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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.

Try Classic KARAOKE !

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.

Twitter Feed: My Classics!!
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

Resources

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

Rhapsody

You can’t tell me that this isn’t in direct response to Apple’s new streaming service. It appears that a lot of streaming companies are now offering incentives. I just got a message from Rhapsody on a new yearly subscription. Basically my monthly services are now reduced to $7.99 a month. This is a phenomenal deal in my opinion. I think GooglePlay did something like this when they first kicked their streaming service off. There is really no excuse to hack music now, I would be extremely surprised to find a service that is giving as much as Rhapsody is for $7.99. Low monthly membership; download as much music your device can handle; international music; old school music; 34 million+ songs and growing; and the artists get paid each and every time you press play! Finally, true music fans can start saving more of their money for other things.

-VintageNewscast

 

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I want to say off the bat, although I’ve been a T-Mobile customer for several years, this post is not an advertisement; I am simply passing along information. T-Mobile has something called a “Freedom Plan.” The “freedom plan” is included in any one of the “smart choice” data plans (if I remember correctly, please check to make sure you’re on the “freedom plan”). Simply put, the freedom plan allows you to stream music from selected services UNLIMITED! More online services are being added all the time, which also includes Rhapsody. This T-Mobile link shows you just some of the vendors that qualify for unlimited streaming. The “freedom plan” only applies to radio streams NOT downloads. So if you listen to radio on Rhapsody, you can listen to it all you want and the streaming will not go against your monthly bandwidth allowance. This is huge, since some radio channels transmit at a high bitrate, data can add up if it were actual downloads. If you’re not sure whether or not the radio application you’re using qualifies for free streaming, give T-Mobile a call. Keep in mind that the freedom plan only applies to your cellphone, not your tables. I am so hoping they have something like this for video one day.

-VintageNewscast.com

 

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The Blu-ray optical disc format, once a bastion of hope for reviving the home entertainment industry, is struggling to survive under the assault of video-on-demand and downloads.

Honestly, this should be of no surprise to both movie goers and the movie business in general. I think the movie industry found themselves in the same predicament that the music industry is currently in. Which is, not moving towards technology, and thinking that records would be forever “the true business model.” I think the music industry is not just scared because of the drop in revenue as a result of piracy; but it is my opinion that the music industry still didn’t take the internet seriously, despite the billions, and billions of dollars generated from iTunes. It was almost as though the mentality was “those are the people that like apple,”  our primary focus is on CDs; and I think the industry paid for that mentality (or at least it was part of the reason). I could be wrong, but it is just an opinion as a collector of music. I think the film industry is going through that same hurdle. But there is hope, as I’m sure they’ll pull themselves out of it, as the music industry is doing with “On Demand” streaming. Unfortunately, the companies that produce physical CDs for the record labels will suffer tremendously.

I also think (like the music industry) that because of the shift in technology, and the convenience of “On Demand” viewing, they will need to start concentrating on the following:

  • Making new Blu-ray movies affordable.
  • Make Blu-rays more valuable, by offering more extras, and behind the scenes.
  • If a Blu-ray is 3D, don’t charge us 3D money, when in reality it is a cheap 3D conversion. This is not how you treat loyal fans.
  • Concentrate their marketing in the poorer neighborhoods.
  • Making licensing cheaper for providers, so that they can offer more movies, and be more competitive.
  • Don’t try to charge us full Blu-ray price, for a Standard-Definition movie. This is not how you treat fans.
  • Remembering that if you have a movie of quality, people will buy it! But unfortunately, there are just way to many movies that are crap!
  • Consider the reality that the new business model for the music industry really works!

The above are just a few things that I can think of right now that could revitalize the movie industry. But unfortunately, my honest opinion is that Blu-rays will eventually die out in the same way vinyl did. Despite the recent spike in vinyl sales, it is evident that the rise was because of the scare a few elite die hard fans of vinyl had, when they thought it would be gone forever as a result of music streaming. I’m also sure it was about the nostalgia; as well as not being able to find their desired music on any streaming service.

To be honest, movie quality via streaming services has improved tremendously over the decades. I only keep the CD portion of my Netflix only because they have movies that are not available on streaming. Even “On Demand” movies through cable are damn near superior to Blu-ray. The movie industry simply needs to focus there attention on the internet, and give customers the high quality we demand; fantastic visuals, a good storyline that makes sense, and great actors (at a price we can afford, not what you want to milk out of the fans). Subscriptions are the way of the future. Here is a link the article I’m referring to here.

