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Recommendations: 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 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. The desktop software is fully functional; there is a web feature available, however, I recommend downloading the desktop app instead, 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). 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; but, I don't see that happening much either.

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  • Michael Kiwanuka’s Sublime Folk Soul - July 18, 2016
    When Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings unveiled 100 Days, 100 Nights in 2007, the album’s success, critically and commercially, ignited an explosion in retro... The post Michael Kiwanuka’s Sublime Folk Soul appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • The Best New Releases: July 15 - July 15, 2016
    PJ, Rare Much like contemporaries such as Kehlani and Jhene Aiko, Paris Jones writes about her life in realistic and plainspoken terms. As she... The post The Best New Releases: July 15 appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • We Are Napster - July 14, 2016
    UPDATED: Rhapsody is now Napster. We’re the same great service you love – all of your playlists, favorites, albums and artists have not changed.... The post We Are Napster appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • The Best New Releases: July 8 - July 9, 2016
    Switchfoot, Where the Light Shines Through On their first full-length for Vanguard, San Diego’s Switchfoot dive deeper into the sun-kissed melodies and dreamy beach... The post The Best New Releases: July 8 appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • Dengue Dengue Dengue Invite You Into Their Alternative Universe - June 27, 2016
    Behind the Technicolor masks worn by Peruvian tropical bass duo Dengue Dengue Dengue are Felipe Salmon and Rafael Periera. The tropical sonic warriors bridge... The post Dengue Dengue Dengue Invite You Into Their Alternative Universe appeared first on Napster Music News.
Recommendations: 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. 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; and or you may have to direct connect to your network. 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!

Stereo Gum: Music News
  1. Watch Anohni, Lee Ranaldo, Ira Kaplan, Mark Kozelek, & More Perform At Lou Reed Tribute - July 31, 2016
    The Bells: A Daylong Celebration Of Lou Reed, a tribute event curated by Reed’s wife Laurie Anderson and producer Hal Willner, kicked off at NYC’s Lincoln Center today. The festivities began with an tai-chi class led by Reed’s instructor Master Ren GuangYi, followed by covers of his music performed by a rotating cast of musicians […]
  2. Watch Future Bring Out Chance The Rapper At Lollapalooza - July 30, 2016
    Chance The Rapper made a surprise appearance during Future’s set at Lollapalooza last night. But because “Smoke Break,” the Future collab from Chance’s recent album Coloring Book, isn’t exactly an upbeat festival banger, he instead decided to perform “No Problem” without 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne while Future danced around the stage. Watch below.
  3. Watch Eddie Vedder, Sia, & Pink Sing Beatles Songs As Animated Creatures On Beat Bugs - July 30, 2016
    Beat Bugs, a Beatles-themed animated kids’ show featuring a whole mess of Beatles covers by contemporary artists, is set to hit Netflix on Wednesday. We’ve already heard the Shins’ take on Rubber Soul’s “The Word,” and now clips of Eddie Vedder’s “Magical Mystery Tour,” Sia’s “Blackbird,” and Pink’s “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” have […]
  4. Kanye Calls For End To Music Streaming Wars: “Apple Give Jay His Check For Tidal Now” - July 30, 2016
    As the competition between streaming services like Apple Music and Tidal has dragged on, the music world has increasingly fragmented into a mess of platform-exclusive content. Kanye West is one of Tidal’s many “artist-owners” and has streamed much of his work exclusively on Jay Z’s service, but today, he’s taken to Twitter to call for […]
  5. French Montana – “No Shopping” (Feat. Drake) Video - July 30, 2016
    Yes, the industry is still trying to make French Montana happen. His new album MC4 is coming out next month, and today, he’s unveiled the Spiff TV-directed visuals for the Drake collab “No Shopping.” The clip opens with “French Montaña” and “El Draké,” the rappers’ mustachioed Latino alter egos, hosting a fake golf tournament in […]
Recommendations: OVG

OVguide is another company offering FREE movies on Roku. 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.

