This is a cross-posting of Love My Echo‘s Alexa 101 post, which I posted to that site on 12/20/16. There will be MANY more owners of Alexa-powered devices by the end of this month and it occurs to me that there are a few essential bits of information that most Alexa device owners find helpful, and I should probably pass them on this week: for both the givers and recipients. Alexa Givers 1. Be sure to deregister any Alexa devices you’ve purchased from your own Amazon account. Unless you checked that little “this is a gift” box when you ordered it, that Alexa device was automatically registered to your Amazon account. If it’s still registered to your Amazon account, the recipient of your gift won’t be able to register it to their own account. Of course, if you’re intending to run the device for the recipient (e.g., an aging or disabled person), then…
Welcome To DMM’s 12/19/16 Music Monday! If one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2017 is to get more Bible study in, you’ve come on a good day! Today I’m sharing the FREE Faith Comes By Hearing’s audio Bibles: King James Version. These readings of the Bible are presented in “dramatized” editions, with music and sound effects, or in the case of the New Testament, a “non-dramatized”, straight reading as well. Either way, they’re perfect for use in a Bible study or Sunday school setting, for personal worship time, or simply for listening enjoyment in the same situations where any audiobook would be appropriate.
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.
Tired of the same old, same old Christmas and holiday music? Here are some fresh takes on the classics, and each of these albums is currently priced at just $5. Holidays Rule (4/5 stars, 17 tracks and a digital booklet) Windham Hill Holiday Guitar Collection (4.5/5 stars, 15 tracks)
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.
Here are ten of the most downloaded AND highest-rated apps (4/5 stars or better) from Amazon’s Android App Store as of this writing. Remember that free apps may include in-app purchase (IAP) options or be ad-supported, but given that these apps have been given very high ratings by MANY consumers, where IAP links or ads are present they must be pretty unobtrusive. Descriptions below are from the apps’ product pages. Slither.io – Play against other people online! Can YOU become the longest player of the day? Temple Run 2 – The smash hit endless runner. Restaurant Story – Design your own dream restaurant to show off to your friends. Jigsaw Genius – Jigsaw Genius is the exciting new Jigsaw App from Ta-Dah Apps, the team behind Mahjong Genius.
Welcome To DMM’s 10/31/16 Music Monday! Each week I comb through the Amazon Digital Music catalog to find a few bargain-priced gems to share. In honor of Halloween, today I’ve got two Haunted House albums (spooky music + sound effects) plus a collection of 10 narrated Edgar Allan Poe tales. Halloween: Haunted House Soundtrack (Spooky Horror Music With Sound Effects), currently priced at $1.09. Haunted House Music: Halloween Sound Effects, currently priced at 89 cents.
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 10/17/16 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 Classic Care collections, each offering over seven hours of music, currently rated 5/5 stars, and priced at just 99 cents. The newly updated Amazon Fire TV Stick ships this week, and now it comes with Alexa functionality baked in! Available for pre-order, currently priced at $39.99