In this post, I will just introduce you to my favorites. In later posts, I will go into more about the specifics of the services/products and why I think they are tops.
Let me start here - So many of you have been sucked in by the iPod phenom! That's great - I used to work for Apple (for 10 years baby), and I love the products, coolness, etc. I don't love the proprietary nature of the tech though. In other words, Apple's iTunes/iPod might as well be a "my way or the highway" approach to music. You have to buy each tune like you were buying an old 45 rpm record; Apple uses it's own file format which is not necessarily compatible with other music players; they don't yet offer streaming capability - so you are building your own library one tune at a time. THAT said - DAMN COOL STUFF! They revolutionized the music listening experience and really paved the way for what is now the coolest way to listen & share tunes! Bravo & thanks Apple!
One of the things I learned while I worked at Apple, was the notion of being Maverick. At the time, you were considered one if you worked there or used the products - because, the Apple Mac & other products "just weren't the norm". Hey - guess I am still a Maverick and Apple is now the mainstream.
I am a fan of a of streaming music services! When I am B-O-R-E-D with my music library - I can just add more stuff to it, ditch what I don't want to listen anymore. BUT hey, if I get nostalgic and want that old tune again, I can just search for it and add it back into my list! Now that is FLEXIBILITY.
So here's what I use & recommend to my friends: I use a combination of RHAPSODY (I pay 15 bucks a month for access to a 2 million+ library of music; specifically the "Rhapsody to Go" subscription) and PANDORA (a cool service that builds radio stations based on your musical tastes - more on that later).
To play these services - at home, I stream the music through my stereo system using SONOS wireless system and for my personal MP3 player, I used the Sansa Rhapsody - a player designed from the ground up to work with Rhapsody and the to-go service. I can plug this in to my ear buds, my car or any stereo device that has a 1/8 jack.
That's the fave list. Check back later as I will add elaborate on Rhapsody & Sonos as my first follow up blogs. Now, if you use these already, add your thoughts now! Don't wait for my next post!