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Google Announces Google Music.

  • November 16, 2011 6:24 pm

Well, it is official with the Google press event wrapping up we know Google Music is official. With the online search giant dropping the beta tag and expanding its tendrils into the music industry by netting deals with major labels like EMI and Sony, it is shaping up to into quite the iTunes competitor.

Google Music will allow users to upload up to 20,000 songs and stream them in 320 Kbps quality from pretty much any device that has a web browser. Best of all, all of this new found Google Music action will remain free!

In addition to music labels being added to Google Music, some integration with Google+ was announced as well. Google+ users can share songs and entire albums with other Goolge+ users whom in turn are given one full free play.

Not to veer too far from the topic — Google+ is shaping up to be a very robust social medium. We like what we have seen so far and are looking forward to the months ahead to see what additions Google+ and Google Music will receive.

The new service is officially live at music.google.com as is the official Google Music Android app.

Well be giving Google Music a thorough testing over the weekend. Look for our Google Music “review” early next week.

In the meantime…Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

[Update] NYT doesn’t want people to read it’s content, hissy fit over feed reader that…reads feeds..

  • June 8, 2010 2:36 pm

From here on out, I can honestly say that I wouldn’t care if every “good ol boys” print media corporation closed up shop and died. They obviously don’t know what the hell they’re doing in this new fangled digital age we live in. Nothing highlights this better than the NYT’s latest hissy fit over iPhone app “Pulse”.

Pulse was a paid app that pulled news stories from the NYT’s actual feed as well as many other news outlets. The NYT’s complained to Apple about the whole paid/copyright issue and Apple complied, removing Pulse.

The real problem here is this: There’s thousands of apps and services across multiple devices and platforms that do this very same thing. Limiting it to Pulse (which until now didn’t have a ton of publicity) doesn’t make sense. Then again, decisions from dying, bassakwards businesses rarely do — hence their down-spiraling.

The devs behind Pulse have stated that they’re simply going to remove the NYT’s feed from the app and re-submit. Good for Pulse, bad for NYT. Though if the NYT is trying to distance themselves from the digital mindset that is increasingly overtaking society, so be it. NYT who…?

**Update: And just like that — Pulse is back in the App Store. However, how it got back so quickly is unbeknownst to us…and Pulse. According to co-creator Akshay Kothari, they haven’t the slightest why it’s back again. Perhaps Apple realized the ridiculous claims made by the NYT, hmm?

Amidst increasing skepticism/rumors, AT&T reports “Nothing new” concerning iPhone tethering

  • May 19, 2010 6:04 pm

According to AT&T’s Mark Siegel, “Nothing new” concerning the hot button issue of iPhone tethering is being released today. The news cuts through fresh rumors that have surfaced showing a new tethering config page in the latest iPhone 4.0 beta 4 that was recently released to devs.

Unfortunately, it’s a load of crap for all of AT&T’s customers who wish to use such a feature legitimately. The response also doesn’t give any indication or clue as to when we can expect such a feature either. It seems Ralph de la Vega’s comments in 2009 of iPhone tethering “coming soon” were full of hot air. I understand the much needed boost in network resilience, but going on 12+ months, come on…

Newsroom replaces paper scripts with iPads. Annual savings: $24,000

  • April 30, 2010 7:42 am

As technology becomes more autonomous and allows lesser numbers of humans to do more things, people will inevitably bitch about lost jobs. For a few people responsible for printing the paper scripts used by WFXL-TV in Albany, Ga., the bitching will be overshadowed by news anchors duking it out on iPads playing Scrabble, Slot Racing, and whatever else it is news anchors like to play in their spare time.

WFXL-TV is as I understand, the first News station to toss out paper scripts entirely and adopting the latest in technology — the iPad. Doing so, according to news station staff, will save the station upwards of $24,000 annually…

John Stewart criticizes Apple’s handling of iPhone lawsuit like only John Stewart can. [Comedy]

  • April 29, 2010 7:45 am

Whether or not you feel Gizmodo operated outside of the law — or at the very least, outside of the ethics of journalism — regarding the circumstances surrounding the lost iPhone and their admission in paying for it, you can’t help but want to joke about it. And who better to make fun of Apple and corporate America than John Stewart…?

Rupert Murdoch’s daughter actually understands her fathers business better than he does…

  • February 4, 2010 5:37 am

What have countless sources on the internet including myself and TechDirt said before? Paywalls, no matter how great of an idea on paper, simply don’t materialize into what investors and executives want. In the age of the internet, information is available extremely cheap, extremely fast, and most importantly, without any restrictions. That’s the very core of why the internet was invented in the first place.

Rupert Murdoch and many other news sites fail to see this. They seem to think simply slapping a price on their content will add value and entice people to pay up. While it is true that some will move over to digital subscriptions, many will not. It’s called a business model. The traditional print media is banking on an old, outdated, and dying one.

The point? Rupert Murdoch is a well known media big wig — operating NewsCorp which itself is a massive media company. His daughter — Elisabeth Murdoch, whom runs a TV production house — is more or less in the same business. A business field that suffers from growing pains moving to the web also. But her approach to the whole concept of digital information is far more enlightening:

“Fans remain the best salesmen of our content, even if that behavior is on the borderline of piracy. Danger of the new world is that we must concede that we’ll lose some control.”

Simply put, her comments are in start contrast to the countless claims and accusations by her father show that those who’ve been in the business for any length of time have little hope of “coming around”. In the digital age, we need more forward thinkers like Elisabeth Murdoch and less of those like her father. I’m not saying ban all monetary payments online. That’s silly. Instead, I’m saying don’t be so god damn greedy, adapt to the changing market, and stop labeling people and companies who help your business (such as Google, social networking sites, and so on) as thieves and criminals. It’s really not the best approach.

Paywalls and overly restrictive false barriers do nothing but erode and destroy the very principles of the internet.

TechDirt

Google Reader now creates something out of nothing — Auto feed creation.

  • January 26, 2010 7:57 am

If you’re like me — a gadget freak — chances are you follow at least a couple dozen websites religiously. For me, I love to keep it fresh here so between stories being sent in and searching the vast corners of the web, I’d say I’m making quite a trek with 256 (and growing) feeds in my feed reader. At first, I’d always try to get that unread count down to a nice round goose egg as for some strange reason, it made me feel better as a person. Those self fulfilling days are long gone however. Now I rarely get my unread count below 3-digits as I don’t want to miss anything by carelessly clicking on “mark all read”.

Naturally, a feed reader is important and required as scouring 200+ sites would take far too much time to be of any benefit. So Google Reader it is. The versatility of GR is great. I can import my GR feeds to countless desktop and mobile applications as well as easily access my feed library anywhere else in the world by simply going to Google.com/reader.

Today marks another notch in the belt for el Googs and their little wonder reader as it now features the ability to automatically create feeds from websites that don’t have them. Now, manually doing such things isn’t that hard but does involve extra clicks and steps I simply don’t have time for. It may seem silly but it’s the truth. Dynamic and on-the-fly feed creation is a blessing.

I now ask you the question, how beneficial do you find this new Google Reader feature. But we don’t all use GR for our feed reading. In that case, what floats your boat?

RedFerret