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The New MySpace
MySpace has finally rolled out the long-awaited redesign of their website. Is it good? Kinda. Great? No. Better? Definitely. I did a long piece on United Tech Guys about the positives and negatives, but to sum it up, the negatives outweigh the positives.
MySpace is dropping the “a place for friends” tagline in order to become “the leading entertainment destination that is socially powered by the passions of fans and curators.” This is an attempt to redefine what MySpace is as a whole, so as not to be the loser in the battle against companies like Facebook and Twitter. The new design is cleaner and more organized, without a doubt.
The negatives include the backlash on Twitter, the busy and disorganized homepage, the head-start that Facebook has (with 500 million users, compared to MySpace’s 61 million), and quite a bit more. Also, have you seen the MySpace Logo Video? Bizarre. Very bizarre. Read the rest of this entry
Today I was talking to a friend, and he had told me he and his roommate had developed a game for the iPhone together! Holy crap! The game is called Tic Tac Toe Ten? Ever heard of it? The game premise is very simple. Be the first person to win a 3×3 square among a larger 3×3 square grid. Huh? See the video below for better explanation. >_>
There is a free version, as well as a paid version. In the free version, the first person to win 1 square is the winner and you can play against the clock, as well as 2 player game mode.
In the paid version, you can configure the game to the be first to win 2 squares or 3 squares. There are more background skins, a leaderboard, and more! This game is fun, and if I had an iPhone, I would definitely be playing it.
Youtube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hwF4U1vIyc
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Welcome back to another edition of Rockin’ Friday! Today I will be talking about how one might wrestle out of the grip that iTunes has on your musical freedom.
A little introduction first for those who have been living under a rock for the past few years. iTunes has become one of the more dominant media-players, and with that the iTunes Music Store has become the dominant online music store. However, by buying a song from there (which admittedly is very easy, cheap and of a very good, reliable quality) you get the song in a protected AAC format. What does this mean? Basically you’re restricted to listening to the song in iTunes and on your iPod. Not even Apple’s other media programs, such as iMovie, allow you to use protected songs. And this can be a major pain.
Recently, Apple have released ‘iTunes Plus’ which allows you to pay slightly extra to have the protection removed. However, this indeed costs money and only exists for a small few of the songs that Apple sell. For those who need other methods, I’ve been looking into other ways to combat this restriction.
For Windows users, there are relatively few free ways to do this, as the programs are shareware. The most prominent of those that came up on Google was one called SoundTaxi. This has a free trial, but will eventually cost you $19 or more depending on the version. Once it converts the file, it will preserve the song, artist, album name and other metadata.
A free, but perhaps more inconvenient, alternative is QTFairUse 6. This is indeed free, but does not preserve metadata. It also requires Python to run, rather than being a program. The other downside is that it doesn’t seem to work in iTunes, although this could be just on the Mac version of iTunes. So if you’re a little adventurous, give this a try, but otherwise stick with SoundTaxi.
For Mac users, we have a program called FairGame, which is actually quite ingenious once you get it working. It requires a little setting up, but it is essentially a script that uses iMovie to convert your file in to a .wav, and then iTunes to convert it into an .mp3. It runs into a lot of problems, and disrupting it in anyway up until you have a .wav will mean you have to start all over again, but otherwise it works pretty well. And it’s free!
So that’s all for today, enjoy your weekend and see you next week!
Rock on! \m/
What happens if you want to share your music with friends? Gotta burn those CDs, DVDs, email those songs, whatever. Anything you do takes extra time and can potentially cost you money in the form of physical data storage. “Mojo is music sharing done right. With just two clicks, you are ready to browse, select, and download music from any Mojo user. Plus, subscribe to the playlists of other users, and Mojo will update those playlists anytime they are online. Finally, all downloaded songs will automatically be added to your iTunes library.”
That’s right. you heard correctly. rather, read it.
