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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.

Napster’s Blog News
  • This Week’s New Music: Sept. 30, 2016 - September 30, 2016
    Welcome to this week’s wrap up of new music that caught our ear. Enjoy! Bon Iver, 22, A Million Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver)... The post This Week’s New Music: Sept. 30, 2016 appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • Napster, Vera Project Partner to Present Rapper Mackned - September 28, 2016
    EDITOR’S NOTE: The Saturday, Oct. 1 concert has been cancelled due to illness. Information about a rescheduled show will be posted here when it... The post Napster, Vera Project Partner to Present Rapper Mackned appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • Without Wires! Napster Now Playing on Cobblestone & MÜZO Player - September 28, 2016
    Listening to your favorite music with Napster at home is great, but having to set it all up with your home sound system can... The post Without Wires! Napster Now Playing on Cobblestone & MÜZO Player appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • Austin City Limits Festival Signals End of Summer Fests - September 28, 2016
    In what has become a suitable rival for Austin, Texas’ other music festival, SXSW, the Austin City Limits music festival –- now in its... The post Austin City Limits Festival Signals End of Summer Fests appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • 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.
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. Watch Drive-By Truckers On CBS This Morning - October 1, 2016
    Drive-By Truckers stopped by CBS This Morning today to discuss the band’s history and promote their new album American Band. After chatting with co-host Anthony Mason, they performed a few songs from the LP, “Surrender Under Protest,” “Guns Of Umpqua,” and “What It Means,” for the show’s Saturday Sessions series. Watch below.
  2. Kid Cudi – “Surfin'” (Feat. Pharrell Williams) & “Frequency” - October 1, 2016
    Kid Cudi’s new album Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ was supposed to be out by the end of the month, but last night, he announced that it would be delayed due to sample clearance issues. To tide fans over, he’s just shared two new tracks, “Frequency” and a collaboration with Pharrell Williams entitled “Surfin.” “Now […]
  3. Watch A$AP Rocky & Key! Debut “Crazy Brazy” On MTV - September 30, 2016
    A$AP Rocky was just named Creative Director for MTV Labs, a new creative incubator developed in partnership with the Harlem rapper. In celebration of that news, Rocky and Atlanta rapper Key! just debuted “Crazy Brazy,” a new track off of A$AP Mob’s upcoming Cozy Tapes Vol. 2, on MTV. Watch their performance below, starting at […]
  4. The Zutons Just Reunited For The First Time In Seven Years - September 30, 2016
    Liverpool rockers the Zutons just reunited for the first time in seven years, playing a one-off benefit show at Liverpool Guild Of Students in honor of their late friend Kristian Ealey, who died last month. “We’re extremely excited to be getting together to remember our great friend Kris,” bassist Russell Pritchard told Liverpool Confidential before […]
  5. The Weeknd Isn’t Playing The Meadows After All - September 30, 2016
    The Weeknd was supposed to be headlining the new Queens music festival The Meadows this weekend. Little more than a week before the fest, the Weeknd suddenly dropped out due to “unforeseen scheduling conflicts,” aka his appearance on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live that same night. But it turned out to be a […]
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
  • Breaking: SoundCloud Annual Revenues Up 43% to $27.9 Million - September 30, 2016
    SoundCloud managed to boost its top-line revenues by 43% in just one year, according to financial data exclusively shared with Digital Music News this morning.  But is this company still bleeding cash? The following is a developing story, based on SoundCloud financial information that we’re exclusively aggregating.  We’ll (hopefully) have a lot more information on […] The post Breaking: SoundCloud Annual Revenues Up 43% to $27.9 Million appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Help: My iPhone 7 Just Exploded… - September 30, 2016
    Is the iPhone 7 actually exploding, or has social media gone and done it again? There’s news making the round on the internet that yes, the iPhone 7 is having the same exact issue Galaxy Note 7s are facing. Namely, that they explode as well. Internet users are now concerned that their iPhone 7s might […] The post Help: My iPhone 7 Just Exploded… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • 34 Million U.S. Consumers Intend to Buy AirPod Wireless Earbuds - September 30, 2016
    Apple’s decision to go wireless may have been courageous after all.  A new study revealed some shocking results about the AirPod. When Apple first announced their long-rumored decision to go completely wireless and remove the headphone jack, the internet practically exploded.  The new wireless ‘AirPod’ earbuds were fuel for memes that practically flooded social networks. […] The post 34 Million U.S. Consumers Intend to Buy AirPod Wireless Earbuds appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • The Strange Story Behind the ‘Oscar Mayer Wiener Song’ - September 30, 2016
