have opinions with the information the labels allow us to have.

However, right now, I really think that the question we should be asking is, how does YouTube factor in on the success of the music industry? Those who may not fully understand digital technology as it pertains to the music and film industry, may not realize that in reality YouTube is just another piracy site just like Pirate Bay in a different form (but multiple times its size). What has changed in the music industry in particular, that has made YouTube the exception to the rule?

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I think what’s changed is YouTube new “Music Key” service, or now called “YouTube Red.” For the same basic price of $9.99, they are offering commercial/ad-free content, and the ability to download for off-line use. They also have original video content, but the samples I saw sucked (maybe they are still experimenting with the service). I’m really interested as to how this would work out in the future. While the service doesn’t answer my question about the ad-free user uploads, and the illegal monetizing of user uploads, it does show that YouTube is doing all it can to use it’s popularity to do the right thing. However, if I didn’t have Rhapsody, would I actually pay to use YouTube service? No. I would pay for Spotify before I would ever use YouTube as a main music source. Why? For two VERY important reasons. Number one, as I’ve said in previous articles, YouTube is not designed as a traditional streaming service; in fact, creating and saving videos to playlists is not as easy as it should be (it’s almost primitive). It is not designed for the daily music lover in mind. I guess for someone who just wants to listen to music while on the job, or doing a quick travel from A to B, then I guess it’s fine for those kinds of listeners. However, for a power user such as myself, the YouTube service isn’t attractive to people like us.

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The second most important reason I would never pay to use YouTube service (especially on my phone), is because the amount of battery power it pulls to stream each video. I can’t believe I haven’t read any blogger talk about this. Using YouTube to stream your music, the way you use regular music, is like trying to use your GPS on your phone all day. It pulls a lot of power! Not to mention the fact that depending on how good your WiFi/4G connection is, can take a while to download multiple videos. I don’t remember if they offer an option to just download the sound only or not; but if they do, that means there is additional conversion time. If I can quickly add a third, its setup doesn’t allow for robust music discovery. I could discover better music by using Shazam’s music selections; hell, even Pandora does a better job of suggesting good music. Again, I don’t want my prior statement to be interpreted as a discouragement, just something to think about. The nice thing is though, YouTube will still have their free service available. Now, If the reports are true, that streaming sales have finally exceeded CD sales; then YouTube’s new “Red” service could put the music industry back on the map. In terms of film, it’s a different animal, however, the film industry recognizes that the public wants more on-demand videos, and we’ll start to see more free services like Crackle with paid commercials.

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I decided to take some time to quickly write about the subject of sound quality, in terms of video streaming services. I’m not going to go into anything technical, because there’s so much to audio that it would make your head spin. It truly is hard to keep up, unless you are already working inside the technical areas of film and music. Software engineers are frequently developing new ‘n’ improved sound and video codecs for all devices. There are quite a few popular codecs, some of them are PCM, DTS-MA, DTS-HD & Dolby HDtrue DDPlus, AC3, and all are uncompressed. Now, which ones are the best? Well, some times that all depends on the ear that is listening to them. They’re those people who will say that there is absolutely no difference them; then there are others who’d think that “those” people are crazy and out of there minds. There are those who think that PCM is better, but in my opinion, it is louder not necessarily better. However, many people have always associated a louder sound with better quality, and that’s just not true. Personally, I think it also boils down to the equipment, in addition to how it is setup. The best analogy I can think of is, if you’re still using an old analog television, and you’ve connected a Blu-Ray player to it, you’re not going to see a big difference in quality. But unfortunately, those people will make an unwavering assumption that it doesn’t matter what you use, all sound and video are the same; which is not quite correct. Other times we don’t have much of a choice. Personally I’ve always preferred DTS; in fact, older movies that were originally recorded in DTS were exponentially better. I’m not sure what happened with the newer DTS, all I can tell you, it doesn’t sound as crisp and pristine as it once was. But unfortunately, the vast majority of movies now are produced using either PCM or DD5.1/DD True (although DD5.1 is better than PCM, but neither is as good as DTS). Eventually I realized it doesn’t make any sense bitching about it, because our equipment can only process what’s encoded on the Blu-Ray. Sometimes studios would come out with special edition Blu-Rays that would include different codecs, but that also means you’re usually spending more money because it’s most likely a collector’s item.

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There is also one more factor we may not realize. I’ve written quite a lot about fake 3D movies, where a movie studio would print 3D on the package, however, in reality they’re just 3D conversions, because it cost too much to shoot in 3D. Well, the truth of the matter is, sound is kind of like that too. Depending on how the movie was produced, or sometimes even how old the movie is, you may not get improved sound just because your movie is on Blu-Ray. For instance, A Blu-Ray may state that an old movie has DTS 5.1/7.1 sound; but in reality, all they did what copy the same sound to 5-7 channels; giving the illusion that it is actually 5.1/7.1. Yet, they will charge you 40-70% more because it’s on Blu-Ray. Anybody who is real finicky about sound, would know right away that it’s fake.

