Tagged With digital music

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MP3, the digital audio coding format, changed the way we listen to music and drove the adoption of countless new devices over the last couple of decades. And now, it's dead. The developer of the format announced this week that it has officially terminated its licensing program.

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One of the worst aspects of Christmas shopping is the insufferably "festive" muzak that blares from every storefront. For some reason, eBay has decided to replicate this unpleasant experience for online shoppers. No really. For a limited time, eBay customers will be able to play soul-sapping Christmas carols directly through the browser. Bah-humbug.

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Shazam is undoubtedly a very cool app. But for fans of electronic music, it's unfortunately less useful than it could be. With tracks overlapping with other tracks, the time in which you sample your audio could be key to getting a result.

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Capturing crystal-clear audio with an external microphone can be tricky -- especially if you're recording from a cluttered desk. Here's a simple sound-vibration hack from IKEA Hackers designed to make the life easier for bloggers, journalists and bedroom musicians.

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Windows: If you've ever tried in vain to find a song you heard on a streaming internet radio station but didn't get to the song info in time, StreamWriter can help. The free Windows program can record multiple audio streams simultaneously and also features scheduled recordings, a wishlist of songs you want to record, and the ability to add songs to an ignore list.

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I've used a lot of media players over the years, but I've always avoided Windows Media Player like the plague. Then I encountered Windows Media Player 12 on Windows 7, and suddenly I find myself singing a different tune.

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If you're tired of music discovery tools "discovering" the same stuff you've been listening to, Muzic eschews more traditional acts in favour of small and indie musicians. The best part is songs featured on Muzic are available for download.

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Windows/Mac/Linux (and iPhone/Android): Want access to your complete digital music stash while you're out and about with your smartphone? Subsonic is one way to get it. The desktop streaming server has dedicated iPhone and Android apps for making the phone-to-home connection.