What Makes The iPod Shuffle So Amazing?

cvIt was first brought to market at the Macworld Conference & Expo on January 11, 2005. The main tagline that Apple used to promote the iPod shuffle was “life is random.”

What makes the iPod shuffle different, is that instead of storing the data on a hard disk, it stores the data on flash memory. The iPod shuffle only weighs 22 grams or .78 ounces. This is less than the weight of your car keys.

The user can easily load a specific selection of songs into the iPod shuffle and play them in random order. This is why it is called shuffle. Research told Apple that the users of iPods often used the “shuffle” feature to listen to their library of songs.

The iPod shuffle uses the “autofill” feature in iTunes to load up the songs at random from the user’s music library or from a specif playlist. Then iTunes will copy as many tunes as it can into the iPod shuffles memory.

There are two different versions that you can purchase. The first is 512MB and plays 120 songs. The second is a 1GB version and it can play 240 songs. Apple estimates that

Songhoy Blues Still Play the Banned Music of Mali

19Songhoy Blues was born out of many things: out of a sense of immediacy and a sense of history, out of exile and belonging, and out of the need to play music at all costs.

The band is made up of four young men from Mali, displaced by political circumstances, who put a band together at a time when music was at the centre of tension and repression in their homeland.

They have released an acclaimed debut album and made a rapid transition from small clubs to international touring. They are in Australia for the first time to play a host of festivals and sideshows in Melbourne and Sydney.

Guitarist Garba Toure lived in Dire, near Timbuktu; his father, Oumar, was a percussionist with the late Ali Farka Toure, a legendary Mali guitarist with an international reputation.

“We were all students,” Garba says, “leading a quiet life.” They were all involved in music in one way or another, playing in different bands. When political turmoil swept through Mali and a jihadist

Which is the Best Music Streaming Service?

18Music streaming is on the rise: in 2015 in the UK fans played 26.8bn songs on audio-streaming services alone, with another 26.9bn streams of music videos on services like YouTube.

There are a cluster of services competing for our time and cash. But which is the best for your listening habits? We’ve compared five of the best known on-demand music-streaming services.

Some features are standard: catalogues of 30m-40m tracks (except Amazon Prime Music); themed playlists created by in-house teams of tastemakers; and the ability to store tracks on your mobile devices for offline listening.

But what other features tip the balance? Read on for our comparison, as well as a summary of some of the other contenders worth trying.


Why a SOCAN Licence?

Basic RGBA SOCAN licence gives you the freedom and flexibility to use virtually any music you want for your business or public event – legally, ethically, and easily. Without SOCAN, you would have to get permission and negotiate a royalty with every songwriter, lyricist, and music publisher whose work you intend to play (publicly perform) – a feat that most of us have neither the time nor the means to achieve. Instead, SOCAN makes this process simple by allowing users to pay a relatively small fee, often once a year, which is distributed to music creators in Canada and around the world through our reciprocal agreements with similar societies. The fees are distributed fairly to our Members who are composers, authors, and publishers of music, according to distribution rules approved by our Board of Directors.

By law, permission to publicly perform music in your business is not automatically granted when you purchase CD’s, mp3’s, or subscribe to online music services, etc. – doing this only allows you to use the music for private (non-commercial) purposes. Similarly, when

Google Play Music Podcasts Launches Today

16Google Play Music Podcasts has finally launched. Back in October, Google announced that it was jumping back into podcast distribution and began accepting RSS feeds to build a podcast store. In what was seemingly an accident, the feature briefly went live for some users in February. But today, Google says the feature will officially go live on the Web and roll out to Android devices. There’s no mention of an iOS launch, but it can’t be far behind.

Google Play Music Podcasts sticks a podcast store right in the Google Play Music interface. You can search for and subscribe to your favorite shows and then play them everywhere Play Music works. Play Music will occasionally check for new episodes and download them automatically. To start, the store is only live in the US and Canada.

The addition of podcasts makes the Google Play Music app an even busier place. The app is now home to podcasts, an online music locker, a Pandora-style radio system, hand-curated playlists from Google’s Songza acquisition, an à la carte music store, and an all-you-can-eat music

Google Play Music gets podcast support on Android and the Web

15As promised, Google today added podcast support to Google Play Music. The new functionality is available today in Google Play Music for Android (grab the latest version from Google Play) and on the Web.

