Discover the Best Music of SXSW 2012 With MyMusicCloud

For music fans, singers and producers, the hottest place to be each March is the South by Southwest music festival happening now in Austin, Texas. SXSW (or #SXSW on Twitter) is where artists like John Mayer and James Blunt got discovered, and it’s the spot music enthusiasts from all walks turn to hear the freshest sounds.

We at MyMusicCloud couldn’t be more excited about SXSW 2012, which got the crowd jumping Monday night with a knock-out concert by Jay-Z. At a packed theater, the hip-hop superstar electrified fans with hits like “Empire State of Mind” and “Big Pimpin’.”

But you don’t have to hop a 757 to hear Jay-Z or any of SXSW’s cutting-edge new bands. Our MyMusicCloud store has 11 million tracks from rappers like Jay-Z along with more irresistible, chart-climbing albums in our New Releases section. You can even delve deeper into your favorite Genre categories like Drum N Bass, Metal, World Music or Country. Our cloud-based music delivery service helps you discover more of what you like – whether it’s the classic rock sound of The Sheepdogs or the lilting vocals of Florence and the Machine.

Found something you adore? Through your MyMusicCloud account, you can tell your Facebook friends what you’re listening to with our easy “Share” button. Ping them with your new discoveries and have a blast discussing your  opinions.

We’re so committed to growing our cloud-based music delivery service to bring you the newest music that we’re working on a more enhanced discovery mechanism to be released in the next few months.

Until then, here are some of SXSW 2012’s artists that we think are worth a listen:

Blondfire: Brother-sister duo with a “Foster the People”-like sound.

Jillian Edwards: Sweet-voiced folk singer.

Ruthie Foster: Soulful blues crooner and 2010 Grammy nominee.

Kendrick Lamar: Inventive Cali rapper with an arty bent.

Night Beat: Experimental rock with a ’60s flavor.

Nikki Lane: Rockabilly country with a nod to Loretta Lynn.

Peanut Butter Wolf: Stones Throw hip-hop label founder and DJ.

Radaid: Spanish world folk blended with electronica.

Wild Child: Dreamy pop-folk band with a ukulele.

Yellow Ostrich: Earnest NYC indie rockers.

Tell us about your favorite new bands!

Music for Your Morning Commute

 

Is your morning commute a chore filled with stop-and-go traffic, obnoxious fellow drivers, or jam-packed trains or buses? Here at MyMusicCloud, we want to enable you to hit the mute button on those pesky distractions, and transform your commute into a pleasant, dare we even say – joyful? — experience.

With MyMusicCloud, you can shut out the traffic and noise wherever you are, and bliss out to your favorite songs. MyMusicCloud streams your favorite pop tunes, dance singles and workout mixes wherever you are, even offline. Your music library is always at your fingertips with our cloud-based music delivery service. So you can pump up the jams anywhere from any device—mobile phones, Macs, PCs, tablets and more – without fumbling for CDs or worrying about interruptions.

Start your day at home with a cup of coffee and your favorite get-up-and-go jam, then utilize our smart queue to seamlessly pick up the same song in your car or on your mobile phone at the gym. It doesn’t matter whether you take the subway or the bus, your music is always with you: online or off.

Now that you’re excited for that morning commute, what will your morning playlist look like? Here are some mood-boosting tunes from our MyMusicCloud staff:

10. It’s a Beautiful Day [U2]

9. Walking on Sunshine [Katrina and the Waves]

8. Fantasy [Earth, Wind and Fire]

7. Get What You Give [New Radicals]

6. Sing for the Moment [Eminem]

5. Good Morning, Good Morning [Beatles]

4. Gonna Fly Now (“Rocky”’s Theme) [Bill Conti]

3. Wake Up and Live [Bob Marley & the Wailers]

2. Titanium [David Guetta featuring Sia]

1. Make It Happen [Mariah Carey]

Post a comment about your favorite adrenaline-pumping morning songs!

It’s a Barbell…It’s a Track Suit…It’s MyMusicCloud!

Last month, we got great feedback from you about our top 10 Valentine’s Day playlist. We wanted to follow up with another 21st century “mix tape”—this one geared toward getting fit!

As with all MyMusicCloud playlists, this one can start at home while you’re gearing up for your workout. Switch to your mobile phone, and your songs will continue playing in one seamless stream as you stretch, warm up, and get into the meat of your workout.

We wanted to start you off with a few suggestions. Here are our staff’s top 10 favorite workout songs:

10. “Party Rock Anthem” (LMFAO): Rap madness. Check. Mental dancers—gyrating. Check. Internal cheering section. Check! You really can’t listen to this song and not shake it…

9.  “I Gotta Feeling” (Black Eyed Peas): This is the 21st century party track.

8. “Get the Party Started” (Pink): Continuing on the party theme….Pink brings it on all registers.

7. “My Life Would Suck Without You (Kelly Clarkson): This is our workout tribute…to love.

6. “It’s My Life” (Bon Jovi): That sinister growl, those liberating lyrics! This really should be our national anthem!

5. “Assassin” (Muse): This song is what would happen if every guitarist were skilled enough to treat his instrument like a drum set.

4.  “Sex on Fire” (Kings of Leon): What’s a really rockin’ run or workout if it doesn’t feel a little like sex on fire?

3. “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” (Beyoncé): The ubiquitous 2008 pop tune makes a comeback—on your headphones!

