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There’s nothing like seeing your favorite bands rage live and in glorious person. But concert and music festival venues? They need some serious re-booting. First, you lose your friends in the massive stadium crowds. Then you can’t find a bathroom that hasn’t been trashed by the Insane Clown Posse. And where was that beer cart with the super-short lines again?

At last, you can stop experiencing concerts like a cave troll. You and your phone are smarter than that. Here are 5 awesome concert apps to try that will track your friends and important venue landmarks, plus help you shoot and share some awesome videos.

1) Bandsintown. First, you need to know who’s playing, where, and when. Bandsintown tracks your favorite musicians and sends you concert alerts when they’re playing nearby, creates a “concert cloud’ of bands playing locally, suggests recommendations based on your favorites, and connects you to hundreds of sites to buy tickets from so you can shop the lowest ticket price. On iTunes and Google Play. Free.

2) Z Location. Once you know your venue, instantly flag and name the locations of your parking spot, those clean bathrooms, short vendor lines, or uncrowded exit doors on this scarily fast mapping app. Share these must-have spots with your friends via text, email, Twitter, Facebook. On iTunes and Google Play. Free.

3) MyMusicCloud. Of course, we have to mention our own awesome store-and-play music app. Get pumped up for the show by creating a portable music playlist and taking it with you throughout the day — on your smartphone, tablet, computer, or Samsung smartwatch and Smart TV. Doesn’t matter if it’s an Apple, Android or Windows device, MyMusicCloud speaks all OS languages and you can listen without wifi too. On iTunes, Google Play, Windows, and Samsung TV app store. Free.

4) Glympse: Never text “Where R U?!?” again with this free app that tracks exactly where your friends are before, during and after a show. Create a group, add friends, and their movements and locations are shared and updated on maps in real time. Send group messages to keep everyone en pointe. On iTunes, Google Play, Windows Apps. Free.

5) Vyclone. Too far from the stage to get that really cool shot? No problem. Just log in to Vyclone and this app pulls videos, photos and sound from others at the same event and mashes them all together for some super cool videos. Appear ultra-popular as people from other groups are mixed into shots or add your own arty camera angles and closeups. On iTunes, Google Play, Windows App stores. Free.

These apps were live and usable as of June 2015 but, after that, YMMV. (Your mileage may vary.)

Isn’t it crazy how many music storage apps there are? Dropbox, iTunes, Google Drive.  Not to mention all those here-today-gone-tomorrow startup apps in Google Play. If you’ve been collecting music over the years like we have, you’ve probably saved songs in nearly every one of these.

Before you know it, you’ve forgotten which albums and mixes are where: Is Jay-Z in my  iTunes or Google account? What happened to my 2012 football tailgate mix? Where did my live Muse import go?

All those storage accounts require a lot of passwords, and hog precious room on your cellphone, tablet, and computer. Why not give your devices (and yourself) a break, and unite all your albums in 1 universal music app?

Listen to all your music from Dropbox, Google Drive, iTunes, Windows Media Player and more with the free MyMusicCloud app. Using iTunes? Simply create a MyMusicCloud account and our desktop Sync Agent imports your songs automatically.

Storing Music on Dropbox or Google Drive? Once you sign up, click the ACCOUNT > SETTINGS > IMPORT SETTINGS tabs and select “Connect Google Drive or Dropbox.” Enter your log-in credentials once and our automatic Sync Agent does the rest.

Now, you’re really free from storage tyranny. You can:

  • Take your music with you wherever you go on any cellphone, tablet, laptop or Samsung smartwatch.
  • Listen to music offline. No Wifi needed.
  • Create new playlists, or let our Smart Playlist feature make one for you.
  • Buy new songs from our music store for as little as 99 cents. Move them to another app if you want.
  • Store all your music for free. Also, listen to 250 songs free or pay $39.99 / year to listen to any song anytime.
  • More importantly, save storage space with just 1 app instead of many.

Learn more at MyMusicCloud.com or in our Help & How-To section.

It’s time to download some new jams for your hoopty, and we’ve got the DL on this season’s most anticipated hip hop albums. Check out the latest releases from rappers like French Montana, The Game, Major Lazer, A$AP Rocky, Ty Dolla Sign, Waka Flocka and more in our rap and hip hop list below.

Dates may change at music label’s whims or due to unexpected leaks. On May 26th, A$AP Rocky tweeted that his new album, At.Long.Last.A$AP, is in stores now, a week before its June 2 release after it appeared on blogs and file-sharing sites.

