Amazon Launches New Prime Music With Little Buzz

Amazon Launches New Prime Music With Little Buzz

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On Thursday, Amazon launched it’s new Prime Music service.  So far, it has not been able to generate a lot of hype and excitement from the user community. As a Amazon Prime member I’m excited about the addition of the new service to my current Prime subscription.  From a business standpoint, many industry “experts” are not as positive. How do industry experts and analysts feel about this music streaming service of the e-commerce giant?

Industry Experts Reaction to Amazon’s Prime Music Service

Jon Fortt, of CNBC, was asked if the addition of music streaming to Prime package was enough to move the needle and he said that it’s enough to keep the needle from moving backwards. This tells a lot of things about the brand new launched service. Fortt went on to say that the service is only good if someone wants to listen to the music of 90s.

A joke is how Gene Munster, MD of Piper Jaffray called the Prime Music service.  Munster also said that over a period of time, Amazon.com, Inc. might make it better as they have done with Prime Instant video but it’s not usable currently.  He compared it’s collection of songs with Spotify’s one and said that 1 million songs don’t stand a chance against 20 million.

In contract to Fortt and Munster, Henry Blodget, Business Insider CEO & editor-in-chief was on CNBC’s Squawk Alley recently and he was looking very positive and optimistic about the Prime package as a whole. He also said that this music streaming option with the other services makes the prime package fit well and this also fits well with Kindle.  Blodget felt that the music streaming service comes free with the Prime package of Amazon.com, Inc. and when the company would launch the rumored 3D smartphone soon, the package would be more than handy for any books lover who has interest in movies and music too. However he said that Prime Music won’t even compete with Spotify. “It’s not intended to kill anybody else and it’s not as good if you stack it up next to Spotify, but it’s just more in the Amazon product bundle giving you value for that $99 you’re paying them”, Blodget explained.

Amazon Prime (Music) Commercial

Amazon Prime Commercial with music of ‘TUID – Morning Glory’

A lot of analysts feel that the service comes nowhere near to ITunes, Pandora or Spotify.  Prime music just has got 1 million songs and lot of popular artists like Kanye, Jay-Z, Katy Perry would be missing because Amazon.com, Inc. didn’t sign an agreement with UMG and hence the company loses the fans of these popular artists already.

Munster went on saying that Amazon.com, Inc. spends so much on its services and this launch doesn’t impact its finance much so Prime Music can be seen as an extension to the Prime story and that it would become more measurable in the next few years. Munster also said that as per Piper Jaffray’s analysis Prime grows about 40% per year, which is very good and the biggest reason for most people to get Prime is the “Free 2 Day Shipping”.

So the judgment as the analysts see it is that to launch a serious music streaming service, Amazon.com, Inc. should have signed all the major music labels and without those it won’t be going anywhere. Those who already like Prime won’t abandon the service as they are getting an added benefit for free, however, it’s not going to excite a new user to register for Prime just for the music part of it.

I don’t feel that Amazon launched the Prime Music service to immediately ‘knock-out’ any of the current music streaming leaders.  I think it is another add-on to help sell Amazon Prime memberships and to keep you coming to Amazon first.  Mind-share equals wallet-share in Amazon’s bible.  Amazon.com continues to do an impressive job at dominating the consumers mind and especially wallet share.

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Best iPhone Apps for Productivity

Best iPhone Apps for Productivity

Do you have an iPhone 4 or iPhone 5? Possibly you’ve upgraded to a new iPhone 5s and are ready to see everything you can do with your new toy – I mean business tool?
Want to be more productive this year? Looking for some new apps for your iPhone? If you’re looking for some new productivity apps in the new year, this list of favorite iPhone apps will get you started in the right direction. Hopefully you’ll find some apps that you’ve not seen.

We’ve personally used and tested each of these apps and have found them to be helpful or fun. Be sure and suggest your favorite apps in the comments below. Also, We have also thrown in one app to keep you healthy and one “fun” app to end the list.

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List-making and task-management app Any.do has a unique feature called the Any.do moment that encourages making a habit of reviewing your daily tasks. Geolocation reminders actually work in this app, and it’s an overall great app for jotting down tasks and goals.
Cost: Free

Awesome Note (+ToDo)

awesomenoteAs the name implies, Awesome Note (+Todo) is an iPhone app for creating notes and to-do lists. Of all the personal organization apps on Apple’s mobile devices, Awesome Note is one of the most visually compelling, letting users choose which colors, background images, fonts, and icons they want to use in their notes. It’s a treat to play with all these options, plus the app’s graphical calendar, while also being productive.
Cost: $3.99

 

Brewster

brewster-iphoneThe Brewster iPhone app may be one of the most visually appealing contact managers you’ll find, tapping into multiple social networks for images of people you know. It insists on having access to your iPhone Contacts and either Twitter or Facebook to work, though, which may be a showstopper for anyone who is anti-online social networks. Brewster puts faces to names in an interface you can explore, though. That design choice may lead you to waste time (I got sucked into looking for pictures of people I didn’t recognize), or it may aid your memory if you’re someone who remembers people by their faces rather than company affiliation, location, or name.
Cost: Free

