Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Transfer pictures from iPod or iPhone to PC

Do you want to transfer your photos from your ipod or iphone to your PC? No worries!
This free ware program Pod Photo Transfer 2.1 (http://www.podphototransfer.com/)does the job for you!It is free image recovery image software that lets you easily transfer pictures from any iPod or iPhone back to your computer.

Pod Photo Transfer 2.0 supports all iPods and iPhones

The iPod export button transfers all images to your computer while keeping them organized in photo albums.You can easily preview pictures on any iPod or iPhone before saving it to your computer.It can also recover the dates that images were taken and use these for automatically generated file names.

This Pod Photo Transfer 2.1 is guaranteed to recover the highest resolution images from any iPod or iPhone to your PC!

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Transfer music or videos from IPod / IPhone to PC

Want to transfer your music videos and playlists from your iPod or iPhone to your PC without messing iTunes? Well, a new software has been published which makes this job so very, very easy!You can download the songs straight to your PC and then import it to itunes!

Download the software Pod to PC and install it in your computer, they have versions for windows and Mac.

To get your songs and videos off your iPod or iPhone to PC :

  • Open Pod to PC.
  • You will get a warning not to have iTunes running at the same time as Pod to PC.
  • Next the main screen appears , which lists the playlists on your phone.
  • A gold star by a song specifies that you do not have the song in iTunes. while a blue check mark means that you already have it.
  • You also have another tab that allows video previews of any unprotected videos.
  • Check the boxes next to the songs you need to transfer and click Transfer.
  • Your songs are saved to the desk top.

This screen shot is taken from the Pod to PC software site.

Next, close Pod to PC.

  • Open iTunes.
  • Go to File, select Library, then Import Playlist.
  • Open the playlist.
  • ITunes will add the new songs to the library. And they'll show up in the main library.
Check out IPod / IPhone to PC Music Transfer too.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Amazon's free 770 MP3 songs!

The Amazon’s MP3 store which offers DRM-free music downloads compatible with PCs, portable players, cell phones and GPS devices is offering 770 MP3 songs which you can download for free.

First you have to install the Amazon MP3 Downloader application, which, also automatically adds the new tracks to your iTunes or Windows Media Player library.

As for the freebies, you will find singles from known artists as well as many from unknown artists too.

Do keep visiting Amazon’s store daily to check out the Daily Deal. They sometimes have a complete album for just about $2 to $4. Like for instance ,last month, Amazon had U2’s ‘No line on the horizon’ which is their new album for $3.99.

To access their store you have to be a registered member, but then that’s no big deal as their registration is free. You can also subscribe to Amazon's Twitter feed to keep track of their daily deals.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Make Free IPhone Ringtones In ITunes

Do you love different ringtones for your IPhone?But then,do you also think that it’s a waste of money to buy ringtones from Itunes for your IPhone? Well,to spend 99 cents on an iphone ringtone, however, may be something you would rather not do.So then, why purchase when you can make your own ringtones using Itunes?Yes, and it’s easy too!The songs you use to make iPhone ringtones need to be DRM free.

To make your free ringtones in iTunes:
  • Open iTunes
  • Right click on a song in your itunes library and select ‘Get Info’.
  • Click on the Options tab

Check the boxes ‘Start Time’ and ‘Stop Time’(make sure to keep it under 30 seconds.)

Click on ‘OK’

  • Return to your Itunes library
  • Right click on the song again and choose create AAC version
  • Done!the song has been clipped and saved as ACC version.
  • Drag and drop the AAC version of the song onto your desktop, and delete the AAC version from your iTunes library. You do not need to keep the file.
  • The file extension on your desktop will read something like this: songname.m4a. Rename the file to : songname.m4r
  • Drag the file on your desktop back to your iTunes and the song will be saved under your ring tones library.
  • Remember to uncheck the start and stop in the Option tab so that your original song will be played to the full.

Next time you sync your iPhone ,the ringtone will appear under your ringtone options in your phone and you can transfer your new free ringtone.

That's it!You can make as many ringtones as you wish and save it in your itunes library.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lyrics Plugin for Windows Media Player and Winamp

Would it not be wonderful to sing the right words along with your fav songs? Well, it is definitely not impossible! In fact, it’s easy as a pie! Oh no, you do not have to go about googling for the lyrics.There is this cool ,unbeatable, simply amazing Plugin called Lyrics for Windows Media Player which displays the lyrics of your favorite music as it is being played in your WMP. Moreover it is absolutely free!But then,you need to be connected to the internet for the lyrics to be displayed.I'm just showing for WMP but then, you can follow the same for Winamp if you prefer that player!

