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Episode 4, 1959-1960

Albums featured in this episode are;

Marty Robbins – Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs,

The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Time Out,

Joan Baez – Joan Baez,

Elvis Presley – Elvis is Back!,

Miriam Makeba – Miriam Makeba,

The Everly Brothers – A Date With the Everly Brothers,

and Jimmy Smith – Back at the Chicken Shack!

Intro/outro music (Evening Melodrama) and interlude music (Cool Intro) are credited to Kevin MacLeod at

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Downloading MP3’s Made Easy

Downloading MP3’s Made Easy

The MP3 movement started out with a huge audience of music enthusiasts on the internet. The MP3 digital music format has had, and will continue to have, a huge impart on how people, gather, listen to and share music.
The MP3 format is a compression system for digital music that helps reduce the size of a digitized song without disturbing the sound quality. Digital music is converted to MP3 format and made available for use, usually via the web. MP3 files can be downloaded onto your computer from the internet and special software, either commercial or freeware. Using your computer and software you can convert digital music from a CD into MP3 format.
MP3 files can be played in three different ways:
They can be played directly onto your computer.
They can be decompressed and recorded onto a CD.
These files can be played on a portable MP3 player.
The advantage of MP3 players is that they are small, lightweight and rugged. They are a great way to carry your MP3 files with you!
With a portable MP3 player, a personal computer, and the appropriate software, you can do the following:
Obtain free or low-cost music from the web.
Create your own mix of music by downloading MP3 files from the web and converting the tracks from CDs.
Listen to near-CD quality music wherever you go.
Listen to more music (up to 10 hours’ worth).
If you want to convert your songs from your CDs into MP3 files, you can use ripper and encoder software. A ripper copies a song’s file from the CD onto your hard disk. The encoder compresses the song into the MP3 format. By encoding songs, you can play them on your computer or take them with you on your MP3 player. The ripper and encoder software may come with your MP3 player.
The specific instructions will vary with the individual software programs, but the following steps will definitely take place:
Place the CD from which you want to convert songs into your drive.
Select the track(s) that you want to convert to MP3 format.
Convert the selected track(s).
Copy the new MP3 files on to your computer’s hard disk.
Now you are ready to download these MP3 files into your portable MP3 player.
Once you have MP3 files on your computer, you can use the software that came with your MP3 player to download the files into your MP3 player.
Again, the specific instructions will vary depending upon your software program and player, but you will:
Create a playlist from your MP3 files.
Plug the player into your computer’s parallel of USB port.
Transfer the MP3 files according to the instructions.
Once you have downloaded the MP3 files into your portable MP3 player, you are ready to take your music anywhere. Most MP3 players are small, lightweight, and solid-state. Because most players are solid-state, there are no moving parts to break down or skip, so the sound quality is uninterrupted regardless of your physical activity. MP3 players are equipped with various types of headphones or earpieces.
Portable MP3 players can play music longer than a portable CD player. The length of play for a CD player is about 74 minutes, the length of one CD. However, the length of play for an MP3 player depends upon its memory capacity, which can be upgraded on some models. A standard MP3 player can play for about half an hour (32 MB) to a few weeks (40 GB)! Some models can be upgraded with additional memory devices.

Ipod – The Music Player For All

Ipod – The Music Player For All

iPods seem to be taking over the world. One sees them everywhere one goes, being used by adults and children alike. One sees them on the television and in the movies. It seems that people are going insane over them! It is actually not surprising that this little device is attracting such fanatical devotion; it is indeed a fantastic device; it might even be the coolest thing to show up ever!

The iPod is a pocket sized, ultra light hard drive based audio player, designed and marketed by Apple Computers. All the iPod models are user friendly in design, and can be used even by young children. They offer a simple user interface and a scroll wheel to browse the navigation system. Unlike the other portable cassette or CD players, the iPod stores media on in-built memory. What this means is that you do not need to insert a CD or cassette.

An iPod is practical, functional, and cute as well! There are three different sizes and shapes to choose from. There is the skinny little iPod shuffle; the slightly larger but even skinner nano, and the most popular regular iPod that can play all your favorite TV shows and favorite songs.

Some of the other Mp3 players available might have disadvantages if compared to the wonder of the iPod. It is not only a question of how many songs they can hold; the overall quality and the cute look of the little machines are truly matchless. They can hold thousands of songs and pictures, they are so tiny, and they come in such wonderful colors. The iPod mini came in green and pink and blue and other lovely colors. The nano and the iPod now come in white and black. All the colors are hot and look great.

