What Is Streaming Music, Home Networking Basics Tips From CNET, The Digital Future Of The Washington Post & If You’re In The Market For A New Coffee Table…

What Is Streaming Music: I had lunch with a friend over the weekend and she asked me an interesting question. She said “What is streaming music anyway?” And the answer to that question is that the term “streaming music” means to access music via the Internet – in other words, the music isn’t stored on your computer but is stored on the computer server of the company offering the music for you to access and listen to.

There are three main types of streaming music services you can access online: personalized radio services, music on demand services and online accessed radio stations.  Personalized radio includes Pandora and the upcoming Apple (or possible iTunes) music service, on demand services which allow you to specify which songs and albums you wish to listen to including the Spotify and Rdio services and online accessed radio services like TuneIn Radio allow you to access radio stations offering the same content they transmit to radios over the air via the Internet.

If all of that sounds confusing it probably is at least a little bit!

So let me try and offer some examples. If you use Pandora Internet Radio which is a personalized radio service and which you can access via the Pandora site or Pandora app, you create playlists based upon songs or artists. So at home I have a Billie Holiday station that plays music by Billie Holliday and other similar artists that Pandora chooses. Likewise I have a Peter, Paul & Mary station that offers folk-rock and pop hits from the 1960s for my listening pleasure and again Pandora offers the song selections based upon whatever artist or song I’ve told Pandora I want it to create a personalized station around.

On the other hand if I were to listen to Internet accessed music from Spotify or Rdio, via the web or an app, I would be using an on demand streaming service and I could create playlists that include specific songs and/or artists – so if I wanted to hear the Billie Holiday album “Lady Sings The Blues” in its entirety  — I could do so which is not something I can do with Pandora – Pandora can only play 4 songs an hour by a specific artists for any of its listeners.

And on the third hand, say I just want to tune into a radio station like WSQX that doesn’t come in without static at my house via a traditional radio; I can use the TuneIn Radio app or site which allows me to access that Binghamton based radio station by accessing the content that WSQX now offers online (you can go directly to the WSQX site and stream the music too via this link: http://www.wskg.org/streaming/wsqx_player.html?new).

And I mention the TuneIn App, even though you can stream WSQX content directly from their site via the web, because although many radio stations now offer their radio shows and content to be accessed (streamed) via the web– TuneIn is a cool app that allows you to access thousands of radio stations from all over the world from one place – so you can listen to radio stations from countries across the globe, save your favorite stations to your favorites list and easily switch between your favorite stations at the touch of a button which is cool!

So basically Pandora creates genre playlists based upon what artists you tell them you like, Rdio and Spotify create on demand music playlists that allow you to select the specific songs you wish to listen to and traditional radio stations like WSQX now broadcast their programs live over the web – so you can access music via any of these services and have a static free listening experience!

Here’s a link to a Guardian article on the subject titled “Rdio’s streaming Stations aim to understand music fans, not just music” that offers even more information on the subject:

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/appsblog/2013/aug/08/rdio-stations-streaming-music-radio

Home Networking Basics Tips From CNET: CNET is offering an entire series of how-to articles on that focus on how to set up a home (Internet) network. Here’s the link to part 8 of the series which offers an in-depth explanation of how to set up a router and modem; the article even offers tips as to when it makes sense to buy your own equipment instead of renting Wi-Fi equipment:

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-3132_7-57597651-98/home-networking-explained-part-8-cable-modem-shopping-tips/

The Digital Future Of The Washington Post: NPR offers a video interview with current Washington Post CEO Don Graham that is interesting because it speculates on the future of newspapers particularly the Washington Post which was just purchased by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos – and the basic gist of the situation is that the future of “print” is digital and not paper:

Here’s the link: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/media/july-dec13/washpost_08-06.html

If You’re In The Market For A New Coffee Table…And if you are in the market for a new coffee table and you like technology and have $7,000 to spare – you might consider buying the new wooden Hammacher Schlemmer 32″ Windows 8 touch screen coffee table! You get the full Windows 8 touch screen experience beneath every cup of coffee you set on it!

Here’s the link to the Coolest Gadget’s article on this brand new coffee table:

  http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20130808/giant-coffee-table-touchscreen-computer/

Have a great day!

Linda R.

