Harmony is a free desktop music player for Windows to stream music from Spotify, SoundCloud, Play Music, Last.fm, Deezer, and Hyper Machine.
Harmony is a free desktop music player for Windows to stream music from Spotify, SoundCloud, Play Music, Last.fm, Deezer, and Hyper Machine.
If you are into minimalistic and portable, then take a look at Kaseto… This music app is a work in progress.
I am seeing more and more music downloaders. This one is called MusicWire, and what I like about MusicWire is that it is a portable app.
MusicWire is a free application you can use to easily search for and download MP3 files. The app allows you to search for audio books and music files from different places on the web, giving you access to over 100,000,000 MP3 files… MusicWire has a more modern interface than some of the other downloaders I have tried; has the ability to perform simultaneous downloads; AND, allows you to test and play the downloaded songs. You also have option in the settings to select the download folder.
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I don’t know what it is, but as long as I have been working with software (and now apps), if it looks good, I like it. The Dub Music Player + Equalizer is no exception. Instead of the flat look that developers are working toward, Dub Music Player + Equalizer has a simple, effective and real-like interface that sports an awesome looking vue meter. I am not into playlists and I like the idea with this player I can select a folder of music and it will play the contents of the folder.
Enjoy your music in a new way.
Perfectly balanced Dub Music Player, will meet your need for a clean and high quality sound, with built-in 5 band equalizer, that has a predefined presets, which directly change the sound quality by genre:
A recent post, I featured an online (cloud based) music player, called YouZeek, that streams music from YouTube. After posting this article, I started looking around to see if there were any other online YouTube music players and came across Youtify.
It will be a matter of preference on whether to use YouZeek or Youtify. What I found is that YouZeek uses a more featured rich interface; whereas Youtify uses a more minimalistic interface or approach. I sort of liked the idea that I could easily navigate Youtify.
With Youtify you can stream music from YouTube, SoundCloud, and Official.fm… You can easily setup songs to play in a queue or playlist and can go full screen to watch a corresponding YouTube music video. It appears Youtify is designed only to be played from a browser and does not feature interfaces for other app platforms (such as Android and Apple).
Youtify was created by Per Thulin and Karl Tannergård and was launched on May 8, 2011. Youtify works as a skin for YouTube, SoundCloud and Official.fm, allowing for fast and easy search among music from international superstars as well as independent artists. With the integrated support for Flattr microdonations, Youtify has a unique way for fans to support artists.
If you know of any other online (cloud based) YouTube music players, I would be real interested in hearing about it…
YOUZEEK is a FREE online (cloud based) music application. With YOUZEEK, you can play music, discover or re-discover artists and bands, find music by country and by genre. According to their “About” page, YOUZEEK and its users, keep it legal, by not storing any copyrighted content and relies on legal sources such as YouTube.
I am still learning to navigate the YOUZEEK site, and do have some unanswered questions; however, what I am seeing is awesome (like making selections, creating playlists, watching the corresponding music videos, a music room to instantly share music with others, etc…). To get full benefit of YOUZEEK, it is best to set up an account (which is FREE).
YOUZEEK is available through your web browser (at youzeek.com); available as a Google Chrome App; and, available as an app on the following mobile platforms (Android, Amazon Kindle Fire, Apple iPhone, and Apple iPad).
[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] An Ultra Light Mobile Browser For Your Android Phone That Is Small, Speedy and Secure – When it comes to web browsers it seems we get stuck on top named browsers (such as Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer); but, did you know there are numerous other browsers out there that is competing on the Android mobile phone platform that is giving these browsers a run for their money?
A web browser that has become a mainstay on my Nexus 5 is CM (Clean Master) Browser-Fast. The install for this browser is SMALL (less that 2MB). It is SPEEDY (featuring a preload mechanism that makes browsing very fast). It is SECURE (warns you when browsing potentially fraudulent or malicious websites).
Two things that stands out with me with CM (Clean Master) Browser-Fast is that it actually is fast and will protect your privacy from unsolicited tracking.