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US revenue from streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and Apple’s Beats eclipsed sales of CDs last year, according to data from the music industry’s trade group.

I found an article that has a quick break down of profits made by streaming services. This is great news, if the revenues continue to rise, it will save the music culture! Hopefully, it will also bring many more classics out of retirement. Here is the link here.

-VintageNewscast.com

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Beginning next year, New York City residents may no longer have to search for a hotspot. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this week plans to replace the city’s phone booths with new Wi-Fi-enabled kiosks complete with keypads to make calls on, charging stations and tablets.

You know, I’m old enough to remember using rotary phones. Having said that, I am in awe of today’s telecommunication technologies. Despite whatever challenges you may be going through, it’s a great time to live in NY (at least technologically wise). I actually read this story in a local paper. This is indeed a huge story! In essence, all the 5 boroughs in NYC will soon have hotspots all over! Our Mayor de Blasio of NYC made it possible that all old phone booths would be converted to hotspots. I am so thrilled to read this, because not only is this a serious upgrade for NYC, but it also has created more jobs. To my understanding, each booth would be replaced with a Wi-Fi KIOSK that will allow you to make free calls anywhere in the U.S. Now, I’m not sure if this mean we will be able to connect our phones to its Wi-Fi, but if it does, I hope my readers understand how significant this is.  If so, please don’t take this the wrong way, because my readers should know that I love everyone regardless of where you come from, but I need to be blunt. All of blog fans needs to share this with non-English speaking family and friends (Spanish speaking in particular); they better not procrastinate and learn technology, ’cause now is the time to do so!

I knew so many friends, especially friends from the Dominican Republic that would spend tons, and tons, and tons of money on those bullshit phone cards. This cards cheated a lot of people out of their money; if you bought a $5 dollar card, the company would charge you $2 dollar fee just for using the card. So, if your calling your loved one overseas, and it costs 10 cents a minute (just to round it off), they’ve taken 20 minutes away on the first minute. Honestly, I don’t understand why people from other countries living in the states don’t use Skype? It’s incredibly cheaper, and they don’t charge you outrageous fees. In fact, if we could connect to the Wi-Fi via KIOSK, you can install Skype on your phone and call it a day! It’s so exciting to see technology like this emerging in our life time! I am very curious, I can’t wait! Read article here.

 

-VintageNewscast.com

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It’s almost a rite of passage every artist goes through in the modern music industry. The moment he accepts that he will not be able to rely on music sales to sustain his career. That people are not buying music like they used to. And never will again.

This particular article I found is almost a year old; but the subject matter has started since the internet was made available to the public; which is the music industry’s claims that they are loosing substantial money due to the digital age. I have ALWAYS disagreed with this, and I will forever call bullshit. As I’ve said before, the reality is that the music industry is simply shitting a brick because they don’t have the same control and monopoly as they’ve once did before. The days of walking in to a live radio station, and paying the DJ 6 figures to push a new artist’s album are over. The days of charging $18.99 for a 25¢ CD is over. The industry comes down on the very fans that has made their artists popular; yet they still refuse to address the fact that music is too expensive in our current economy. Organizations such as the RIAA, DMCA, and so on, thought that they were teaching fans a lesson, by taking children to court and making their parents responsible for music downloads they most likely didn’t even know existed on their child’s computer. For what? To make examples out of the fans? But guess what? It didn’t slow down piracy back then! Why? It wasn’t because fans are bad people, it’s because they couldn’t afford $80 in CDs every week on a minimum wage salary. Even families considered middle class would have difficulties affording that! What reduced piracy was in fact the streaming. Why? Because it is affordable. Most people can afford the very reasonable $10 bucks a month; for unlimited, high quality legal downloads. Not only were you gaining revenue, you also got free advertizing be allowing streaming services to allow tools for sharing music to subscribers.

Now the music industry is still bitching! Bitching that they are not making enough money. When will the industry realize that the game has changed, and you can’t work as though the old structure still exists. First off, even before streaming…. Wait, before even cassette tapes, artists has NEVER relied solely on record sales. Truth be told, their money came from things like, commercial endorsements,  performances, TV appearances, collaborations, etc. None of these things have changed. Why does the music industry still think they’re entitled more (other than pure greed)? Kind of makes you understand torrent users doesn’t it? The music labels better figure out a way to give the fans more, then and only then will they make money. If they are smart, they would see to it that they do not stop the production of vinyl entirely. What I love about the new streaming technology, is that now big names are now forced to share the same platform as lesser artists, which means they now have to work harder. I think as fans of a particular artist, we have the right to expect that they would work harder for our money; as well as give us more than just “here’s my album, now buy me.” You can read the article I’m referring to here.