What it has come down to is that when you want to go in for a new music player, you may consider to get an iPod. It will hold hundreds of songs; the battery life is great. You can play it for more than twenty hours before you need to charge it again.

When you buy the iPod, the iTunes software is included in it. This software uploads music and photos in the iPod and it has been likened to a jukebox. The function of this software is to play, store and organize all the music and video files on the iPod. With iTunes, you can connect to the iTunes Music Store and buy music files for playing on the iPod. Although iTunes has been developed by Apple, it will work with Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 operating systems. ITunes is also freely downloadable on the web.

Apple Corporation released the iPod in October, 2001. Since then, the iPod has become the biggest selling portable hard disk player. It has sold around twenty million units in 2001-2005. The way the iPod was initially marketed also contributed to its enormous popularity, with excellent ads playing the coolest tunes in the background.

The tiny size of the iPod is its biggest advantage, and you can take it with you wherever you go. This can have its problems, as the iPod is delicate, and the screen and case are prone to scratching, even during normal use. So now a huge market has opened up, offering cases for your iPod to protect it from damage so that you can take it literally anywhere. The cases have options for clips and straps, so your iPod need never leave your side, until you want to put it away yourself.

Having Fun With Karaoke Computer Software

Having Fun With Karaoke Computer Software

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Karaoke Computer Software will allow you to burn, play, and create karaoke songs on your computer. There are several different manufacturers of karaoke computer software so you should be able to find computer software that is compatible with your operating system.

Power Karaoke software allows you to create your own karaoke songs. You will be able to use the MP3 format for creating these songs and then create the soundtrack. If you have songs on your computer already, you can also create a copy of that information on to a disc with the actual words you need to hear and sing. You can manipulate the software to just have the words across the screen and add your own beat to the music.

You will also find that with karaoke computer software most companies’ offer downloads and updates on the Internet. This way you will be able to get up to date information and newer versions right from home. You can also download the complete computer software from the Internet.

It should come as no surprise that there are even karaoke software programs for hosts. If you are a compuhost for karaoke, you will find software to give you lists and lists of music for your next gig. You will also find that you will have functionality with the program. In other words, you will be able to use this computer software with ease.

Part of karaoke computer software is to make your list complete. You will be able to search for the songs you want and then remove the vocals with computer software. Obviously when you are having a karaoke night or party you do not want to have the vocals helping the individual sing the song. Therefore, you need to eliminate the vocals with the computer software and just leave the background music. You may also want to have the words scrolling along the screen to help the singer figure out what comes next. Of course, you can take a page out of that new show and have the lyrics missing to make the competition or party even more fun.

When you are creating your music list using karaoke computer software you will want to make sure the version you are purchasing is compatible with the operating system. You will find that the newer versions will work with Windows XP. You also need to have the space available on your computer for the software download. Most of the programs require at least 500 MB of Ram if not more. You will also need to have 1GB of hard disk space free to have the program working properly. You can actually crash a computer when it is running too hard. This means if you do not have the space the computer will run slower and harder making it impossible to have several programs open at once or even just one program.

Depending on the manufacturer and the version of software you are looking to purchase you will find karaoke computer software from thirty dollars to over a hundred. Keep in mind that when you are shopping for the computer software you want to make sure that you are paying the right price. Most karaoke computer software are going to be the same for tools. Some of the higher priced software may offer a few more tools or at least the ability to cut out the vocals. To ensure you are getting what you want and for the best price, you will need to shop around.

Acoustic Guitar Tab

Acoustic Guitar Tab

If you enjoy the idea of learning the guitar and you visualize yourself sitting down and playing your favorite songs for your own enjoyment, acoustic guitar tabs give you the possibility of realizing your dream. You can pick up an acoustic guitar any time of the day or night and play without disturbing your family or neighbors. Some people even play the acoustic guitar while the family is watching TV in the same room!