The Harlem MC and longtime Kanye West fan tapped Yeezy, Lil Wayne, Future, M.I.A., Miguel, ScHoolboy Q, Mos Def, and even Rod Stewart to collaborate on At.Long.Last.A$APLil’ Wayne also dropped his long-awaited “Free Weezy Album” (FWA) without warning on July 4th, featuring Young Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, Cory Gunz, Bibi Bourelly and more. (Available on Tidal)

May Hip Hop Albums

eMC, The Tonite Show, 5/5: More than “rappity rap,” the trio collabs with Xzibit and B Real and indulges in more of their trademark skits voiced by Rosie Perez, Tony Rock and Russell Peters.

Tech N9ne, Special Effects, 5/4; The speed rapper’s 24-track LP includes party starters like “Hood Go Crazy,” featuring 2 Chainz and B.o.B, plus previously released jams “Aw Yeah?” (interVENTion),” “Dyin’ Flyin’,” “Speedom” (featuring Eminem) and “Wither.”

French Montana, Casino Life 2: Brown Bag Legend (Mixtape), 5/7

Snoop Dogg, Bush, 5/12: The grand-dizzle of West Coast rap dabbles in funk and R&B with pals like Stevie Wonder, Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar.

Dizzy Wright, The Growing Process, 5/26: The Vegas MC collabs with Big K.R.I.T., Tech N9ne, Hopsin, Krayzie Bone, and more.

Lil Boosie, Touchdown 2 Cause Hell, 5/26

June Hip Hop Albums

Jamie xx, In Colour, 6/1: His remixes have been sampled by Drake (“Take Care”), and now London producer Jamie Smith releases his debut album with jungle MCs, raps by Young Thug, trance by Four Tet, and lots of dance hooks and break beats.

Major Lazer, Peace Is The Mission, 6/1

Riff Raff, Purple Panther 6/1

Waka Flocka, Flockaveli 2, 6/1

Lil Durk, Remember My Name, 6/2

Ty Dolla $ign, Free TC, 6/2; Includes upbeat collabs with DJ Dahi and EDM deity Diplo on “Stand For,” and pop cuties Tinashe and Charli XCX on “Drop That Kitty,” along with more songs with his homie DJ Mustard.

Denzel Curry, 32ZEL/PLANETSHROOMS, 6/9

Hudson Mohawke, Lantern, 6/15

Migos – YRN: Tha Album, 6/16

Trae Tha Truth – Tha Truth, 6/22

Pete Rock, Petestrumentals 2, 6/23

The Game, The Documentary 2, 6/30; Ten years after The Documentary, the Compton spitter is back with features from Kanye West, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, Just Blaze, Meek Mill (“Soundtrack”) and Scott Storch.

Vince Staples, Summertime ’06 (Album), 6/30

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Storing your music in the cloud is great when you want to listen offline or while traveling and enjoying more outdoor fun. But sometimes you still want a CD to play in the car, or just to store in your home music collection. We get that.

Here’s how to burn your MyMusicCloud songs onto a CD …

Step 1. On your laptop or computer, find your Music folder. This is a folder where all your backup music files are stored, including those from iTunes, Amazon, Google Drive, and MyMusicCloud. (In Windows, it’s usually a “My Music” link from the Start Menu. In Apple OS, open the Finder and choose Go > Home > Music.)

Step 2. Inside the Music folder, there should be another folder called MyMusicCloud. This backup folder contains copies of all the music files in your MyMusicCloud account, even those imported from different devices (including smartphones, tablets, and other computers).

Step 3. Insert a blank CD-R into your CD / DVD drive. The computer will most likely ask if you want to burn an audio disc, and which program you want to use. Choose one and select the album you want to burn or drag and drop songs to create a playlist. Click Start Burn.

Don’t see the songs or music you want to burn to a CD? Go to your applications folder and look for MyMusicCloud’s Sync Agent. The Sync Agent automatically backs up the music from your MyMusicCloud account. Launch the Sync agent and open the Settings menu. Then click “Sync Now.” Any new or missing songs should start to appear in the MyMusicCloud folder.

We hope this helps you enjoy your music wherever you go. If you’re still having problems, check out our support forum

Want to show mom you really care? Forget about jewelry and flowers. How about letting her listen to the music SHE likes in the car for a change? (We know all about those times she listened to Eminem and AC/DC for you!) Now, you can just make a Mother’s Day playlist of her favorite songs (and you don’t even have to leave the house).

It’s so easy with our free store-and-play music apps. Once your music library is uploaded to our MyMusicCloud portal, you can pick and choose her favorite ballads, country music songs or musical showtunes from your collection, or browse our online music store for songs she’ll adore.

Is your mom wild about Aretha Franklin? Can’t resist country crooner Martina McBride? Or maybe she loves Paul Anka? They’re all in our store ready to download. Simply create a playlist, select a song you want to add, and click the “+” symbol to attach it. (You don’t even have to listen to them!)

In no time, you have a custom-mixed Mother’s Day soundtrack you can play on any laptop, smartphone, tablet, or even Smart TV. Play it when she wakes up Sunday morning, or on your way to brunch. What a cool and thoughtful surprise!