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I don’t think movie fans talk about this much, maybe a lot of us haven’t realized it yet. But sound quality have improved tremendously in the video streaming world. Do you realized that video sound on streaming is now superior to cable? Granted, I’m not familiar with all the major cable companies out there, but, lets look at the company I am for familiar with, CableVision. If you browse through your premium HD movie channels, and even a lot of the “Pay-Per-View” movies, all of them are in HD Stereo sound (actually I shouldn’t say all, but a significant number of them are stereo). Some of the HD channels are still only broadcasting 720p, WTF?? But Netflix movies are both HD and DTS/DD 5.1, and Netflix movies cost in the pennies in comparison to cable movies. Hulu also has Dolby Digital 5.1 movies, but they may be available only on certain devices. I think Amazon is DD5.1 too (on Roku/Amazon Fire/SmartTV). There are even some totally free streaming services that have DD5.1 as well, I think it was TubiTV I saw it. So why can’t cable? [By the way, google movies are regular stereo; I purchased Vampire Hunter, Battleship and Prometheus and they were stereo when I bought them. @ $15, I should have gotten bare minimum DD5.1. Never again] Because of issues like these, I never saw a good reason to buy a 4K TV, when very few things would be able to watch on 4K. By the time 4K becomes standard, your unit would be out of warranty and time for a new one. Although Netflix has 4K streaming available, they are a small selection (not Netflix fault). It’s so important to understand these technologies before you spend your hard earned money. These are just more reasons why cable/premium networks/HBO, etc.) companies will eventually go down by the next 15-20 years (maybe not extinct, but they will crumble significantly). Trust me, as soon as T-mobile’s bandwidth improves (probably around 6-7G), I will have no need for cable.

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You know the interesting thing about all of this? Cable companies will tier your internet bandwidth to make more money, but in terms of actually watching movies on through your cable box, it’s full bandwidth, so there’s no reason they should be holding back on any parts of movie quality (especially sound). As a whole, in the era of movie streaming, most very old movies will never be remastered because of cost. But at least we can expect the highest of video and audio quality for all future movies, as digital technology improves, and cost goes down for the independent film maker. As Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon stream continue to grow, I wouldn’t be surprised if later on down the line; HBO, ShowTime, Starz, and all the other greedy networks start offering 1 and 2 year deals to win back customers. Kind of like how movie studios started packaging Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital bundles! Now, why would I want 3 versions of the same movie? Well, I guess I can give two away, maybe that’s it! Involuntarily pay more money for a movie, to give as a gift to someone else. Or they may just decide to come up with their own streaming service, which will cost just as much as cable if not more. Like the music industry, they had to make some serious changes and adjust for this current economy; the movie industry will learn the same. Can’t continue to charge these bloated prices, or the same circulated movies.

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You know I was thinking…..  I think that in this day and age; where digital technology is here to stay; it’s absolutely hilarious that we are still using the word “albums” to describe non-physical medium. We we’re still using the word “albums” even for CDs. This goes to show you how much of an impact that old school still has on our society as a people (and not even know it). I think that we’ll still be using the word “albums,” long after albums eventually become extinct. Can you imagine a great grandfather trying to explain to his great grandchild what an album was? LOL… I would love to be a fly on the wall for that conversation. I know that would be funny as hell! By then then I truly hope that every single piece of history has been preserved on digital; and easily accessible by all; without “elite membership prices.” You need to help support and fight for the digital archiving of our history; because once it’s gone, it’s gone (even if it exists, it’s lost).

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Live365 suffers a collision of misfortunes, lays off most employees and vacates office

Today, I decided to login to my free Live365 listener mobile app, when I kept getting “incorrect login and password” messages. I then decided to go to the live365 website to reset my password, and saw a large message that I interpreted to be very vague. I tried to escape out of the message but could not. It looks like Live365 has shut down January 31, 2016! Why? Upon further research, the Copyright Royalty Board recently released their new rates for webcasters. Unfortunately, the new rates are significantly more than Live365 could afford (what most webcasters could afford). Long story short, Live365 had to make a decision to either raise their already high membership fees to cover the royalty cost, or shut down. It would have cost a web DJ about $40+ a month (lowest package), for a maximum of about 2 hours worth of music uploaded at a time; and a maximum of 10 listeners at a time. According to the following article from “Rain News,” they have chosen to focus more on other business ventures they currently have. I think it’s good to note that streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, etc, have not been effected much, because they are under a different category; I believe it’s called “non-interactive.” However, I think these new rates for webcasters have inadvertently devastated our ability to listen to a broader selection of music, by real people and real fans. You may not see it now, but at least for us older folks, we can clearly hear the difference between music played on the radio that was hand selected by a human fan; and the kinds of music played that was mathematically selected by a computer. As far as I’m concerned a significant chunk of our music history & culture has been lost as of last month; it is because of sites like Live365 that we were able to hear music we no longer hear; it is because of Live365 that we heard music that other services don’t have a licenses for. Live365 was the only station that I could think of, where you could listen to the rarest of music not played anywhere. Not even 8Tracks have the music that Live365 had. There are some things within the human experience that a computer chip cannot replace.