-VintageNewscast.com

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The Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are looking closely into Apple’s business practices in relation to its upcoming music streaming service, according to multiple sources. The Verge has learned that Apple has been pushing major music labels to force streaming services like Spotify to abandon their free tiers, which will dramatically reduce the competition for Apple’s upcoming offering. DOJ officials have already interviewed high-ranking music industry executives about Apple’s business habits, but it appears the FTC has taken the lead in recent weeks.

I’ve read quite a bit of articles concerning Apple’s secret plans to literally shut down Spotify’s popular free services. This is in efforts to try and cut the competition. However, in my research I’ve found that other companies are trying to offer free services as well, in response to Apple’s new streaming services. Quite frankly, I don’t understand this, simply because Apple is the leading online music and movie retailer! What the hell does Apple have anything to Worry about? Then it dawned on me! There isn’t much more these streaming services can offer for the same price! Everybody pretty much has the same shit! That’s when I realized that, that’s what Apple is afraid of! No one is going to just jump up and leave their current service; after saving years worth of playlists, if the next service is basically doing the same thing!  Having realized this, what the streaming services are doing now is offering exclusive content; striking exclusive contract deals with various artists, hoping that would help bring more business.

I’ve been following music steaming for quite a number of years; and what I’ve realized is that, it is not easy starting a music streaming business. One of the main reasons is that, there isn’t a lot of money to be made in music streaming “as a business.” The reason being is that most of the revenue made, is used to pay royalty fees, pay the labels themselves, Pay organizations such as ASCAP, BMI, and SoundExchange that police the copyright holders music. After you finished paying everybody, there is very little pocket profit that is made for the business itself.

In all honesty, I really do think that Spotify went too extreme with the free accounts. Because in the long run it created a shit war amongst the major labels; and none of these company can offer us anything more than what their doing now? A significant portion of those free leachers on Spotify don’t even appreciate what goes on in the back ground to make that “free account” a reality. Let’s just hope that Apple is not successful in getting rid of the “free” portion of Spotify’s service; because right now, the music you’re listening to is a privilege not a right. Just remember, no artist will work for free, just as you would not work for free! Always keep that in your head the next time you’re listening to music. If you’d like to read more on the article click here.

 

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Hi guys, Spotify sent out an offer I could not refuse! Via Android/mobile application, they offered members a special deal, 3 months for $0.99! Hmmm, could this be in direct response to Apple’s new streaming service, which will offer 3 months free at the end of this month? Well I got to tell you, after playing with Spotify for the first 15 minutes, I still don’t like it (I’m sorry to say). Not enough to be willing to drop Rhapsody. I know a lot of users love Spotify because of it offers free accounts; but “free” should not be your only criteria  for declaring a company to be “the best streaming service.” Second, you should know that you’re not getting it free because the Spotify guys are nice people; you’re getting free service because the subscribers and ad revenue is offsetting your leeching/freeloading!!!! So everything has a cost, be it seen or unseen! By the way, If Apple has anything to do with it, the free accounts could possibly go away inevitably (tonight’s article).

Spotify’s mobile application still needs a lot of work. I figured, what the hell, I’ll try Spotify for the last time and see if I can come up with more good things to say about it (other than it’s free accounts). Unfortunately, I could not find many. It is unfortunate that Spotify has 15 million PAID subscribers (and about 40 million active users) to Rhapsody’s only  4 million (not sure if this is only U.S. numbers). Free users of Spotify should be thanking paid subscribers, cause they carry most of the royalty costs. However, Spotify’s application is still shit in my opinion. Goes to show you what good marketing team, and a good contract between labels can do. But I also think that Rhapsody is focusing their marketing efforts overseas (at least for a while); in countries where mobile technology is booming.

