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[How To]: Sync Your iTunes Library To An Android Phone

Apple fan or not, even the staunchest critics of the company give credit where it’s due. iTunes, Apple’s very own media player and music library app has changed the way music is listened to and distributed worldwide.

Listening to music through iTunes is by far the most preferred way for millions of users (iOS users in particular of course) worldwide. But then iTunes can only be accessed from iOS based devices (iPhone, iPad etc).

In this article, we’ll show you exactly how you can sync your iTunes music (including your files and libraries) to an Android device. Basically, there are two methods through which you can sync music from your iTunes library into your Android based device.

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Winamp saved from shutting down; Bought by Radionomy

Fans of Winamp have a reason a celebrate, as news have begun surfacing regarding the popular music player’s acquisition by the digital audio company called Radionomy.

According to latest reports, Winamp will function in the same way, and will keep it’s name, overall theme, features and punchlines.

Some months back, AOL came out with the announcement that they will be shutting down their music player Winamp and all of its associated services along with it. The expected closing down was given as 20th December 2013, but as the Dooms Day got nearer, rumors started circulating in the online communities of a possible acquisition.

Fast forward to January 14th, and we’ve got an official announcement by Winamp that a deal has been made, and the Music Player/Internet Streaming Player is being acquired by Radionomy. Additionally, the digital audio company is also going to acquire Shoutcast from AOL.

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OnAir Player Review : Connect PC, Mobile and TV to Stream Music!

Nowadays, it’s all about having your devices and gadgets connected with the cloud and having to access all your files ‘on the go’. And it’s the same for music as well. In this article, we’ll have a quick look at a very promising music player application out there; the OnAir Player. The featured application will let you play your favorite music on your computer, while having access to it from a remote device; such as your phone for example.

OnAir Player connects all your devices and treats them as one. It can connect devices within your LAN or the internet, which means you can basically ‘stream’ your music files from a laptop in your house, while you’re at your office. Now how cool is that?!

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How To Transfer Music Into Your iOS Device Without The Need Of iTunes Sync

When it comes to transferring your music on your iOS device (iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch) through Apple’s proprietary software iTunes things can get a bit annoying since it often requires you to sync the whole library, even when all you want to transfer is just one song. The process often takes a ridiculous amount of time depending how large your music library is. Now thanks to the 3rd party developers, there’s an application that will help you transfer your music library without using iTunes.

The application is called iTools, a handy application available for both Mac and Windows PC for free.

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5 Best iTunes Alternatives You Should Check Out

Popularity wise, iTunes is hands down the most widely known and used apps on the iOS. People like it because it comes as a built-in app, has a really simple interface to play music and gives one-click access to the iTunes store, where users can shop for the latest new music online.

But music is only one of the many features it provides; you can watch your favorite movies on the iTunes, and can play it a variety of Apple gadgets including the iPhone, iPod as well as the iPad. So it’s safe to say that the iTunes is definitely the #1 choice by default for many Apple fans; but that doesn’t mean it has its flaws.

And that’s why we are going to show you a few iTunes alternatives to consider. There are a number of apps available in the market that actually do as good a job as iTunes (if not better) at playing your favorite music and movies.

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Complete Guide To Streaming, Sharing And Copying Music Legally

Lets start with two basic question:

  1. What is music streaming?
  2. From which websites can I stream music legally?

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What is streaming music?

Streaming is when you play music or video directly over the internet – like YouTube or BBC iPlayer. There are many sites that allow you to download or stream music, but some of them are illegal because they don’t have the permission of the owners of the music. Reputable companies will feature in the press and other media – Google a name you’re not sure of to see how it’s reported. If it sounds dodgy, steer clear – the prices may be attractive, but streaming from a disreputable source could leave you open to attacks from viruses and malware, as well as the legal attentions of the copyright holders.

From which websites can I stream music legally?

One of the biggest music streaming sites is YouTube, according to a recent survey, but you’ll need to search and play tracks individually. However, there are also specialist music streaming sites like Spotify, Sony Music Unlimited and WE7 which allow you to stream music directly from their huge databases for a monthly subscription fee. You can play single tracks or whole albums, select the entire output from a particular artist or organise your own playlists. Many streaming services have a basic free model, though you’ll be limited to a certain number of tracks and some have bigger databases than others – it’s a good idea to search for the kind of music you’re after before you sign up.