References

Dredge, Stuart. (2013, August 8). The Guardian. Rdio’s streaming Stations aim to understand music fans, not just music: New personal radio feature shows streaming service is a credible alternative to Spotify, Deezer and other rivals. Online. Accessed August 12, 2013, http://www.theguardian.com/technology/appsblog/2013/aug/08/rdio-stations-streaming-music-radio

 

Edwin. (2013, August 5). Giant Coffee Table Touchscreen Computer. CoolestGadgets.com. Online. Accessed August 12, 2013, http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20130808/giant-coffee-table-touchscreen-computer/

Madrigal, Alexis. The Music Is Waiting to Be Tapped’: Listening in the Era of the Stream. (2013, August 9). The Atlantic. Online. Accessed August 12, 2013. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/13/08/the-music-is-waiting-to-be-tapped-listening-in-the-era-of-the-stream/278466/

Ngo, Dong. (2013, August 9). Home networking explained, Part 8: Cable modem shopping tips. CNET. Online. Accessed August 20, 2013. http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-3132_7-57597651-98/home-networking-explained-part-8-cable-modem-shopping-tips/

‘Our Future Is Digital’: Don Graham Reflects on Washington Post’s Turning Point.’ (2013, August 6). PBS Newshour. Online. Accessed August 12, 2013. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/media/july-dec13/washpost_08-06.html

 

 

The Rise Of Group Subscriptions Or Accessing Television Subscription Content You Don’t Pay For & And Rdio Vdio Streaming Service Debuts

The Rise Of Group Subscriptions Or Accessing Television Subscription Content You Don’t Pay: The New York Times featured a cool article over the weekend which chronicles a growing trend – the growing number of people who access paid television content by using the cable subscription of a friend or relative so they don’t have to pay for the content. It seems an increasing number of people are accessing paid television shows and movies by accessing cable accounts online or via apps through their tablets or smartphones and then logging into their cable accounts with the log in information of a friend or relative. This new trend seems to be the most popular way for Cord Nevers. The term Cord Nevers referring to young adults that have grown up and accessed television shows and movies both online and by their parents or some other family members’ cable subscriptions and never had to pay for that content – and now they don’t want to so they are essentially getting accessing their favorite television shows and movies by a work-around logging into the HBO, Time Warner or other cable vendors subscription accounts with someone else’s login information.  

Consider this example that is relayed in the article – the HBO television series Game of Thrones is in the midst of its third season. And episodes of the series can be streamed for free from the smartphone and tablet HBO app and also through the HBO website. And the only thing a person needs to stream the episodes is someone’s’ cable subscription login information – it doesn’t have to be theirs. Having the login information in hand can allow five or six members of the same family to watch episodes of Game of Thrones, or any other HBO content, on demand and when they want to! The only stipulation is that two people cannot be logged in and watching the same television episode at the same time.

This is an interesting trend as it shows how the traditional cable TV bundled channel subscription package business model is walking down the road to obsolesce.

Here’s the link to the New York Times article which is titled No TV? No Subscription? No Problem:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/07/business/streaming-sites-and-the-rise-of-shared-accounts.html?ref=technology

And Rdio Vdio Streaming Service Debuts: The company behind the Rdio streaming music service has just introduced a new video streaming service called Vdio. Unlike Rdio, which is a subscription music service, the new Vdio service allows you to buy or rent streaming videos. And currently Vdio is only available to Rdio Unlimited subscribers who can watch the Vdio videos through a web browser or if they have an Apple device through the Apple app – there isn’t yet a Vdio app for Android smartphones and tablets.

And as I’ve already gotten up on my soapbox on for the above section on the New York Times article and gone on about how the traditional cable TV bundled channel business model is changing in our 24-7-365-Internet connected world – I won’t do it again today!

Sufficient to say the new Vdio streaming videos service is another example of how the traditional way people watch movies and television shows.

Billboard offers an article with more in-depth information on this new streaming video service via the following link:

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/1555894/rdio-launches-vdio-new-tv-and-film-marketplace-updated

Have a great day!

Linda R

References

Dredge, Stuart. (2013, April 4). Vdio streaming TV and film service goes live in the US and UK. The Guardian. Online.

Wortham, Jenna. (2013, April 6). No TV? No Subscription? No Problem. New York Times. Online.