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[FILE ENCRYPTION] A Small, Easy-To-Use Encryption Program – Drag’n’Crypt ULTRA is a small, easy-to-use encryption program using which you can protect confidential data from unauthorized access. You move the file to encrypt (s) simply on the program window (the drop zone ) and DCU encrypt the file (s) with the very safe Twofish encryption algorithm… @Drag’n’Crypt ULTRA
[COMPUTER SECURITY] Run software in an isolated environment to prevent it from making changes to your system – Sandboxie is an innovative program that makes it possible to run applications in complete isolation from the rest of your system – in a sandbox. This means that any problems that may crop up in an isolated piece of software do not spread to other areas of your system; this help to protect against full system crashes, and also the spread of malware. Sandboxie can also be used to run web browser sessions in isolation so that any malicious web sites that may be encountered are not able to cause any damage outside the sandbox… @DownloadCrew
[DROWNING SIMULATOR] After Watching This You Will Think Twice About Not Wearing Your Life Jacket – @Sortieenmer.com
[WALLPAPERS] Take Your Desktop to New Heights with These Mountainous Wallpapers – @lifehacker
[MUSIC PLAYER] 3 Ways To Use Google Chrome As A Music Player For Local Files – What if you wanted to ditch your music player and use Chrome instead? With no additional apps or extensions installed, you can open an MP3 file in Chrome by dragging & dropping it on to a tab, or by using the Ctrl+O function and selecting it from your library and the file will play… @Addictive Tips
[RINGTONE MAKER] Free Ringtone Maker (Free Download) – an extremely simple and handy Windows software for making your own free ringtones… @musetips
[HOT TECH NEWS] Important Information If You Use TrueCrypt – At present, the reasons for the abrupt ending of TrueCrypt development are not known. Various rumours persist, including NSA involvement, the web site being hacked, a spat among the developers, and more besides… @gizmo’s
Unprecedented 11-Hours Battery Life. 802.11 A/C Wireless for incredible speed. 16 GB solid state storage. 11.6″ HD LED display. Intel Bay Trail N2830 2.16 GHz (turbo 2.41GHz). 2GB DDR3. 1.2MP camera. 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI, SD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0… @Amazon
Steve over at his site, Scoroncocolo, always drops me a line when he composes a new tech article. This time around he has researched and drafted an article about the Amazon Cloud Drive Music Player that he has asked that I share with you.
In summary, Steve’s article [ CLICK HERE ] explains how to use the Amazon Cloud Drive Music Player with the Amazon Cloud Drive Service to store your personal music collection on the internet (in the cloud) where you can access your collection and stream the music content to your computer or android phone (or other android devices) from anywhere. Be sure to check it out…
Take the music world of YouTube and optimize access to that music world using an innovative and user-friendly interface and you have Muziic. This is exactly what a father and son team developed that has not only created a flurry of controversy, but has literally opened up an entire world of music, from top artist, that can be streamed across the internet to your PC (or mobile device). The father and son team describe Muziic as the world’s first YouTube-compliant music video service based on YouTube’s open API. Muziic launched February 25th, 2009
Muziic is a true multi-platform service that allows you to stream virtually any song or music video on-demand, build custom playlists, tune-in to thousands of internet radio stations and browse high quality music content – anytime, anywhere.
By signing up (for FREE) to Muziic you have option of using their web based web player or you can download the desktop player. In my case, I simply use the web interface.
With Muziic you can load, customize and save playlists that you can revisit anytime from anywhere. You have access to song lyrics, music videos, internet radio stations, albums, artists, and can even do some karaoke.
Links I located about Muziik in the news:
Teen-created Muziic likely to irk YouTube – CNN
David Nelson, Muziic Creator, Harnesses YouTube In New Free Music Service – Huffington Post
Muziic: YouTube music without the video – Ars Technica
Teen creates program that delivers YouTube tunes to your desktop – Vancouver Sun
Muziic turns YouTube into a playlist factory – WIRED
Will Google Uphold its “Do No Evil” Motto With Muziic? – ReadWriteWeb
New music player for YouTube – Download.com Blog
Is iTunes-for-YouTube App “Muziic” to Google’s Ears? – Maximum PC
Free Streaming Service Muziic Hits the Web – Billboard.biz Blog
Muziic: YouTube approved our site – CNET
When it comes to software I prefer what is called the K.I.S.S. prinicple.
KISS is an acronym for the design principle “Keep it simple, Stupid!“. Other variations include “keep it short and simple“ or “keep it simple and straightforward“. The KISS principle states that simplicity should be a key goal in design, and that unnecessary complexity should be avoided. – Wikipedia
An example of where the K.I.S.S. principle has been applied in a software design is the mp3 (and wma) player called ARMP 2011 – A Random Music Player. It is nothing pretty to look at, but if you want simplicity that gets the job done, ARMP 2011 is a winner.
