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Technology Tuesday: TuneIn Radio – Falling In Love With Radio All Over Again

There’s never been a more exciting time to be a music lover. Technology continues to expand the myriad of ways to connect with new music and like minded music fans. Instant, easy, free access to music is a goal that many people continue to pursue. While there are scores of services that will play customized “stations” (Pandora, Slacker), allow you to listen to your own music (Google Music, Subsonic), play tracks on demand (Grooveshark, Last.FM) or explore new music (Spotify, MOG, Rdio), there’s nothing quite like listening to compelling DJs, great radio stations and interesting radio programs from around the country and around the world.

TuneIn Radio’s tagline “It’s time to fall in love with radio all over again” is apt. Long before Mumford & Sons’ albums trickled into Pandora, before they were licensed for Spotify and before you heard of them, there were countless DJ’s across the country spinning their tunes. Still to this day, radio stations are the ones exposing artists, discovering music and playing it for the masses.

This week we will look at TuneIn, a service which gives you a way to not only listen to 50,000+ radio stations across the globe but also tune-in to stations that are 100% band-specific (Phish, Beatles, Springsteen, Grateful Dead, Dylan, etc.) Additionally, giving you easy access to every internet-only radio station like Bonnaroo Radio and an ability to record (PVR for the radio!) makes TuneIn a huge winner.

READ ON to find out what TuneIn Radio is all about…

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Technology Tuesday: Memolane – Replaying the soundtrack of your life

There’s no doubt that all your senses can trigger profound memories from the depths of your mind. Certain smells conjure up vacations spent half a world away, childhood memories and other events inextricably tied to a particular aroma. However, nothing for most people, hard core or casual music fans included, can place you at a time or place in your life the way hearing a particular song can. Music is the soundtrack of the “movie” of our life, constantly playing like the background music of a motion picture. It’s omnipresent, always playing and a great way to “bring you back” to a particular time.

What if you were able to make a timeline of every song you listen to and were able to browse through this timeline of your life? Well you can. This week we will look at web service called “Memolane”.

Memolane bills itself as a place to “See, Search and Share” your life. Through a variety of connected services, Memolane aggregates a ton of information and presents it in a neat & clean timeline that can be shared privately with friends, to the public, or not shared at all.

READ ON for more on what Memolane is all about…

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Technology Tuesdays: Google Music, Your Tunes in the Cloud

Last week, we discussed Subsonic, which allows you to stream music and video to any PC or Mobile Device. While Subsonic offers many features & capabilities, it is not an ideal solution for everyone. This week we’ll be examining Google Music Beta which may be a better solution for some.

So wait…why tell us about another way to listen to your music away from home?

As we pointed out last week, there are many different options to be able to access your music anywhere you want. Google Music Beta differs from Subsonic and other streaming options in that your music is uploaded and hosted by Google. If your music resides on a laptop or another machine that is not constantly on, streaming from that computer is not a viable option. Likewise, if your music is behind a firewall and you do not have the ability to open ports on a router (for example on a campus), streaming from your own computer will be an issue. READ ON for more of this week’s column…

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Technology Tuesdays: Subsonic Allows You To Bring Your Tunes Everywhere

Before we dive into this week’s subject matter, I’d like to say thanks in advance for reading. I look forward to this column which will be appearing on Tuesdays.

Sometimes it’s tough to stay on top of all the cool gadgets, apps, software, web services, and other things that makes our lives easier, better, more enjoyable and just plain more fun. While of course we are all music fans here, and that will clearly be a focus of the column, not everything will be music related. Photography, web services, communication, computers and many other topics will be covered in the coming weeks.

While my contact information will be in the footer of each column, I figure I’ll put it up here this week as I’d really like to hear from you. Feel free to get in touch with topics you’d like covered along with feedback and suggestions.

Find me on Twitter at @tmwsiy. Email me at [email protected]. Leave a voice mail at my Google Voice Number: (781) 285-8696.

Many music fans have but one simple goal – to be able to listen to any of their tracks, anytime, on any device.  It takes a lot of time and expense to accumulate, organize and archive your music. It’s a bummer when you leave the cozy confines of your house only to remember you’d really like to listen to something you forgot to burn to CD or transfer to a portable music player. Likewise, when the 32GB storage is at capacity on your device, it’s disheartening to get to the “one in, one out” mode by having to decide which album no longer makes the cut.

There are more options than ever to keep your music playing. This week we’ll focus on Subsonic which is free, plays virtually any music format, is available on any operating system and on most all mobile devices.

READ ON for more of Parker’s thoughts on Subsonic and what it can do for you as well as what separates the service from its competitors…

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