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  1. Internet radio. You can also listen to internet radio from the BBC and many other stations around the world using your PC or laptop. Simply find the site you want and click on their play button. The line between radio and music libraries is blurring, and services like Last.fm allow you to choose an artist you’d like to play, and play a selection of tunes by them, along with similar artists. You might be asked to download an additional program to be able to stream the music, such as Flash or RealPlayer. You’ll be directed to an official download site, but so long as you’re planning to stream from a reputable site, this shouldn’t cause you or your computer any problems.
  2. Hi-res audio. There are also high resolution streaming and download sites available, like Linn Records or HD Tracks, which offer better quality audio than most sites. These often focus on classical and jazz, and for some you may pay on a track-by-track basis rather than a subscription.

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What are the dangers of copying music?

Downloading music online isn’t just illegal, it can also expose your computer to malware and viruses which could damage your computer, or cause it to run slowly. If you download music online, it’s always safest to pay for it from a reputable site. Just because a site charges, doesn’t mean it’s reputable – some sites may charge a subscription or download fee, but aren’t licensed by the copyright holders.

What’s legal? It’s legal to copy music from a CD for your own personal use. You can upload it to a secure server, such as an account with a cloud provider, to which only you have access. You can also stream it around your home using your home wireless network, without fear of prosecution.

And what’s not? It’s not legal to share music recordings or files with others, by copying them and posting them online. Uploading music to a site which is intended for file sharing could get you in trouble with the law. Strictly speaking, it’s not necessarily legal to upload songs or videos to YouTube, Facebook or other public access sites. Lots of people do it of course, but if the copyright holder objects, the site may remove it and you could potentially be contacted by the authorities.

How To Share Music in Home Network

1. What you’ll need. Wi-Fi is the wireless technology which makes it easy to stream music to different players around your home. You’ll need a Wi-Fi router which you hook up to the internet via your phone line or cable connection. Routers will usually have the option of connecting several devices via Ethernet cable as well as Wi-Fi. A wired connection is more stable, since Wi-Fi can occasionally falter or suffer from interference from other wireless devices. If your computer doesn’t have built-in Wi-Fi, you can buy a dongle which you plug into a USB socket. You can use an audio player like Windows Media Player, which probably came preinstalled on your computer, to organise your music and the devices you want to play it on.

2. Wi-Fi devices. There are lots of different types of Wi-Fi-enabled digital radios and iPod docks which can connect to your network and stream music directly from your computer’s hard drive. Each device will have its own system for searching your music. Some can be quite clunky and awkward with small screen displays, though you may be able to control them directly from your computer or by using a mobile app. There are also systems which connect to your existing hi-fi, allowing you to combine the storage power of your computer with high quality audio playback.

3. Wireless systems. Wi-Fi provides the wireless connection, but each device will have its own playback system. Some are easier to use and more versatile than others. AirPlay, for instance, uses Apple’s popular iTunes software to organise you music and play it wherever you like, though you’ll need a speaker that already incorporates the software. AirPlay devices, and many others, offer the chance to download an app for your iPhone or Android smartphone which allow you to use it as a remote control – this can be a much easier way of navigating the menus and searching through your music collection.

4. Streaming around your home. Online streaming services like Spotify will allow you to stream your music to other devices, but you’ll usually have to pay the premium subscription rate to enable this.

5. Wi-Fi alternatives. Wi-Fi isn’t the only wireless game in town, and some wireless audio systems, like Sonos, create their own wireless network. It won’t suffer from interference from Wi-Fi devices, but the players can be more expensive.

Guest Post by Alex Johnson, who writes for knowthenet, which provides advice on staying legal, informed and safe when online.

Image credits: DNLA Media Sharing by Prepayasyougo, Spotify login window by gabriel.jorby, top image by superUbO

TuneUp Media Cleaner and Organizer Review + Giveaway

I never cared about organized and clean music until I started using services like last.fm and application like iTunes with cover flow. As the local music on my hard disk I collected over the years were from different sources, most of them had custom or no metadata at all and I regretted it most of time. We have already covered some free services like MusicBrainz Picard that could help in cleaning the music, but it gave unsatisfactory results for regional collection.

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Earbits is another Online Music App

earbits 1 300x225 Earbits is another Online Music AppI have to be honest. When I first heard about Earbits, I thought to myself “Another online music app?” It almost felt like saying we need another legal drama on TV. Who needs that? I have lots of music app accounts with Last.fm, blip.fm, Spotify, Pandora and Grooveshark.

Did I really need one more account? But I got over myself and gave it a try. I’m glad I did.

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