Tag Archives: music

My music? iMusic?

8 Jul

I have an iPhone, only 32Gb meaning that with all my pictures and apps, I can only have a playlist of 20 songs … Always the same songs … boring …
I would like to listen to the radio but you need the signal in the metro and definitively a great plan to allow you unlimited data (I’m limited to 2Gb a month).

With iMusic, I think I see the end of my misery …
iMusic is the new streaming music platform launched by Apple some days ago.

The big idea is to allow us access to any music for a monthly flat fee (individual fee $9,99, family pack for up to 6 members $14,99 a month).

The service is basically a giant library of all the music available at a tap of your finger.
How does it work?

  • First, upgrade your iOS to iOS8.4
  • Then head to iTunes and tap free test iMusic (the test will last 3 months and be automatically paid by month if you don’t untick the option “automatic renewal”)
  • I unticked and will decide on October 2nd if I continue to use the service (I think I will, because it’s way cool)
iMusic by Apple iMusic by Apple iMusic by Apple

Ok, the 3 months free trial is on, so what can I do?

First you can customize your music preferences by tapping the artists you like. This will enable iMusic to suggest you new music to discover that will fit your preferences (nice).
Now, let’s check it out.

Let’s launch the iMusic app.

On the customized homepage, I have access to

  • playlists,
  • albums,
  • radios,
  • I can also search iMusic for the latest albums releases
  • all the above are supposed to match my music preferences (and they do)

I like to listen to the radios while wifi-connected at the office or home, but the killer-use for me is the off-line listening of playlists and albums I download before taking the metro. I do that 2 times a day and I really enjoy the variety of the programmation and I even discover groups and albums I didn’t want to buy because I didn’t know if I would like it.

iMusic by Apple iMusic by Apple iMusic by Apple

Testing the service for the past few days, I must admit I dig iMusic big time!

  • The morning, I “make available offline” a playlist or an album and off I go take my metro.
  • At the office, I listen to playlists and radios (streaming).

I dig the service because

  • I don’t need to own CD or records
  • I don’t have the room to store CDs home
  • I don’t want to digitalize my CDs and store them in my iPhone (not enough storage room)

PS: This service is plain, simple and offer you all the music of the world at your fingertips … but I’m a little bit concerned about the music industry (already quite weak since the rise of internet).
I’m sure Taylor Swift, Pharrel Williams, … are on the safe side but all the other tniy little artists who are worth discovering … will they have access to iMusic, will the remenuration be high enough to keep them creating or send them back to 9 to 5 desk jobs ?

Turn it down or not?

17 Nov

Dubs Acoustic Filters by Doppler LabsHave you ever been in one of those situations?
. You go to a soccer game and you are lucky enough to be seated next to a very loud fan (shouting his lungs out in your ears during the entire game)?
. You go to a very loud concert and come back home with ears pain and headache?
. You are working on a super important file at work and you need total concentration but your colleagues around you are making as much noise as a bees hive at peak time?
. You want to sleep on the plane but it’s so loud in there that you can’t?

All those situations have the noise level in common.
So what can we do to tune it down ?

So far you could use regular earplugs, but you look like a grandpa when using it and you don’t hear anything around you anymore … You are deaf.
We have the DrDre headphones on, but here goes the concentration … or you can switch to the brand new DUBS Acoustic Filters by Doppler Labs

I just received my DUBS and I’m excited to test them out.

Dubs Acoustic Filters by Doppler Labs Dubs Acoustic Filters by Doppler Labs

1. I’m on the plane back from sunny Florida, I’m tired and want to rest and sleep a bit, I put the DUBS in and crashed in a coma for the next 3 hours.

2. I’m back home at the office and I wear them to escape the ambient noise.

Dubs Filters, great when you travel

DUBS Acoustic Filters, great when you traveling

Dubs, great when at the office

DUBS Acoustic Filters, great when at the office

3. I’m in the metro and want to concentrate on writing this review, DUBS in and I start to write in peace.

4. I’m going to a party where the noise is loud and the people shout in your ears to cover the music and talk to me, DUBS in again.

Dubs Filters, great in the metro

DUBS Acoustic Filters, great in the metro

Great when watching the game

DUBS Acoustic Filters, great when watching the game

The uses of these plugs are numerous, and, as me, you’ll find yours.