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It is interesting, as much as I used to complain that not enough older folks are using streaming technology, a significant amount of seasoned folks were using and DJing with Live365. Only amateur DJs with a certain level of experience could play the kinds of music we heard there. That’s just a fact, whether you’d acknowledge it or not. This really saddened me. Live365 was an extremely unique service, that allowed real fans to share their personal music they already own, with other fans (especially when it came to classic music). Many of the stations played music you’d never hear from any Genome selected music playlist. I will truly miss them. However, again this speaks to the larger existing problem of the music industry. The music industry is trying to price music streaming in the same way they used to sell albums. If this continues, the only business that will be able to afford these licenses, will be the larger mainstream stations like Z100, etc. I really think that the answer here is YouTube. YouTube needs to be structured more like a traditional streaming music service; but unfortunately, I’m beginning to realize that it appears that the music industry is using YouTube more as a promotional tool, and the smaller webcasters/internet radio are being used to off set royalties. Well, the decision holds till about 5 years; and I don’t think that much change will happen till then.

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I’ve found two more reasons to add, to the already existing pile of reasons why apple is on my poop list! Now, I kindly ask that my small and faithful blog fans not be upset for this post. Once again, I think Apple makes phenomenal products, so it’s not that I think Apple devices are crap. All their products works damn near flawless! For goodness sake, I’ve owned 3 iPod classics (which all still work); and I still currently use iTunes software because I still think it’s the best music management software for DRM free/mp3 files they have on the market today! My HUGE gripe with Apple, is their quest to hold customers hostage! They hold their customers hostage indirectly with the music content, and the apps. No one can honestly say that they will be using one app, or one type of phone for the rest of their life. I have the right as a consumer (who spent a LOT of money on Apple music and movies), to have the ability/license to switch technologies at will, and not be concerned with all the money I spent before a new technology. Keep in mind, this is one of the huge advantages Android OS has over Apple; Android doesn’t have such a strong choke hold that it doesn’t allow innovation from the outside. Android is open source, and You’ll find many devices and technology that are now using Android OS; they’re not limited to just Samsung smartphones. Including but not limited to video steaming devices [NVIDIA Shield Android TV and other devices], and watches [ASUS ZenWatch and other watch brands]. Even vehicles are using Android Auto. This is one of the huge reason I keep pounding on my readers heads to ALWAYS purchase DRM free mp3 files ONLY!! DRM free files are sold through Amazon, and GooglePlay (both have significant collections of music). If you want to be limited by Apple, that’s your problem. I’ll always be looking for other technologies where I can benefit, or improve the way I do things.

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Today, I tried to open up an Apple link that was posted on Facebook. The web page opened, however, much to my surprise, I could not play the music at all. In fact, the play button wasn’t even visible. I thought I needed an upgrade, but my software was current. So I decided rather trying to find the play button, I clicked on the “view/play in iTunes” link. The user that posted the link was a subscriber to their new Apple streaming. I have to be a member of Apple streaming to hear the music. WTF???????? WTF?????? LOLOLOL 😀  I should have gotten at least a 30 second preview. It is standard practice to give previews on all digital products offered for sale. However, they only offer samples on their “pay per download.” In my opinion, that was a really bad move on Apple’s part; non-users should have samples, because samples is what’s needed to make a decision to buy or tryout a service. They need to disable their share features if they insist on doing that; it may be that they don’t want to pay the labels for free samples. Just my humble opinion. The last insult to injury, they took away Apple radio too. Apple radio is now only available to Apple Music subscribers. AHHHHHHHHHHHH. But continued to make their curated radio streams available (for free of course). However, the curated list of stations are very sloppy; meaning you’ll find many duplicates stations; sometimes up to 4 duplicates. Many stations don’t even belong there, such as feeds from Live365. You need to be a subscriber of Live365, because they have a limit of 10 listeners at a time per station. You’ll be forced to use the Live365 software and search for the station you want and play it. I have to say, a lot of the music on their curated stations are not that great either. You’ll do better finding your own radio streams on the internet, and copying the URL in your favorite radio feed software. It’s obvious they are focusing hard on their subscription services. Even the availability of diverse podcasts sucks. Just food for thought guys.

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