Sunday, October 23, 2016

New Google Doodle Celebrates Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Inventor of Microbiology


The doodle represents the "little animals" Leeuwenhoek discovered that later became known as bacteria

Monday marks the 384th birthday of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, credited with being the first microbiologist.
While he might not be a household name today, the Dutch textile salesman ground and polished his own lenses, and was the first human to discover the existence of bacteria, single celled creatures, and spermatozoa.
Working from his dwellings above a marketplace in the Dutch city of Delft, his home-made lenses were so finely constructed that some of the organisms he discovered were not seen again for another century.
Doodle designer Gerben Steenks says, “I chose to make it an animated Doodle to show the ‘before and after’ experience that Antoni van Leeuwenhoek had — looking through a microscope and seeing a surprising new world.”
Van Leeuwenhoek wrote in a letter to the Royal Society of London that he had seen “little animals” in lake water he had collected for his first microscopic experiment. “He saw a whole world in a drop of water,” writes Google.(Referral: Google Video Downloader)

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Now Update your Apple Music Converter to Version 2.0.9

On Oct 19, 2016, Macsome Inc has upgraded iTunes / Apple Music Converter to the new version V2.0.9 for Mac OS X users.
With the latest version, you can set FLAC audio format as the output format.
(Referral reading: FLAC, short for Free Lossless Audio Codec, is an audio coding format for lossless compression of digital audio, and is also the name of the reference codec implementation. Digital audio compressed by FLAC's algorithm can typically be reduced to 50–60% of its original size and decompress to an identical copy of the original audio data.)
For the registered users, now you can find the license information on the registration window.
If you update to the iOS 10, your conversion maybe occur some one error, now we have fixed the related errors. Hope you have a nice try.
The Apple Music Converter can easily convert purchased audio tracks and subscribed Apple Music files to MP3, AAX and FLAC. After the conversion, you can play the converted files on any MP3 players and iPod, iPod Touch, iPhone, Zune, PSP, Creative Zen with 5X higher conversion speed and CD quality.
Moreover, it is also a professional FairPlay DRM Removal to help you remove any limitations from the protected audio tracks and then you can play them on any players as you like.
About Macsome
Macsome Inc. is a software development company which established in 2008 with expertise and experience in converting audio books and iTunes music, transferring iPod files and recording audio. It develops products such as Macsome Audio Book Converter, iPod File Transfer, iTunes Music Converter, Audio Recorder and so on for personal computers and mobile devices.
Visit here to know more about Macsome Inc.
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Name: Leo Fan
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

As a Music Artist, how to choose among Pandora Vs. Spotify Vs. Apple Music Vs. Soundcloud

Pandora Vs. Spotify Vs. Apple Music Vs. Soundcloud: Which Is Better For The Artist?
If you are one Artist, how to choose among Pandora Vs. Spotify Vs. Apple Music Vs. Soundcloud
Pandora Media Inc has rolled out is new Artist Marketing Platform (AMP), which features a number of marketing tools that artists can use to promote their music.
Streaming music services have gotten a lot of criticism lately for how little they pay artists for their music. Taylor Swift has been one of the most recognizable and vocal artists speaking out against how streaming services like Spotify treat musical artists.
Pandora’s new AMP is the company’s latest effort to reach out to those artists that provide the content that their business is based on. Here’s a look at what each of the major streaming services offer artists in terms of pay, perks and marketing services.
Pandora’s new AMP includes several artist-friendly features. Artist Audio Messages allow artists to record short, targeted spoken messages to play before or after their tracks to help with marketing. Featured Tracks allows artists to promote single tracks and receive real-time feedback from listeners. Ticketfly Integration allows artists to customize their audio messages, integrate concert ticket sales (including a “click to buy” ticket link), and optimize promotions for specific events and locations.
Back in February, federal judges ruled that Pandora must pay artists a blended advertising/subscription rate of $0.0017 per stream.
According to Spotify Artists’ website, Spotify also has several useful features for artists. Spotify automatically sends out email and mobile notifications to followers every time an artist releases new music. Songkick integration allows artists to display tour dates directly on their profile. Merchbar also allows artists to easily list and sell merchandise.
In addition, Spotify offers artists a wide range of other data and marketing tools.
As of about a year ago, Spotify was reportedly paying artists $0.0011 per stream.
Apple Music
Apple Music for Artists allows artists to share content and activity on Connect. Artists can post links and thoughts on their Connect feed. Apple Inc. reportedly pays artists $0.0013 per streaming play.
SoundCloud Spotlight allows artists to pin up to five tracks or playlists to their profile to showcase their best work. Timed comments allows artists to engage with their fans about individual tracks. Artists can edit in batch by simultaneously updating artwork for many tracks at once. Artists can also tag their music to optimize search traffic.
In addition, artists can track activity over time and identify top cities, countries and users for each track. Artists also get to see which websites have embedded their music and which SoundCloud apps their tracks are being streamed from.
SoundCloud currently offers four distinct membership tiers for artists. The features mentioned above are available at the Pro Unlimited tier, which costs $15 per month. The top tier, Premier, is by invitation only. Premier is the level at which artists can begin making money for their tracks via advertising revenue sharing, but there is no set rate of payment for each streaming play.
This summary is just a basic overview of some of the options that are out there for music artists. The best option comes down to which goals are most important for each individual artist. However, it's important to keep expectations for streaming revenue fairly low unless you’re already a well-established star.
One band that drew more than a million streams on Spotify back in 2013 reported only $4,955 in total revenue. Even that rate comes in at $0.004891/stream, well above the latest reported rates of the major streaming services.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