Tablature, or tab, is the ideal way for any beginner guitar player to learn or for a more seasoned guitarist to learn new material quickly. A basic definition of guitar tab is a diagram showing the guitar strings with the frets where the guitarist is to play the notes indicated by numbers. Quite often a guitarist approaching a new piece of music will struggle with conventional music notation whereas tab is a quick and easy way of getting the feel of a new piece. Also a pianist or other musician can look at a piece of guitar sheet music and play it right away but would have no hope of playing from guitar tab because it is only written for one instrument. Another limitation of guitar tab is that you won’t be able to learn the rhythm from it. You will need a strumming pattern diagram or, having heard the song before, have some idea of how to approach the playing of the rhythm. If you are prepared to live with these limitations tablature will be a great tool for you to learn your favorite songs quickly.

When you search the internet for acoustic guitar tab what kind of music can you expect to find? Well, the variety is astonishing. Basically acoustic guitar tab is written with the idea of the guitar supplying the basic accompaniment for the song. So if you are a singer wanting to interpret the lyrics, your interest in the guitar arrangement may be slight. The second thing acoustic guitar tab usually gives you is the notes for any distinctive melody or riff in the song – music that people recognize before they hear the words being sung. A simple example of this is the few notes repeated throughout the record of “Something” by The Beatles. Of course you are quite free to leave out or change any music to make the arrangement your own.

Acoustic guitar tabs are often fingerstyle arrangements of songs. These arrangements will not be readily available in music stores or the usual sources of sheet music on the internet. Fingerstyle arrangements can give you some added depth to your guitar playing even if you don’t utilize all the techniques shown in the tab. Finally there is one advantage to using acoustic tab for electric guitar players. You can learn the muisc for the song without having to set up your guitar and amp. You can work on arranging your song for electric guitar once you know the chords and the basic structure.

I hope I have given you something to think about if you have not given tabs for acoustic guitar much of a look so far. If you look around you will be quite amazed at the range of popular – and obscure – music available.

MP3 Music Technology

MP3 Music Technology

Earlier form of music players required moving parts to read enclosed data on a tape or CD whereas MP3 players use solid state memory. An MP3 player is more of a data storage device with an embedded software application that enables users to transfer MP3 files to that player. MP3 players include some utilities to copy music from CD or websites and then organize them and create custom list of songs in the order you want to hear them. Such list of songs is called a “play list”.

The MP3 player is the combination of various technologies and its components are not only revolutionary but also prove to be a great consumer product. If you wish to store music as well allow the user to hear the songs played and for this the player first pulls the song from its memory, then decompresses the MP3 encoding, runs the decompressed bytes through a digital to analog converter and amplifies the analog signal allowing the song to be heard.

There are different stuffs or components but these could vary as the basic parts of a typical MP3 player. This includes data port, memory, microprocessor, digital signal processor, display, playback controls, audio port, amplifier and power supply.

The player is plugged into the USB port of your computer or a parallel port to transfer data. USB based players transfer data much faster than those using the parallel port. Memory types include internal flash memory, compact flash cards, smart media cards, memory stick and internal micro drive.

Except the last one, all the above mentioned players are of solid state memory and the advantage of solid state memory is that there are no moving parts that mean better reliability and music without any skips. Mp3 players also contain tiny hard disk drives that could store 10 to 150times more than flash memory devices.

The microprocessor is the brain of any player and monitors user input through the playback controls and displays information about the current song on the LCD panel and then sends directions to the DSP chip that informs exactly how the audio is processed. The DSP pulls the song data from memory and apply any special effects and streams to the amplifier. The DSP runs a decompression algorithm that compresses MP3 files and then turns back the bytes into sound waves.

The amplifier also boosts the strength of the signal and then sends it to the audio port whereby you can attach the pair of headphones. Most of the MP3 players are powered by battery.

Guide to Good Software for Your iPod

Guide to Good Software for Your iPod

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New users of the ipod are having difficulty putting on songs on their device. Some complain about some of their play list getting lost after it has been uploaded from the computer. Some are really just not used to it and are having trouble with the very process itself. Addressing this problem, different companies have come up with softwares that will make the use of the ipod not that stressful.

Adding and uploading playlist, songs, videos and etc. will no longer have a hard time as it has been made easy for them. If you decide to use one of these softwares, you should not forget to read instructions first.

Also, you will still be doing most of the work so do not expect the computer, the ipod, and the software to do it all by themselves.

One thing that makes the apple iPod unique is the addition of different iPod software you can add to your gadget. These softwares make it easy for you and add a little more spice to your iPod. Ipod software will help you personalize your little gadget as you use it throughout the day and as you download music to it.