Just download the plugin from here. (http://www.lyricsplugin.com/)
Then,install it.It will automatically be installed in windows media player.

When it is installed, you will see it in the Tools menu of your windows media player.

Next,open windows media player.
Play your favorite song and the lyrics will be displayed thus.
It takes just a second for your lyrics to show up! :)
Is this not too good to be true?:)

You can copy and paste the lyrics or even print it out!
If you want to change the color of the fonts, background and alignment of your lyrics, click Configure and change as necessary

Now you can check any lyrics with a single click!:)
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Monday, April 20, 2009

Use Notepad as Personal Diary

Did you know that Notepad has a feature that allows you to use it as a personal diary?

Well, it is simple and easy!
  • Open a blank Notepad
  • Type in .LOG (in upper case)
  • Press enter
  • Save and close the file.
Next ,open the notepad file again.
You will see that the current date and time has been added! How cool is that!

Type in whatever notes you want and close it. Each time you open the file the current date and time is added thus making your Notepad work as a diary for you!

Though this is so very cool,unfortunately,Notepad has memory limitations to how much text your file can contain!Enjoy and keep track of your activities with your diary!:) Read more Entry>>

Friday, April 10, 2009

Apple's ITunes Plus

ITunes Plus is an option of iTunes that allows users to buy DRM free music from the iTunes Store.

DRM free iTunes Plus allows:
  • You to play the music on as many devices as you like.
  • It puts no restrictions on how the music files are shared or used
  • You get high-quality music with 256-Kbps AAC encoding,
  • You can burn iTunes Plus music to as many CDs as you need
  • You can play the downloaded music on iPod, Apple TV, all Mac and Windows computers.
  • ITunes Plus music costs the same as for traditional iTunes Store music, anywhere from $0.69-$1.29 per song.
  • Upgrades to iTunes Plus are US$0.30 per song. For albums, upgrades are 30% of the album price.
To purchase and play iTunes Plus music you have to first upgrade to the latest version of iTunes. The iTunes Plus music and music videos are marked as such on the album or track list. You need to just click on the Buy button just as you normally would in any other online music store.

For more details..check out.. http://hubpages.com/hub/All-About-Apples-ITunes-Plus

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

DRM Free Music

Many top sites have been offering DRM free online music for a while! We own the music after downloading it!That's great!

These sites, include the likes of Amazon, eMusic ,Rhapsody and even Wal-Mart .Yahoo also offers a yearly subscription based service called MUSIC Unlimited for only $5.99 per month. That’s quite a reasonable way to have a lot of music at your fingertips but then,the site allows you to download music onto an mp3 player only if you pay an extra $.79 along with your subscription.

Another advantage is that these sites offer speedy delivery,that is, very fast transfer downloads once you approve of the purchase and also their other important feature is the selection of music available.

Following the footsteps of the above mentioned sites,ultimately, one of the major last bastions of DRM music also finally gave in! Sony BMG offers DRM free music, but only to customers via their retail store and it can only be bought using 'album cards'.

Finally, the greatest news of all! Apple, the last major retailer of DRM-encumbered music has also announced, that all iTunes music will be going DRM-free. Some 8 million songs and music videos are already available DRM-free, via iTunes Plus.
This is great news for music lovers! :) Cheers!

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Monday, April 6, 2009

All about DRM

I would like to explain in a nutshell, what DRM is all about, without going into elaborate details!

Well, what is DRM?

DRM stands for Digital Rights Management and it is a protective software that limits you from doing things of your choice .For instance,when you purchase DRM music,

• It can curb your choice of music player
• Control how many PCs or digital music players on which a track can be played or transferred
• Curtail the number of times the file can be burnt to CD,DVD or memory card

Thus, if you buy a song from Itunes, it will only work on an Ipod , or if you buy a song from the Zune Marketplace, it will only work only on a Zune ! Moreover, DRM is also known as ‘copy protection’.

Next,What is DMCA?

DMCA stands for Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which can be a legal liability for you if you break the DRM or distribute the tools to break DRM, in order to burn CDS.

What are DRM licenses?

DRM licenses are media usage rights which categorizes how, where and when you can play the media. If you lose these licenses or media usage rights, you will not be able to play your purchased tracks till you get the licenses again!

Thus DRM and the DMCA, is sort of danger to your rights! Before buying DRM music from any service, be absolutely certain about the limitations of the music you purchase. You also need to understand an important pointer about DRM music..‘You have bought it, but they still own it’

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