Help: How to Download and Play Songs Without Wifi via MyMusicCloud

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We don’t think your music should be handcuffed to just one device or brand. That’s why our free MyMusicCloud app enables you to store all your songs and listen to them on any device, regardless of operating system, with or without wifi. So your only decisions are which songs to listen to  and how to play them. Those are MyMusicCloud user Chris Gill’s questions, too, and, today, we’re answering his email about how to download stored songs from the cloud and make them playable on your mobile device without wifi.

Chris’s Q: Am I right that the first time you play a track after moving it to playable from the cloud, it downloads the track?

Yes, when you play a song (or track) on a smartphone, tablet, or Samsung smartwatch, it’s automatically downloaded to that device as you listen. You can access any 250 songs at any time and store the rest in our cloud for free.

Q: Will I need to re-download this song if I try to play it on another of my devices?

Only if you want to listen to that song offline without wifi. If you have a signal, you can simply play the song and it will stream from the cloud.

Q: Will I need to re-download the track if I move it back to the cloud and some time later back to the playable list again?

Yes, when a track is moved back and forth from the storage cloud to the playable list, it will need to be downloaded again. 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. To skip this step and listen to your entire collection anytime, upgrade to our Unlimited plan for just 40 / year (about the same price as eating 4 medium pizzas all year). With the Unlimited plan, you can also get any album from our Music Store for FREE.

Q: Is there a way to bulk-move songs between the cloud and the playable section apart from just ticking the ‘-‘ symbol for each track?

Moving tracks in and out of storage can only be done through our website, MyMusicCloud.com. There is a multiple select option to do it by bulk. For more info, visit our post “How to Move Songs In and Out of MyMusicCloud.”

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How to Import Dr. Dre’s New Album to MyMusicCloud

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For all you hip-hop fans who act like you forgot about Dre, Best believe I’m in the building, the rapfather declares on Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr Dre, his first album in 16 years. The surprise release is a slick and ferocious shout-out to the OG’s notorious past, backed by luscious beats and vocals from friends like Eminem, The Game, Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Jill Scott, Xzibit, and more.

Too bad you can only hear it on iTunes, right? Nah, playa! In just a few steps, you can easily import Compton  to your MyMusicCloud account on any device, Android and Windows included. Here’s how …

Step 1: Buy and download Compton from iTunes for $13.99. (The proceeds go to funding a new entertainment arts center in Compton, Calif., Dre says.)

Step 2: Launch the free MyMusicCloud app and hit the “Import Music” button (it looks like a blue arrow pointing up). Our Sync Agent software automatically imports it for you. Or manually select the album from your iTunes music folder on your hard drive and import it. This way, your music is always  together in one place, not scattered around different devices.

Step 3. Kick that bass on your way to see Straight Outta Compton on Friday, August 14th. The new movie shows how Dre, born Andre Young, launched the gangsta rap and West Coast G-Funk movement along with NWA‘s Eazy E (who died in 1995), Ice Cube, DJ Yella, and MC Ren. Thirty years in this b*** and I’m still here, decade after decade, Evidently I must be doing something right, Dre spits on the new song “Darkside / Gone.” Compton is “inspired” by the biopic movie.

Of course, now that he’s pushing middle age and Snoop is a grand-doggy, the Compton crew wisely recruited a fresh posse of talent for the new album, including fierce rhymers Jon Connor and King Mez, singers Anderson Paak and BJ the Chicago Kid, and Kendrick, who was only 5 years old when Dre’s first album came out.

Here’s the Compton: A Soundtrack song list ..