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Recommendations: 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 usually isn't my go to website, however, they do have 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 will get. Their free service is also available on Roku.

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Recommendations: 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 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)." My only gripe with Tubi TV, is that it's easier to search for movies on their website, and unfortunately, I haven't found a way to save movies on my online account, to then retrieve using Roku. But, it makes no sense to complain about something that is offered Free and legal right? -VintageNewscast.com

Digital Music News Blog
  • Musicians Killed by Guns: 1950-Present - July 31, 2016
    Here in the United States, it’s difficult to ignore that gun-related shootings are reported on an increasing and almost daily basis, whether it be innocent civilians caught in the crossfire, angry ex-employees exacting revenge, or police officers, who have lately become the victims after apparently being accused of being the victimizers. While gun-related violence as […] The post Musicians Killed by Guns: 1950-Present appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Songfreedom Offers Rescue Plan for Affected Music Dealers Artists - July 30, 2016
    On Friday, Chicago-based synch placement firm Music Dealers abruptly closed its doors, leaving an unknown number of songwriters and artists holding the bag.  Immediately, reports of unpaid invoices and cancelled projects emerged, though it’s difficult to tell how many were affected. The shutdown was rumored to be caused by a failure to renew mega-client Coca-Cola, […] The post Songfreedom Offers Rescue Plan for Affected Music Dealers Artists appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Apple Music Is Paying Just $0.0017 Per-Stream on Trial Accounts - July 29, 2016
    Apple Music said they’d pay artists. They just didn’t say how much. Last year, Apple Music got off to a rocky start with artists after it was discovered that artists wouldn’t be paid anything on free trial plays.  That stung pretty badly, considering that virtually zero users would be paying for Apple Music during the […] The post Apple Music Is Paying Just $0.0017 Per-Stream on Trial Accounts appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Daughter of Commander-in-Chief Skips DNC to attend Lollapalooza - July 29, 2016
    Yesterday was a historic night. In the first time in America’s 238 year history, a female was nominated for President. There’s just one problem, however: one presidential child wasn’t on-hand to see it. Malia Obama, eldest daughter of current commander-in-chief Barack Obama was photographed at Lollapalooza in Chicago. Malia Obama was first spotted attending Lollapalooza […] The post Daughter of Commander-in-Chief Skips DNC to attend Lollapalooza appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Kim Dotcom Lawyer Will Fight the Feds Pursuing KickAssTorrents Case - July 29, 2016
    Ira Rothkoen, the same man who’s worked in keeping Kim Dotcom out of U.S. hands for the past several years, will also represent Artem Vaulin in his case against U.S. federal authorities. Charged with one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement in Chicago federal court, Vaulin, a 30 year old Ukrainian website administrator, […] The post Kim Dotcom Lawyer Will Fight the Feds Pursuing KickAssTorrents Case appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Spotify and Apple Music Competitor Deezer Says They’ll be Profitable in Just 2 Years - July 29, 2016
    Despite its immense popularity around the world, web-based music streaming service Deezer has yet to turn a profit. But according to an interview on BFM business radio, that’s about to change.  Deezer’s managing director Alexis de Gemini, when asked when the service should be profitable, said that the company is aiming to be profitable in […] The post Spotify and Apple Music Competitor Deezer Says They’ll be Profitable in Just 2 Years appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Troubled Music Streaming Startup Guvera Closes Up Shop in Australia - July 29, 2016
    Following the news report on Digital Music News that Music Dealers was shutting down, Australian media outlets are reporting that troubled music streaming startup Guvera is shutting down their operations in the Australian market to focus on emerging markets.  A statement that went live on their website today says: “Born and launched into Australia in […] The post Troubled Music Streaming Startup Guvera Closes Up Shop in Australia appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Microsoft Groove Is Paying Artists $4.67 *Per Stream* Right Now… - July 29, 2016
    You might want to start working on your Microsoft Groove account (hint: NOW…) For the past year or so, Digital Music News has been publishing streaming royalty statements shared by artists and labels.  Since the project began, we’ve published payout details from Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud, Deezer, Google Play Music, Napster (formerly Rhapsody), and even defunct services like […] The post Microsoft Groove Is Paying Artists $4.67 *Per Stream* Right Now… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Music Dealers Suddenly Closes Doors, Leaving Many Artists Without Pay (Updated) - July 29, 2016
    Update 3; July 29th, 6:15 pm PT.  Early this morning, we reported that former Coca-Cola executive Judith Snyder was a co-founder of Music Dealers.  Snyder immediately contacted us, informing DMN that she was not a co-founder and had no relation to Music Dealers outside of managing a relationship with Coca-Cola (where she was an executive). […] The post Music Dealers Suddenly Closes Doors, Leaving Many Artists Without Pay (Updated) appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Why Festivals Are More Popular Than Ever - July 28, 2016
    Why have festivals taken over the live concert experience? The following sponsored post comes from ibus media. Despite it being easier than ever before for music fans to aggregate, communicate, buy, sell, and promote online, music festivals around the world continue to grow with each passing year.  But just what has motivated this growth despite so many of […] The post Why Festivals Are More Popular Than Ever appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Streaming Piracy Is Killing Download Piracy, Study Finds… - July 28, 2016
    Torrenting isn’t the biggest threat anymore, a new study finds. Once upon a time, torrent downloading was considered enemy number one by the film, TV, music, and gaming industries.  And before that, it was P2P and web-based downloading.  But torrenting and other forms of downloading are all quickly being replaced by unauthorized streaming sites, according to […] The post Streaming Piracy Is Killing Download Piracy, Study Finds… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Warner Music Group Announces Content Deal with Vadio - July 28, 2016
    On the heels of the rumored deal between Warner Music Group and top premium music video streamer Vevo reported on DigitalMusicNews.com, video distribution platform Vadio, together with Warner Music Group, announced a brand new agreement which will allow Vadio’s partners access to thousands of music videos from WMG artists, like David Guetta, Madonna, Coldplay, Prince, […] The post Warner Music Group Announces Content Deal with Vadio appeared first on Digital Music News.
Recommendations: 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 meant to be used as stand alone, such as Rhapsody (Google was an MP3 player long before it got into the streaming business). Again, functionality wise, I think Rhapsody is 100 times better; but I would never discourage anyone from ever trying a service; because it may be more suitable for your needs. GooglePlay also offers 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. Go ahead and check them out.