I’ll be honest, the only reason I’ve used Spotify, is because I couldn’t ignore that a significant more people use the service over Rhapsody. However, I also know that’s due to the fact that more than half are free account freeloaders/users. At the time, it didn’t make much sense to tweet/blog with Rhapsody, if Spotify is way more popular 🙁 . Before I ever consider changing over from Rhapsody to Spotify, some significant changes need to happen. The biggest change that needs to take place is that, I need an option to save to SD. You can’t give users the option to download 320k files and only save on a phone with limited storage capacity (even a 32GB tablet is too small). Second, they must bump up the “save” limit to no greater than 10,000 songs, and 3,333 downloads! Believe it or not, this limit includes paying customers! With my Rhapsody account I have unlimited saves, playlists and downloads. Anybody who can’t see that as an issue, is not a real die hard music lover. I’m sorry, but real music lovers are always looking for space and download ability to satisfy their constant hunger for more music and diversity! Period. My musical tastes are way to eclectic and diverse to be limited to only 10,000; my iTunes alone is over 25,000 (and mind you, I deleted a lot of albums too). Unfortunately, I am 99% sure that this has to do with licensing; because as far as I can see, thousands of members had complained about it for quite a while. This does make sense, as it’s free users are triple it’s actual paid subscribers.

They also need to clean up their queue feature, it’s very sloppy, and it automatically deletes after a song is played. If I want to hear it again, I have to go back and add it (especially with a large queue. You’re better off creating a play list instead. I don’t like the fact that it automatically saves a radio station once you create one; assuming I’d like every station I create? When I subscribed and switched to pay, Spotify kept that stupid annoying “Shuffle Play” button in the middle of my search results. It felt like I was still in the free version. And the worst problem of all, when songs had expired from my old saved list, there was nothing to tell me that the license expired for that song. I had to keep trying to play the song before I figured it out, before I was just forced to delete it. I don’t have that issue with Rhapsody. Rhapsody removes expired songs from the mobile/web application. For the desk top, Rhapsody grays the song out, so that I know that the license expired. Lastly you have no idea whether a song is downloaded or not, there is no real indication, unless you have no signal and your off-line. Rhapsody changes the file’s color to easily let me know when  a song is downloaded or not. So, sorry guys, Spotify still sucks ass in my opinion. In the end, I didn’t feel that Spotify was particularly intuitive either. Sorry.

I’m not saying that I would stick with Rhapsody forever, but for right now, it is the best for me, and far exceeds my expectations, and ease of use. To be honest, my only reason I wanted to try Spotify again, was because it made blogging incredibly easier for me. I was able to save some steps when Tweeting and Facebooking. However, after my second (paid) time around with Spotify, the extra steps doesn’t seem so bad after all. I’ll be cancelling it after my three months is up. I’ll continue to blog using the free version, just for you guys…. For my tweeted Rhapsody and Shazam links, it will not kill you to manually type the name of the artist in your Spotify to search for my tweeted songs. Sorry, but I get so much more the same price with Rhapsody.

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Eighty-four percent of all online content consumed in Spain is pirated, according to a study of 2013 Internet trends commissioned by a coalition of music, movie, publishing and videogame companies. The April 9 report, which concluded that more than half of all Internet users in Spain download content illegally, is the latest fuel in the fiery debate over intellectual property legislation in the piracy-plagued country.

This article was kind of shocking to me, because Spaniards are very big on connecting with their culture; especially in regards to their music and dance. However, I am sure that the economic issues has a lot to do with the high numbers of illegal downloads; particularly speaking of their high tax rates. At the same time, I still kind of find this extremely baffling, and I have quite a few unanswered questions. There are soooo many free sites you can go to get free music legally; why would anybody still want to illegally download? Is it that they have become accustomed to old habits of illegally downloading music? How are poor Spaniards able to get this music if they cannot afford internet access? Are they sharing internet access, and if so how do these percentages reflect that? More and more American streaming services now have music of many cultures in their libraries, is the U.S. blocking other countries form accessing this music? I know that Rhapsody has invested a lot of money to bring streaming music to other countries like Spain. So in other words, this may be a greater problem than just the people of Spain desiring to stealing music just for the hell of it. I still truly think that for the most part, if people can afford it, they much prefer to purchase music legally (most of us desire the highest possible digital quality). Although I think movies are of a different matter though. Read more of the article here.

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Will music from the likes of Adele, Arctic Monkeys and The Prodigy be available on Apple Music when it launches on June 30?

Wow! I didn’t ever expect to find this article about apple! Well, in essence the article states that Apple is not going to pay artists during 3 month free trials of iTune’s new streaming service. Say word? I would have never expected Apple to pull a bullshit stunt like this. Apple is not a fly by night company that no one knows about; this is an online vendor that is literally the driving force of the music industry. I can’t see any smart music artist wanting to sign up for a contract like this. Could you? Could you imagine how much revenue would be lost if Beyoncé were to come out with a new album right now, and NOT be paid for those first 3 months? iTunes would kiss Beyoncé goodbye, along with every other major artist! This is some bullshit right here, Apple has lost their fucking mind! Read more of the article right here.