    Richard D. Trentlage, the songwriter behind the ‘Oscar Mayer Wiener Song,’ has now passed away at age 87.  But the story he leaves behind is a fascinating tale. It’s among the most iconic jingles in history.  Many advertisers consider it the greatest song ever written.  And Richard D. Trentlage, the man who will forever be […] The post The Strange Story Behind the ‘Oscar Mayer Wiener Song’ appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Why Local Bands Never Become National Bands - September 29, 2016
    I’ve always hated the term “local band.” It’s usually taken as an insult even if it’s not meant to be.  It infers that no one outside of the confines of your hometown has ever heard of you.  Not “no one” in the sense of “no one has ever heard of Aleppo.”  Clearly, many people have, […] The post Why Local Bands Never Become National Bands appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Check Out This Wearable Metronome That Syncs With Your Smartphone - September 29, 2016
    Will feeling your metronome make you a better musician? Here’s something that’s sure to make sense for some people.  Somatic Labs is currently offering a wearable metronome. Known as Moment, this product allows you to improve your sense of direction, augment your time perception, and stay more productive. Moment works like this: according to their […] The post Check Out This Wearable Metronome That Syncs With Your Smartphone appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Why Lyor Cohen Won’t Change a Goddamn Thing at YouTube - September 29, 2016
    Why did YouTube just hire Lyor Cohen, a fat cat music industry executive? You might not know who Lyor Cohen is.  Well, unless you’ve been in the music industry for a long time.  That’s not to diss Lyor Cohen, but DMN’s audience skews a lot younger.  They don’t know the old guard as well. But […] The post Why Lyor Cohen Won’t Change a Goddamn Thing at YouTube appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Rapper YG Is a Racist Pig, Say Chinese Americans - September 29, 2016
    YG: First you find a house and scope it out. Find a Chinese neighborhood cause they don’t believe in bank accounts… These are the lyrics of YG’s song Meet The Flockers from the rapper’s album “My Krazy Life.” The music video doesn’t do much better, as the video begins with two young men putting on […] The post Rapper YG Is a Racist Pig, Say Chinese Americans appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • How to Get an iPhone 7 Headphone Jack Without Drilling - September 29, 2016
    There’s yet another iPhone 7 idea for those who aren’t feeling courageous, or just really, really don’t love the dongle. Here at Digital Music News, we’ve reported on attempts by both users and manufacturers to bring back the headphone jack. We’ve seen people attempt to drill the 3.5mm headphone jack, causing hundreds of dollars’ worth […] The post How to Get an iPhone 7 Headphone Jack Without Drilling appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • If You’re Buying SoundCloud for a Billion Dollars, You’re an Idiot - September 29, 2016
    Bloomberg says SoundCloud wants $1 billion.  The Financial Times says that Spotify is making an offer.  But is this company worth it? So, SoundCloud is now considering an acquisition offer from Spotify, one that would allow investors to recover some losses and walk away.  That’s right, SoundCloud is a worsening financial disaster, which means they’re […] The post If You’re Buying SoundCloud for a Billion Dollars, You’re an Idiot appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • MP3 Skull ‘Shut Down’ By the Industry, Still Gets 4.1 Million Visitors a Month - September 28, 2016
    The music industry supposedly shut down MP3 Skull for good back in February, with a $22 million judgment and DNS seizure.  So why are more than 4.1 million users accessing the site every month? In the music business, they call it ‘whack-a-mole’.  And it’s just like the arcade game: smash one mole into the ground, […] The post MP3 Skull ‘Shut Down’ By the Industry, Still Gets 4.1 Million Visitors a Month appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Steve Aoki’s Promoter Is Going to Prison After Brutal Festival Massacre - September 28, 2016
    Safety might not be a word in DJ Steve Aoki’s vocabulary. Steve Aoki’s known for a lot of things in his concerts: acrobatic crowd surfing stunts, throwing cake at fans, and riding rafts on the dance floor. The popular EDM DJ is no stranger to the legal system, either. He’s been taken to court before […] The post Steve Aoki’s Promoter Is Going to Prison After Brutal Festival Massacre 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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  • Weekend Wax Bits - October 1, 2016
    This week in The Wall Street Journal, I interviewed edgy celebrity TV chef Alton Brown (go here). He talked about the family move from Los Angeles to Georgia when he was young and how out of place he felt. He...             
  • Mahalia Jackson: A Little Higher - September 30, 2016
    In the 1950s, R&B and rock 'n' roll was aimed squarely at the bottom half of the body while gospel took care of the rest. Blues shouting came out of gospel in the 1940s. So did the passion and conviction...             
  • Roland Kirk: Cuckoo Serenade - September 29, 2016
    In September 1964, Roland Kirk recorded an important album for Mercury called I Talk With the Spirits. The album was important because of its instrumental eclecticism, its spiritual essence, its original works and playing by Kirk and the group. Today,...             
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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