smartphone-vintage-technology-musicGot stacks of CDs you can’t bear to part with? Can’t open photos or apps on your smartphone because the memory is being eaten up by tons of music files? It’s time to back up your music library, and there are several smart, convenient, and affordable storage methods available. But, first, you need to know: How big is my music collection?

The general rule of thumb dictates that 200 to 250 songs = about 1 Gigabyte of electronic memory space. Of course, just a couple Rush (“2112,” anyone?) or Radiohead jams can gobble that up.f recently recorded a 432-hour long ditty called “Subterranea” that’s made up of just atmospheric, experimental sounds. (Sorry, Radiohead fans, it’s for a friend’s Australian art exhibit and not meant to be released.)

Here, we review some popular Music Storage Options and their Pros and Cons …

Thumb Drives: These little doohickeys are found everywhere from office supply stores to gas stations, and they’re ridiculously cheap — anywhere from $8 for 8 GB (gigabytes) to $25 for 32 GB. If you have a small collection, 6,400 songs or fewer, a thumb drive can help. The Cons? Thumb drives are ridiculously easy to lose and can become corrupted. Plus, not all tablets recognize these, so you’ll probably need a laptop or desktop computer to listen to them.

Medium-sized flash drives: Got more than 7,000 songs? A larger flash (or thumb) drive can handle a medium-sized collection for not much more dough ($30-$40 for 64GB and $60-$80 for 128 GB). The Cons? As mentioned above, these drives are easily lost and not that accessible.

iTunes and iTunes Match: Apple fans adore iTunes, which allows you to buy new music and upload your own to their software. The Cons? You can’t easily share your files across various devices, so you’re limited to listening on the laptop or device that you originally uploaded your albums to. To sync your music across devices, you’ll need a workaround, or their cloud-based service iTunes Match. For $25 a year, iTunes Match scans the music you already have in your iTunes library and finds the same song in Apple’s collection, all encoded as 256kbps AAC files with no copy protection. (They may disappear when Apple’s rights to the song or album ends). The Cons? If you’re really into EDM or recording your own live show songs, Match probably won’t work for you because those won’t exist in Apple’s library, although they say they will upload those songs for you.

MyMusicCloud: This free music app syncs your whole collection across computers, smartphones, tablets, and even Smart TVs, regardless of brand or operating system (Apple? Android? Windows? It all works.) It’s Sync Agent automatically locates and imports your existing albums and music files for you, whether they’re already in iTunes or Windows Media Player, or in another cloud such as Dropbox or Google Music. You can listen to 250 songs anytime for free (swapping them in and out of the cloud as you like) or listen unlimited for just $39.99 per year (about $3.35 per month). Plus, you can listen to your music offline. No wi-fi needed. The Cons? Pretty much your best option for about the cost of 1 latte a month.

Start listening to your music anywhere on any device today for free, or visit the MyMusicCloud Help and How To section for more info.

 

Shady’s back, back again. Just when you were starting to outgrow Shady XV and the Marshall Mathers LP 2, up pops Eminem with his soundtrack for the new boxing movie, “Southpaw.” In theaters now, the gritty flick stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a left-handed underdog fighting for custody of his young daughter. Rachel McAdams plays his wife and 50 Cent and Rita Ora also make appearances. But what about the rhymes?

The soundtrack stars a lineup of pop, hip hop and R&B stars including Fitty, Action Bronson & Joey Bada$$, PRhyme Ft. Logic, Busta Rhymes, Kxng Crooked, Royce Da 5’9″, Tech N9ne, Gwen Stefani, The Weeknd and, of course, Shady himself. But here are 5 wack facts you may not know about the project …

1. He wanted it to be like “The Breakfast Club”? Talking about the album, executive producer Eminem told The New York Times, “We wanted to make sure that the songs would remind you of the movie years down the road. When you think of ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me),’ you think of ‘The Breakfast Club.’ When you think of ‘Eye of the Tiger,’ you think of ‘Rocky.'”

