Take your music anywhere you can get an internet connection with Pandora Radio

One of the hottest technologies in recent years, especially with the implementation of faster mobile broadband technology like HSPA+ and LTE, is audio streaming. While streaming in and of itself isn’t new, heck, other apps have been out for a while, one that has stood out since its introduction is Pandora Radio. It’s a music anywhere app; and its available on a computing device near you, including your Windows PC.

Regardless of where you are – in the car, at the gym, on the train – you can use Pandora Radio to listen wherever and whenever you’re in the mood for your music. The application comes in a number of mobile formats and includes a web-based version as well.

You can enjoy all of your stations right from your PC. You can also create new stations and rate songs using the standard thumbs up or thumbs down. Pandora on mobile devices is fully integrated with Pandora on the web, so everything you create and personalize on your device appears next time you’re back on the web and vice-versa.

Over and above the standard PC to mobile experience, you can easily set up and listen to all your stations in your vehicle. Some implementations of Pandora Radio even have voice support for song and station changes.

Pandora Radio is a great way to listen to your favorite music no matter where you are. As long as you have access to the internet, you can get your music no matter where you are. Its PC and mobile device integration provide a consistent experience with the software and service no matter where you are.

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Pull video from just about any website or streaming service with All Video Downloader

Viral videos are all the rage. Ever since “Charlie bit me,” finding the cute videos and keeping them before they’re lost to obscurity and time hasn’t been easy. This is one of the reasons why like All Video Downloader. It’s a multiplatform, video downloading tool.

All Video Downloader is freeware that allows you to download your favorite videos from all the major streaming websites. You can easily download videos from Youtube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, PureVid, Metacafe, and both Google video and Yahoo video. All Video Downloader lets you download and extract audio from video or encode videos in format of your choice for your computer, iphone, ipod, ipad, or android phone. With its built-in download accelerator, you can grab your favorite videos from YouTube in just a few seconds.

All Video Downloader is a great program that’s easy to use. The videos that it pulls down can be viewed on your PC, Mac or any compatible mobile device. The controls are easily understandable. While the price is right, its support for adult sites may not make it the tool of choice for everyone.

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Find tons of free multimedia content with Audials One

In today’s fast paced world of content consumption, finding plentiful, LEGALLY available audio and video can be a problem.  Ripping CD’s for your digital music player has become common place and acceptable, but yanking movies from DVD’s is still somewhat of a no-no. Downloading MP3’s and the like from the digital store of your choice is ok, but can be expensive if you have a large “appetite.” This is the main reason why I like Audials One. It’s a content engine for Windows.

Audials helps you find the music you’re looking for when you need and want it.  All you really need to do is enter a preferred genre, artist, album or song title, and Audials will provide you with your desired music. You can record the audio from one of the 60,000 Internet radio stations or via direct download from a website.

Whenever you stream to music from a website or separate stream player, Audials can record that music for you and then automatically save it for you as an MP3. No matter if it is a streaming service like Simfy or a music portal such as Last.fm, Grooveshark or Spotify.  Audials makes recording that music easy.

If movies are your thing, then Audials is your way to the silver plated screen.  It magically displays a button next to videos and films in any browser or stream player that lets you record it. Just click the button with your mouse and Audials automatically saves the video. Audials records movies from online video queues, media queues or even from video streaming services; and then automatically saves the subsequent files in the desired file format for all of your playback devices.

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Watch, share and host videos and files online in streaming with Cacaoweb

Cacaoweb is a free open-source plugin enabling users to upload, download, share and watch host videos and files online, bypassing any time restrictions for unpaid viewing. It makes use of data streaming so viewing can commence before the download is completed.

Downloading the software is straightforward, and can be done either before or after the content has been searched for and identified. Cacaoweb has its own content search engine and selecting a file or files to play will check for the software and prompt to download the app if it is not already present. It can be used in conjunction with other software components, for example, catalogues of hosted movies, which then install cacaoweb.exe and play the selected video.

Cacaoweb is entirely free to use and seems to perform well, although videos can freeze for a short time. The website is arranged clearly and elegantly.

The software runs on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. It can be used to integrate large files, music or video to other websites; all the APIs and instructions are freely provided. You can control cacaoweb instances through HTTP calls. File uploading is to the cacaoweb P2P network. There are features around maintaining file metadata, for example, the title, year of release, season, episode, language and price information can all be maintained, however, once uploaded a file cannot be removed. There is a support forum, wiki and a GitHub for the control of its software revisions.

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Streaming vs. Download – What Happens when the Cloud Evaporates?

It’s all well and good until the darn cloud is gone…so which is better, streaming or downloading?

The cloud is a wonderful thing, and it can mean and be many different things to many different people.  However, no matter what it is, no matter what it does, the cloud has one big problem.  Users must rely on the internet to get access to it and its resources.

This means different things to different people, depending on your location.  In Europe, with the requirement for ubiquitous 3G coverage throughout the European Union, and with high speed internet coming from cable and satellite providers, people can get access to the cloud and its technology from just about anywhere.  In the US, it’s a little different.

There are still many states that are without complete 3G coverage and, in some cases, without broadband internet.  The problem with all of this is that many new and soon to launch services, like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and iCloud rely on internet access to provide the service.  Slower speed services like dial-up, DSL/ADSL and EDGE don’t handle the download requirements well, and performance of these services over these slower access services, is poor. So, there’s a problem with these streaming services when service is inconsistent.