The software can be acquired through download and is very easy to install. Just connect your ipod to your personal computer and wait for it to be transferred. After that, enjoy the wonders of the software which is so positively sure that you will definitely enjoy.

There is a lot of ipod software out there and here is just a small list you can use on your gadget. But I have chosen to show you four softwares for a more easy and convenient use. It is now up to you to choose which Ipod software you need. On my list are the newest software released up to date.

First on my list is the Anapod Explorer 8. Anapod Explorer 8 was created by Windows for the sole purpose of serving Ipod users. The anapod is basically an alternate for itunes. It can copy your music and back to your personal computer and brings your ipod into the windows explorer.

This can be found as a device under my computer. It will give you a more familiar windows explorer interface and this will make it easier for you to transfer and manage your on-board music, play list and more. Transfer from your computer to your ipod or from your ipod to your computer does not get any easier than this.

There is also an add-on to this ipod software. It includes the AnapodSQL and the rare Anapod Xtreamer which is a web based streaming interface. Basically, anapod is a backup software for your easy use.

Another Ipod software is the PodUtil 2.5.1. PodUtil is an Ipod software that is so easy to use. It is for viewing the songs on your Ipod and transferring it to your computer for a more customizable an organized manner. Then, it will automatically add them to itunes and you will be able to rebuild your play list as you wish. Again, another ipod software that makes organizing and transferring music and play lists easier.

Aside from the two mentioned, there is also the gtkpod 0.88. gtkpod is a platform independent GUI for apple ipod that uses gtk2. This ipod software allows you to upload songs and play list to your ipod. It supports ID# tag editing, multiple charsets for ID3 tags, detects duplicate songs, and also allows offline modification of the database with later synchronization, and more.

Lastly, there is the ipod.itunes 3.0. This ipod software has the capability to add missing songs, videos, playlist, ratings, played dates, and play counts in both directions between ipod and itunes.

This software is designed to keep songs, videos, and playlists on different Macs and ipods up to date, and can perform a full restore of these items after a hard disk failure. Now, that is efficiency. The software updates foreign ipods not linked to your itunes library without deleting its content.

Now remember, these ipod softwares are add-ons to your gadget for easy use, but that does not mean that it will do everything for you. Of course, it is still you who will do all the work so that you will have a good time with your ipod.

Latest Trend for Wannabe Singers: Handheld Karaoke!

Latest Trend for Wannabe Singers: Handheld Karaoke!

With “American Idol” making news by drawing upwards of 40 million viewers, it’s no wonder that “The Singing Bee” and “Don’t Forget the Lyrics!”
jumped on the musical television bandwagon. It’s not simply that Americans are keen on choosing the next singing sensation; rather, they have aspirations to BE the next music superstar. That’s why the latest trend in hot gadgets is to turn MP3 players and MP3 downloads into personal karaoke machines.

The concept is simple but ingenious. With specialized MP3 players, users can buy MP3 downloads, load them into the player, and input the lyrics of the songs – the original lyrics or their own versions. They can then remove the voice track from the song and record their own voices over the music while reading a display of the lyrics. After that, they can listen to their own voiceovers and share them with others.

The advantages of these types of players are obvious. For one thing, you don’t have to wait for a Karaoke Night at your local watering hole to sing your favorite tunes. For another, you actually have the opportunity to record your own voice and listen to what it sounds like – and record it again and again until you get it right. In addition, most karaoke CDs are from songs that are out of date and out of fashion. With these new players, you can purchase and download new releases of songs and current hits without having to wait for them to come out on karaoke CDs. Further, people of all ages can use it to sing their favorite tunes – in a truly convenient and portable handheld device. In addition, you can customize the lyrics by inputting your own version of the words to a song. Finally, it’s perfect for both those who have aspirations to become professional singers and those who just enjoy the pleasures of singing.

With these new devices, singing for pleasure is just the beginning. With an internal speaker and microphone, as well as a display screen, music fans can certainly remove the vocals from their favorite tracks and sing their own versions of their favorite songs. But they can then take their “albums” and incorporate them into social networking sites like MySpace or even upload them to YouTube. If they want to be America’s next singing sensation, they can even send them as auditions to shows that are looking for the next big star.

Pre-teens and teens in particular are causing this handheld karaoke phenomenon to gain momentum. After school gatherings and evening get togethers are abuzz with kids clamoring to try these new hot gadgets and urging each other on to record over their favorite songs.