2. Em performs four new songs on the soundtrack (See track list at bottom). You already know about the ferocious first single, “Phenomenal,” and, of course, “Kings Never Die” featuring Gwen Stefani, but did you know Slim’s part of Bad Meets Evil too? That’s his collaboration with Royce Da 5’9″. Those songs include: “Raw” and “All I Think About.”

3. The clock’s run out, time’s up, over, bloah! Collaborator Gwen Stefani nearly choked like Rabbit on the “Kings Never Die” recording. “I’ve always wanted to work with [Eminem] — he’s a genius,” she tells EW.com, “and then all of a sudden they called me and said, ‘It has to be done today’ and I was like, ‘Ah, my voice’ — I had a cough or something. It was like, ‘God, why does today have to be the day my voice is not happening?’ But it ended up turning out good.” Did it? Listen below and judge for yourself.

 

4. In real life, Eminem’s also a lefty. In “Phenomenal,” Slim raps about his own left-handed tendencies, saying, “I write with the left, same hand I hold the mic with.” (Love rhymes? Instantly see lyrics to all your favorite rap songs with the MyMusicCloud Lyrics function.)

 

5. Will the real Southpaw please stand up, please stand up? Jake’s starring role as “Southpaw”‘s downtrodden boxer was originally written for Em, but he chose to finish and promote his album Marshall Mathers LP 2 instead, according to Business Insider. Before Jake prevailed, “Breaking Bad”‘s Aaron Paul, Travis Fimmel from “Vikings,” and Charlie Hunnam from “Sons of Anarchy” also came in to read for the part.

The “Southpaw” Soundtrack includes:

  1. Cry For Love (Part 1) – James Horner
  2. Kings Never Die – Eminem Ft. Gwen Stefani
  3. Beast (Southpaw Remix) – Rob Bailey & The Hustle Standard Ft. Busta Rhymes, Kxng Crooked & Tech N9ne
  4. This Corner – Denaun Porter
  5. What About The Rest Of Us? – Action Bronson & Joey Bada$$ Ft. Rico Love
  6. Raw – Bad Meets Evil
  7. R.N.S. – Slaughterhouse
  8. Wicked Games – The Weeknd
  9. Think About – Bad Meets Evil
  10. Drama Never Ends – 50 Cent
  11. Mode – PRhyme Ft. Logic
  12. Notorious Thugs – The Notorious B.I.G. Ft. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
  13. Phenomenal – Eminem
  14. 14. Cry For Love (Part 2) – James Horner

 

man-with-boomboxBack before the Interwebs, you had to carry a mini-Cooper-sized stereo on your shoulder if you wanted to enjoy music at the beach, campground, or tailgate party. (Not to mention all those giant D-sized batteries.) But now that it’s so easy to travel with your entire music library on your tablet or smartphone via MyMusicCloud, it’s also a cinch to pump up the jams with lightweight, powerful portable speakers.

Happily, today’s urgent speaker question is not, Can the ER docs fix my dislocated shoulder before “Yo! MTV Raps” comes on? But do you want your speakers with Bluetooth? Speakerphones? Or extra bass?

PC magazine just released its list of the Top 10 Bluetooth Speakers, and we’ve selected 5 of their most affordable (read: cheapest under $175) picks for your listening pleasure.

(Tip: They advise that if you want to tote them to the pool, lake, or Slip N Slide, look for speakers with IPX ratings and guarantees of water and shock resistance.)

  1. Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker $129.95 On the higher price end, this colorful vertical speaker charges via micro USB cable and is “loud enough to fill an entire room with sound, and amazingly, possibly even loud enough to power your next party,” according to PC magazine.
  2. Divoom Voombox Party $99.99. If you’re the type who drops your speakers often or has rambunctious kids, this shock-resistant rubber and metal model is for you. It’s “one of the more powerful portable speakers of its size” with impressive bass, courtesy of a built-in subwoofer. Also has a speakerphone for taking calls.
  3. Logitech X300 Mobile Wireless Speaker $66.49. For just under $75, the tiny X300 delivers “room-filling sound” and impressive bass. It has a built-inbest bluetooth speakers speakerphone, and Bluetooth capability.

