Mike McGuire

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Entries Categorized as 'Mobile music'

Rhapsody: Moving Out and Moving On . . .

by Mike McGuire  |  April 28, 2010  |  Comments Off

Rhapsody, one of the very earliest of legitimate online music services and, as a result, one of the first to be hammered by the juggernaut that became iTunes, has finished the spin-off process from Real Networks and like a divorcee celebrating the end of a rocky marriage, has made some changes. First, an iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch [...]

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Soundtrckr Tries to Marry Location, Music: Marriage Made in Heaven or Shotgun Wedding?

by Mike McGuire  |  February 19, 2010  |  1 Comment

Just when you thought there weren’t any more ways one could use “social” as a modifier for music, along comes Soundtrckr (www.soundtrckr.com). What Soundtrackr has done is marry streaming music, shared playlists and geo-tagging. The result: what the company calls a “geosocial music service.” What users can do is seed a “station” based on a [...]

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Android G1+ Amazon MP3 Store Integration = Mobile Music (More or Less)

by Mike McGuire  |  September 23, 2008  |  Comments Off

With Google dropping its first Android-based phone, the G1, on the market today, the galaxy’s search giant almost made the online music/mobile music market a bit more interesting by preloading Amazon’s MP3 download store software onto the device.  But today’s press reports leave me thinking that this is barely a music-capable mobile phone. G1 users will be able to [...]

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One More Spin of the Format Upgrade Cycle for Music Industry: Preloaded microSD Flash Cards

by Mike McGuire  |  September 22, 2008  |  3 Comments

In hopes of giving the physical format-upgrade cycle one last spin – not to mention maybe increasing the standard unit price the majority of consumers pay for prerecorded music to anything more than $.99/song — all four major music labels have banded together with SanDisk to announce“slotMusic” an effort to build consumer interest in the [...]


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