I guess it sorta makes sense that many people think podcasts are only for iPods, since it’s got “pod” right there in the name, but it’s not true. A podcast is just a regular ‘ol MP3 audio file, just the same as an MP3 song or album, and that means any device that’s capable of playing MP3s can play podcasts. If A Podcast Is Just An MP3, Why’s It Called A Podcast? Okay, fair question. Podcasting got its start as a way for people to host and share their own radio programs on the internet. I say “radio programs” because even though, for the most part, these were not programs that ever played across radio waves, their format followed what you’d typically hear on a radio program: either interviews and commentary, like you’d hear on talk radio stations, or more of a music radio show format, with music, host commentary…
Today’s installment is part 4 in my Escape From iTunes series. In the first post I explained why making the switch from iTunes to Amazon’s MP3 Cloud Player is an especially good move for Kindle Fire owners, since it will free them to get full use of their digital music libraries across all their devices, including the Fire. I’ve already compared the Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 to the 5th Generation iPod Touch and found them to be virtually identical in functionality (though not in price!). I also compared iTunes to Amazon’s MP3 Cloud Player for use as a music player and library management tool, and concluded Cloud Player is a worthy substitute. Enough about the whys of leaving iTunes, today I’m getting into the how. The following tutorial explains how I made the switch from an iPod + iTunes to a Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 + Amazon’s MP3 Cloud Player, but the same basic steps can be used regardless of the portable player…
Welcome To DMM’s 4/14/17 Freebie Friday! I’ve got two digital albums to share today: a HUGE collection of indie music award winners, and the other an album for lovers of New Age. First up is Message, by Vyking. 11 tracks of instrumental New Age, with a good mix of upbeat electronic numbers and more contemplative pieces where a piano takes center stage. A nice backing track for any setting or activity where you’d like some music that’s pleasant, but not too distracting. Currently rated 5/5 stars.
I normally share dirt-cheap and free digital music here on Mondays, but since there seems to be a great deal of confusion around Amazon Music lately I’ve decided to dedicate today’s post to that topic. Amazon actually has five different types or levels of digital music services. Note that details reported here are accurate as of this writing, on 1/8/17, but are subject to change at any time at Amazon’s discretion. 1. What is Amazon Music? Amazon Music is the Amazon Digital Music department on the Amazon site. It includes Prime Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, and all the other digital music that isn’t part of either of those programs. When you go to Amazon > Digital Music through the department menu or select Digital Music when using the main Amazon site search bar, you’re accessing Amazon Music.
Welcome to DMM’s 12/12/16 Music Monday! Today I’ve got three huge, excellent collections: two in a holiday theme and one that’s straight classical. Each includes 100 tracks and each is currently priced at $1.99 or less. 100 Must-Have Christmas Carols and Chants (4/5 stars, currently priced at $1.99) – Choral and Gregorian chant arrangements featuring such groups as The Vienna Boys Choir, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and International Children’s Chorus. 100 Mystic Christmas Moments (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at 99 cents) – Magical instrumental and choral arrangements, featuring such groups as The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Budapest Strings, Capella Gregoriana and Bukarest Madrigal Chorus.
Welcome To Digital Media Mom’s 12/5/16 Music Monday! Today I’m sharing two holiday-themed albums: one currently priced at just 89 cents and the other is currently totally free! The first album is Celtic Christmas (Irish Gaelic Christmas) – rated 4/5 stars and currently priced at 89 cents. 21 tracks of airy, magical interpretations of Christmas classics, featuring traditional Celtic instruments. Today’s freebie is a brand new release: Emmanuel by Fielder Church. 8 tracks, with various takes on holiday favorites that range from country to jazzy.
Welcome To DMM’s 11/14/16 Music Monday! Each week I comb through the Amazon Digital Music catalog to find a few bargain-priced gems to share. Today I’m sharing two large collections that are both rated 5/5 stars and both (currently) priced at just 99 cents each. The pieces in Piano Classics for Babies aren’t just for babies. These 50 lovely tracks can lighten anyone’s mood. Currently rated 5/5 stars.
Welcome To DMM’s 10/24/16 Music Monday! Each week I comb through the Amazon Digital Music catalog to find a few bargain-priced gems to share. Today I’m sharing two (currently) free ambient albums that combine music with nature sound effects. Many reviewers complain that the crackling fire sounds on Classical Piano Relaxation: By the Fireplace are too loud and make it hard to hear the piano in the background, but if you’re looking for something that emulates sitting right next to a fire while a piano plays in the next room, in my opinion this is a great one for relaxing or drifting off to sleep.
Welcome To DMM’s 10/3/16 Music Monday! Each week I comb through the Amazon Digital Music catalog to find a few bargain-priced gems to share. Today I’m sharing the 111 Amazing series of box sets. Each album in this series contains 111 tracks, and all are currently rated 4/5 stars or better and priced at just 99 cents each. Here are just a few of the highest-rated albums in the series.
Welcome To DMM’s 9/26/16 Music Monday! Each week I comb through the Amazon Digital Music catalog to find a few bargain-priced gems to share. Today it’s Nature Sounds albums. Whether to set the tone during meditation, yoga, reading or a tub soak, or to help you fall asleep, there’s nothing quite like the white noise of nature sounds albums. Each of these three albums is a little over an hour long, currently rated 4.5/5 stars, and priced at about a dollar.