 

 

 

 

 

4. JBL Clip+ $49.95 Listed in our previous Best Smartphones, Earbuds and Speakers article, the slightly retooled Clip+ delivers loud, although not necessarily bass-heavy, sound and is splash-proof. It includes speakerphone and optional 3.5mm cable input for plug-in, plus the convenient clip-on feature. Battery life is on the lower side, however — about 5 hours vs. the typical 8.

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5. Jabra Solemate Mini $55.10. Delivering a “clean, surprisingly bass-forward sound,” the Solemate has Bluetooth capability but also includes a USB charging cable and 35 mm audio jack. For just $4 more, you can get the Solemate, which has a travel bag and carrying strap.

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Have you got mad love for the latest songs out this summer, or does it feel more like bad blood? We’re on the prowl for this summer’s biggest hit, that song that seems to effortlessly capture warm breezes, salty lips, frosty beverages, and the freedom to stay up late and sleep in. And we need your help. (Vote for your favorite song in our poll below!)

There have been some early chart busters like Walk the Moon‘s unstoppable hit from last fall, “Shut Up and Dance”; Maroon 5‘s “Sugar”; and Taylor Swift‘s throat-punching anthem, “Bad Blood.”

Speaking of bad blood, have you noticed all the “girl fighting” in pop land lately? Madge put on a grill and kicked it with Nicki Minaj for “Bitch, I’m Madonna“; Britney and Iggy Azalea are allegedly feuding over the bubble-gum “Pretty Girls”; and Rihanna‘s snarling her way through “Bitch Betta Have My Money.”

But we want to know: Who’s worthy of stealing the “Blurred Lines” or “Call Me Maybe” crowns of previous summers? As of July, Fifth Harmony‘s “Worth It” is currently crushing YouTube with 83 million views. Justin Bieber is batting his baby browns with Skrillex and Diplo in “Where Are U Now” and Fetty Wap is burning up the EDM scene with “Trap Queen” and “My Way” featuring Drake.

On the country side, Sam Hunt‘s “House Party” is still a tailgate fave and Brad Paisley’s “Crushing It” is a weekend must-play.

But The Weeknd is coming up strong with the super-catchy “Can’t Feel My Face.”

We’ve compiled our MyMusicCloud playlist of the Best Summer Songs Here. Now’s your chance to vote for the Best and Worst Summer Songs in our polls below.

When you’re out by the pool, manning the barbecue, prepping the keg, or tubin’ down a lazy river this summer, don’t forget your favorite feel-good songs. With music app MyMusicCloud, you can create the perfect summer playlist and listen to it on your smartphone or tablet wherever you go — even if there’s no wifi for miles. Will it ever be too far away? No way, no!

As you can see, our playlist starts with the loose, reggae sounds of Magic!, pumps up with Pitbull, Fetty Wap and Flo Rida, and cools down with  Little Big Town‘s “Pontoon,” Sam Hunt‘s  “House Party,” and Taylor Swift‘s “Style.”

No Way No — Magic! (Watch above.)

All I Wanna Do — Sheryl Crow

Good Time — Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen

Peaches N Cream — Snoop Dogg feat. Charlie Wilson

Time Of Our Lives — Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo

Trap Queen — Fetty Wap

G.D.F.R. — Flo Rida feat. Sage The Gemini

Firestone — Kygo Ft. Conrad Sewell

Bills — Lunchmoney Lewis

Water – Brad Paisley

Pontoon — Little Big Town

House Party — Sam  Hunt

John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 — Keith Urban

Handsome — The Vaccines

Style — Taylor Swift

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If you’ve just downloaded MyMusicCloud, you may not have discovered all the cool things our free music app can do. Our philosophy has always been that  you should be free to listen to your music on any device, regardless of iOs, Android or Windows operating system. But did you know you can also …

Get a Smart Playlist

Whenever you click on a song, album or artist, you can instantly receive a playlist of similar singers and songs from your collection by clicking the blue triangle and “Create Smart Playlist.” Don’t like some of the songs there? On your phone, simply swipe left on the title and it’s gone, baby, gone.

