The New Technology of Auto Sound Systems

The New Technology of Auto Sound Systems

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So what kind of auto sound system really seems to float your boat? Are you the type of person who wants the simplest sound system on the market today? Will you be content with talk radio and a few FM radio stations? Do you need an 8-track? How about a cassette player? I hate to say it, but if you are still living in the past, you will have a rather difficult time finding an audio system for your car that can accommodate your desire to hold technology behind the current trends. These things simply do not sell. You may find an occasional auto sound system that still has a cassette player but for the most part you will find that the market for this device is almost as limited as the quality of the device itself.

Today’s auto sound systems are more sophisticated than they have ever been before. Gone are the days when you had to turn a dial to find a radio station. Today you can set your car to scan the stations until you find one you like. You can even set them to scan radio stations by type. For me, that was a great invention as I find country music rather sad and always end up finding the one song that will bring uninvited torrents of tears while flipping through the stations mindlessly as I drive. Being someone that hates to cry on any given day it is bad enough to cry. Add to that the fact that I’m probably driving at about 75 or so miles an hour and you can probably see where this is problematic. I do best whenever I can avoid country music stations all together.

Another great technological advance when it comes to the auto sound system is individual volume control. No longer do you have to listen to your mothers, brothers, sisters, or Aunt Sally’s music blaring, you can slide on your headphones and mute out the noise of the rest of the world. If your vehicle has a truly sophisticated sound system, you can even change the radio station in order to find music that is much more suitable for your musical tastes.

You should also be aware that today’s auto sound systems are much more user friendly than those of days past. Most displays are digital and easy to read. You might even notice that many can read the local radio stations codes and formats and will list the songs that are playing for you. You’ll never have to wonder about the name of that great song you just heard or even who sang it again. It’s right before your eyes as you are driving along and listening to awesome tunes.

The best auto sound systems offer not only CD options to drivers and passengers alike but also the ability and capability of reading and interpreting MP3 data as well. More and more people are turning to MP3s for their primary source of music. It takes up far less space than your average CD holder and holds a lot more music. You can download only the songs you like without purchasing an entire CD full of songs only to find that you only liked one song on the entire CD. You can put your favorite songs on a memory stick and bring them along for the ride. It’s a great way to enjoy music in this day and age. I’m quite literally surprised that I haven’t seen an iPod auto sound system pop up on the radar yet and am seriously expecting to see one any day now, literally.

Regardless of whether or not you wish to enter the modern era of music and music listening it’s upon us. However, if you are truly opposed we could always find you a nice supply of Sinatra in MP3 format in order to make the transition a little more comfortable for you.



Succeed In the Music Biz By Planning Your Success.

Succeed In the Music Biz By Planning Your Success.

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Getting a record deal can be easy to do with proper planning. There are many experienced professionals in the music biz who will tell you that the music biz is all business. I agree. With any business, proper planning is the key to success in the music biz. This article describes some simple steps to plan your success.

Think of your career as a business. Have you assembled your business plan? How do you plan to market? What is your mission statement? Are you going to start your own record label to be distributed by a major, or are you going to use the full service resources of a major label? These are all important issues that you have to have in order to really succeed in the music biz. A music biz plan helps you resolve these issues well in advance.

A lot of recording artists enter the music biz with one big goal “to make it”. These artists see themselves on a big stage in front of thousands of screaming fans, but often that is as far as the planning goes. Artists rarely conduct the planning that it takes to succeed in the music biz.

I’ve yet to speak to an artist who has a business plan. In my experience if you don’t have a business plan, then you shouldn’t plan on being in business. A good business plan will cover your business and legal structure, your marketing model, financial projections, goals, benchmarks and finally what you’ll do after the your career is over.

I’ve met many recording artists who treat the music biz like a glorified hobby. They often don’t have business cards, a website or in many cases, a valid email address. Many more artists don’t have the marketing structure in place that will allow them to get the attention from fans or record labels. Remember that the music biz is all business. If you treat your music career as a hobby then you might as well just play your music for friends and family and be content with people pretending to take you seriously.

Getting attention and interest from record labels is easy if you are on the radar. Many Artist and Repertoire Representatives (A&R Reps) agree that if an artist is making it happen on for themselves (by selling a couple thousand CD’s locally or selling out a 2,000 seat venue) they will get on the major label radar. You can’t get on the radar of the record labels (or your fans) if you are flying by the seat of your pants and living on a prayer.

As a wise person once said “failing to plan is planning to fail”.



Music Gift Certificates Are Music to Anyone’s Ears!

Music Gift Certificates Are Music to Anyone’s Ears!

