Posts tagged with Music Downloads

Why Neil Young’s PonoMusic might actually be amazing

Yes it’s all very easy to mock the ageing rock-star for thinking he can enter the world of digital music entrepreneurship at the age of 68, but he may just be on to something.

PonoMusic was founded by Neil Young in 2011. It’s both a purpose-built portable digital music player and download service. Its goal is to provide the best listening experience possible when it comes to digital music.

This may seem like the mission statement of every manufacturer of MP3 players or music download services that has ever been but Pono has some fairly major unique selling points that may mean this is more than just a Howard Hughes style folly.

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Fight Club! Death to iTunes special: Google Play, Amazon, Spotify and more

Let’s put this to bed.

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks trying to find a decent replacement for iTunes. 

The reasons why I want to abandon the world’s most popular music download service are many and varied.

iTunes is a deeply flawed experience. It's impersonal and slow, with lack of support for different file formats. It has a stubbornly rigid pricing model and no browser access whatsoever.

In fact I rarely use the platform to download. Instead I use a collection of different digital download sites to purchase MP3s online. 

Yet I still use iTunes almost exclusively to organise and access my songs on both desktop and smartphone.

Surely there’s an easier way. Well I’m going to try and find one. For the good of you, me and the music loving public of the world.

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Google Play: a very poor alternative to iTunes

As of July 2013, the Google Play store officially reached over 1m apps published and over 50bn downloads.

As of the same date, iTunes achieved 575m registered users and it’s adding 500,000 new accounts every day.

There is no denying the power and ubiquity of Apple’s digital music service, after all it has transformed the way that everyone on the planet consumes music.

iTunes is a deeply flawed experience though. It's impersonal and slow, with lack of support for different file formats, a stubbornly rigid price model and no browser access.

In an ongoing series I’ve been checking out the competition to see if I can find a digital music platform that can finally trump iTunes.

So far, 7digital and Amazon MP3 have both shown many surprising wins over the Goliath of iTunes. I saved Google Play till later as I expected this to be where the true battle lies. 

I was wrong.

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Finding an alternative to iTunes: Amazon MP3

As of February 2013, more than 25bn songs had been downloaded from the iTunes store, averaging over 15,000 songs per minute.

There is no denying the power and ubiquity of Apple’s digital music service, after all it has transformed the way that everyone on the planet consumes music. 

Unfortunately iTunes is a deeply flawed experience. It's impersonal and slow, with lack of support for different file formats, a stubbornly rigid price model and no browser access.

In this ongoing series I’ll be checking out the competition to see if we can find a digital music platform that can finally trump iTunes.

Previously I looked at 7digital, this time I’ll be taking a look at Amazon MP3.

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Finding an alternative to iTunes: 7digital

As of June 2013, iTunes achieved 575m registered users and it’s adding 500,000 new accounts every day.

There is no denying the power and ubiquity of Apple’s digital music service, after all it has transformed the way that everyone on the planet consumes music.

It’s by no means a flawless experience however...

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Google reveals the history of popular music, sort of

Google has launched a brand new feature called Music Timeline.

The timeline charts the rise of different music genres over time, highlighting specific album releases and key artists specific to that time and musical styling.

This visual representation of music history uses data from Google’s own music download service Google Play, delving into the many preferences and downloads of its users.

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