Handheld karaoke machines are definitely heating up the electronics market and represent the next logical step in the singing phenomenon that began with “American Idol.”

Soothing Music: The Native American Flute

Soothing Music: The Native American Flute

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Native Americans are eager to share their ancestry with their families and friends. One of the ways they do this is through their music, particularly through the music of the Native American flute. They want to ensure that their children have a strong link with their ancient culture, and music is an excellent way to teach non-Native Americans about this culture as well.

Mothers of small children often find that Native American flute music is very soothing for their babies. It seems to have a tranquil and calming effect on children. Songs played on the Native American flute can be introduced during naptime and before bedtime to calm children down. The music often puts children to sleep within just a few minutes. Experts have also recommended Native American flute music to families with small babies that have a hard time getting to sleep.

This music also represents an excellent tool for calming down a baby in situations where there may be difficult transitions for such young children, such as when many visitors come to the home. It is often difficult for small babies to adjust to the confusion and noise created by a large number of people at special occasions, and playing Native American flute music can help to calm a baby down in these circumstances.

The music of the Native American flute is very soft, and it creates a wonderful, soothing background for many situations. It is just the sound for keeping babies calm when there are a lot of people in the environment. Babies seem to focus on the flute sounds instead of on the loud noises generated by crowds. Having flute music playing in a room makes it easier for them to adjust to visitors.

Of course, adults will also enjoy the music of the Native American flute. It is easy to find interesting and unique Native American flute music on the Internet, since many online stores offer selections of alternative music. It is also possible to purchase Native American flutes and sheet music. Several vendors offer musical compositions for the flute, and they sell Native American flutes as well.

Native American flute music is an excellent way to learn about and enjoy the special features of Native American culture. And since songs are often linked to memories, this music offers a good way to preserve the memory of special times.

Karaoke Software For Inevitable Singing

Karaoke Software For Inevitable Singing

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Before karaoke came in this world, people used to sing with the accompaniment of people playing music instruments. The singing is not complete without them. Singing in those times was quite odd because of the lack of resources.

Then karaoke was introduced. This innovation in the singing world leads to better appreciation of people to music. Singing became the most sought hobby and activity of every citizen. They became addict and indulge in singing through karaoke.

Karaoke was pioneered by the Japanese. The word karaoke was derived form two Japanese words, kara meaning music, and oke, a word that means orchestra. The karaoke became a phenomenon. Karaoke already reached different countries including the most powerful and the hardest to penetrate, the United States of America. Karaoke is being used in different languages and dialects around the globe.

Americans are so much indulged with karaoke. Almost every household has their own sot of karaoke which they use during parties and some occasions. They use karaoke to entertain their guests and visitors. Even without any occasions, still they use karaoke for their own entertainment.

Karaoke provide and offer much enjoyment. They can relax when they are singing in karaoke. Karaoke singing serves a activity to strengthen relationships, to build ties between each and every one.

Before you can enjoy and have fun in karaoke, there are lots to prepare first. You need to have compact discs and tapes that are installed with songs, which are of much cost that usually holes our pockets. We also spend in buying players. So karaoke singing is quite a burden for our wallets, but despite these, we still patronize karaoke because of the joy and entertainment it brings.

In the birth of the cyber world, the access to karaoke entertainment was made easy. Karaoke is just in front of us, right in our computers. It is just a click a way. It is only a matter of some finger movements.

You can convert your computers into a karaoke machine by karaoke software and programs. You can download and have this software with charge or free of charge.

Karaoke software may be in the form of song, lyrics, music or in the form of downloadable pictures and images that can make as backgrounds.

Karaoke software that is in the form of song, supply and offer singing and entertainment without limitations. You can have as many songs as you want. So can have and create your own archive of songs. Amaze your friends with these songs for you can download it where ever and when ever.

If the karaoke software is in the form of lyrics, it gives you lyrics of your favorite songs. You can make your own book of lyrics through this software.

There are also software that provides pictures and images that you can make use as backgrounds of your monitor. This will add to the enjoyment and relaxation of karaoke singing. You can also make slides through this pictures and images.

Converting your much loved computer into a karaoke machine through the help of karaoke software, will add savor to your life. This will give you much entertainment. Your karaoke enjoyment and relaxation will be just as easy as single flick of your fingers.

Karaoke software is now offered in the market. They are two inches away from you. So what are you waiting form? Start surfing the now and download this karaoke software for your convenience.

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