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“If Apple wants to make a dent, it can by its sheer heft. It can simply throw gazillions of dollars at the problem/opportunity. There is nothing else like it,” he says.

I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that the leading digital retailer would try their hand on music subscriptions. According to USA Today, apple will be competing with a similar business scheme/marketing to Spotify. They better come up with something that blows our mind! Then again, if they do have something awesome waiting for us, chances are it is for apple specific devices I would guess. This will be interesting, because in my opinion (at least in terms of new music), everybody is selling the same thing; so what more can they offer? I don’t know. I guess I should have realized this earlier when they stopped offering DRM free upgrades. I got to tell you, apple REALLY pissed me off with that. they were on my shit list for quite a while. Some of you die hard apple users may not understand where I am coming from. Apple makes outstanding products, I’m not saying they’re bad; however, I refuse to allow a company take me hostage against my will with their product. I lost a LOT of money when they took that DRM free option away, and I was forced to circumvent the issue by extracting my music through other means; otherwise, I would have been shit out of luck. iTunes has been on my shit list for a long time for that reason.  Apple is said to announce this big news sometime next week at a conference. If you’d like to read the rest of this article, and watch a short video, click here.

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Streaming music services like Pandora, Rhapsody and Spotify are largely credited with helping steer the music industry away from the piracy path. The current model is sustainable (and legal) but for the largest music group of them all, it’s still not generating enough revenue.

Last month, Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge voiced his concerns regarding the freemium business model that’s popular among the top streaming providers. The executive said ad-funded on-demand is not going to sustain the entire ecosystem including creators and investors.

Now it looks like they’re going to try and do something about it.

A recent report from the Financial Times claims Universal Music Group is using ongoing contract negotiations to try and strong arm Spotify into enforcing additional restrictions on its free listening service. The idea is that limiting access would convince more free users to sign up for the $9.99 per month premium service which would in turn put more money in the hands of labels.

I’m not sure how I feel about this new article. It seems as though the recording industry is always trying to find reasons to cry about not making any money.  You’re not going to make the same amount of money you did 20 years ago! First of all, the economy is different today; second, the internet has forced the industry to create a business model that everyone can afford; thirdly, artists are now competing with lesser known talents on the same platforms! The music industry has finally gotten to a point were illegal music sharing has cut down significantly because of sites like Spotify, yet the recording industry is still bitching? The recording industry had better be careful, otherwise we’ll start seeing a surge in illegal album sharing again. If you want to read the rest of this article, click here.

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As many of you had probably noticed already, since my blog’s inception it has gone through numerous transformations. Some of it was due to new creative directions; and other changes were made to make things easier for me. It was  long journey trying to figure out what I felt worked for me. By now, I hope my blog fans can finally see and understand what I’m trying to accomplish with my blog. I also do hope you’re enjoying the new format and the diverse content I have shared, and I hope my visitors continue to enjoy the culture and assortment of genres shared in the future. If you are new to my blog, and if you haven’t already, please click on about to get the general idea of the goal I have for my site.

As far as my youtube channel. There are a lot of issues that exist with youtube, that make it difficult for youtubers to freely create content without dealing with a whole bunch of crap. Some of it is youtube’s consistent unpredictable and unapologetic changes to it’s site; others times it’s the tons and tons of copyright red tape that youtubers have to go through to keep our channel legal. In the end, I decided that movie reviews for even semi classic movies was more trouble than what it is worth. People may not realize, the successful movie reviewers often times have staff helping them in the background (editors, writers, producers, etc). It’s quite difficult when you’re the sole youtuber doing everything, then have to fill out tons of copyright forms, it gets annoying.  I’ve carefully researched other youtubers, and sadly, if you’re not a gamer reviewing games, or reviewing the latest new movies (which would pull in 6 digits worth of subscribers each and every single month), there just isn’t a whole lot of views for classic movie reviews older than 1980s (this is for most channels other than my own).

However, I have noticed that there are many views for full public domain movies. I have a funny feeling that this has a lot to do with youtube integrating more and more with television technologies. People can now watch public domain movies, as well as newly purchased movies on just about any TV with youtube capabilities. Having said this, I will now use my youtube channel to post full public domain movies. I will not include these videos on my iTunes channel, to prevent my host from being taxed as a result of high volumes of bandwidth. Thank you for following me, and if you have any friends that love the classics, don’t forget to tell about my blog!

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