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 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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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