Dragon Dictation

dragondictationReasonably accurate and fast, the Dragon Dictation iPhone app cuts the typing out of jotting down a note, drafting an email, posting to Twitter, and a few other light tasks. As a simple dictation app, Dragon transcribes whatever you speak with good accuracy. The app does have some shortcut buttons to push the transcribed text through to Facebook, a new email message, and a few other places, but Dragon Dictate doesn’t actually store any notes in the app itself.
Cost: Free

 

EasilyDo

easilydo-iphoneThe free iPhone app EasilyDo works as a personal assistant and automation machine. You connect the app to a variety of online services, like your email, calendar, Facebook account, and so forth, and then EasilyDo looks for things it can help you get easily done. For example, a notification might ask you if you’d like EasilyDo to add the contact details of someone who has recently emailed you to your address book. Or it might spot an upcoming birthday of a friend and let you set up a “happy birthday” post to their timeline in advance. It’s an amazing productivity app that helps you take care of a variety of tasks quickly and efficiently.
Cost:Free

Evernote

evernoteWithout the Evernote app for iPhone, I’d be a lot less productive while I’m away from my desk. This free, straightforward note-making app outrivals most competing apps thanks to its strong search capabilities and effortless organization. But the real key to its success and popularity is that Evernote synchronizes all your files by saving them to a cloud service, meaning anything you create or alter from your iPhone will be there waiting for you when you log into any other version of Evernote.
Cost: Free

 

Google Maps

googlesearch-iphoneGoogle Maps, which was once included with all iPhones, is now an app that you have to download separately—and you should. Google Maps has proven itself more accurate than Apple’s own map app, with turn-by-turn directions by car, foot, and public transportation. With Google Maps, you’ll see estimated travel times, integration with your Google account for quick access to your home and work addresses (optional), and the ability to rotate the map by pressing two fingers to the screen and twisting them.
Cost: Free

Google Translate

google-translateWith more than 30 languages supported and the ability to deliver impressively accurate results most of the time, the Google Translate app is one of the most remarkable programs you can load onto your iPhone. Most people probably won’t need it too often, except when traveling or studying a language, but it can be amazingly useful in unexpected circumstances.
Cost: Free

 

Google Voice

google-voiceAs a new convert to Google Voice, I really love the ability to have another phone number that I can use when I don’t want to give out my direct iPhone number. Google Voice lets you screen calls, gives you a free voice-mail system, and also enables free text messaging and calls (among U.S. phone numbers only; international rates vary). The Google Voice app is a great addition to the iPhone.
Cost: Free

 

HealthTap

healthtapThe HealthTap app, a spinoff of the HealthTap website, gives you access to health professionals across the U.S. who are willing to answer your health questions. It’s free to download and free to ask questions, but if you want your answer expedited or have a specific doctor in mind you’d like to answer, it costs 99 cents per question. You can also see questions that other people have asked and the answers provided, as well as use an interactive symptoms checker to find information about whatever ails you. It’s a great resource for professional, non-emergency medical advice.
Cost: Free

Snapchat

snapchatThe visual chat app Snapchat can be a lot of fun to use—and let me emphasize “fun.” Snapchat should not be used as a private and secure messaging app. Rather, it’s a simple app that you can use to swap funny, ephemeral visuals with your friends. Messages sent through Snapchat disappear from the receiver’s phone after a short time; the sender chooses up to 10 seconds as the limit. Snap a picture, draw or write on top of it if you like, choose the amount of time the recipient can see it, and send away. Just bear in mind that all digital media is reproducible, and that you should never send anything illicit, private, or anything meant to be secure through this entertainment app.
Cost: Free

Please tell us what we missed or what you would add to the list.  Did you find anything new? List your favorite productivity and fun apps.

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Our 8 Favorite Tech Blogs

Our 8 Favorite Tech Blogs

There are so many amazing sites on the web. New ones popping up all the time. We run a tech blog, so our main reading content is obviously going to be about technology. There are so many great choices to consider.  It was hard to narrow down the list but here are my favorite tech websites. Look at our list then share your own in the comments below.

Mashable

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Mashable is a leading source for news, information & resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable’s 34 million monthly unique visitors and 14 million social media followers have become one of the most engaged digital networks in the world.

TechCrunch

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TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.

Founded in June 2005, TechCrunch and its network of websites now reach over 12 million unique visitors and draw more than 37 million page views per month. The TechCrunch community includes more than 2 million friends and followers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google and other social media.

TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog

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Established December 5, 2004, The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) is a resource for all things Apple and beyond. TUAW publishes news stories, credible rumors and how-to’s covering a variety of topics daily. As a trusted tech blog, TUAW provides opinion and analysis on the news in addition to the facts.

TUAW is a trusted source for news, information and analysis about Apple and its products. Our readership is made up of new users, intermediate and business users and advanced users. In addition, we cover topics relevant to niches like developers, designers and others.

The Verge

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The Verge was founded in 2011 in partnership with Vox Media, and covers the intersection of technology, science, art, and culture. Its mission is to offer in-depth reporting and long-form feature stories, breaking news coverage, product information, and community content in a unified and cohesive manner.

