Ramka's Media Buddy offers several advantages over freeware media converters, especially if your PC has a CUDA-capable NVIDIA graphics card. Media Buddy can utilize your GPU's processing power for super-fast file conversion, especially with large files and high-quality formats. But ATi isn't left out of the mix, either: Media Buddy is also optimized to take advantage of your ATi card's codes, or your Intel CPU's built-in graphics' processing power. Media Buddy handles a wide range of audio and video formats, including HD formats. It also burns CDs and DVDs. Media Buddy is free to try, … Read more
Like it or loathe it, there's no doubt that Windows Media Center does a pretty good job of tying your diverse media together in one interface. If your system doesn't have Windows Media Center, you can try Got All Media, which is similar to Media Center in features and looks. Like Media Center, Got All Media can play videos, music, DVDs, and CDs, streaming media like Net radio and free online TV, recorded TV, and broadcast, cable, and other commercial TV via TV capture card, if your system has one. It can also browse the Internet. Got All … Read more
Xbox Music for iPhone is Microsoft's streaming-music service that's taking aim at services like Spotify and Slacker Radio, but isn't quite up to speed just yet. The interface is mostly intuitive and the app is smooth and responsive, but it lacks features found in other services, making it hard to recommend to those who don't own an Xbox. With that said, if you do have an Xbox at home (preferably one that's hooked up to your whole entertainment system), it's definitely worth a look.
Getting started To get started, you'll need an Xbox … Read more
Xbox Music for Android is Microsoft's streaming-music service that's taking aim at services like Spotify and Slacker Radio, but isn't quite up to speed just yet. The interface is mostly intuitive and the app is smooth and responsive, but it lacks features found in other services, making it hard to recommend to those who don't own an Xbox. If you do have an Xbox at home (preferably one that's hooked up to your whole entertainment system) it's definitely worth a look.
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Songbird Music looks like a feature-rich app, but with performance issues and dated content it takes some digging to find the most useful tools here. The app is designed to curate and provide access to top YouTube playlists on your iOS device, as well as accessing your iTunes library so you can create and share playlists with other users. This allows you to listen to music and watch videos directly from this app without having to pay for a monthly membership. It works on both accounts, but there are issues.
When you open Songbird Music you can start listening right … Read more
Microsoft is expanding the reach of its Xbox Music streaming service with the launch of apps for the iOS and Android mobile platforms and free streaming on the Web.
Previously available only to users of Windows-powered devices, the service now allows users of Android and iOS devices to subscribe to receive unlimited access to their preferred music via the Xbox Music Pass, which costs $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year. The Web player is available on an ad-supported basis or ad-free with a subscription.
The tech titan said users of the free Web service will have on-demand … Read more
I've used an iPod Classic as my on-the-go music player for years, while I was waiting for something better. Sure, Astell & Kern has two perfectly fine players, the $699 AK100 and the $1,299 AK120, but FiiO smashed the high-resolution music player price barrier with the X3, which lists for $299, but which sells for $200 on Amazon and most other online retail sites.
Neil Young expects to launch Pono, a music service based on a new high-definition audio format that the rock musician is spearheading, early next year.
Young made the announcement in a Facebook post Tuesday, adding that the Pono team has been focused on fine-tuning the new format, which he said has "liberated the music of the artist from the digital file and restored it to its original artistic quality -- as it was in the studio."
Young also offered a little more insight into the process behind his new format.
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