Listen without Wifi

When wifi fails, you can keep the party going by playing songs from your library. Just make sure they’re downloaded to your computer, smartphone, tablet or Samsung smart TV by finding and clicking the blue triangle. A blue arrow on our mobile app indicates the song has already been downloaded. (More here.)

Shuffle Your Songs

You can now shuffle all the songs in your listening “Q.” On the website dashboard, click the Q on the lower-right corner of your screen and select “Shuffle” at the top of the song list. On the mobile app, go to the Q then tap the shuffle icon on the lower-left corner of your mobile screen.

See Song Lyrics

Instantly see all the ridiculous things Redfoo and Rihanna are singing with our Lyrics feature (photo above). The Lyrics button is located at the top of the screen for the song you’re listening to.

Use Keyboard Shortcuts

If you love hitting “Control + any key” on your keyboard to get things done, you’ll dig our keyboard shortcuts. Go to the MyMusicCloud website and hit “Shift + ?” to see a full list of time-saving keys. For future reference, they are: Spacebar = Play / Pause, Arrow Up = Volume Up, Arrow Down = Volume Down, Arrow Left = Previous Song, Arrow Right = Next Song, q = Open / Close “Q”, s = Shuffle, p = New Playlist. (Sorry, not available on smartphones.)

You can also import your music from Dropbox and Google, and play your collection on most Samsung smart TVs and Samsung Neo & Gear smart watches. For more tips and step-by-step instructions, visit our Help & How-To section at the right.


Is there a certain someone you’ve been taking for granted lately? Maybe he’s the guy who gently but insistently bugs you to check your car’s motor oil level.  Or makes you grilled cheese sandwiches when you’re sick. Or taught your kids how to hold a baseball bat.

We’re talking about dads, of course. Cool or square, thin or pot-bellied, wisecracking or stoic, beer-chugging or bottled-water loving, dads rarely get the thanks they deserve. Since Sunday is Father’s Day, we dug up the 10 coolest, funniest, and most heart-tugging songs about the “Old Man” we could think of. Download them to your MyMusicCloud  library and make a custom Father’s Day playlist for his tablet, PC, or mobile phone, or search our music store (more than 11 million songs) to select your own choices.

Among our picks are hits from Eric Clapton, rockers Black Stone Cherry, Latin hip hop group Bang Data, Will Smith, Luther Vandross, Kenny Chesney, and a host of country artists. If you were ever a teenage girl, you’ll relate to “Cleaning This Gun,” Rodney Atkins’ humorous riff about an overprotective dad and his daughter.  In it, Rodney shares the speech he uses to scare his daughter’s amorous dates: “I’ll see when you get back, probably be up all night, still cleaning this gun.”

Late R&B superstar Luther Vandross yearns to see his sire once more in “Dance with My Father,” and so does Paul Carrack of Mike & the Mechanics in the ‘80s tearjerker “The Living Years.” While Kenny Chesney laments the day his daughter heads off to California in “There Goes My Life.”

On a happier note, Will Smith recorded “Just the Two of Us” for his son Trey, who also costars in the music video with comic Damon Wayans, Magic Johnson and more stars and their kids.

Enjoy these top 10 Songs About Dads list, share them on Facebook, and sync them across your friends’ devices with our free store-and-play music app. Happy Father’s Day from the staff at MyMusicCloud.

10. “There Goes My Life” Kenny Chesney

9. “The Living Years” Mike & the Mechanics

8. “Dance with My Father” Luther Vandross

7. “Things My Father Said” Black Stone Cherry

6.  “Mi Viejo” Bang Data

5. “Father and Daughter” Paul Simon

4. “In My Father’s Eyes” Eric Clapton

3. “Cleaning this Gun (Come On In, Boy)” Rodney Atkins

2. “Daddy, Dance with Me” Krystal Keith

1. “Just the Two of Us” Will Smith

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