AudioBox - Real Cloud Based Music

16 May 2010

When it comes to hardware and operating systems I am one of the biggest Apple fan boys out there. When it comes to software and control I am truly annoyed by Apple. As a side note I am an Apple share holder and I love what they do from a business stand point. Apple has held back music players for years. They released iTunes a long time ago and it blew all the music players out of the water. Back then compiled desktop based software was cool. Then they went full speed ahead with the Apple iTunes music store. This was amazing from a lets kill cds standpoint. I have a library of music that I have gotten from all different sources; Amazon, iTunes, cd rips, and so on. I want to stuff all this music in one bloat free place and have it with me everywhere I go. If I am 100% an Apple user this place is iTunes, but I am not. I have an Android phone, a windows netbook, linux laptop, Apple desktop, Apple laptop. There is no easy way with iTunes to keep all these devices in sync when it comes to my music. Nor do I want my 13 Gig music stash living on all these devices. The service that was about to do all this was Lala.com until Apple purchased them and closed them down. Grooveshark.com has sort of done it but their way of doing things is a little odd and they use way to much flash.
 
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Music In Your Lives

2 March 2011

Music in our livesSo we all know her, or him but to tell a better story we will keep it to a “her”. The girl that stops everything when “her song” comes on the radio. The girl that will interrupt almost anything you are saying to sing at the top of her lungs whatever song is playing in the background. The girl that can not even drive a block in the car without putting in her favorite CD in the CD player and  dancing all the way to the next block. You know what I say to this girl, “Come one!!! Really?? Its one freaking block!!”.While I am wildly annoyed at the above mentioned person, I am starting to realize this behavior is something she can not control. I have spent my life being a computer geek / business man / engineer; a world of black and white, right or wrong, one or zero. This music thing is unexplainable. How can music be so consuming? Don’t get me wrong. I really like music. I listen to music of all types. I have attempted to play many instruments in my life and have been known to sign a song or two after a few drinks, but never once have I felt so consumed that life has to stop. I am ashamed to say it, but for many years I felt it was inexcusable when a person was so consumed by music that life stopped and complete disregard for the person around them kicked in. Today I realized something. I was at an Eric Clapton concert and I saw the musicians on stage just moving their bodies as if they had no control. That same trance Michael Jackson was so famous for. Mind, body, and soul just taken over by the music. I realized that is the same consumption I have seen from my friends when just the right song happened to be played. I am always on a quest to understand the world better. To learn from others. To really understand what makes others tick. The power music has to take over one’s being is beyond me and I may never learn to understand it, but I think I can learn to respect it. Ok music lovers, let’s make a deal. I promise to attempt to understand when the sound of the music is just too strong and it takes you over interrupting me mid-sentence. I promise to support this uncontrollable urge you feel. I promise to continue to evolve and try to understand. All I ask in return is you do the same. Respect that not everyone around you loves the song that is playing. Not everyone around you is taken to that special trance. Most importantly not everyone wants to hear you sing the song at the top of your lungs. If I am ever going to respect music or any one particular song I need to enjoy the original artist, not your dubbed-over version.
 
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