Most players, to the everyday computer user can be quite confusing to use and hard to navigate. Often the user has to create and maintain playlists and tags to play their music. With ARMP 2011 you simply select the folder where your music is located and ARMP 2011 will automatically generate a list of the music that is in the folder and will randomly start playing the music. At anytime, you can click on any selection in the list and ARMP 2011 will jump immediately to that selection (just like a DJ). ARMP 2011 will remember the folder you selected each time you use it and the folder selection can be easily changed. I currently use this app on my media center setup, in my living rm, that I currently working on.
Most of the music players that I have experienced look good in appearance; but, in the end I find them overextended with features that end up being a big turn off and difficult to navigate.
One music player that I have been following for close to 2 years is Spider Player – The Ultimate Music Player.
The neat thing about Spider is that it packs a lot of punch into a small package, that adds clarity and fidelity to the playback of your music. With its’ crossfading effects between tracks and surround sound, your music just sounds better with this player…
Spider Player has an easy to use interface with the tools you need, such as a ripper and converter, readily available in a dropdown menu. Spider Player also features an awesome online radio directory that is downloaded directly to your PC and updates on a regular basis. This is a nice little music player that can either installed on your PC or can be installed on your flash drive as a portable app.
Features (Publisher’s Description)
32-bit sound processing for crystal clear sound
Spider Player can process sound with double precision internally. So even if your sound card is not capable of output in such resolution, the sound quality is still improved. The difference is especially noticeable, if DSP effects (such as peaking equalizer) are enabled.
Streaming audio support
Stream files from the Internet or LAN and listen to Internet radio.
Internet radio recording
Spider Player Basic can continuously record any Internet streams for up to 5 minutes to MP3 format, while in Spider Player PRO recording time is not limited. PRO version also allows to achieve the best possible quality by using lossless recording for any MP3 and AAC+ streams, i.e. an exact audio copy of an Internet stream is created, with both format and bitrate preserved.
Discover thousands of radio stations around the globe with fast and easy search in Shoutcast and Icecast radio directories right within Spider Player.
Assign up to four local or global hotkeys of your choice to any program’s action and have all of the tools and functions at your fingertips. Multimedia keyboards are supported as well as regular ones.
Audio formats supported are: MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, M4A, AAC, AAC+, AC3, MPC, MP+, MPP, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, Ogg FLAC, TTA, APE, WavPack, Speex, WAV, CDDA, WMA, MID, RMI, KAR, S3M, XM, MOD, IT, MO3, MTM, UMX.
Converter and CD Ripper
Any supported audio file (see the list of supported audio formats above) or Audio CD track can be easily encoded to MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC or WavPack format. Basic version allows to encode only one track at a time, while PRO version can be used for batch encoding. With Spider Player PRO you can also use any command-line encoder with STDIN support. There is even a help on encoders’ command line options and a preset manager.
Support for custom MIDI soundfonts
Spider Player allows you to choose SF2 soundfont used for MIDI playback to vary how your MIDI files sound. It is also possible to convert MIDI files to MP3 and other formats using soundfonts that suit them best.
DSP Effects Manager
DSP effects manager allows you to apply several high-quality 32-bit DSP effects simultaneously in any order. Winamp DSP plugins are supported too.
Unified Tag editor
Edit ID3v1, ID3v2, Vorbis, FLAC tags and WMA metadata (support for additional tag types and file formats can be added via plugins).
You can place Spider Player on your USB flash drive, iPod, portable hard drive or a CD and use it on any computer, without the need of installation or administrator rights.
Multichannel Audio support
Full Unicode support
Advanced Title Formatting support
Skin support – vary the player’s look and feel by changing skins and their color tones
CD-Text and FreeDB support
Ten-band Equalizer with Preset Manager
Icon Sets feature lets you have a separate icon for each audio file type
Built-in Visualizations: customizable spectrum analyzer and oscilloscope
M3U, PLS and ASX playlists support
Incremental Playlist Search
RadioTuna is a cloud app that brings internet radio to your desktop via their online presence and easy to understand interface. In the past I normally installed software on my PC to search for and bookmark my online stations; however, RadioTuna eliminates the need to do that.
The “cool factors” to RadioTuna are:
RadioTuna is the first real-time search engine for online radio, giving up-to-the-minute results relating to the music being played across the globe right now. If you search for an artist that happens to be playing right now, we’ll tell you and you can connect straight to that station. If your choice isn’t playing right now, we’ll tell you which stations are most likely to play them next.
Wow… Over a half-year of Geek Squeaks’. Combine all the articles together in a book and you have a technology book like no other. Geek Squeaks’ are a compilation of articles from the authors of blogs (web sites) that are on the What’s On My PC… blogroll. I do have to admit I have associated with the best bloggers out there; no doubt about it. If you want to read more “Geek Squeaks” be sure to visit the category link at the side of the blog.
