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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 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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  • This Week’s New Music: Sept. 23, 2016 - September 24, 2016
    The Weeknd: “Starboy” For those jonesing for new music from The Weeknd, the fix came this week with the surprise release of “Starboy.” The... The post This Week’s New Music: Sept. 23, 2016 appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • This Week’s New Music: Sept. 16, 2016 - September 16, 2016
    You know fall is here when the singles and albums start dropping nearly as fast as the leaves. We’ve gathered up a handful of... The post This Week’s New Music: Sept. 16, 2016 appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • Exclusive: KT Tunstall Live Performance - September 13, 2016
    Two years ago, KT Tunstall thought she was done with music. Not that she’d never again play guitar or sing, but done playing professionally... The post Exclusive: KT Tunstall Live Performance appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • Napster Back to School Contest - September 12, 2016
    School is back in session and Napster wants to set you up to do your best! To help you have tunes to study we... The post Napster Back to School Contest appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • Introducing: Hi-Res Audio Streaming from Napster - September 1, 2016
    New smartphones, wearables and TVs – oh my! Those are just a few of the consumer electronic products expected to be unveiled at IFA... The post Introducing: Hi-Res Audio Streaming from Napster appeared first on Napster Music News.
Recommendations: 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 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. 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. 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 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 music fan and a responsible blogger, but it does show that changes are being made, and YouTube can literally become a free video streaming service in the same way Spotify is a free music service. 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 (except for premium services, but even then @ $9.99 a month is a great deal considering how much we spent on music back in the day). 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, so I don't think it makes sense to explain any further. LOL :-*

Stereo Gum: Music News
  1. More Like Drone Thugs-N-Harmony Amirite? - September 27, 2016
    The Bone Thugs-n-Harmony set at High Life Music Festival in Victorville, CA was met with a drone that hit rapper Flesh-n-Bone right in the face, reports the Associated Press. No one knows who was flying the 2-foot drone or why, but it didn’t phase BT&H at all. The show went on. There were so many […]
  2. Billy Corgan Relays His Vision For TNA Impact Wrestling - September 27, 2016
    Billy Corgan, recent reluctant Disneyland attendant and Nantucket Project presenter, is also the president and “creative voice” of TNA (Total Nonstop Action) Impact Wrestling, the second largest wrestling company behind WWE. ESPN put out an in-depth look into Corgan’s role there, saying he spends about 80 percent of his time working on wrestling-related endeavors, the […]
  3. Devendra Banhart – “Saturday Night” Video - September 26, 2016
    Devendra Banhart released his ninth studio album, Ape In Pink Marble, last friday, and today, its first accompanying video for the song “Saturday Night.” The video, directed by Jon Beasley and Isabelle Albuquerque of Osk Studio, features Banhart slow-dancing with babies in an empty, blue- and purple-lit bar. Oh and there’s a dog at one […]
  4. Dej Loaf – “Beef N Broccoli” - September 26, 2016
    Dej Loaf just dropped her stellar All Jokes Aside mixtape this past spring, but since then she’s come with a nice string of one-offs. She continues that streak with the smooth, contemplative ballad “Beef N Broccoli.” The single’s sleeve art is misleading, because this is definitely a song that goes much deeper than the classic […]
  5. Watch Fiona Apple & Andrew Bird Play A New Song, Cover Bob Dylan, & More On Live From The Great Room - September 26, 2016
    Every so often, Andrew Bird hosts a series on Facebook called Live From The Great Room. For the latest episode, he got the elusive Fiona Apple to participate. (Earlier this year, they released a collab, “Left Handed Kisses” together.) Throughout the half-hour broadcast, they perform Apple’s Idler Wheel cut “Werewolf,” Bird’s Swimming Hour track “Why?,” […]
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 (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." They've improved the video quality tremendously. The only thing I should tell you guys is that, so many people use Crackle that sometimes the video 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 conventional memory/SD card to reduce the annoyance of buffering; and or you may have to direct connect to your network instead of wireless. 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!

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Recommendations: 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).

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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 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.