All new Apple Music ad highlighting iOS 10 design changes, Beats 1

Following an earlier Apple Music ad starring James Corden, Jimmy Iovine, Eddy Cue, and Bozoma Saint John, Apple today shared a new ad for the service. The newest video focuses on the changes that came to Apple Music with iOS 10 and comes in at 1 minute and 21 seconds.

The video, which was shared on Apple’s YouTube channel, is titled “Explore the All-New Apple Music,” jumps through various aspects of the new interface. For instance, the refreshed For You tab is highlighted, as is the ability to save music for offline listening.
Somewhat surprisingly, Apple Music’s ‘always-on’ streaming channel Beats 1 also gets some airtime. Apple highlights the variety of hosts and celebrities that appear on the platform, including Drake, Zane Lowe, and Pharrell.
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Monday, October 10, 2016

Spotify and Apple Music get the remix treatment

Spotify and Apple Music now feature unofficial song remixes on their streaming platforms, months after sealing deals with mix- and remix-centric music licensing company Dubset, TechCrunch reports.
This could lead to a deluge of music from independent artists – creating new opportunities for musicians, and an expanded listening experience for users.
Apple Music and Spotify each reached agreements with Dubset in the first half of 2016.Dubset scans mixed and remixed music to attribute content and distribute royalties to original rights holders. Their partnership with Dubset has a number of implications:
  • SoundCloud stands to lose out in this scenario. Unofficial remixes and mixes uploaded talented bedroom producers are one of SoundCloud's key differentiators in the music streaming space. It's the reason SoundCloud has over 125 million tracks, compared to Spotify and Apple Music's 30 million-song catalogs. With Spotify and Apple Music gaining more of this content, SoundCloud's edge in this space could begin to wear down.
  • In turn, SoundCloud's acquisition potential could falter. The company is reported to be in negotiations with Spotify about a merger, but Spotify could opt out of a deal if it can get SoundCloud's content without having to spend $1 billion or so on an acquisition. But backing out of this deal would cause Spotify to miss out on tens of millions of SoundCloud users who might have otherwise been Spotify-converts.
  • And SoundCloud's catalog is only one of its core strengths. The platform also excels in the social aspect – facilitating connections between musicians and fans, and helping to establish collectives formed by artists and independent labels. The fact that artists participate on SoundCloud like, and alongside, regular users lends to an experience absent on other platforms.
  • Spotify and Apple Music’s catalog is still short on one front. For now, the two music streaming services are only adding remixed songs to their catalogs, and not DJ mixes comprised of several songs in succession. Excluding mixes from their catalog is a missed opportunity – to expand their catalogs, satisfy fans, and compensate artists – as 700 million people listen to mixed content every month, according to Dubset CEO Stephen White.
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How about Apple Music in iOS 10