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With so many different types of music these days, it’s getting more and more difficult to choose what to buy for the music lover on your gift list. Why not make it easy on yourself, and give them music gift certificates? This way, they are given the freedom to purchase any music services they desire! Whether it’s a brand new CD or music downloads they are interested in, one thing is for sure: they will be thanking you for the gift of choice!

With the influx of new music these days, it creates the uncertainty of what CD to buy someone whose favorite category of music changes daily! This is where music gift certificates come in handy! They are perfect for anyone: friends, family, coworkers. Music is the gift that the world loves to receive!

Another thing that is extremely popular these days is music downloads. Now you can purchase gift certificates for entertainment websites such as such as real.com, towerrecords.com, and emusic.com, so your recipient can check out the website and pick whichever songs their heart desires! It’s a great idea, and they are given a wide selection of songs to choose from, either new or classic! How about that friend on your list who is into the latest trends? Give them a gift card to a music download website, and they’ll be able to download the hottest and most hard-to-find tracks! Gone are the days of people asking, “What song is this?” You’ll find them all online!

Now there is no need to play the guessing game, when you know that you can make the right choice and purchase these great gift certificates online! With just a click of your mouse, you can purchase the certificate on these sites, and your recipient will receive their gift by email instantly! No long lines at the stores anymore, and no need to worry about mailing a gift off in time! It’s a surefire way to put a smile on your recipient’s face!



Choosing An MP3 Player To Groove To

Choosing An MP3 Player To Groove To


If you’ve decided that you want get yourself a portable MP3 player, or digital music player, you’ve probably discovered that there are myriads of choices to choose from.
Not only that, you can easily spend fifty dollars or five hundred dollars on an MP3 player.

In this article, I’ll go over the three major categories of MP3 players, with tips for choosing the best one.

1: MP3 CD Players
An MP3 CD player is a digital music player that plays CDs – either standard audio CDs or MP3 CDs. MP3 CDs use a different file format than standard CDs, so they can hold many times the number of songs a standard CD can. With most computers, you can easily burn MP3 CDs for use with your player.

2: Flash Based MP3 Players
A Flash Based Player uses a static form of media such as a memory card to store your digital music on. You can get Flash based players that hold any where from 64MB (about 15-20 songs) up to several Gigabytes of music.

Flash players are general the toughest of the three types, and can take knocks and bangs better. My flash based player (a Rio Sport model) has been dropped and kicked many times while running, but it still goes strong.

Most flash players use a USB interface to connect to your computer so you can easily load them up with music.

3: Hard drive based MP3 Players
As the name suggests, a hard drive MP3 player uses a hard drive to store your music on. They generally have the largest storage capacity, up to about 100 GB of music, which will hold all but the very largest of music collections. Just like flash players, most hard drive players use a USB interface to connect to your computer so you can easily load them up with music.



When it comes to music, there is plenty to choose from

When it comes to music, there is plenty to choose from

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The rebels tend to vie on. Have you ever noticed this with music? Many of the ones who rebel against the standards and “rules” seem to make it further and do bigger and greater things. Just look at Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash music. They refused to conform to a norm. Whether or not their music was completely accepted at the peak of their performing lives is irrelevant. The point is it’s still around today, and always will be. They’re a different breed. They’re the ilk of individuals that movies are made about. Johnny Cash music is bigger than ever today, and much can be attributed to the recent film that told his life story. This certainly increased his audience. On the downside, these films are generally not made until an artist passes on. There have been several made about Elvis Presley.

It’s funny, but I don’t really care for country music. I commonly assume that the artist will have a nasal twang in his/her voice and be singing about a pick-up truck, dead dog, or some soul mate that left them. However, I do enjoy some Johnny Cash music. He has a few tunes that anyone can really relate to. I forget about the country twang and simply enjoy the poignant lyrics.



Tips On Choosing Your Wedding Reception Music

Tips On Choosing Your Wedding Reception Music

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Because there is such musical variety available to brides and grooms, selecting your reception music might be difficult.

Before you do anything, you should answer the following questions:

What kind of music do you enjoy the most when you celebrate?

What kind of music would your guest enjoy the most? If there is a conflict between what the bride and groom and their wedding reception guests enjoy, a compromise might be necessary.

Do you prefer live music, or a DJ? Can you afford a live band?

You should book your wedding band or DJ about the same time you reserve your wedding reception venue. Why? Because your reception music will greatly depend on your wedding reception venue. If you want to have live music for your wedding, you need to make sure it is allowed by the reception venue. You need to make sure you understand the venue’s rules about music before you select your wedding reception venue.

If you elect to go with a wedding band, be sure to book early. Popular bands are often booked more than one year in advance. Saturdays during the busiest wedding months are especially busy for wedding bands, so you might need to book even more than one year in advance.

