Although delivered a month late, Apple has finally shipped the complete cloud integrated version of iTunes. This includes iTunes Match, a much awaited feature allowing both online streaming of music and “upgrading” library content from the iTunes Store. Here's how to upgrade your old low bit rate MP3 files with high quality 256 bit AAC replacements from Apple's server. Best of … [Read more...] about How to Legitimize and Upgrade Your Music Library Using iTunes Match
I've been waiting on a Mac Mini to replace my sluggish and crash-prone Firefly/NSLU2 home music and file server, and Apple finally delivered the goods today, after leaving us in the lurch at Macworld 2009! I've placed my order for a base-model Mac Mini, and look forward to using Apple's iPhone Remote with the Airport Express AirTunes as my primary home music playing … [Read more...] about The New Mac Mini is Finally Here!
Amazon.com Widgets Amazon just surprised me with a $5 credit for their mp3 download store, and you can get one too! It turns out that they're running a promotion through Christmas - spend $25 on music CDs or electronics (in a single order) and you get a $5 credit for mp3 downloads. Sadly, it's only one credit per customer... But what good is a $5 credit? Well, Amazon is … [Read more...] about Free MP3 Downloads From Amazon!
I know this will sound like an ad, but please don't take it that way. I love Amazon's selection of MP3 downloads - they're DRM-free and uniformly cheaper than iTunes. And the company has a download app that integrates nicely with iTunes (unlike the eternally-borken Emusic manager). I was surprised this morning with an email from Amazon touting "five albums for $5" on the … [Read more...] about Amazon MP3 Friday 5
So yesterday we finished ripping our entire CD collection - we've now completed our switch to digital music at home. It's done. It amuses me to think of the statistics: We have 11,284 tracks stored, including 279 Christmas songs and 549 kids songs! Most songs were ripped using LAME at the VBR3 setting in joint stereo This music library takes up 58 GB of storage on … [Read more...] about No More CDs