Digital Music News Blog
  • Legal Threats Have Absolutely No Impact on Music Piracy, Study Finds - September 27, 2016
    Nearly two decades of legal threats and lawsuits have had little impact on music piracy, a new study finds.  Instead, the companies the industry hates — YouTube, SoundCloud, and Spotify — have done the most to save the music business.  So why didn’t all those lawsuits work? As the music industry pops the champagne on its best […] The post Legal Threats Have Absolutely No Impact on Music Piracy, Study Finds appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • What Millennials Expect from a Live Music Experience - September 26, 2016
    Even as digital content and streaming services change the way we listen to music in our day-to- day lives, the live music experience continues to be a major component of the music industry. The following sponsored post comes from the Ticket Liquidator.  They’ve got millions of tickets to over 165,000 events.  Music, sports, comedy, Ticket Liquidator […] The post What Millennials Expect from a Live Music Experience appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • RIAA, IFPI, and BPI File Lawsuit Against Top YouTube to MP3 Site - September 26, 2016
    Just say No to Youtube to MP3 ripping. In a joint effort, The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) have taken Youtube-mp3.org to court. The RIAA announced the action against the service on their own website today. The lawsuit was filed […] The post RIAA, IFPI, and BPI File Lawsuit Against Top YouTube to MP3 Site appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Breaking: Hidden 3.5mm Headphone Jack Found on the iPhone 7 - September 26, 2016
    Looks like the iPhone 7 has a standard, 3.5mm jack after all. You just have to access it. About a week and a half ago, a user by the name of TechRax posted a “how-to” video on YouTube supposedly detailing how to enable the missing headphone jack on your iPhone 7. Titled “Secret Hack To […] The post Breaking: Hidden 3.5mm Headphone Jack Found on the iPhone 7 appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Want to Hear the First Ever Recording of Computer Generated Music? - September 26, 2016
    Turns out electronic music pre-dates Kraftwerk.  In fact, the earliest recording of computer generated music dates back to 1951. Turns out legendary code-cracker Alan Turing did more than just decrypt Axis messages and win world wars.  Considered one of the founding fathers of modern computer science and artificial intelligence, Turing was also a pioneer in […] The post Want to Hear the First Ever Recording of Computer Generated Music? appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • ‘Nazi Anthem’ Copyright Owner Rips Down YouTube Documentary - September 26, 2016
    Not only does someone still own the copyright to the ‘Nazi Anthem,’ they’re still trying to make money off of it.  And YouTube is helping them. If you think copyright law has problems, you haven’t seen the ugliness of this latest copyright takedown case.  Just last week, the creator of the documentary, You Don’t Know […] The post ‘Nazi Anthem’ Copyright Owner Rips Down YouTube Documentary appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Who Are the Biggest SoundCloud to MP3 Downloaders? - September 26, 2016
    Why SoundCloud to MP3 downloaders? Because, convenience, bro. Despite its inherent flaws and those spelling its imminent doom, SoundCloud doesn’t appear to be going anywhere for the foreseeable future.  And, when it comes to the roiling debates over stream rippers, looks like SoundCloud has been totally left out.  So who are the biggest services to […] The post Who Are the Biggest SoundCloud to MP3 Downloaders? appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Last Week In the Music Business - September 24, 2016
    This week in the Music Business: Are vinyl sales going up or are they dying out; Quitting smoking may have weakened Adele’s voice; Shawty Lo died in a tragic car accident; and Facebook messed up big time on their video metrics. Our music business weekly roundup… Monday Monday kicked off with some strange hissing noises. […] The post Last Week In the Music Business appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Adele Says That Giving Up Smoking Has Made Her Voice Weaker - September 23, 2016
    Smoking can kill. But can it actually help your vocal chords? British singer and songwriter Adele believes that giving up smoking may actually have harmed her singing voice. She spoke with Canada’s eTalk platform and jokingly said, “The people with the best voices, they always smoke. I’ve given up smoking and I’m convinced that’s made […] The post Adele Says That Giving Up Smoking Has Made Her Voice Weaker appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Mac Miller Just Played His Best Show Ever In LA [Exclusive Photos] - September 23, 2016
    It was a short-n-sweet set by Mac Miller at MTV’s Wonderland warehouse venue in downtown Los Angeles.  Actually, it was just four songs. But the live band was tight, Mac Miller was entirely relaxed, and the crowd was low-key.  MTV cameras were everywhere, with graffiti’d up Imperial Studios serving as an offbeat set and stage. […] The post Mac Miller Just Played His Best Show Ever In LA [Exclusive Photos] appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Is Facebook Video a Scam? Company Busted Over Inflated Metrics - September 23, 2016
    Last year, Digital Music News started raising serious questions about Facebook video counts and session metrics.  That included specific suspicions of wildly inflated average session lengths.  But we weren’t the only one — and one year later, a Facebook executive is apologizing for that exact issue. Facebook has been bull-charging against YouTube for more than […] The post Is Facebook Video a Scam? Company Busted Over Inflated Metrics appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • How to Pick the Cover Song That Will Make You Famous… - September 23, 2016
    Every day, thousands upon thousands of songs are uploaded onto Spotify, YouTube, iTunes… whatever.  There are even millions of songs on Spotify that haven’t been played once, according to one study.  So how can you possibly get un-buried and noticed as a new artist?  The answer could simply be picking the right cover song. A […] The post How to Pick the Cover Song That Will Make You Famous… appeared first on Digital Music News.
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 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)." 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

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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 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.

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  • Wes Montgomery: Interview '68 - September 27, 2016
    People in Jazz was a TV show that aired briefly in 1967 and '68 in Detroit and was hosted by Jim Rockwell, a local jazz radio disc jockey on WABX-FM. In 1968, shortly before Wes Montgomery's death in June from...             
  • Jan Lundgren: Styne and Young - September 26, 2016
    In 2001 and 2002, Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren released songbook tributes to Jule Styne and Victor Young, respectively, featuring his trio and special guests. Within a few years, the prized releases, recorded in Copenhagen on the Sittel label, disappeared and...            Related Stories 21 New CD Discoveries Jan Lundgren: A Retrospective Weekend Wax Bits  
  • Weekend Wax Bits - September 24, 2016
    In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Jewel on her journey from rock bottom to rock star (go here). It's a harrowing tale of survival after being rejected by her mother as a child, dealing with a gruff...             
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. Rhapsody is now Napster! This 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 36+ 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. 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.

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.

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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.

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 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.

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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. 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.

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