GigaOM

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Gigaom began as a blog by one writer in 2006, Om Malik, and has grown into one of the most credible and insightful voices at the intersection of business and technology. Gigaom is a new type of media company with a business model that leverages technology, transparency, and access to information. The company’s growth has been propelled by great writers, journalistic integrity, industry depth and audience engagement.

The Cult of Mac

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Cult of Mac is a daily news website that follows everything Apple. Our goal is to provide timely news, insightful analysis, helpful how-tos and honest reviews. The staff is an international team of Apple experts, blogging around the clock, who have also written for Wired, Scientific American, The Guardian, Playboy, Boing Boing, Popular Mechanic, Mac|Life, The New York Times, Newsweek, Daily Telegraph, the BBC, MacUser and Macworld.

Wired

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WIRED is the first word on how ideas and innovation are changing the world. Each month in the magazine and every day online, our editors deliver a glimpse into the future of business, culture, innovation, and science. AdWeek named WIRED to its 2011 Hot List and made WIRED its first-ever “Magazine of the Decade” in 2010. It was named to Advertising Age’s A-List in 2010, received three National Magazine Awards for general excellence in 2005, 2007, and 2009, and was nominated for a National Magazine Award for Magazine of the Year in 2011. Wired.com was named 2009’s Best Magazine Website by AdWeek, Best News, Business & Finance Website in 2009 by MPA Digital, and was a 2011 National Magazine Award for Digital Media “General Excellence” finalist. WIRED and Wired.com reach more than 14 million readers each month.

InspiredByTechnology

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Shameless Plug! We are not (yet) on level with the big boys above but we are on our way! The InspiredByTechnology.com blog provides news, information, and reviews focusing on consumer electronics and cutting edge personal gadgets. Our coverage centers on flat screen TVs, tablet computers, digital cameras, smart phones, computers, apps and deals on all of the above.

Now you’ve seen our list. What do you think. Give us the good and bad. Share your thoughts, suggestions and lists in the comment section.

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The Best Tablets for 2014

The Best Tablets for 2014

The consumer computer of choice is quickly becoming the tablet.  It’s been predicted that up to 50% of the the computers sold this year will be tablet computers.  Tablets are becoming more powerful.  They make you more productive while keeping you entertained.  Not only do they provide you the Web, but you now have access to thousands of apps and the list is growing ever day. Here are the best tablets of 2014 for the student, parent, professional, and deal savvy consumer.

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

Galaxy-Note-12The super sized Galaxy Note Pro from Samsung is bridging the gap between tablets and PCs.  The Galaxy Note Pro lets you run four apps at the same time on its 2560 x 1600 12-inch screen.  Like other Galaxy Note’s there is a built-in S Pen for drawing and taking notes.  This Samsung is Android-powered and contains a treasure trove of other apps and service.  You can even remote access your PC.  If your all about productivity the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro is a great choice.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch

kindle-fire-hdx-7The Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch is a truly family friendly tablet.  Parents can set up a separate environment for kids with a preapproved list of apps using FreeTime. Parents can also set time limits on reading, watching videos or playing games. The HDX also boasts Amazon’s innovative Mayday feature, which provides one-touch access to a live tech-support rep within 30 seconds. To top it all off you get Amazon Prime access for books and free movies and TV.  Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX, with the Snapdragon 800 processor and full HD screen provides some serious specs and fun.

Apple iPad Air

apple-ipad-airWith the stunning Apple Retina display the iPad Air is lighter and thinner than ever before.  You can enjoy nearly 500,000 apps quickly and effortlessly with the 64-bit A7 processor, and you can do so for a long time.  The Apple iPad Air lasts nearly 12 hours on a charge.  The 9.7″ iPad Air  weights just less than 1 pound.  A stunning display of productivity, portability, and fun.

Fuhu DreamTab

dreamtabDreamworks and Fuhu are collaborating on the new DreamTab, which is guaranteed to help your kids learn and have lots of fun. The DreamTab, coming in 8- and 10-inch sizes, is a new line of Intel Atom-powered slates for children.  The kid-safe social networking that allows kids to send email, text and share photos with other DreamTab users. In addition, the Wings Learning System instructs children on how to improve reading, writing and math skills. with built-in video tutorials from expert animators. The specs are strong and include a full-HD 8-inch display, Intel Atom Bay Trail CPU and Android KitKat 4.4. The DreamTab boasts not only a powerful Wings Learning system, but a family-friendly social networking app that will protect your childs privacy.

Google Nexus 7

Google-Nexus-7And you won’t find a better pure-Android experience than the Google Nexus 7. This 7-inch slate delivers pure Android 4.4 KitKat, along with blazing-fast quad-core performance and one of the best screens around. The 1920 x 1200-pixel display is supersharp and colorful, at 323 ppi. The Nexus 7 camera is surprisingly robust. Parents will love the ability to set up child-friendly profiles. Add in more than 8 hours of battery life, and you have a great value. For those on a moderate budget, the Google Nexus 7 is an excellent choice.

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