Tech Review: Apple Music vs. Spotify

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With music streaming services steadily gaining popularity, Apple has created Apple Music, an addition to their previous music radio and iTunes services, as a way to compete with the other streaming services, mainly Spotify. I am new to music streaming (I like to listen to music when I am walking or driving so I create playlists), however it does come in handy when I want to listen to a specific song or artist. Usually, I would use Pandora or Songza, but not knowing if you will like the next song and dealing with skip limits can get annoying. With Spotify and Apple Music being so similar, which should you get?

You should get Apple Music if:

  • you have an Apple device (the Andriod version is coming this fall)
  • you like the idea of sharing this service with your family (Apple Music has cloud sharing for an extra fee)
  • you don’t have a lot of storage on your Apple device for music
  • you like to create your own playlists

You should get Spotify if:

  • you don’t want to pay for premium (Spotify has a free option, but there are ads)
  • you are a student (there is a discount)
  • you have been using Spotify in the past and don’t see a reason to switch it up
  • you don’t mind having your music on shuffle

Other than that, the two services are pretty much the same. They both are $10, they both give access to a huge music library, and (soon) they are both available on all devices.

Have you tried Apple Music or Spotify? Which one did you like better? Did I miss any of the features?

Don’t forget to read my previous post!

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2014 Recap: The Best Commercials of 2014

Are you guys excited for 2015!? I am! I have so many things that I am looking forward to: increasing my online presence, meeting new people, and overall building my brand. What do you have in store for 2015, and what are you looking forward to?

Since I want to get into the advertising business, I thought a fun way to wrap up the year would be to discuss what I thought the best commercials of the year were.

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YouTube Offers New Music Streaming Service

If you’re like me, then you use YouTube to watch music videos, listen to songs before I decide to buy them, or listen to those old hits. Lately, YouTube has sort of been a replacement for Pandora for me because I don’t have to worry about skipping limits and the related songs are usually better than what Pandora plays. Now YouTube is offering their own paid music subscription service called YouTube Music Key. Don’t get too excited though, because it is still in BETA mode and you will need an invite to start using it. For those of you who take advantage now you will only have to pay $7.99 a month, with the first 6 months free. Otherwise, it will be $9.99 a month.

YouTube has also unveiled a new system update that adds a new menu option just for music that features music videos, playlists of songs (my favorite feature) and songs you should listen to based on your history. In the future, you will have the option to play full albums, and see an artist’s full discography.

CBS Introduces New 24 Hour News Streaming Service

In order to enter the mobile arena, CBS has introduced a new twenty-four hour news streaming service. This will be different from their original news broadcasts because only subscribers can view this service. There will be lived anchored coverage from 9am to midnight Eastern Time, but I am not entirely sure what will happen during those nine hours when there aren’t live anchors. The network, called CBSN, offers content from CBS Sports, News, and other partners, so the digital streaming service will not be just a replica of the news happening on television. There is also a feature that lets you go through previous coverage, sort of like an on demand service does. To watch the streaming service, just go to CBS’ website, or you can use streaming services like Roku and Fire TV.
I think that streaming video will be the new innovation for networks. People are becoming increasing busy and don’t have the time every week to sit down and watch the latest episode of a show, so more networks are allowing people to watch the episodes online.

Mobile Journalism: Using Your iPhone for Multimedia

Mobile Journalism

 

 

The cell phone has evolved from just being a device that you can receive and place phone calls on, to being a device that takes photos, videos, plays music, has games, etc. And this has influenced journalism in the way that reporters no longer have to wait for camera crews to show up; if there is breaking news, they can just pull out their phone and take pictures, or send updates using social media. Below I will discuss the pros and cons of mobile journalism.  Continue reading

Freebie Friday: Free mobile wallpaper download

I’ve been practicing my photoshop skills and have been making wallpapers for my electronic devices and I thought I would share them with you. Also, if you have any requests for a wallpaper (like if you have a favorite quote or a favorite color, leave it in the comments below.  The first one is the larger size, for larger phones, then the bottom one is for phones with smaller screens.

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