15 Great Summer Songs for BBQ, Pool and Tailgate Parties

When you’re out by the pool, manning the barbecue, prepping for the big game, or tubin’ down a lazy river, 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 [Explicit] — 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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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.

Top 10 Songs About Dads for Father’s Day from MyMusicCloud


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

This Music App Streams Songs from Dropbox, Google, iTunes and More

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.

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

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.

Get Any Album Free Now with MyMusicCloud

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Want a free album? Hey, who doesn’t? Starting today, we’re giving away any album in our MyMusicCloud store FREE to folks who join and upgrade to our unlimited music store-and-play service. So, what’s so great about MyMusicCloud?

Ever noticed how most music services (ahem, Apple) force you to listen to your music only on their devices? Are your albums scattered across your phone, laptop and their various storage services? With MyMusicCloud, it’s easy to import your music from all your annoying servers (iTunes, Dropbox, Amazon) and unite them in ONE simple-to-reach place. (No more fumbling to remember if your Jay-Z album is on your phone or laptop.) Our free music app frees you to listen to your songs on all your devices, (smartphones, PCs, tablets, even smart TVs and smartwatches), regardless of operating system (Apple, Android, Windows, you name it). It works on- or off-line too.

On MyMusicCloud, it’s always free to store all your music and play up to 250 songs. But, for just $39.99 a year, you can upgrade to our Unlimited status and listen to any song from your collection whenever you want. And through January 2015, get “credit” for any album in our store -– simply by using the URL http://www.mymusiccloud.com/app/albumOffer. Once you join and log in to MyMusicCloud, a payment form pops up. Upon successful completion, all albums in the store will be marked $0.00.

Not sure what to choose? Come back and download later. But here are some album ideas to get you started:

Arctic Monkeys — Rock out to the Monkeys’ “R U Mine” and “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” from their new AM album as well as all their hits back to 2005.

Hozier and Sam Smith — If you dig the breathy vocals of these two, then pick up Hozier’s new top 10 album, Take Me to Church, and the club-friendly EDM mixes of Sam Smith.

Nicki Minaj‘s Beam Me Up Scotty mixtape features guest verses from rappers Bobby V, Brinx, Busta Rhymes, Drake, Gucci Mane, Gudda Gudda, Jae Millz, Lil Wayne, Red Café, Ricky Blaze, Rocko, Ron Browz, and Shanell. Also in our store.

Panda Bear‘s new album Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper (out Jan. 9, 2015) shows the trippy, neo-psychedelic artist getting funky with jams inspired by 90s hip hop.

So don’t be handcuffed to one operating system your whole life. Experience music freedom by joining MyMusicCloud and get your gratis album through our website, www.mymusiccloud.com, or any Android-powered device. Learn how to make playlists, share songs on Facebook, get recommended songs and discover more about our awesome service in our Help & How To section in the right-hand column. Don’t be afraid of your freedom.