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Recommend a music service, please

By CharlieSpencer ·
I'm about to stick my toes into the murky waters of online music services. I have no experience with music on computers or over the net, so I'm looking for recommendations on where to start.

At this point I'm interested in a service that will allow me to download songs for burning to CD. While free would obviously be nice, I have no objections to paying on per-song or per-album basis. Would this require software other than a basic CD-burner app like Roxio? I'll be using a WinXP Home box on DSL for this, if that makes any difference.

I don't have an .MP3 player and am not interested in buying or using one. I'm also not interested in streaming files to various output devices.

Thanks for whatever feedback this generates.

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Take a look

by Tig2 In reply to Recommend a music service ...

At iTunes. The significant one loves it.

I seem to recall that there is an Open Source equivalent. I will hunt down the URL.

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I though iTunes was strictly for loading iPods

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Take a look

And that it wasn't accessible from non-Mac system. I guess that shows my level of ignorance. That's why I'm asking the questions...

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The SO uses Windows

by Tig2 In reply to I though iTunes was stric ...

iTunes is an application that integrates with iTunes online. It is available for Windows. You are allowed to make up to five copies of any song before it is considered to be out of compliance. His whole iPod is backed up to CD.

The iTunes application is a nice music library tool that allows you to create playlists, and organize your music. You can select what you want to burn and away you go.

No such thing as a stupid question, Palmetto.

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Whassa "playlist"?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to The SO uses Windows

What do we mean by "five copies"? Do you mean to CD five times? Why would I want to do that more than once?

"Organize"? I'm a rather simple soul; to me, "organizing my music" means sorting the CD's by artist...

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Playlists and burning

by Tig2 In reply to Whassa "playlist"?

The only five times rule is how they duck the copyright thing with music. They tell you that you can only transfer it to disk five time and you agree to live with that restriction.

A playlist is a group of songs that you want to play. I have my iTunes on my Mac. I can select a playlist of music that I want to listen to. I can also create a playlist to organize music that I want to burn to CD. We're creating a playlist of music specifically for the 3 Day. All of that music is stuff people enjoy while walking.

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by Oz_Media In reply to Playlists and burning

Walk this way - Aerosmith
Walk of Life - Dire Strights
Walk On The Wild Side - Lou Reed
Gangsta Walk - Snoop Dog
Walk Away - Alanis Morissette
Walk- Pantera
Dead Man Walking - Judas Priest
Dead Man walking - Bruce Springsteen
Dead Man Walking - David Bowwie
I Walk the line - Johnny Cash

Okay, I know you actually meant tunes with a good walking groove, Iron Maiden and AC/DC do that for me, just an incredible bass line that does nothing but make you wanna strut.

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I'm not sure I'm with you.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to LIke

Right now I just shove a store-bought CD in and let it go. If I think of putting a stack of 45's on the turntable, will I have a good analogy?

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Yes, Palmetto, that is it exactly

by Tig2 In reply to LIke

Back in the days of singles, when we chose a stack we were creating a playlist. When all the records had played, we would do it again.

Playlisting is a digital stack of 45s. By creating them, you get an hour of music by multiple artists that you want to hear. So I have a playlist that I pray with, a playlist that I like to clean the house to, a playlist for when things get freaky on TR. I don't have to choose the songs each time because they are already grouped the way I want to hear them.

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by JamesRL In reply to LIke

Think of it this way....

A good Italian chef may have thousands of good recipes up his sleeve. But at any one time, he wants to concentrate on a dozen or so for his menu.

A playlist is like a menu - it can consist of any number of songs that you have on your player. You can have one song on a number of lists. Lists can be long or short.


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by Oz_Media In reply to LIke

When Tig said she was putting together a playlist for the walk, I listed a heap of different tunes with WALK in the name.

For example: You could have a total 300 songs (or as many as you want)and group/list/reorder them by artist name, or song title etc. as you have suggested, or you can create playlists (you just select a groupd of songs and save them as XYZ playlist. No fancy coding or burning needed, most players allow a free playlist generator system, or you can buy software for more complex management or categorization (is that a word?) of your music.

Any of the 300 songs can reappear in any playlist as many times as you want, it's just a list of songs grouped by category.

Such as "Walking songs", "Heavy Metal songs", "accoustic music" etc.

A song that fits all three catagories could be in all three playlists, but the original song only needs to be stored in your system once, the playlists are just a reference guide that groups music together,

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