Unfortunately, the podcasts on Google Play Music are only available in the U.S. and Canada for now. Google did not say when it plans to roll them out to more markets (a Google spokesperson declined to comment on exact timing), but you can expect it to be a gradual process, like all of Google Play Music’s expansions.

Podcasts in Google Play Music work similarly to music, in that they use contextual playlists. You can listen to podcasts “based on what you’re doing, how you’re feeling and what you’re interested in,” Google explained.

Indeed, podcasts are grouped in groups like “Learn Something New,” “Get Lost in a Story,” and “Laugh Out Loud.” You can also subscribe to download the last several episodes automatically on your device or choose to be notified every time a new episode comes out.

Podcasts already on board

Google Play Music Will Soon Have Podcasts

14Google has recently announced that it will soon allow and offer podcasts in Google Play Music, grouped by the nature of the content of the podcasts. Currently expected to be available only in US and Canada, podcasts will soon be rolled out for Android and Google Play users all around the world. 

To quote the official Android blog:

People love podcasts. In fact, these days, there are so many podcasts to choose from, it can be hard to pick which one to listen to at any given time. That’s where Google Play Music comes in. Google Play Music already gives you the right kind of music for the right moment—whether you want to have fun at work, prepare for a dance party, or just need to focus—and now, that includes podcasts.

Starting today on the web and rolling out on Android in the U.S. and Canada, we’ll connect you with podcasts based on what you’re doing, how you’re feeling and what you’re interested in. Similar to our contextual playlists for music,

How to listen to music while using Runkeeper

You can listen to music using iPhone’s Music App or Spotify through Runkeeper. Just bring up the Runkeeper app, then select the source button. You can choose a playlist from iTunes or Spotify!

To learn more about the new Spotify connection, check out our knowledge base article.

You can also play music from some of your favorite music apps like Pandora. Apple allows some 3rd party music apps to run in the background, so you can also use them simultaneously with Runkeeper.

Just bring up your third party music app first, select your music, then bring up Runkeeper and get tracking!

To control music while tracking, you can swipe up your iPhone Control Center or double tap your home button and navigate to your music app!

Third party music apps can simultaneously play with Runkeeper. Just tap on the Music Note icon along the top menu bar in Runkeeper, and you will have the option to select your preferred music player.

After you select the music player, you

What Music Should My Child Listen To?

Familie macht MusikA Library of Variety
Whether they’re singing along with Curious George’s theme song or asking you to turn up a popular song on the car radio, children love music. But what kind of music should kids listen to at a young age? Here are some helpful tips on creating an appropriate musical library for your child.

Not Just for Listening
Before you pick the songs, keep in mind that your child benefits from doing more than just listening. To get the full benefits of music, children need to sing, clap and dance along with the tunes. Singing and moving to music tells the brain to make meaning of it, a cognitive process called audiation, explains Lili Levinowitz, cofounder of Music Together and professor of music education at Rowan University of New Jersey.

Audiation in music is like thinking in language. We learn by practicing it, making sounds and essentially training our brains. The brain can only develop its musical comprehension if we tell it to through voicing and dancing, not through simply listening. “We’re isolating

Playing with Music at Home

Little white kid with glasses practicing some new guitar chords at homeYoung children love to sing, make music, and move to the beat. They feel competent when they learn a new song, powerful when they pound a drum or shake a tambourine, and proud when they invent a new dance. As children explore and enjoy music, they can develop skills in math, literacy, and social studies. Teachers relate music to diverse subjects and your family can continue this learning at home.

Young children explore music through play. They make discoveries through trial and error—”If I hit the tambourine lightly, it makes a soft sound. If I hit it hard, it makes a loud one.” They listen to the musical beat and dance along with it. They make up new words or add choruses to familiar songs. They ask parents and other family members to sing with them or, in some cases, ask to perform a solo.

Here are some tips on how your family can play with music and connect it to learning at home.


Prince, a Master of Playing Music and Distributing It

10In 1993, Prince decided that he’d had enough. His longtime struggles with his record label, Warner Bros., had left him wanting to reassert control over his creative life. The company might own his music, he reasoned, but it did not own him. So he changed his name to an unpronounceable glyph, a highly stylized overlay of the symbols for man and woman.

Prince, as was made clear in that moment, existed in a place beyond convention. His glyph was sent out on 3.5-inch floppy disks to media organizations so that they could use it. That way, no one had an excuse to refer to him with any terms other than his own.

