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5 Ways the Internet Has Revolutionized Music

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Jul 242012
 
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If you don’t stop to pay attention, changes in the music industry might not be noticeable. For a young person or teenager, there’s no difference at all. But if you grew up in the 80’s with Walkmans and MTV, you’ll definitely know how things have changed. We simply live in entirely different world, and people enjoy music in ways that were previously unimaginable. Needless to say, the Internet has played a vital role in all of this. It’s changed everything from the way we interact to the way we cook, and it has similarly revolutionized the music industry. It’s impossible to go back to the way things were, nor would anyone want to. Here are some of the ways music has been changed by the net forever.

Music Videos – music videos hit their peak in the late 80s and early 90s. They are still important today, but they don’t have the same cachet or appeal, probably because we’ve seen it all before. In the past, kids would watch MTV and hope their favorite videos would come on. Nowadays, all they have to do is click a few buttons and they can find their favorite videos on YouTube. In a strange way, so-called music channels like MTV and VH1 have become the home of reality television shows. YouTube has taken their place as the destination to visit if you want music videos.

Itunes – is there anyone who hasn’t used iTunes by now? There’s no other way to put it, the iPod and iTunes have totally changed things. Being able to easily access any music you like for a reasonable price has put traditional record stores in jeopardy. No one really seems to mind, and even vintage fans have found something to rave about when it comes to downloadable music. It’s changed marketing completely, and the most popular artists of the day know how to take advantage of it.

Illegal downloads – let’s not forget the dark side when it comes to the music industry and the Internet. There are still plenty of people illegally downloading music without paying for it. Company executives and artists claim they lose a lot of money on this, exactly how much is debatable. Some acts have made their music free online on purpose to appeal to their fans. Others have to tour more in order to make up for lost revenue. One thing is clear, the music industry is still a relatively strong despite illegal downloads. It seems that if you produce quality music and connect with your audience in some way, people will still buy your work.

Youtube Stars – even a decade ago, people would have to go through regular channels in order to become famous. Now you can do it all on your own with videos that you post on YouTube. Whether it’s a karaoke video, or something completely silly, there are everyday people getting millions of hits. And if you actually have talent, then you might actually find a career. That’s exactly what happened to Justin Bieber, and he still going strong today.

A More Social World – when you throw in blogging, Facebook, twitter, and social sharing, music has become a viral entity. Popular videos are shared right away, and people have a chance to post their own work like never before. There are also vibrant communities in separate niches that have rabid fans. Whether you love country music, karaoke singing, or Lady Gaga, there’s probably a website out there for you. Don’t forget about chat rooms, forums, and discussion boards either. Music isn’t just something you enjoy on your own anymore, it something that you find, discover, share, and love with thousands of people at the same time.

One great hobby that combines many of these elements together is karaoke. Not coincidentally, this article comes from our friends at karaokemachineguide.com where popular media and home fun come together. It’s a great place to visit for product reviews, entertainment news, and all things music related.

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Things to consider when moving into a new apartment this summer

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Jul 032011
 
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Moving in to a new home can be a daunting task with so many little things to consider that many of us take for granted. As an example do you realize how much junk you have stored away in a home after 2 or 3 years of living there? Most of us could use additional storage when we move into a smaller place but the budget concerns are always there to remind you that you should sell your old stuff and stick with what you need.

Also having certain services at your new home can be a trick when you do not know anyone in the neighborhood. Consider what it might take to hire a landscaper or gardener plus other home services such as security systems. When you consider home security fulton dale and the impact it has on your life there is no reason to cut corners.

Always ask your neighbors about what services they use in the home and what they think of their service. For example if you are thinking about cable television for you new home in Fulton Dale than you might want to compare that to the services offered by Direct TV with their satellite services.

 



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Video and Audio Production services by Studio Center

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Jun 092011
 
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Video and Audio Production services

Find high quality Video and Audio Production services at Studio Center where their voice actors offer top notch radio commercial production and voice over talent for anything and everything from radio and television commercials to web advertisements and much more.

Studio Center is an all purpose video production firm offering small business clients cutting edge audio and video development services for any medium with 100′s of voice actors prepared to develop a custom advertising campaign for your business. Contact Studio Center today for the finest in voice over talent and commercial advertising and put your business in front with the big players right now.

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OMG!! Melanie Collins is HOT!!

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May 202011
 
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Melanie Collins is so hot

So I have thing for intelligent ladies that dates back to middle school. something about a hot chick in a power position makes my blood tingle and my latest infatuation is with the hotness named Melanie Collins. She has got to be the hottest chick in sports reporting and I expect we’ll see big things from the Big Ten Network star.

Melanie Collins Big Ten Network

I think it’s her bright personality and beautiful smile that make her so hot but the fact this girl knows sports so well is also way up there on the hotness factor. I wish my wife could spell sports much less enjoy watching them. I feel shanked when I compare my old lady to this young and fresh cutie but she loves me and thats all that matter right?

Melanie Collins with Kobe bryant

Melanie Collins must have a security team to protect her because a woman that hot and on television probably has some deranged fans out there and you can never be too safe. Have any of you guys been watching Melanie do her thing?

