Just about every computer available these days comes with a CD/DVD burner as part of the package. Whether your primary use for this drive is to make mix CDs for the car, backup data, or burn DVD backups for your movies, you need a good program with the right type of features for the job. Though Windows offers some burning features, you're not going to get the options you'll find in a stand alone app.
Are you new to Download.com Music and don't yet know what to do or where to start? Or maybe you have a brand-new iPod (or other MP3 player), and you need some advice on (free) music to fill it up. Or perhaps you're simply a Download Music regular who just wants to chat. Whatever the case, join me on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern) for a live online Q-and-A session, where I'll do my best to answer any and all music- or site-related questions you might have.
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Courtesy of Xavier de Rosnay, Gaspard Auge (aka Justice) and the whole Ed Banger crew, the DJ mix unofficially dubbed the "Rejected Fabric Mix" has found its way to the WWW as a freebie when the popular London dance label (and club) Fabric rejected it for their next FabricLive compilation DJ series.
Before being leaked to the public, Justice's new mix is easily one of the best of the year and has a scope well beyond the duo's own apocalyptic electro madness. Take a listen (or three... or five) and see for yourself.
Got a chuckle out of Wes Phillips Stereophile blog yesterday. His take on Alberto Frias' $16,000 Transport perceptual pod bed caught my eye. The Transport comes equipped with a set of Anthony Gallo Acoustics' Nucleus Micro speakers and subwoofer, so it probably sounds pretty decent. The pod also offers a sensual environment with a temperature-controlled waterbed and LED light show. The hand-made Transport Pod Bed is available in two sizes -- six and eight feet in diameter. Standard exterior colors are white or black high gloss gel coat finishes. The Transport can be experienced and ordered at Twentieth, a … Read more
Not that I ever doubted your commitment, but you guys really love your iPods. Thanks to all who responded to last week's poll, here's what I learned.
First, Apple must be doing something right, more than three-quarters of the folks who responded own more than one iPod. Families seem to accumulate little armies of iPods--they pass from spouse to spouse to the kids--and from adult children back to their parents. So the average number was probably three 'Pods per family. Some people have actually lost count and don't know for sure how many they've owned. One … Read more
From the earliest days of rock 'n' roll in the 1950s up through the early 1960s, kids bought "45s."
The albums of the period typically had just a few good tunes, and the rest was crap. Then The Beatles changed the rules. Their albums were so chock-full of great stuff, you wanted to hear every tune. Sure, singles were still important, but most of the bands that mattered didn't rely on singles, and even The Beatles stopped putting out singles tied to a specific album (there were no singles released from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club … Read more
As storage becomes ever cheaper, maintaining a dramatically growing music collection can be hard work. There are few programs that will automatically tag your MP3s, fewer that will do it right the first time, and only a handful give you easy access to that meta information. 123Tag simplifies changing tag details, but is crippled by a clunky interface, and CATraxx makes a good show of trying to help you organize your tunes, but lacks a clear workflow.
Aside from his storied history of mastering downloadable software and ensnaring cyber-ne'er-do-wells around the globe, Power Downloader is also a longtime music collector. Since the very first 78rpm record he received as a young boy on Christmas Day untold years ago, Power has combed the stacks of record stores everywhere he travels. From Jerry Lee Lewis, the Beatles, and the Stooges to Arcade Fire, R. Kelly, and The White Stripes, Power Downloader has acquired a gigantic music collection that now also lives on his PC, portable MP3 player, and via software, any connected computer, or iPhone in the world.… Read more