Prince, who was found dead on Thursday at 57, understood how technology spread ideas better than almost anyone else in popular music. And so he became something of a hacker, upending the systems that predated him and fighting mightily to pioneer new ones. Sometimes he hated technology; sometimes he loved it.

Playing Tunes to Infants Makes their Minds Sharper and Improves their Speech

9Bouncing your baby on your knee as you listen to music won’t just make him giggle, it could also give his brain a boost.

A study found that brain regions key to music and speech were sharper in nine-month-old boys and girls who had attended musical play sessions.

This could make it easier for them to learn to speak and, eventually, even to learn foreign languages.

Researchers have found exposing infants to music early on could potentially give them a mental boost. In a small study of 39 babies, scientists found brain regions key to music and speech were sharper in nine-month-old boys and girls who had attended musical play sessions. Stock image

The US researchers said that exposure to the rhythms of music may make it easier for youngsters to make sense of the ever-changing world around them.

Study author Patricia Khul said: ‘Infants experience a complex world in which sounds, lights and sensations vary constantly.

The baby’s job

Google Play Music Replaced its Old Headphones Logo With Breakfast Piz

8Today Google Play Music released an updated version with support for podcasts, but the much bigger deal — visually, anyway — is that new logo. Gone are the simple two-tone headphones, and in their place is a four color triangle-and-circles confection that closely resembles breakfast pizza. You’ve got the reddish, saucy crust, the yellow scrambled eggs, and the orange cheddar cheese. It’s topped off with a music note that, to these eyes anyway, comes across as goat cheese. Who’s hungry?

Google Play Music’s approach to design has never been subtle — nothing that shade of orange ever is. And it is all but legally required for bloggers to cry out in pain whenever anything anywhere is redesigned. But even with that in mind, there’s something trollish about the Google Play Music logo. The loud colors and the strangely truncated circles scream “look at me” in a way befitting a music service that, while better than it usually gets credit for, looks like an also-ran next to Spotify and Apple Music.

I’m not sure the old headphones logo

Google Play Music Will Reportedly Launch its Podcast Section Next Week

7Podcasts are finally coming to Google Play Music, after the service announced it was adding the format back in October. According to an internal NPR email obtained by Android Police, Google has informed the public radio network that the podcasting platform will launch on Monday, April 18th, nearly six months after the initial announcement.

“Google will launch podcasts on Android and other platforms next Monday, April 18, inside of Google Play Music, a streaming service similar to Apple Music,” NPR stated in a letter to its members, while also noting the information was under embargo and shouldn’t be shared (so much for that).

Although it seems highly probable that podcasts will be available on Google Play Music next week, this wouldn’t be the first time a broadcaster has been seemingly duped by the streaming service. There was a false alarm for the launch of the platform back in February, after popular podcaster and writer Bill Simmons tweeted (and then deleted) that his Bill Simmons Podcast would be available on Google Play later in the month,

Music in Shakespeare’s Plays

6It was customary in Tudor and Stuart drama to include at least one song in every play. Only the most profound tragedies, in accordance with Senecan models, occasionally eschewed all music except for the sounds of trumpets and drums. In his later tragedies, William Shakespeare defied this orthodoxy and used songs startlingly and movingly, particularly in Othello, King Lear, and Hamlet.

Dramas produced at court were invariably much more lavish than those put on by the professional companies. Casts were larger, as were the instrumental ensembles used to accompany songs and provide incidental music. Gorboduc (1561) by Thomas Sackville and Thomas Norton, the first English five-act drama in blank verse, used a five-part instrumental ensemble to accompany the dumb shows that introduced each act. Wit and Science (c. 1539) by John Redford provided as an interlude a composition played and sung by four allegorical characters. The sententious choirboy dramas presented at court throughout the second half of the 16th century were acted and sung by two companies, the Children of Paul’s and the

The Mental Advantages of Music How Math and Music Relate

5That is one of the many ways in which math and music are similar. In fact, the wiring of the human brain is fully aware of the similarities between these 2 fields, even though music is seen as exciting and creative and math is typically viewed as boring and frustrating. Your brain is well aware of how similar these 2 fields are and actually develops in the same way when you practice either. This means that excelling in music can help you become more talented in the field of math, and vice-versa!

Pythagoras, the man behind an essential math theorem that bears his name, once said, “There is geometry in the humming of strings; there is music in the spacing of the spheres.” Several hundred years ago, this man was well aware of how learning music was connected to other fields of knowledge. In his time, only a privileged few could learn music. Nowadays, though, there are guitar lessons in Eagan, MN, for any who are willing to learn.

