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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pogoplug Mobile Offers Anywhere-You-Go Streaming

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:30 AM

"Looking for a drop-dead simple solution for streaming media (photos, music, video) and accessing files from home on your smartphone or tablet? Or how about backing up your smartphone's recently taken photos and video? Well, Pogoplug's new $79 Pogoplug Mobile product offers to do just that."

There's definitely something very appealing about having access to all of your music, videos, and photos anywhere you go. I've solve this by by uploading every photo I've ever taken to Smugmug, every song I have to Amazon's Cloud Drive, and videos...well, I don't have a good solution for that yet. I can access them remotely via my Windows Home Server, but only when that works (the last time it didn't). This is rather appealing, especially given the $79 price point. What solution do you use for everywhere-you-go media access?

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Amazon Cloud Player: Unlimited Music Storage (As Long As You Pay)

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 09:00 PM

"If you're a paying member of Amazon Cloud Drive, you've been enjoying free music storage for Amazon MP3 purchases. Now when you upload any MP3 or AAC music, however, that won't count against your storage either."

Well that's one way to keep up with what Google Music is offering. Though I won't be renewing my free year of the 20 GB storage plan with Amazon. I'll keep storing my Amazon MP3 purchases there but the overall playback experience is quite lacking in my opinion. Besides, Google is giving me storage space for free. This is nice though for those who pay for the larger storage plans. Any paying Cloud Drive costumers out there?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Get Your Popcorn Ready: WiFi Xoom Gains Access To Google Movies

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 11:00 AM

"Hard to say why Google chose to roll its Movies app out first to 3G-packed tablets sporting Android 3.1 (a smaller testbed, perhaps?), but it looks as if it won't matter for much longer."

This is good news indeed. I was super excited when I saw the update show up for my Xoom. I haven't rented a movie yet but if there is ever anything I want to watch that isn't on Netflix this is the way I would prefer to do it. There are other video and movie rental services online but I'd rather not enter my credit card into yet another web page or online service. I already have Google checkout setup. I'm not sure exactly how much I'll use this as I haven't rented a movie in over 10 years but I like having the option. Anyone rented anything yet from this new service?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Sony Music Unlimited Now Available For Android

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 05:00 AM

"Now that continuous waves of attacks against Sony's servers have slowed down a bit (it's been over a week since the last hack), the company found some strength to regroup and released an Android client for its popular cloud music service Music Unlimited, powered by Qriocity."

I guess this Music Unlimited service has been around for a while and only recently became available for our Android devices. The service pretty much seems to be Pandora with a little Amazon Cloud Player thrown in for a monthly fee. Not exactly a compelling business model with all of the other options out there these days. Though one feature you get with Sony's service that you can't get with others is free username and password sharing...

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Cartoon Network Video App - To Download Or Not To Download?

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 03:30 AM

"Get Cartoon Network any time with the Cartoon Network Video app for Android."

Cartoon Network programming has arrived to your phone with the Cartoon Network Video app. Now you can watch your favorite shows on the go via streaming video! But be aware, reports indicate that video quality lacks and most shows are kid friendly. And it's also been reported that even though it should, the app won't run on certain phones. But on the upside, it allows you to browse the CN tv schedule and Adult Swim shows may be available soon via a separate app. In the meantime or unless you are a die-hard Cartoon Network fan, it might be a good idea to skip this app until they get the kinks worked out!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

GrooveShark: Hey, We Didn't Do Anything Wrong.

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 02:00 PM

"Music streaming service Grooveshark has many fans, few of which work for the major recording labels. That's why many assumed problems with the RIAA, a group of music industry thugs, I mean record labels, led to Grooveshark's removal from the Android Market last week."

I'm not a GrooveShark user (mostly because it involves spending money every month for something I don't need) but I really kind of wonder why it was pulled from the Android Market. According to GrooveShark, they haven't really been told what part of the ToS they violated to be removed from the Market. Were they pulled because of RIAA complaints? Pressure from the music labels? Because they might be a threat to Google's own pending music service? Who really knows... At the moment you can still get the app directly from GrooveShark's site and side load it to your phone but that's a pain. Especially for AT&T users. Any of you guys GrooveShark users? What do you think about its removal from the Android Market?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

New Android Music App Leaked: More Evidence Of Google Music In The Cloud

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 04:00 PM

"The upcoming version of Android's Music app has been accidentally leaked to the blog Tech From 10 and they have the app available for download on their site."

Well, looky what we have here. It's the latest (unreleased) version of the stock Android music player. The player itself looks pretty much like the stock player you get with Honeycomb. Same album views and now playing screen. The coolest part? After a bit of digging in the setting you will find quite a few setting obviously related to some how syncing and streaming music from the internets. :) It doesn't appear to work for anyone who has installed the leaked version of the player yet but the options are there. Maybe the service will the here shortly so I can decide if I am going to continue to use Amazon's MP3 store or not. Any day now Google...

Saturday, January 15, 2011

YouTube Improves Music Video Features

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 08:00 AM

"Starting today, we’re welcoming VEVO’s extensive library of official music videos from artists like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Kanye West and U2 onto the YouTube 2.0 app for Android, available around the world. To watch these videos your mobile phone needs to be running Android 2.2 (Froyo)."

If you watch a lot of music video's make sure to update your YouTube app! If you have Froyo you'll have access to a ton of music video's from VEVO. YouTube also has some very handy new features for finding similar bands, accessing the artist bio while watching the music video, finding more songs by the same artist, and every music video is now easy to pick out due to a new music note "badge".

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Get Your Groove On With Grooveshark: Android App Gets A Major Update

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 06:00 AM

"Grooveshark fixed some bugs that previously hampered playback, and added several new enhancements for the music streaming application."

I'm not a fan of yet another monthly service fee type services but users of Grooveshark will be pleased to know that the Android app recently received a major update to address many of the issues users were experiencing. The update includes many improvements to playlists, genre based stations, and the ability to resume playback exactly where you left off. So go get it Grooveshark users! Let us know how this update is treating you.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Android Resurrected The Radio Star: RadioTime for Android Reviewed

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Software" @ 10:00 AM

Product Category: Streaming Audio Software
Manufacturer: RadioTime
Where to Buy: Search "RadioTime" in Android Marketplace
Price: $2.99
System Requirements: 3G Data connection for best results, can use EDGE if necessary.


  • Great when you want to hear local radio from a distance;
  • Online synchronization with RadioTime account presets;
  • Efficient user interface.


  • Lack of customization in-app;
  • Lack of trial version;
  • Some stations cannot be streamed in-app, but can be streamed on the web.

Summary: Sometimes you feel like going old-school with your streaming content. Why be burdened with music-only or a mostly-ad free podcast when you can hear terrestrial radio, the way it was meant to be heard, long ad-blocks and all. Seriously though, sometimes you just need to hear local radio, for either breaking news, local interest pieces, and more. RadioTime for Android fills this gap at a fairly low price. But how does this trial-less app match up on an actual device used by an actual Android Thoughts editor? Read on to find out more! Read more...

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