Jim’s WebLetter for 7/4/15

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Hi-ya Webfolks!   Happy 4th of July!

Know what I’m doing right now? Listening to music while I’m writing this and, nope, I’m not listening to a radio station. It’s being streamed on my Google Music account. I prefer Google because they offer enough free space to store as many as 20,000 songs. My personal music stash runs somewhere just under 500. Sometimes I let the free version of Google’s service play other songs based on my desire for style of music, mood, tempo, etc., but most times, I prefer to hear what I like. All I needed to access it was a Gmail address. Songs I already had stored on hard drives were easily upload to my account using Google’s Music Manager. Then I have access to this music source from any internet linked device. http://www.google.com/music

But Google isn’t the only one with a streaming service. Doing a search revealed that they have company from the likes of more than 30 different sources like Amazon, Spotify, Pandora and the “new kid on the block”, Apple. All the hype around Apple came down this week when they opened for business and offered service as well as the commercial-free version. That’s about the same time Taylor Swift said she would pull all her music from Apple Music because Apple decided not to pay the musicians any royalties during the free 3 month introductory period. Of course Apple changed that policy almost within the hour of the Swift announcement. http://money.cnn.com/2015/06/21/media/taylor-swift-1989-apple-music/

Additionally to coincide with the launch of the music service, Apple released their new update, IOS 8.4 which provides easy access to the Music as well as enhancements to iBooks and some other things. Here’s something you should know. If you download and install it on iPhone or iPad, and you don’t want to use the music service, it’s best to go into your Settings to Music and select NOT to Show Apple Music. Again, if you don’t use iTunes for music and you don’t plan to subscribe to Apple Music, there’s no need to have these things turned on because it will share your music habits with Apple. The other features of the new IOS include some bug fixes, and you DO want that. http://www.cnet.com/news/whats-new-in-ios-8-4-besides-apple-music/

Are there any advantages to the Apple Music service over the other offerings? Well, if you count their addition of Beats Internet Radio, maybe so. But their pricing is pretty much in line with everyone else’s premium service, and listening to music online is fine as long as you have access to the Internet. If you’re out of range to WiFi and your phone data service, you’re basically down to whistling for your source of music. My advice is to store music on your mobile device for such an occasion (airplane flights, traveling to third-world nations, etc.). Of course, you can always download a radio station app or Use your browser to Google a radio station offering their music via the Web, complete with hundreds of commercials.

Last thing, if you really want to listen to songs you remember and don’t want to have to pay for it, there’s always YouTube. Type in the name of an artist or song and you’re sent to pages of choices. Click on a link and enjoy. http://www.youtube.com

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===HuMoR===

A flight attendant on a United Air Lines cross-country flight nervously announced about thirty minutes outbound from Los Angeles, “Ladies and Gentlemen, I don’t know how this happened, but we have 103 passengers aboard and only 40 dinners.” 

When the passengers’ muttering had died down, she continued, “Anyone who is kind enough to give up his meal so someone else can eat will receive free drinks for the length of the flight.” 

Her next announcement came an hour later. “If anyone wants to change his mind, we still have twenty-nine dinners available!”

(Thanks, Ginny)

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At the computer supply company where I work, the other operators and I share a coffeepot. One morning I took it into the ladies’ room to fill it with water. 

Then I began preening in the mirror, brushing my hair and reapplying some makeup. I didn’t realize how long I’d been until someone slid a note under the door. 

“You win,” it read. “Any ransom demand will be met. Just release the coffeepot.”

(Thanks, Betty)

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Have a great weekend friends, may God bless you and keep you safe.
c-ya!

Jim

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