And why not learn how to

4 Ways To Play Badass Sweep Picking Arpeggio Licks On Guitar

4Tired of playing boring arpeggio licks and want to make them more creative? Here’s how: focus a lot more on applying the arpeggio patterns you already know as creatively as possible instead of looking for tons of new patterns or exercises. This is not difficult to do and you can easily turn the patterns you know into badass guitar licks using the following 4 approaches:

Approach One: Expanding Common Triad Arpeggios

You’re not stuck with only using basic major, minor or diminished arpeggios. Use additional notes by adding them on top of the basic triad to make interesting extended sweep picking shapes that will cause your arpeggios to sound a lot more unique.

Check out the video below to understand more about how this is done:

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Approach Two: Using Arpeggios Together With Different Guitar Techniques

Your arpeggios will sound much more musical when you combine sweep picking with one or more additional guitar techniques. This gives your guitar phrasing much

Learn To Play Amazing Grace With Piano Tabs

2You can learn to play popular melodies without sheet music. Today you will learn to use piano tab notation to learn a popular song!
Piano tabs show you where to play the notes on the piano. We will today use the numbers 1 to 8 to help you find the notes.
First we will locate the note 1. It is the note that is found to the left of two black keys. There are many such places on a piano but I suggest that you choose a number one somewhere in the middle of the keyboard.

The note 1 is also called C. The notes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 and 8 are also called C D E F G A B and C.

The note named 2 in our piano tab notation is the white key immediately to the right of 1. Then note 3 is the white key to the right of 2 and so on.

Let’s start by taking a look at the lyrics for the first verse:


Jazz Music History and Facts Revealed

2The 20th century music world has seen the entry of light and easy listening music with African-American jazz music. Originating in southern USA, jazz music is a combination of African and European music traditions. It puts together the use of blue notes, improvisation, syncopation and swing notes.

Jazz music was first used in reference to music from Chicago early in the 20th century. It has evolved in several other subgenres such as New Orleans Dixieland, big band-style swing, bebop, Afro-Cuban jazz, Brazilian jazz, jazz-rock fusion, and the more recent acid jazz.

The realm of jazz music was and still is predominantly associated with the American black community. These black musicians transitioning from banjos and tambourines learned to play European instruments such as the violin. Black slaves from early America used to sing and play music as a form of spiritual or ritualistic hymns.

After emancipation, employment opportunities for black slaves were very limited as segregation laws were still in force. Most of these black slaves found

Learning to Keep Time in Music

1The beat, also known as pulse, of the music acts as a reference point for all rhythms occurring in the music. Every rhythm is felt in relation to the beat. Therefore, your rhythmic skills will be based on the ability to maintain a steady beat. Being a musician, you get a fair amount of skill, in terms of techniques and the ease of learning a new musical piece, considering any instrument, per say. Rhythmic instruments like drums, cajon, djembe, tabla, dholak, etc or percussion instruments help a person to understand the beat. Most of the rhythmic instruments act like a metronome or you may also call these instrumentalists, the beat maker.

As a guitar player, keeping a steady beat becomes difficult without having a reference for the beat. The best way to learn to keep a steady beat when you’re playing alone is your foot. That’s the best metronome you can find when you have no device that can help you follow a beat. Being a musician, having a ‘sense of time’

The 1990’s Music

hqdefaultUnlike say, the 1950s, when rock and roll began, or the 1970s, which spawned punk and disco, the 1990s wasn’t an era in which any radically different genres of pop music emerged. Instead, it was a time in which styles morphed and/or merged into music that often sounded both edgy and oddly familiar.

One example of that old-into-new evolution was the rise of grunge, a hybrid of punk and the hard-rock sound of 1970s and 1980s heavy metal, which was popularized in the early 1990s by Seattle-based bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Grunge’s raw, jarring sound was matched with lyrics that usually seemed to express a downbeat, even nihilistic worldview that was drenched in self-deprecating irony; “I feel stupid and contagious / here we are now, entertain us,” Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain sang in “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” a hit single whose name sprang from a deodorant marketed to teenagers. Grunge devotees rebelled against the idea of rock stars as glamorous, fashionably coiffed celebrities, instead dressing in flannel shirts and ragged jeans and sporting unruly