Alright, as a person that values her carefully selected music library, I was pretty surprised to hear that my biggest fear was coming to life. Some users are complaining that Apple Music has been quietly deleting songs from their hard drives. James Pinkstone, average user, noticed after implementing Apple Music, that many of his tracks were mysteriously missing. Anyone that has battled with the transition of CDs to the digital age, knows that burning tracks from CD to music library is a long and painful task. It takes time to manually import the tracks, and if you are like many that have already upgrade their machines to the latest edition, know that CD players alone are becoming obsolete. So come to find out that many if not all of the tracks that you have painstakingly imported are suddenly missing, without your permission, would be infuriating.
The official comment from Apple concerning this issue was that, “the software is working as intended”. As intended! Apparently it intends to “clean up” user song content no matter if it has permission to or not. Not comforting. Pinkstone thought perhaps his songs would be made available through the cloud, but that was quickly determinded to not be the case. Luckily for Pinkstone, he has everything backed up. Take that Apple!
Are you running out of space on your iPhone or Droid where you store your music? Google has come up with awesome idea by incorporating the cloud where you can store your music an acces it via an app on your phone. The key to this is that you have to have internet access to listen to your music.
To learn more about Google Music go to http://music.google.com/about/
From the Music Manager, you can:
Add music from your iTunes library, Windows Media Player library, My Music folder, or folders of your choosing to Google Music:
–Choose to add songs automatically or completely manually
–Adjust the bandwidth available for adding songs
–View the progress of songs you’re adding
–Download any of the songs that you previously uploaded to your Music library, as well as any song you purchased
from the Google Music store
You can install Music Manager by going to http://music.google.com/music/listen?#manager_pl
For the iPhone app you’ll have to get gMusic and if you have a Droid phone you’ll have to get Google Music app.
A number of my clients like to listen to Internet radio stations, like Pandora, at work. Why not? They have a perfectly good computer and it has a perfectly good sound card and a pair of speakers. What is the problem?
The problem is Network Performance.
What I find is that a lot of small businesses have limited amounts of available bandwidth to and from the Internet. A common pipeline is the old standby T1, which is about one and a half Megabits per second, or a Fractional T1 which can go a lot less; plenty of speed for users who need email or to browse the Web.
And hey! Pandora works GREAT! But here’s the catch: the free version of Pandora offers 64 Kilobits per second of streaming media to your desktop. And since it is streaming, that is a continual flow of data, as opposed to the short bursts of bandwidth used in surfing the Web.
OK, you say. That’s only 64K – we have a T1!
Well, that’s true, you do. But that T1 is being used for a number of other things, like your email and your web server and possibly remote access… there are a lot of services you and your co-workers use that are making use of that T1 pipeline to the Internet. Your little 64K is likely to go pretty much unnoticed. But what if you are not the only one listening in? A couple of guys in Sales, and maybe someone from the Art Department, the numbers add up. Each of these computers is using up 64K, so multiply that out – ten users is 640K, or nearly half of the total available bandwidth for your company!
Further, Pandora offers a better-sounding version, with no time limits, called Pandora One, and it’s pretty cheap. It offers 192K streaming!
I don’t mean to pick on Pandora in particular – that is just the most common name I’ve been seeing lately. Many of the radio stations in existence on the airwaves also offer Internet streaming, with varying levels of quality. The rule of thumb here is that the better the quality, the more bandwidth it is using up. And multiply that out by the number of users listening in from their computers – pretty soon you begin to see some heavy slowdowns!
I personally am a big fan of music while I work – but an MP3 player or a collection of CDs, or even a real, old-fashioned radio might be a wiser choice for the workplace!