Taken from LifeHacker, here is some extra information:
Windows/Mac only: Share any song in your iTunes library and download any song from your friends’ iTunes libraries over the internet with freeware application Mojo. Essentially, Mojo makes sharing music with your friends through iTunes wildly simple, from its simple interface to its brilliant implementation. If you’ve ever used apps like previously mentioned ourTunes to download music from shared libraries, you have an idea of what Mojo does, bu you should still prepare to be amazed. I’m head over heels for Mojo, so hit the jump for a full-on screenshot tour and detailed walk-through and overview of everything Mojo has to offer.
To get started, you need to download and install Mojo on your computer (it’s fully ready to go on Macs, and currently in beta for Windows). The first time you run Mojo, you’ll be asked to create an account. Do that, then you’ll see the Mojo friends window, which is much like a buddy window on an instant messenger client. Granted, you won’t have any buddies in this window to begin with (unless it’s also been installed by another computer on your local network), but don’t worry, you will.Next, let’s say your friend downloads and installs Mojo as well. They give you their user name, you hit the little plus (+) sign to add them as a buddy, and they’re sent an approval request. They approve you, and voilà—you now have access to every song in their iTunes library. So what now?
Browsing and Downloading Music
To browse your friend’s library, just double-click their entry in the buddy window. Mojo will open a new window which shows every song in their library and their playlists, along with their Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts, and Audiobooks. Double-click any song to play it back, and to download a song (or even video), just click the download arrow next to the song or the big download button at the bottom of the screen.
Mojo will download the song and automatically add it to your iTunes library. Additionally, it will even create a playlist in a folder called Mojo containing all the songs you downloaded from that friend.
You may be thinking: Sure, this is impressive, but what else can it do? Well, for one, Mojo automatically detects whether or not you already have a song in your iTunes library. Any song that you’ve already got displays in Mojo in a light gray color. And if your friend has purchased a song from the iTunes Music store, and it’s dripping with nasty DRM—Mojo highlights those tracks in red.
So What’s the Catch?
If you’ve already checked out the Mojo homepage, you may notice that there is a premium version of the application. Luckily for all of the cheapskates out there like me, you really don’t need to buy the premium version to enjoy most of the best features of Mojo. But let’s say you do want to go Pro. Here’s what you get:
- Unlimited friends
- Playlist subscriptions
As far as I can tell, that’s it. Playlist subscriptions, which allow you to subscribe to a playlist in your friend’s library, automatically downloads music in the playlist as your friend adds to it. Crazy cool, yes, but if you don’t want to shell out for it, it’s really not that must-have.
Right now, as I said, Mojo is available and ready for primetime on the Mac, and is currently in beta for Windows users. The app takes practically zero know-how to set up and get started with, and everything it does is near perfect. I’ve only tested it on my Mac so far, so if you give the beta a try on Windows, let’s hear how it’s working in the comments. For another detailed usage overview, check out the introduction screencast from Mojo.”
Trust us, this program is AMAZING.
Ok, after much tinkering, I figured out how I can download music to my iPod Touch… AND LISTEN TO THEM FREE!! Ok, here it is.
Download this .zip file:
Then extract it to a SAFE place.
I wrote out almost the whole tutorial and then realized I left out a few steps. I found this helpful video that will be much better at explaining the steps. Sorry. The files he talks about is the link I posted above. If you have any questions, please comment and I will answer them ASAP.
Alright, This is Voltaire once again with a “how to get free stuff” report. Those of you that have read my previous get a free iPhone article know what sticklers we are for free things. Well, I have found a really good site. Yes, it has iPods, iTunes cards, Wii games and extra Wii parts, xbox 360’s, HALO 3 (YES FOR FREE), xbox parts, xbox live cards, PS3’s with games and parts, music, DS’s with games, PSP’s with games, and much, much more!
And heres the deal: you dont need a credit card! Most of the offers available do NOT need a credit card. All you have to do is complete a little survey or sign up an account but you wont need a credit card. of course, for those of you that are willing to spend a few bucks, there are credit card and cell phone offers to be completed.
So, how do you get points? complete offers! or tell you friends to help you out.
Want to sign up? well, i didnt mention a link or a set yet.
So there it is! Click above to sign up and start getting free things!
(They have the Touch, so you better hurry!!!)
The site is reliable, and credits add up instantaneously. You will not have any problems!