MyMusicCloud Welcomes eMusic to the Family

eMusic-LogoUpdate: Many of our users know by now, but MyMusicCloud has officially become eMusic as of 09/25/17. 

eMusic provides all the features MMC users have used and love, such as access to any of your previously stored music and playlists, unlimited cloud storage & playback on multiple devices. It also includes much more – access to over 26 million tracks at up to 55% off iTunes pricing, access to free music every day, all year and access to premium sales and promotions.
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MyMusicCloud is expanding its song catalog and services as part of a new deal that was announced this week. Triplay, the parent company of our free store-and-play service, has acquired eMusic, the music retail and download site.

It’s an exciting marriage of wireless technology and music discovery.

“We are thrilled to join forces to offer all our users the wide variety of music they love in a comprehensive, next-generation platform, complete with the features they want and need,” said Tamir Koch, founder and CEO of TriPlay.

The MyMusicCloud apps already empower music lovers to tote and listen to their collections on nearly any smart device (smart phones, computers, tablets, and Samsung smart TVs) regardless of brand (Apple, Android, Windows etc.)

Soon, we’ll offer our millions of active, eclectic and music-savvy users songs from eMusic’s retail store too. Together, that equals a combined catalog of more than 25 million songs from every genre. In return, eMusic users will also have access to their music collections, both online and offline, on any device, anywhere in the world.

To find out when these changes take effect, keep checking back here for further announcements.

“In the coming months, our users will begin to see significant enhancements as we introduce the complete music service they want, accessible anywhere, anytime and on any device,” Koch said.

To try our portable music service for free, download the MyMusicCloud app here.

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

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.

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.

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.

The Best Earbuds, Speakers, Smartphones and More Holiday Music Buys

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Have you noticed all the gorgeous music eye candy popping up everywhere you turn? Flashy smartphones, tiny earbuds with big bass, sick speakers, and more music gadgets are just begging to be bought. With the holiday sale season in full swing, this is the best time to indulge your inner music junkie and splurge. Here, we’ve rounded up the best earbuds, laptops, speakers, albums and new music gadgets worth buying for the 2014 holidays:

Best Earbuds Between $50 and $200: Apple may have Beats by Dre, but the real bass-lovers are drooling over Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 earbuds with their sleek fit and decadent sound quality. Can’t afford the $179.99 price tag? Check out Audio-Technica ATH-CKX7I SonicFuel In-Ear with its flat, tangle-free cables and ear-hugging C-tip design ($72.34 on Amazon).

Best Laptop for Music: Everyone knows that MacBooks are legend for their superior mixing, DJing, and audio capabilities, but PCWorld.com calls Samsung’s ATIV Book 9 the “best-sounding laptop” they’ve listened to. That’s because it has a Wolfson WM5102 audio CODEC encoder/decoder and can play songs with an exceptionally high signal-to-noise ratio (113dB). In other words: crisp tempos and kickin’ bass. Now, for the sticker shock: The ATIV Book 9 came out in July at $1,500.

Best Music App: Of course, we have to mention our free MyMusicCloud store-and-play music app, which syncs your library across any laptop, smartphone, tablet and Samsung smart TV / smart watch regardless of operating system (Apple, Android, Windows, Nokia). Listen on or offline, make playlists, view lyrics and singer bios, and get song and artist recommendations anywhere you go.

Best Portable (and Wearable) Bluetooth Speaker: When you need a light, portable yet powerful speaker with satisfying bass, check out this Bluetooth-synced beauty.  At a lightweight 4.2 x 3.2 inches and 5.6 ounces, the JBL Clip ($49.95) easily hangs onto your backpack, belt-loop, or the back of your SUV (for the ultimate tailgating party). Comes with a plug-in charger.

Best Smartphones for Music: From dub-step to hip-hop, music fans seem equally split between two smartphones with powerful speakers and sound: the Sony Xperia Z3 (with Android for T-Mobile and soon new for Windows) and the HTC One M8 ($99.99 with 2-year contract at Best Buy) with its BoomSound system. Unlike most smartphones, both have front-facing speakers and impressive built-in amps. The Xperia Z3 is a whopping $630 alone or $26.25 / month with T-Mobile for 2 years. (You can also get the cheaper Z3v version from Verizon for $199.99 with a 2-year contract.)

Best New Music: Now that you’ve berzerked your way through the Marshall Mathers LP 2, here comes Eminem with a giant, new 2-disc compilation album called Slim Shady XV out Monday, November 24. The first disc features 12 tracks from Slim with partners like Sia (“Guts Over Fear”), Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf, Big Sean and Danny Brown (“Detroit vs. Everybody”), and his posse Royce da 5’9 and D12. Disc 2 is meant to showcase the best of Shady Records, including 50 Cent’s “Wanksta” and “I Get Money,” Slaughterhouse’s “Hammer Dance” and Yelawolf’s “Let’s Roll” featuring Kid Rock. There are also old faves like 50 Cent’s “In Da Club,” and Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” with an original lost-and-now-found demo version starring lyrics that were ultimately discarded. Here’s a peek:

So how do you like to listen to Eminem or your favorite music – on a laptop, smartphone, headphones or elsewhere? Tell us in this poll …