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

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?

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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

The Color of Music

3359346666_c031cc5493_bMusic, like color, is not easily categorized. Broad musical classifications including: Jazz, Blues, Rap, Classical, Heavy Metal, Celtic, Pop, Rock, Country, Easy Listening, Muzak, and so forth – provide only a simple description for a vast variety of expressionistic styles.

Musical styles can also be associated with color, texture, and flavor. Think of the Blues, purple Jazz, white noise, and other descriptive attributes such as: dark, light, gray, raspy, sweet, sour, sharp, harmonious and disharmonious.

Music can also be described in terms of melody, harmony, and rhythm, with different musical compositions placing different emphasis on each of the three musical elements. Coincidentally, color too can be described in terms of elements, or primaries, where the three primaries cyan, magenta, and yellow, mixed in combination with white define a visible color space.

The COLORCUBE, a recent invention designed to help visualize color relationships within the three dimensional color space, also can be used as a visualization tool in mapping the color of music.

To understand this concept, first envision

Iggy Pop, Joshua Homme Talk Music at SXSW

iggypop-joshhomme-promo-350Another surreal South By Southwest moment occurred this week with punk pioneer Iggy Pop pontificating on the joys of listening to Ray Charles.

Pop spent an hour chatting about music Thursday night with Joshua Homme for a live taping of the Queens of the Stone Age frontman’s The Alligator Hour, a radio show he hosts on Apple Music. The show will be broadcast Thursday at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

Pop and Homme also collaborated on Pop’s new album Post Pop Depression, available now, and they performed two SXSW shows this week. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert appearance on Jan. 21 was the first live performance of the band, which includes Homme, Dean Fertita (also Queens Of The Stone Age and Dead Weather), Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders and multi-instrumentalist Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stone Age) and guitarist/bassist Matt Sweeney. They embark on a 20-date tour March 28 in Seattle.

“We are going through a series of first together,” Homme said. “I never have a clue what he is going to do. But I love that because I don’t want to know. The chaos of it

Traditional Music in Community Life

Indian_village_musiciansHow does a community maintain an identity? What motivates its members to work together, to struggle for common goals? How do its members resist forced changes in order to create a future of their own design? Although people who write books tend to attribute most of the significance of social and religious life to ideas phrased in words, many deep-seated community bonds are forged through the senses. They are created and renewed by experiencing sights, aromas, tastes, tactile sensations, and sounds. Artists, cooks, dancers, and musicians know this – but their most convincing arguments don’t use words at all.

The repetitive, structured, often danced-with sounds of music are found in almost every society – along with language. There is something deeply human about music, but deeply cultural about it as well, for – like languages – there are many forms of music. Unlike language, however, music does not require “understanding.” People may be moved by music of peoples whose language means nothing to them, and the same musical performance may mean different things to

Rhythm and Blues Music

rhythm-and-bluesRhythm and blues (R&B), which combines soulful singing and a strong backbeat, was the most popular music created by and for African Americans between the end of World War II (1941-45) and the early 1960s. Such Georgia artists as Ray Charles, Little Richard, and James Brown rank among the most influential and innovative R&B performers.
Surging employment during World War II accelerated the migration of the rural poor to cities and helped create a younger, more urban black audience. By 1946 the decade-long dominance of swing music was fading, but the demand for exciting dance music remained. Early R&B artists broke away from the big band formula by typically performing in small combos and emphasizing blues-style vocals and song structures.
Saxophone and piano were still prominent, but electric guitar and bass added volume and intensity, making the new sound ideal for radio and jukeboxes.
Billboard magazine coined the term rhythm and blues to rename its “race records” chart in 1949, reflecting changes in the social status, economic power, and

Do Your Musical Hobby with the best Musical Instrument

Do you have a certain kind of hobby to do in your leisure time? What is your hobby? Well, we do believe that all of people have their own hobby to do when they are in their leisure time. When we can do our hobby, commonly we will feel so happy and we will not feel so stressful in doing the hobby. Of course, what becomes a hobby is something that we really love. That’s why in this case, we need to choose a certain kind of hobby that we really like to do so that we can release our stress.

What is your own hobby? We do believe that everyone has their own hobby. If you are such a person who really love to listen to the music, maybe this is your hobby. Listening to the music is such a great hobby that we can do when we are in our stressful time or when we are in our leisure time. By listening to the music, we can release the stressful mind and we sometimes can sing also the songs that we love to listen.

Or if you have the good talent in music, you can learn to play the musical

Soul Music

white-navy-soul-music-star-long-sleeve-shirts_designSoul music, term adopted to describe black popular music in the United States as it evolved from the 1950s to the ’60s and ’70s. Some view soul as merely a new term for rhythm and blues. In fact a new generation of artists profoundly reinterpreted the sounds of the rhythm-and-blues pioneers of the 1950s—Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Sam Cooke, and Ray Charles—whose music found popularity among whites and was transformed into what became known as rock and roll.

If rock and roll, represented by performers such as Elvis Presley, can be seen as a white reading of rhythm and blues, soul is a return to black music’s roots—gospel and blues. The style is marked by searing vocal intensity, use of church-rooted call-and-response, and extravagant melisma. If in the 1950s Charles was the first to secularize pure gospel songs, that transformation realized its full flowering in the work of Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” who, after six years of notable work on Columbia Records, began her glorious reign in 1967 with her first