As a heavy Apple Music user since the service’s infancy, I’ve found the app’s recent redesign in iOS 10 has been a positive in every sense, compared to where it was less than a month ago. But that’s not to say it’s perfect — far from it. Here are a few thoughts from my recent experiences with Apple Music, compared to where it was in iOS 9.
Apple Music’s new look is brighter, more youthful, with — as a designer friend pointed out — a mess of different typography sizes. It’s not really my cup of tea, but it’s better than it was before, so I don’t have too many complaints about the overall vibe.
Most importantly, Apple Music is now easier to navigate. The larger text does make it easier to jump from a song to an artist, or an album, and Apple has finally figured out how to make titles and artists more easily tappable. You used to have to find the tiny ellipsis to navigate through what felt like a long series of menus just to get from one song to an album — that’s much easier now, thank goodness. There are still a lot of menus, but they’re mostly on separate “paths,” if you will, depending on where you started first.
Layout still seems to benefit the more casual music fan, and it probably always will: if you select an artist, you’ll find top songs and recent releases above a list of albums, for instance. I’d prefer a list of albums first, but without any customization, Apple’s approach is understandable considering the wide audience it’s trying to reach. The same nod to a casual, wide audience is found in Search — below recent searches, there’s a list of Trending searches. (I do not care which top 40 act is currently trending at the time.) Artists are also listed by first name alphabetically, which is annoying.
Then there’s the tale of typos. On the bright side, Apple Music can actually search your own typos now. Before, I’d often get absolutely no results if there was a typing mistake. No suggestions, nothing. Now the app gives you a list of possibilities, so “pxies” will indeed find results for Pixies. But Apple still has its own typo problems. The song titles of Bjork’s “Triumph of a Heart” and Beulah’s “What Will You Do When Your Suntan Fades” have had obvious typos for months and months…probably for as long as Apple Music’s existed, because as you might expect, those same errors can be found in the iTunes Store. Based on the iTunes guidelines, it appears these typos are likely coming straight from the labels themselves — nevertheless, it’s on Apple to double check and fix these things. Errors can be found within Apple Music’s own album descriptions, as well. Bj√∂rk’s masterful Homogenic has two inaccurate song titles in its otherwise glowing description — but scroll down and you’ll see the song titles spelled properly in the track list. Perhaps you’ve seen typos and errors of your own. This sort of thing makes Apple Music seem amateurish; certainly not something that would appeal to the music lover. Most people would never notice this sort of stuff, perhaps, but to a hardcore music geek, it’s embarrassing.
It’s worth noting, though, that Apple does seem to be working on this. Not long ago, I found R.E.M.‘s classic song “So. Central Rain” had a typo — but that typo’s no longer there as of this writing. Maybe they’re catching on, listening to complaints, and paying more attention to detail. (On the other hand, if you do an Apple Music search for “Hall and,” the first two results are “Hall and Oats” and “Hall and Oats greatest hits.” Now, maybe most Apple Music users are searching for “Hall and Oats” instead of Hall and Oates, but the service should know the actual name of the group and direct users that way. So there’s still work to be done. Poor John Oates.)
It’s good that Apple Music now puts Downloaded Music right there in the Library section — this was a necessary change — though I’ve learned to delete downloaded Apple-made playlists more often. If you download playlists to your iPhone, as I often do, and then remove the downloads without deleting the playlist from your phone, it can create confusion later: you might re-download one particular song, and Apple will put it right back into that playlist. That starts to get messy after a while, with a bunch of playlists only containing one or two songs that are actually stored on your phone. Best to reduce the clutter, and delete Apple’s playlists when you’re done with them. (I haven’t felt the need to delete any of my own created playlists, though. Those testaments to good taste and enjoyable listening? Oh, heavens no.)
As for the playlists themselves, and how Apple recommends and points users to new music, I think the service currently does a solid job. Besides the typical “You Might Also Like” section, which is usually pretty accurate, the “My New Music Mix” playlist is a good starting point. I particularly like the “My Favorites Mix,” which updates every Wednesday based on what you listen to — as Apple puts it, “the more you use Apple Music, the better the mix.” That particular mix isn’t exposing me to anything new, but it’s more apt to bring up a beloved song that I haven’t heard in a while.
A few other notes: I actually don’t mind not having landscape mode in Apple Music. Though some may disagree, it’s nice to know that when I’m moving my iPhone around, all the controls aren’t jumping back and forth across the screen. However, a fellow editor at least wishes the Now Playing screen could go into landscape mode for use with the new iPhone stereo speakers, and that’s a good suggestion. I also love the introduction of lyrics to the app — it’s an obvious addition, but that doesn’t make it any less cool.
Before, when people asked me if they should switch from, say, Spotify to Apple Music, I basically said that if you liked Spotify, there was no good reason to change — not with all of the previous UI problems in Apple Music. It’s a bit of a different story now, though. To say nothing of the artist exclusives — which you may or may not care about — the improved UI in the iOS 10 redesign makes it feel like Apple Music is finally coming into its own a bit.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