Before you book your wedding music provider, you should ask the following questions:

How long have they been in the wedding business? You should go with an experienced band or DJ. Experience will usually yield a better quality performance.

Do they have any references? (You should always check references.) If the band is unable to provide references, you should walk.

Do they play live, continuous music for the entire event?

Can they play the songs you want to hear? The more songs they can play the better. Bands usually have song lists of all the songs they can play.

Do they have a demo CD, so you can sample their music? Is it possible for you to see one of their performances? There is no substitute for seeing a band in action.

Can you communicate with the band, and do you feel comfortable interacting with them? Are they listening to you; are they enthusiastic? Remember, the band is there to make your party fun, not the other way around. You hire them to play the music you like not the music they like.

How many band members do you get and how many are singers?

How long do they normally play, and how often do they break and for how long?

Are they insured? You should demand at least liability insurance from the wedding band or DJ.

Put everything important you agree on in writing. The answers to the above questions should all be part of the written contract, which is an absolute must. You should also include the exact time the band starts and ends playing.

If you have to work with a smaller budget, you might want to book a DJ instead of a wedding band since they are less expensive than wedding bands. An experienced DJ can create a great atmosphere for your wedding reception; so don’t be disappointed if you can’t afford a wedding band.

Remember to have fun; after all you are planning the most important and joyous day of your life!



Download Free Ipod Nano Song

Download Free Ipod Nano Song

There are two easy ways to download a free Ipod Nano song, or even songs for any other Ipod come to think of it. A lot of people are confused by this, so I’m hoping you will find that this article will help you.

The starting point for many people is to take the songs on their CD collection, and download them to their Ipod. If you start here, then you have immediately got some songs to listen to, and you don’t need to pay any money to do it! It can be done like this:

Step 1-
Start your computer, and make sure you are connected to the internet. You need the Itunes program, so download that if you haven’t already done so, and be sure you have the latest version. Neither the download nor the update take very long.

Step 2-
Now we need to rip the songs from your CD collection to get them on to the computer. This is not difficult to do, Itunes can do all of the work. It can take quite a bit of time if you have a lot of CDs, so allow an hour or two if you’ve got a lot of music to rip.

Step 3-
Use the USB lead to connect the computer and your Ipod. As soon as the two pieces of equipment recognise each other, simply use drag and drop to move your chosen songs onto the Ipod. Ipods are not necessarily quick, especially the Nanos, so you may have to wait a bit while the download finishes..

Step 4-
When you have finished this, you can listen to your downloads. That really is all there is to it for the first way to download free Ipod Nano song.

Another way of downloading free music is by finding a good free mkusic download site, and downloading some music from it. This is not easy though, as many of the sites claiming to offer “free” downloads will make you pay a per download fee, and some can even be dangerous to your computer or Ipod, by infecting them with unwanted software..

If you can find some download sites that you can trust, you will probably find it well worth your while. Most of the best sites will charge you a one off fee to join the site, which goes towards the upkeep of their servers and software. This should ensure that the site will have good quality downloads, and download at a reasonable speed. I have done some research into these sites, and ome of the best of these can be found in the links at the end of this article

I hpoe this article has helped you to understand better how to download free Ipod Nano songs. Once you have gotten used to the method, you should find there is no limit on what you can do with it. If you did find this useful, why not pass it on to a friend using the link at the top right?



Give Your Child A Keepsake They Are Sure To Remember And Cherish

Give Your Child A Keepsake They Are Sure To Remember And Cherish

One of the newest crazes in gift giving is personalized children’s music. It is not only entertaining but very educational. Kids just have a natual love of music, and learn best when they are having fun! We introduced our son Kailan to music and music classes at an early age. Science says music can help a childs creativity and intelligence. When a child is sad, a good energetic and fun tune can cheer them up. A good tune can help make a long car ride more fun and a childrens part more memorable. Just think of all the songs we remember from our own childhood such as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” or “Itsy Bitsy Spider”. Music is imbeded in our culture and the earlier a child is exposed to music the more positive the impact can be.

So what is personalized music? Personalized music such as the ones offered at www.more4kids.com has your child’s name sung into the songs. Kidz Tunes, for example, consists of 9 different personalized songs. One song includes the ABC’s and another the counting the numbers 1 to 10. Children tend to learn more when they are personally involved and what could be funer then hearing their name in an song of the ABC’s or counting from 1 to 10?