If you have an USB Mass Storage device (external hard drive or USB flash drive for that matter), here is a device made by Western Digital, called “WD TV HD Media Player” , that serves as a bridge between an USB Mass Storage Device and your television. You connect the “WD TV HD Media Player” to your television and the USB Mass storage device to the WD TV HD Media Player (see below). The connection to the TV is accomplished either using standard video/audio composite cables (which are included) OR via a HDMI cable (high def cable).
What does this all mean? Many of us have movies, music and photos stored on external hard drives and really no way of accessing them; except, through the computer. This device changes all of that. I purchased a “WD TV HD Media Player” (on sale for $99.00; normally $129.99 at my local BestBuy) to play around with and to ultimately determine if it was possible for the WD TV HD Media Player to read photos, movies, and music files from a “portable flash drive”. The WD TV HD Media Player supports a multitude of video, graphic and music file formats. My thinking with this device is that with a flash drive I could still store a consider amount of photos, music and a movie or two AND make this device modular and mobile. In my case, fill the flash drive, plug in the flash drive to the WD TV HD Media Player, and watch the media on my TV (especially the movies).
When I got the WD TV HD Media Player home, I found it packaged very nicely, with a remote control, batteries, composite cables, an installation guide, power supply, and a CD (ArcSoft MediaConverter and Western Digital Info). The WD TV HD Media Player is a very compact unit (1.5 “H X 4 3/4” W x 4” D) with a black glossy shell.
In my situation I opted to purchase the HDMI cable to make the connection to my TV. This alone helped alleviate some cable clutter. After I unpackaged the WD TV HD Media Player, I had it hooked up and ready to go within 10 minutes. After loading a 1 Gig flash drive with a divx movie, some music and some photos, I plugged the flash drive into the WD TV HD Media Player. The WD TV HD Media Player is designed with (2)-two USB ports. After inputting my TV to the HDMI input (via the TV remote), I then switched to the WD TV HD Media Player remote and powered up the WD TV HD Media Player . WD TV HD Media Player immediately recognized my flash drive and the content (movies, music and photos). The WD TV HD Media Player menu is very slick in appearance and navigation with the remote was breeze. I found that the WD TV HD Media Player handled the movies, music and photos with no problems. The only issue I experienced is when I placed the WD TV HD Media Player unit in a vertical position, the flash drive seemed to lose its’ connection; otherwise when the WD TV HD Media Player was lying horizontal I experienced no problem whatsoever. My next step is to purchase an 8 or 16 Gig flash drive to use with this device.
You can read more about “WD TV HD Media Player” by clicking on the links below.
The Windows Media Player, in my opinion, “is a bloated, hard to understand, does not play well with others, likes to tell on you, hooks into your operating system, mediocre” media player. Sorry Microsoft, but myself and legions of others like “simplicity, easy to follow, will play anything, respects our privacy, can be deleted if we don’t like it, above average” media player. I didn’t mean to start this post out so blatant, but I want you to know there are other media player options available.
If you are looking for an alternative “FREE” media player with simplicity in mind, that works across many platforms (i.e. Windows, Mac, Linux, BeOS, Syllable, & others) and will play just about anything that you throw at it; then give VideoLan –VLC media player a try. I have been using this player for approximately 2 years and it has not let me down. I initially started using it when I tried to play a movie with Windows Media player and it basically told me it did not support the format and that additional codecs was needed. Once I found, downloaded and installed what I thought was the correct codec, I soon discovered that I had thrown trash at my system that caused Windows Media Player to not function properly. Of course I was questioning; What is a “codec”? To be honest with you, I love tech stuff, but I really don’t care about “codecs”. If you get into the various digital media formats, the term “codec” will cross your path often. Per WikiPedia, “A codec is a device or program capable of encoding and/or decoding a digital data stream or signal”. What is so nice about VideoLan (VLC) media player is that it supports a large number of multimedia formats, without the need of additional codecs. It is not the prettiest media player out there, but it gets the job done and does it very well. If you are into appearance, VideoLan (VLC) is skinnable. Oh, and if you don’t know what a skin is; a skin is an add-on that you can use with VLC to change the look and feel of the player to make it more aesthetically pleasing to the user’s eye.
Description of VLC (from the web site):
VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, …) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network. It doesn’t need any external codec or program to work.
NOTE: There is also a portable version of VideoLan (VLC) available at Portableapps.com