2. “Becoming Insane” (Infected Mushroom): You’ll feel like you’re in a daytime nightclub…being DJ’d by a crew of Japanimation characters.

1. “Killing in the Name (Rage against the Machine): Remember the primal scream? It’s back! in a song.

Share Your Favorite Grammy Songs on Facebook With MyMusicCloud

Do you remember where you were Sunday when Adele won six Grammys and Paul McCartney jammed onstage with Bruce Springsteen? Millions of fans and MyMusicCloud members were on Twitter, cheering, griping, and chatting in real time about every moment of the Grammy Awards.

The Grammys were the No. 1 most “social” entertainment event ever on Twitter, logging 13 million tweets, according to Bluefin Labs, which specializes in TV-specific social media tracking. The show even beat the 2012 Super Bowl (12.2 million comments) with must-discuss moments like Adele’s wins, Jennifer Hudson’s tribute to Whitney Houston and McCartney’s all-star rock session, Bluefin reported.

Music has become more social than ever: Who doesn’t love to talk about their favorite band or root for their No. 1 pop songbird to win Record of the Year?

With our cloud-based music delivery service, MyMusicCloud, you never have to wait to hear your most-adored artist. You can pull and play your favorite songs wherever you are – at home watching an awards show, driving to Las Vegas with your girlfriend or relaxing around a campfire with your friends.

MyMusicCloud syncs your music across every device – Any mobile phone, iMacs, iPods, net books, PCs, tablets and more. Even better, you can share your music taste with your friends on Facebook. With the click of a “Share” button on MyMusicCloud, recommend songs or tell everyone what you’re listening to right now.

What were your favorite Grammy moments? Did you discover some new songs or old favorites? Tell us here …

MyMusicCloud: Easy Does It

We so enjoyed writing last week’s blog post about the fun of using MyMusicCloud that we’ve decided to make a similar list of the many reasons our users like our service: its simplicity and ease of use.

Since technology is always changing, we’re constantly re-imagining what we want for our music, today. Once we figure out what’s useful, we replicate it on MyMusicCloud. For that reason, the following isn’t a complete list…and it never will be. But for the time being, here are some of the functionalities you get with our music delivery service:

Pop. You can pop a MyMusicCloud widget on your browser and listen to your music without being locked to a single website.

Play. You can create unlimited playlists to play on the web and on your devices—everywhere you are.

Stow. If you run out of available space on MyMusicCloud, any surplus songs will automatically go into your out-of-space box. There, they will wait patiently until you want easy access to them, at which point you can swap out your active songs by using the “remove from cloud” and “restore to cloud” options.

Upgrade. Of course, you can always buy additional storage by clicking on “Buy Storage” from your MyMusicCloud account, and choosing the package you want.

Drop. As we announced last December, we are proud to be integrated with Dropbox. So if you’ve got your music in Dropbox already—and want to sync it across your mobile or tablet, you can.

iTunes Sync. Our Sync Agent is a great tool that uploads all your music automatically (must be on a PC), and continuously syncs between your media player of choice (iTunes or windows media player) and MyMusicCloud. This means that if you buy a new song or album on MyMusicCloud, it automatically syncs to your iTunes—and vice versa, with no further steps necessary.

Mobile Sync. From our web app, you can decide which songs to sync or unsync with your mobile device by clicking on the cellphone-shaped button to the left of the track.

Queue. Our continuous play function ensures that when you leave one device and hop on another, you don’t lose your place in your music queue.

Cloud Surfing in Vegas— But None Are As Democratic as Our Cloud

Las Vegas, NV—As CES raged on in Las Vegas last week, the big trend among tech companies was evident. Everyone’s jumping on the cloud-wagon.

First there was Acer, whose AcerCloud allows you to sync photos, music, videos and documents between your Acer PC ,Acer tablet and Adnroid phone (future support is planned for Windows Phone). Then there was Lenovo, whose Personal Cloud syncs photos, music and videos across Lenovo PCs and tablets, its Android-based S2 phone and K91 Smart TV (both still commercially unavailable). From the rate everyone’s putting on their cloud suits, you’d think Earth was on fire!

Yet the common limitation among all of these new cloud services is clear. None of them syncs or uploads across all devices.

As with Google, Amazon, and Apple, AcerCloud and Lenovo’s Personal Cloud sync to select devices. In the case of AcerCloud, you can only upload your music to an Acer PC, tablet, or Android smartphone: not Blackberry or, indeed, any of Apple’s products. Similarly, For Lenovo, you’re limited to the Company’s specific products.

Another key consideration is global availability. Google, Amazon and Apple are slowly rolling out their cloud services outside of the US. AcerCloud is expected to be bundled on all Acer PCs starting Q2 2012 and to be available in America, Europe Asia and China. Lenovo did not announce US availability for the Personal Cloud, the S2 or the K91.

MyMusicCloud offers music storage, syncing and delivery solution that works anywhere, with any and all devices. You can keep your BlackBerry, Nokia, iPhone, Android, Sony Ericsson, basically- all phones; iMac, MacBook, net book, PC, PC knockoffs. Tablets. Your music collection is always available and in complete sync on all of your devices. The possibilities abound.

Suddenly, all of these devices share a commonality that makes the building of Babylon tower of Babel seem possible. Different devices may not speak the same language, but they can now communicate…at least when it comes to your music.

This is the cloud to be on. We offer choice, and hereby invite you join us.