When service simply stops – i.e. when your network connection is totally interrupted via a power outage or a service outage, when the cloud evaporates – there’s a huge problem.  There is no service.  Without a local copy of whatever resources you’re trying to access, you’re out of luck.

Services like Netflix, Hulu, Pandora and Amazon Prime – those that rely on streaming for service delivery (with or without any kind of local cached data) – aren’t functional when network service is interrupted.  Services like iCloud, which run through iTunes and may have a complete, local copy of the content you are trying to enjoy, may be better, provided they switch to the local copy if communication with the host service is interrupted.  At the very least, you could restart the media and fast forward the audio or video on the local copy to the point you were at on the streamed copy provided you can put your hands on it.

The problem is consistent, high speed network access and the fact that it isn’t available everywhere, all the time.  The problem is also storage space on your PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet.  SD & HD video can often vary in size from about 1GB to 4GB.  When many smartphones and tablets often have 8GB to 16GB of storage to start, it makes it hard to store a complete movie or TV show on your device. If you do, you run the risk of running out of needed space for mail, pictures or other items.

The bottom line is this – until internet access reaches utility status (like water or electricity), users are going to have to choose between using your internet access and streaming content to where ever you are, or carrying it with you. If you stream and you bump into a connectivity problem, you won’t get your content. If you store locally and need space later, you may not be able to add content (like pictures) on the fly.  You’re going to have to be willing to choose one or the other and be aware of its limitations.

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Make your own TV set with Boxee

A lot of your favorite shows and movies are already available on the Internet. So why not buy a Boxee device that can find them and put them on your TV without any additional fee. But in case you don’t want to buy another media device, Boxee offers a free way to do the same thing with the help of their new developed software.

You just have to download Boxee’s free application and install it on any computer capable of being connected to a TV. Add a cable (which one depends on your TV and computer) and use a iPhone/Android to control your Boxee or buy a PC remote separately. In this way you will get hundreds of shows for free because Boxee comes pre-loaded with thousands of popular shows and movies. But, it’s even better if you add optional services like Netflix, MLB or MUBI. If you connect your Facebook and Twitter accounts with Boxee, then the videos your friends share will automatically be shared to your TV.

Its intuitive and interactive interface makes Boxee a very addictive media application similar to a media dashboard. Stuffed with useful features, Boxee is also able to play all the videos, songs or pictures, that are locally saved on your computer. You just have to choose the location of your video or audio folder and Boxee will scan its content. Each video or audio file will be saved in the media library in order to be watched later.

Boxee’s functionality and flexibility made the developers to release and iPad version of the program that inherits all the important features. Compared to the original, this version is more focused on streaming content, but comes also with a portable feature. In case you want to watch a video from your iPad on the big screen, you can send it straight to your TV via the Boxee Box.

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Roku 2 rocks the TV world

Meet Roku 2, the second version of the best-selling streaming player, a small gadget that can make you enjoy the best movies and TV shows, live sports, music and lately games all instantly on your TV, without the need of a PC. Forget about antenna or cable TV, cause Roku needs only an Internet connection.

Like its predecessor, Roku 2 can be connected to your TV, or wireless to your network at home in order to stream your favorite channels in minutes. With Roku you can access you existing subscriptions like Netflix, YouTube, AOL HD, Facebook, Major League Soccer, Live streaming FoxNews.com, etc.

The company brings the second generation of Roku again in three different models:

Roku 2 HD is the base model and can be acquired for $59. It has Bluetooth, and plays back resolutions up to 720p;

Roku 2 XD is an improved version of Roku 2 HD, costs $79, and features Bluetooth connectivity, but supports up to 1080p playback resolution.

Roku 2 XS is the ultimate Roku product which costs $99. It comes with Ethernet and USB inputs, supports 1080p playback resolution and features the new Roku motion remote very similar to the Wii remote controller. With its double functions, the Roku motion remote can be used also as a gamepad while playing the games supported by this gadget. At the moment you can only play Angry Birds, but there will be a complete list of games to be distributed through Roku network, games that will not surpass the $5 limit.

Roku 2 can be acquired only online, so in case you want to buy one, go to http://www.roku.com.

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Music Beta by Google goes official

Google Music is a music streaming service and was launched today.

Google Music BETA first of all is only available in the United States.

Google Music Beta will allow around 20,000 songs and it is free (at least while is in the beta-testing phase).

This service will allow you to listen to music from any device you have with an internet access (phone/tablet Android 2.2, PC). You will also be able to create playlists, mood playlists and manage them instantly no matter what device you use with instantly sync.

With this new service Google has not invented the wheel, online streaming cloud players are services that exist for a long time for example Amazon Cloud Player, mSpot and AudioBox.

On a short comparison between Google Music Beta and Amazon Cloud Player, the most relevant part is that both parties offer around CLOUD 5Gb space (Amazon) or 20 000 songs (at 5Mb/mp3 file that is around 4.6-5Gb). Also Google offers this service only to Andorid users, while Amazon can stream also to iPhone and iPad.

You can read more about Google Music and request an invitation HERE.

 

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