Yellowcard will be releasing their an acoustic version of their latest album When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes tomorrow via iTunes and Amazon. Make sure to check it out!
Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder, has died at 56. Jobs changed the computer industry forever when he helped build one of the first personal computers and later changed the music industry with the introduction of the iPod and the iTunes music store. Jobs had been battling cancer since 2004 and had recently stepped down as CEO of Apple.
As a music lover and frequent Apple product user, I will miss the vision Jobs brought to the tech and music industry.
Apple today, at their annual music event, announced new iPods and an updated version of iTunes that includes a new social media service called Ping. iTunes 10, which is available now, features Ping which add social media capabilities to iTunes where you can can join friends in discovering new music and even follow your favorite artist and see what they are listening to. Ping will also let you know about tour dates and your friends music purchases.
What are your thoughts on Ping? Do you feel like joining another social media network? Do you think it will help you discover new music?
Epitaph is having a summer sale on iTunes. 18 albums (listed below) are currently going for only $7.99 on iTunes. Also pick up Epitaph’s compilation New Noise: Vol. 1 for the insanely low cost of $2.99, which features fourteen tracks from artists/bands like Alkaline Trio, Every Time I Die, Escape The Fate, Frank Turner, Parkway Drive and more.
$7.99 Epitaph Album Sale
Alkaline Trio ““ This Addiction
Bad Religion ““ All Ages
Bad Religion ““ New Maps of Hell
Bring Me The Horizon ““ Suicide Season
Converge ““ Axe To Fall
Escape The Fate ““ Dying Is Your Latest Fashion
Escape The Fate ““ This War is Ours
Every Time I Die ““ New Junk Aesthetic
Frank Turner ““ Poetry of the Deed
Hearsounds ““ Until We Surrender
I Set My Friends on Fire ““ You Can’t Spell Slaughter Without Laughter
New Found Glory ““ Not Without A Fight
Off With Their Heads ““ In Desolation
Our Last Night ““ We Will All Evolve
Rancid ““ Let The Dominoes Fall
Set Your Goals ““ This Will Be The Death Of Us
Sing It Loud ““ Everything Collide
Veara ““ What We Left Behind
I’m the kind of girl who refuses to update her MacBook every Sunday for years. I’m the kind of girl who denies all and any form of internet/computer updates, unless it’s automatic. And then, I get passive aggressive all over the internet about the internet. I am a simple minded girl. I like my internet and more specifically my iTunes to be kept basic. Which is why for the first time in a year (at least) I updated my iTunes.
A couple weeks ago, I was at my brothers house, and a rather awesome collection of songs played as breakfast was prepared. When someone commented on the playlist, he replied, “Oh, it’s a Genius playlist.” A who?
The very next weekend, the exact scene played out, only the characters were different.
Genius? “Yeah, you just select a song, hit the button, and voila! An entire playlist created by the Genius.”
I must admit, I was intrigued. Immediately I went home and updated. The first song I selected was, “Walcott” by Vampire Weekend and in the playlist sat five other Vampire Weekend songs. I assumed this was a fluke, so I selected another and the same thing happened.
They say, the third time’s a charm and well, I must agree. At least in regards to Mr. Genius.
I selected “Laundry Room” by the Avett Brothers and it produced 1.5 hours of wonderfully compiled songs. I enjoyed the hell out of it and you know what? I wouldn’t have put half those songs together.
And that’s my problem. I would never think to put half of these songs together and especially not back-to-back. I’m not complaining, after all this thing is a goddamn Genius. But I love making mix tapes or more accurately mix cds. I love going through my iTunes and selecting the most random songs for the best birthday mix or the perfect combination for the perfect stranger. Once I reach the end of my library and have a full playlist, I go through, weed out the ones that do not fit, and re-organize. It’s a task, a skill even, that I’ve mastered.
I have made mixes for internet strangers, real life strangers, best friends, boyfriends, siblings, parents, holidays, ordinary days. For driving, road tripping, swing sets, murder mystery parties, baking, hide and seek.
Through mixes that I have created by hand picking and selecting tracks, I have turned people onto some of their (now) favourite bands. This is something a program could never do, even if it’s a genius.
Mr. iTunes may be able to compile playlists, but it puts no time, effort, or thought into it. It’s just a playlist, a half-hearted mix tape. It’s not personal and mix tapes are supposed to be personal or at least a little meaningful.
The Genius tool is fun and smart, but it’s not a tool I could utilize without feeling like both a horrible person and a terrible music fan.
Gavin Castleton(Five One Inc) has released his highly anticipated album “Home” today. The album chron”‹icles”‹ the story”‹ of his six year relat”‹ionsh”‹ip which”‹ ultim”‹ately”‹ ends with zombi”‹es,”‹ helic”‹opter”‹s,”‹ and ladybugs. The album is my personal pick for album of the year so far, and I can’t see that changing. You can pick up the album today, on iTunes.
Tomorrow iTunes will debut Fall Out Boy‘s video for “I Don’t Care.” Thier new album Folie A Deux will be available on November 4th.
Apple has lowered the price of it’s DRM-Free songs to 99 cents from $1.29.