This September top 10 Albums You Must Hear

Suicide Squad is a 2016 American superhero film based on the DC Comics antihero team of the same name. It's the third installment in the DC Extended Universe. The film is written and directed by David Ayer and stars an ensemble cast featuring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood and Cara Delevingne. In Suicide Squad, a secret government agency led by Amanda Waller recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions and save the world from a powerful threat, in exchange for leaner sentences.
Encore is the debut studio album by the French electronic music producer DJ Snake, released on 5 August 2016 by Interscope Records. It release has been preceded by its lead single "Middle" featuring the English singer Bipolar Sunshine, released in October 2015, which reached the top 20 in France and the United States, the top 10 in the UK and top 5 in Australia, and the single "Talk" featuring Australian vocalist George Maple, released in June 2016, which peaked at number 39 in France. The songs "Propaganda" and "Ocho Cinco" were also made available via iTunes before the album's release.
After appearing on BADBADNOTGOOD's IV and sharing her own "Find You" last month, Charlotte Day Wilson has made her solo CDW EP available to stream.
Running six tracks in length, the EP was recorded and produced entirely by Wilson herself, the sole collaborator being fellow Toronto musician River Tiber, who appears on "Where Do You Go." Wilson's latest work also features the hymnal feel of "Work," the late-night jazz of "After All," and the vocal layering of bookends "On Your Own" and "Reprise."
The Get Down is a musical drama television series set in the South Bronx in the late 1970s. Created by Baz Luhrmann and Stephen Adly Guirgis, the series debuted in 2016 on Netflix. The first part of its first season consists of six 53–93 minute episodes produced by Sony Pictures Television. The first six episodes of the series premiered on August 12, 2016.
Stranger Things is an American supernatural horror-science fiction web television series created by the Duffer Brothers. It is written and directed by Matt and Ross Duffer and executive-produced by Shawn Levy. It stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, and Matthew Modine. The plot follows the disappearance of a young boy, and a telekinetic girl who helps his friends in their search, while the boy's older brother, mother, and the town police chief start their own investigations.
PARTYNEXTDOOR 3 (stylized as PARTYNEXTDOOR 3 or P3) is the second studio album by Canadian recording artist PARTYNEXTDOOR. It was released on August 12, 2016, by OVO Sound and Warner Bros. Records. The album was supported by three single: "Come and See Me" featuring Drake, "Not Nice" and "Don't Know How".
Crystal Castles are an experimental electronic band formed in 2003 in Toronto, Ontario by songwriter/producer Ethan Kath. Crystal Castles are known for their chaotic live shows and lo-fi melancholic homemade productions. They released many limited vinyl singles between 2006 and 2007 before releasing a trilogy of critically acclaimed albums between 2008 and 2012.
The EP clearly boasts an impressive line of talent, but it's the EP track standout, "Ain't Love Strange," which was extremely special for Stanaj to record. "I also got to work with Sebastian Kole, who wrote Alessia Cara's "Here," and who also wrote "Ain’t Love Strange" for me to record. I instantly fell in love with that record, there’s so much soul to it."
Nashville garage rock duo JEFF The Brotherhood have announced the August 12th release of their latest full-length, Zone, through Dine Alone Records. Though the new album chronologically follows 2015’s Global Chakra Rhythms, Zone marks the third and final installment in a spiritual trilogy that includes 2009’s Heavy Days and 2011’s We Are The Champions.
Boy King was made in Dallas with John Congleton (St. Vincent, Swans), and replaces the ornate detail of its predecessors with machine-tooled funk and pitch-shifted gasps, aiming to marry Justin Timberlake’s groove with Nine Inch Nails’ aggression. Whereas 2014’s Present Tense extolled the spiritual fulfillment that can come from sex and love, their sole lyrical concern here is destruction at the hands of desire. The need to keep things fresh five albums in is understandable, and Wild Beasts should be smart enough to adapt.

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