Not sure where her musical tastes fall? Here are some ideas to get you started:

10. A Song for Mama – Boyz II Men

9. Coat of Many Colors – Performed by Shania Twain and Dolly Parton

8. Mama – Spice Girls

7. Never Too Far Away – Mariah Carey

6. In My Daughter’s Eyes – Martina McBride

5. I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack

4. Already Gone – Sugarland

3. The Best Day – Taylor Swift

(Video at top).

2. Mama’s Song – Carrie Underwood

1. Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion

Wishing you and the moms in your life a very Happy Mother’s Day.

There are many eerie moments in the new Kurt Cobain documentary, “Montage of Heck,” but perhaps none as spooky as hearing the late Nirvana frontman slurringly beckon you to watch: “Hey, hey, come heeeere, I want you to see somethiiiing ….”

“Montage of Heck” debuts Monday, May 4, on HBO, but audiences in Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York got to see it in movie theaters last week. MyMusicCloud sent me to watch the movie, which boils over with adolescent rage and blazing rock intensity, in full digital sound. Stupid and contagious? Yes, it is. But it’s also, dark, wistful and often uncomfortably revealing.

For Nirvana fans, there are plenty of music clips, stage antics, and even some rough, unheard acoustic songs to ponder. For celeb voyeurs, there are candid, never-before-seen family confessions and happy home movies of Kurt and Courtney Love.

“I got the keys to this archive and I didn’t know what I was going to find,” confessed director Brett Morgen, who answered questions after a packed-house “Montage of Heck” showing in Los Angeles. “It was like meeting an old friend for the first time.”

Morgen collaborated with Kurt’s daughter, Frances Bean, and the Cobain family on this 8-year odyssey to piece together a portrait of Kurt’s fractured and much misunderstood personal life.

What he’s compiled is a broken, looking-glass collection of notebook diaries, cartoons, and startling spoken-word diaries from Kurt himself about his self-isolation and simmering anger.

With bitterness that still sounds fresh, the singer calls his teenage self an “immature, underdeveloped little dude,” and recounts being bullied to near-suicide by high school classmates after a thwarted attempt at sex with a neighborhood girl.

You see home movies of Kurt as an angelic toddler in “Montage of Heck,” and then fantastically grim photo animation depicting his tortured high school years and early recording sessions at the home of onetime girlfriend Tracy. As Tracy recalls his chronic ulcers and stomach pains, artists animate Kurt’s sometimes violent notebook paper doodles and editors splice in close-ups of writhing human intestines. (A revelation: Kurt loved to draw and film movies as well as write music.)

Bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic are seen hauling their own equipment in freezing temperatures and joking with MTV while Kurt scowls. Then, miraculously, Kurt’s laughing, joking, and completely uninhibited in home movies with Courtney, who loves to flash the camera, by the way. He practically beams with baby Frances Bean, looking as joyful and awestruck as any new Dad with his firstborn child. This is the Kurt we never really got to see.

Fascinatingly voyeuristic, “Montage of Heck” is a lurid peek into the Freudian muck of a tortured artist’s mind. It’s kind of like stumbling into a twisted, macabre funhouse. And, at 2 hours and 20 minutes, you’ll feel like you got to know and spend time with “an old friend.”

Watch it on HBO and look for the photo book on May 5th and the soundtrack with two new songs, including a 12-minute acoustic track, coming soon.

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We’re making it easier and more intuitive to use the MyMusicCloud store-and-play service all the time, and we’ve upgraded it again. You already know our app makes your music library available on every device you use – PC, laptop, tablet, phone and even smart watches and smart TVs.  But another cool thing about our cloud-based music delivery service is that, with a few simple swipes, you can listen to your songs while offline — on a plane, subway train or even rappelling down a Tasmanian rock-face.

So how do you access your music when you’re offline? Here’s a quick user tip from our tech squad.

Songs you want to hear without wifi first need to be “downloaded” to your phone or tablet. There are a couple easy ways to accomplish this …

1. On our mobile app, press and hold any track, album or artist. A menu pops up with the option to “Download to Device.” Select it to make that track/album/artist available for offline listening.

2. Separately, there is also an option to download all content you add to your “Q” automatically. You can turn this option ON or OFF in the ACCOUNT section of the app. When this function is ON, any music you add to your Q to listen to is downloaded to your device automatically.

Music that has been successfully download will display a small blue arrow icon. The arrow means that music is ready for offline rocking.

We hope this user tip helps you use our MyMusicCloud app and enjoy your music anywhere. For more tips, visit our Help & How To section here on the blog or click over to our new Support Center. In the Support Center, you’ll find answers to other people’s FAQs, and you can post questions of your own for our tech team to answer.

Tired of technology? Contact a human on our Support Team directly by filling out this form ..

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