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R.I.P. – Zune Media Players Dead (2006-2011)

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Mar 152011
 
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Major media outlets are all predicting the final end to Zune media devices with most forecasting that Microsoft will not be introducing any future Zune branded hardware devices to the market. Zune will remain a software ecosystem and they will continue to push it on mobile media devices along with the Zune Pass music subscription which has seen mild success as the best offer in that niche.

Only time will tell how accurate these predictions are but they seem a likely path for Microsoft to take with the Zune brand. Microsoft was never able to catch Apple in the hardware or design factor and the many stumbles they made in marketing the Zune platform and devices meant it was doomed to failure from the very beginning. This website came about after rumors surfaced that Zune would be released and we have been online since June of 2006 as one of the first 10 Zune websites online.

I personally have watched as Microsoft made one mistake after another from the very day of the launch when the failed give away one single device to seed the market. The highly touted wireless sharing features were useless unless you had two zunes and they could have done well had they given a few to the top musicians and artists for use in music videos or even reference in actual songs by top performers and made the Zune cool but instead they let the line languish with confusing television ads and a fractured marketing plan that had people more confused than excited.

The first generation device was decent but the followups were mediocre at best and failed to grab any market share over the uber cool Apple devices and the powerful brand awareness. I always thought Zune had a chance until I realized that it was it’s own worst enemy with me too designs and the misguided advertising campaigns. Microsoft was able to succed with Xbox in gaming but they have failed to make a dent in the music business and they have lost their strong start in the mobile market as well so they must be worried that few of their new ventures have met with any success other than Kinect which has led the Electronics Division to record sales.

What does this msean for the Zune blog and community? Well we have been writing about Windows Mobile, Xbox and Kinect more than Zune for some time now and it will probably continue on that path as we bring you more news and information on Microsoft products and applications and how they fail to compare to the other offerings on the market.

Bloomberg reported that Microsoft will stop introducing new versions of erstwhile device as it shifts its focus to other devices. Microsoft will focus on placing the Zune software on mobile phones running on WP7.

Read more at Bloomberg

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News and Gossip on your favorite celebrity

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Sep 282010
 
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I’m unsure exactly when this happened but celebrity news has taken over life in America. On any given day there are dozens of celebrity shows on television and even major news organizations will dedicate massive amounts of on air time to the life and times of your favorite celebrity.

CelebrityVille is a celebrity news and gossip site that offers more information and details on your fave celebs in more detail than most tv shows. Read the latest gossip on hot stars like Paris Hilton, Lil Wayne and of course that train wreck child star Ms Lindsay Lohan. See photos and videos of your favorite celebrities with one of the leading celeb sites online and keep up to date on your celebrity gossip in a few short clicks with CelebrityVille.

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Where do you find cheap auto insurance?

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Jul 172010
 
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We have been in the market for a brand new car for about 3 months now. I am sort particular about what kind of car I drive and I don’t really have a huge budget right now but as fate would have it we have no choice but to buy a car at this point. Living around here without a car is a nightmare we don’t want to relive. The public transportation system around here is pretty weak and with the kids it’s hard enough to make all the after school activities much less our weekly trips to the grocery store without our own car.

We have to protect our investment and get full coverage auto insurance which can be very costly depending on what car you drive and of course your driving record. Finding full coverage car insurance may be easy enough but finding cheap full coverage car insurance is not as simple as it might seem. Regardless of the commercials you find on television selling all sorts of insurance it is difficult to select the right car insurance plan for your family and your budget. Auto insurance agents p in the business to make money and the fine print is where they catch you. It truly pays to review your auto insurance policy and be certain about the coverage your receive.

When comparing car insurance rates it helps to know that you are comparing apples to apples and that you are not just getting a cheap car insurance plan with poor or limited coverage that does not meet your requirements for replacement value on your automobile.

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Our family loves the DVR

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Jun 292010
 
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My family just loves the new DVR or digital video recorder we have and it has made all the difference in how we watch television as a family. For years we had the Time Warner Cable system with DVR capabilities but we rarely used it. I’m not really sure why that was the case but it may have had something to do with the fact I was unaware of just how useful the DVR technology is for use in the home when you have kids.

Our new Dish Network DVR setup is just awesome and the kids have taken to it with ease now and they seem to record just about half the programs they watch. My oldest likes to record the latest episodes of his favorite television programs so that he can rewatch them over the course of the week while he awaits the new episodes to be released. My youngest son likes to play outside during the day a lot but then at night there are fewer of his favorite shows so my wife will actually record some of his tv programs so that he can watch whatever he wants to at bedtime.

It works out well because now we no longer have to monitor his night time television usage as much as we have in the past. It allows us to relax more each night and spend more time doing what we need to settle the house down. My wife uses the DVR so she can record her daytime soap operas which of course I don’t watch so at the same time she will record certain shows for me that I enjoy. I hate that many f my favorite fishing programs are on during the early part of the day and often I used to miss them but not with our DVR in play. I never miss an episode of Survivorman or Bill Dance any longer and that makes it all worth the effort for us.

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