  • “Intro”
    2. “Talk About It” (Feat. King Mez & Justus)
    3. “Genocide” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius & Candice Pillay)
    4. “It’s All on Me” (Feat. Justus & BJ the Chicago Kid)
    5. “All in a Day’s Work” (Feat. Anderson Paak & Marsha Ambrosius)
    6. “Darkside/Gone” (Feat. King Mez, Marsha Ambrosius & Kendrick Lamar)
    7. “Loose Cannons” (Feat. Xzibit & COLD 187um)
    8. “Issues” (Feat. Ice Cube & Anderson Paak)
    9. “Deep Water” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar & Justus)
    10. Jon Connor, “One Shot One Kill” (Feat. Snoop Dogg)
    11. The Game, “Just Another Day” (Feat. Asia Bryant)
    12. “For the Love of Money” (Feat. Jill Scott & Jon Connor)
    13. “Satisfiction” (Feat. Snoop Dogg, Marsha Ambrosius & King Mez)
    14. “Animals” (Feat. Anderson Paak)
    15. “Medicine Man” (Feat. Eminem, Candice Pillay & Anderson Paak)
    16. “Talking to My Diary”

To learn more about how to store and play all your music on nearly any device, visit MyMusicCloud.com now.

The Best Ways to Back Up Your Music Library

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. Thom Yorke 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.) Its 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.

Help: 5 Cool MyMusicCloud Tips & Shortcuts

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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.

Help: How to Burn a CD from Your MyMusicCloud Library

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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

Updated: How to Listen to MyMusicCloud Songs Without WiFi

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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 downloaded 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 ..

DIY: How to Improve Your TV’s Picture and Sound

When shopping for TVs, most of us set a budget and choose the biggest and best-looking screen in the store’s flashy TV department, regardless of how large or small our living space is. Sound about right? But once plugged in at home, that glossy high-definition TV often doesn’t look or sound as great as it did in the store. What gives? Never fear. With a few simple furniture moves and some easy math, your HD or Smart TV can provide a home-theater-like experience. Try these free and easy DIY tips to improve your TV picture and sound quality right now.

1. Don’t mount your flat-screen TV over the fireplace like a painting. That’s too high for comfortable viewing. Your TV should be on or near eye level so your eyes are perpendicular to the screen, website Rtings.com advises.

2. Don’t sit too close to or too far from your TV. Sitting too near the TV doesn’t make you, your dog, or your kids nearsighted, a new study that tracked the vision of thousands of children over 20 years confirms. But it may dull your movie experience by causing you to see the pixels in the picture of the new 1080 hp resolution screens. By sitting further away, TV picture density increases, producing a smoother, more realistic image. For the ideal home cinematic experience, the Society of Motion Picture Theater Engineers and THX say the ideal viewing angle from your couch is 30 degrees.

3. That’s great, but how far should my couch be from my TV? Wondering what 30 degrees looks like? Basically, it’s about 1.6 times the diagonal measurement of your television. So if you have a 55″ television, multiply that by 1.6, which gives you 88 inches or 7 feet and 4 inches. When placing the furniture, be sure to measure from where your eyes are, not the front or back of the couch. Too much math? Use this handy calculator to tell you exactly how near or far to sit: http://myhometheater.homestead.com/viewingdistancecalculator.html

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4. Calibrate your TV picture. Brightness, Contrast, Overscan and Movie vs. Vivid TV settings can make a big difference in how rich your favorite movies and TV shows look at home. To set these, simply download and burn the *free* AVS HD 709 Calibration disc files. (Lifehacker.com walks you through the process here.) Or if you or your kids are a little more tech-y, connect your PC to your TV via HDMI or DVI, and use the built-in Windows display calibration utility.

5. What about surround sound? Audio snobs make a big deal out of surround sound and home theater systems. But it’s not that complicated. Basically, a 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound setup uses five or seven main speakers, plus a sub woofer for low-bass tones. These speakers should be set up as close to ear-level as possible with at least 3 feet between each. But for small rooms or apartments, you may just want to go with a sound bar below the TV and a sub woofer, Samsung TVs advises.

6. Use canvas art, books and rugs to improve your movie and music sound. Wood and tile floors are all the rage, but they make the sound from your TV bounce and echo like crazy. A sofa helps absorb these sounds but rugs, shelves filled with books and simple painted canvases (without glass frames) can too. Remember you can also enjoy your music on many of today’s Smart TVs. Samsung Smart TVs have the MyMusicCloud app built right in, so you can play, mix and search your entire music library right from your couch. Find out more about How to Activate MyMusicCloud here. Learned something cool from this post? Click the “Follow” tab in the bottom right corner to get more tech and music updates.