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Recommendations: Rhap.
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. One of the many reasons I recommend Rhapsody, is because they posses over 36+ million songs in their library, 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 Rhapsody library, and iTunes playlists will be created as well. 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. Finally, mobile app, web app, and desktop applications are all consistent with each other. Very easy to discover even more classic music with Rhapsody.

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  • Weekend Wax Bits - July 30, 2016
    In the Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed actress Dianne Wiest for the Mansion section's "House Call" column (go here). You probably know her best from Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and Bullets Over Broadway (1994). We...             
  • Documentary: Marvin Gaye - July 29, 2016
    It's summer, it's Friday, it's time for Marvin. Here's a BBC documentary on the great Motown soul singer Marvin Gaye...             
  • Documentary: Fats Waller - July 28, 2016
    Jazz's folk humor on recordings began with Louis Armstrong and other blues singers in the mid-1920s but was raised to a new level of urbane sophistication by Fats Waller in the 1930s. Here's a documentary on the pianist and composer......             
Recommendations: 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 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. Memberships as low as $5 a month for discs, discs are delivered within 3 days. Streaming membership as low as $8 per month.

Recommendation: 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.

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Recommendations: 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 Rhapsody, 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.

Recommendations: 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. At the same time, many of you have read my pet-peeves concerning Apple's music; and one 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)) (my previous issue appears to have been fixed, at least when it comes to sharing from the iTunes store). However, Apple's music is still so very popular (despite it's maddening quest to control music) 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 (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. 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!

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