Another great personalized gift is a personalized childrens book. In these books the child’s name and friends names, along with hometown are woven into the story line. Personalized books are educationally sound because the writers and publishers understand the stages of childhood. When reading about a five-year-old boy, we see that he may be a little scared in an unfamiliar situation such as the three pigs moving to another house, but he finds that with his own friends and with the pigs’ support, being happy while going through a change can be fun. Personalization also reinforces a positive self-image and helps to build self-esteem. Young children live in worlds of their own making much of the time and that is a good thing. Many small kids have a group of imaginary friends to whom he speaks quite openly and regularly. These personalized books, which make the child part of, a spiritual or cultural story, are also very affirming for children. Too often, we only ask that children sit still and listen when they attend church school or Bible class. Sitting still is very difficult for a young child and the publishers and writers of the good personalized books recognize these facts. By adding a child’s friends to the character lists, these books make young children feel parts of a larger whole and also that they are people with a purpose.
Personalized gifts such as these are great for making holidays, birthdays and special occassions a time to remember and a keepsake for years to come.



How To Listen And Download Digital Music With Windows Media Player

How To Listen And Download Digital Music With Windows Media Player

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I enjoy listening to many different types of music. I am on the computer several hours a day and the music I can listen to on the windows media player is great. You can listen or download digital music through windows media player. To log on to this site just go to their websites that are available to you online. You will see different types of window media players you can download. If you have an older computer such as a windows 98 computer you would want to download windows media player 7.1 version.

If you have a windows xp which is the most common type of computer people have you would use a window media player 11 for windows xp. On this type of computer you will usually have it set on 64-bit. I like using this for all my digital music because first of all it is free and second of all windows media player is available for all computers. When you download the player you will also see it has a library to store all your music in. It also has a guide that will pull up music,movies,TV/celeb,radio,and games.It will show you on the guide Hollywood gossip,editors picks, summer flicks,sports,and Internet radio. I really enjoy the Internet radio.

This Internet radio has any type of digital music you would want to hear. This is a free site but you may have to listen to a short advertisement between songs. I guarantee you the advertisement on the Internet radio is a lot shorter then listening to a radio station. The windows player also has a burn option. You can download all your favorite music and store it in your library and then put a blank CD in your CD ROM drive on your computer and burn the songs you like the best.

When you select the files of music you want to burn you will see on the left hand side it says burn list. On the right hand side you will see CD drive d. On this side will be all the music you have downloaded. Make sure you go to the left hand side and click on all music. This will pull up all the music you have in your library. When you get all your digital music pulled up just click on which song you want to burn and it will automatically put your song on your burn list.

When you start putting all your music on your burn list it will let you know when your CD is full. It will say not enough room. At that time is when you stop putting songs in and start burning your CD. It will burn 1 song at a time and say complete after each song is done. When the CD is finished burning you will see your CD ROM on your computer will open automatically. If you are unsure how to get blank Cd’s to burn you can usually buy them at a retail store for 10.00 or less for about 20 blank Cd’s.

As you can see the windows media player can be used for many different things. The majority of people find this very easy to use when trying to find any type of digital music. So check the windows player out and enjoy all the digital music you like for free.



Succeed In Music Biz With Proper Planning

Succeed In Music Biz With Proper Planning

There are many experienced professionals in the music biz who will tell you that the music biz is all business. I agree. With any business, proper planning is the key to success in the music biz. This article describes some things to consider for your success in the music biz.

Think of your career as a business. Have you assembled your business plan? How do you plan to market? What is your mission statement? Are you going to start your own record label to be distributed by a major, or are you going to use the full service resources of a major label? These are all important issues that you have to have in order to really succeed in the music biz. A music biz plan helps you resolve these issues well in advance.

A lot of recording artists enter the music biz with one big goal “to make it”. These artists see themselves on a big stage in front of thousands of screaming fans, but often that is as far as the planning goes. Artists rarely conduct the planning that it takes to succeed in the music biz.

I’ve yet to speak to an artist who has a business plan. In my experience if you don’t have a business plan, then you shouldn’t plan on being in business. A good business plan will cover your business and legal structure, your marketing model, financial projections, goals, benchmarks and finally what you’ll do after the your career is over.

I’ve met many recording artists who treat the music biz like a glorified hobby. They often don’t have business cards, a website or in many cases, a valid email address. Many more artists don’t have the marketing structure in place that will allow them to get the attention from fans or record labels. Remember that the music biz is all business. If you treat your music career as a hobby then you might as well just play your music for friends and family and be content with people pretending to take you seriously.

Getting attention and interest from record labels is easy if you are on the radar. Many Artist and Repertoire Representatives (A&R Reps) agree that if an artist is making it happen on for themselves (by selling a couple thousand CD’s locally or selling out a 2,000 seat venue) they will get on the major label radar. You can’t get on the radar of the record labels (or your fans) if you are flying by the seat of your pants and living on a prayer.

As a wise person once said “failing to plan is planning to fail”.



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