A Brand New MyMusicCloud App Just In Time For iPhone 6s

Photo Courtesy Best Buy

How cool is the new iPhone 6S? The entire screen blinks white when you take a selfie in low light like a makeshift flash, and now people, traffic, and even Frisbees move in your photos — Harry Potter-style.

If you’ve just bought your first iPhone, or are upgrading to the iPhone 6S, you’ll also want to know about the free music app that syncs your songs across all your tablets, laptops, and smartwatches too – even if they’re Windows, Android or some other operating system.

The MyMusicCloud app does that, and now it’s been upgraded (V 2.0) with more functions to help you sync and play your music, like:

– Personalized Artist and Album Recommendations next to the albums you already like.MMC_Song_Play_iOS_Screenshot_Rihanna_Sept15

– Updated Download to Device feature so you can listen offline without wifi.

– Sleek new “mini player” controls so you can play, pause or shuffle your music from any screen.

– High-resolution artist Images and album art.

– More accessible and prominent Lyrics (so you can see what Future is really rapping about).

– Redesigned song and album views.

– Easier-to-use account and preference controls.

– Bug fixes all around.

MyMusicCloud is free to download and automatically imports your music from iTunes, Dropbox, Google Drive or your hard drive. Listen to any 250 songs you own for free anytime, or upgrade to Unlimited access so you can play all your music on all your devices, regardless of operating system. (Well, most of your devices. Toasters not included.)

Download it now at iTunes.

*iPhone 6S photo courtesy Best Buy

20 New Hip Hop, Pop and Country Albums You Need to Hear


R&B hitmaker The Weeknd really digs creepy music video concepts, but the murderous buried-alive theme for his new single “Tell Your Friends,” featuring producer Kanye West, is even weirder than expected. (Watch it above.)

Yeezy joins Ed Sheeran, Labrinth, and even Lana Del Rey on The Weeknd’s mega-hyped new album, Beauty and the Madness, which hits the digisphere today and features more of the dance beats and breathy vocals of the current hit “Can’t Feel My Face.”

Summer may be fading like daylight in The Weeknd’s murder fantasy, but there’s still lots of great music to be heard. Elsewhere in the hip-hop world, Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, Trey Songz & Ty Dolla $ign released a new recording of “Go Hard Or Go Home, Pt. 2” from the bro-tastic flick, “Furious 7,” plus there are new albums from B.o.B. and the late Sean Price.

Below, we’re listing 5 new gotta-hear summer albums from each music category: hip hop, pop / dance, country and rock. Download them and make a pump-up playlist for the gym, train, or tailgate party with our free MyMusicCloud app.

2015 Summer Albums You Need to Hear

5 Best Hip Hop

B.O.B. — Psychadelik Thoughtz. Like Bruno Mars, B.O.B. gets funky with jams like “Back and Forth,” rapping, “Now, do the electric slide. Don’t spill what’s in your cup,” but bangers like “Love Life,” also have hit potential.

Dr. Dre — Compton: The O.G. of West Coast hip-hop unleashes an album full of ferocious rap with Ice Cube, Eminem and Snoop Dogg along with fresh new voices Justus and Jon Connor.

Future — DS2.  “Tried to make me a pop star, and they made a monster,” Future snarls on “I Serve the Base,” one of several dark jams on his new, take-no-prisoners album.  Still can’t understand his lyrics? LOL. Listen to Drake classically imitate him on “Where Ya At?”

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Migos — Yung Rich Nation. The Atlanta rappers give props to West Coast gangsta rap and lay down a raw, new sports pump-up song with “Spray the Champagne.”

Sean Price — Songs in the Key of Price. The final album of the late Brooklyn rapper shows off his aggressive street-style rhymes with longtime collaborator  Illa Ghee.

5 Best Rock

Courtney Barnett — Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. You can’t help but rock out to Courtney’s great guitar licks and ironic lyrics in the vein of Sheryl Crow and Chrissie Hynde like “Nobody Really Cares if You Don’t Go to the Party” and “Debbie Downer.”

Florence & the Machine — How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. Dive into the first No. 1 hit album for the twirling red-headed crooner, led by the haunting single, “What Kind of Man.”

Teenage Time Killers — Greatest Hits Vol. 1. Say whatsit? This is actually the vanity project of “supergroup” rockers Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Nick Oliveri (Queens of the Stone Age), Corey Taylor (Slipknot), and Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio). Check out the punk-pop sound of “Barrio” below.


 
Rolling Stones — Sticky Fingers [Deluxe Edition]. New release of the must-have album includes a bounty of outtakes, live material, and alternate takes on anthems “Brown Sugar,” “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” and “Bitch,” along with a companion DVD/CD release of a live-for-TV performance.

Wilco — Star Wars. No jedi masters here. The ’90s rockers borrow from Abbey Road and glam punk in what Rolling Stone calls their most “concise, catchy, naturally songful album.”

5 Best Country

Luke Bryan — Kill the Lights. The “Crash My Party” king duets with Little Big Town‘s Karen Fairchild on “Home Alone Tonight” and cranks out a few more honkytonk bangers.

Billy Currington — Summer Forever. Kick back at the tailgate party to catchy feel-good songs like “Drinkin’ Town With A Football Problem” and “Don’t It.”


 
Kacey Musgraves — Pageant Material. The rebel heart sings more lyrics with attitude like “Pissin’ in my yard ain’t gonna make yours any greener” (on “Biscuits”).

Jason Isbell — Something More Than Free: The crooner with the crackling voice tackles memories and fatherhood in his new, upbeat album.

Alan Jackson — Angels & Alcohol. The smooth and confident crooner sings about familiar themes of love, mistakes and redemption in this playful guitar-heavy collection.

5 Best Pop / Dance

Carly Rae Jepsen — Emotion: More feel-good bubblegum pop from the “Call Me Maybe” singer like “I Really Really Like You.”

Panda Bear — Crosswords. Beatles psychedelia and dreamy electronica boost this surprise release of three new songs and a fresh mix, plus a reworked version of “The Preakness.”

Jamie XX — In Colour. Irresistible dance and pop fused with dancehall and rap by guests Young Thug and more.

Major Lazer — Peace is the Mission.  More accomplished dancehall jams like “Powerful,” featuring Ellie Goulding and reggae artist Tarrus Riley, and  the club-friendly “Lean On,” a collaboration with Danish upstart and DJ Snake.


 
Rob Thomas — The Great Unknown. The Matchbox 20 frontman applies his smooth vocals to catchy jams like the poppy “Absence of Affection,”  “Trust You” and “Hold on Forever.”

 

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

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Courtesy Aftermath / Interscope Records

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.

5 Shady Facts About Eminem’s ‘Southpaw’ Soundtrack

 

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

 

The Best Portable Wireless Speakers Under $175

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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Vote for This Year’s Best & Worst Summer Songs

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.

5 Cool Concert Apps

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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.)