But what are the DUBS ?

The DUBS are protecting me from the noise around.
The DUBS Acoustic Filters use dynamic attenuation to reduce the overall volume while preserving sound fidelity, basically you can hear everything but with a decreased volume.
The noise reduction decreases by an average of 12dB.

What are the DUBS Acoustic Filters properties
. easy plugged and stay inside your ears (no right or left ears),
. light and extremely comfortable, so comfortable you simply forget them,
. small but technological with the 17 individual parts made of stainless steel, ABS, polymer foam and silicone.

I now carry my DUBS in their little box in my pocket and they go wherever I go.

The DUBS are as useful as they are cute.  You can even pick your colour between teal, blue, pink and white. I think I’ll get them all so I won’t forget them in my pair of jeans.
The price is very right and set on the fair price of $25.

More info
. Official website DUBS Acoustic Filters
. Follow @wearDUBS
. Like FB/weardubs
. Instagram WearDubs

No more Safari on my iPhone!

23 Jan

imageI love my iPhone.
I can do so much stuff with it: working, playing, writing my blog, … I help my friends and contacts with its use, choosing the right apps that will answer their needs but sometimes all goes very wrong.

And it did for my friend who didn’t have Safari installed on her brand new out-of-the-box iPhone 5S and this was weird, very weird!
Because Safari, Music, FaceTime, iTunes Store, in-app purchase, Siri, AirDrop are all built-in whatever-you-do apps that are always installed on your iPhones, iPad.

We went to the Mothership, also called AppleStore, and discussed this with genius Daniel who introduced us to the Restriction menu.

The Restriction menu is an option you can active and disable by a code to select the built-in apps you want to use or not.

Let’s say you are offering an iPhone to your child and don’t want him/her to buy in-app purchases. You can turn it off and no more pop ins during games asking if you want to buy an extra pack …
All you have to do is create a 4 digits code (that you have to remember) to trigger the option or not.

Now, like us, you know how to solve this and Safari is back on the phone!

image image image

A table that will rock your music world!

2 Dec

2012-11-27 22.50.21

You need a table to work on you MacBook Pro or PC and at the same time you would like to listen your favorite playlist on your iPhone on real speakers with a pro sound

but you live in a cramped apartment and have no room for extra furniture ?

Got the solution for you: a superb and compact table loaded with powerful and discreet speakers.
3 models are available.

I would go for the LD120 from La Boite Concept priced at 999€.
Made in France, but available in Europe through easylounge.com

Wise usage of the iCloud

21 Feb

Some months ago, I walked you through the mystery of the iCloud.
To sum it up in few words, the iCloud will sync

  • your pictures (taken with your iDevice,
  • your music
  • your videos bought on iTunes
  • your docs created with Page, Keynote and Numbers)

I wanted to come back on this notion, after using it a lot these days.

When you buy and download content on iTunes, it’s up there in the iCloud ready to be synchronised accross our i-devices (up to 5 devices).

You are not obliged to sync all the content (disable the option in the “Settings“), it is not mandatory for all your i-devices to contain all the content you own.

I automatically sync the pictures across my iPhone, iPad, MacBook Pro and Apple TV. Same for the docs.

When it comes to media content bought on iTunes, I prefer to synch manually. Why ?
Because I own

  • a 16gb iPhone4,
  • a 64gb iPad2

and that they are fully booked so I have to be cautious about the storage….
I only download the TV shows on the device I need to play it from then delete it after viewing so to allow space for the next episode. I don’t loose it because it’s on the cloud !

So when I want to listen to an CD I bought on iTunes,

  • I just browse the iTunes store
  • and choose “Purchased

This time I wanted to download the Cee Lo Green‘s album I bought on my iPad to my iPhone,

  • so I picked “Music“,
  • and “not on this iPhone” and scroll down to Cee Lo Green,
  • clicked on “the iCloud”
  • and then VOILA! it downloaded (free of charge, because I already paid for it) on my iPhone

Do the same for the TV shows but select “Video” instead of “Music“.

And remember up to 5 i-devices can host your content bought on iTunes.

Want more infos on the iCloud ? Check out our ChaseIt Or Bchased review.

%d bloggers like this: