Samsung’s new music streaming service is totally free, comes completely chock full of songs

Technology manufacturer enters online music streaming competition

Hey iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, and Songza — watch out, here comes Milk Music.

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The oddly named new music streaming service comes from technology giant Samsung. At present it’s only available on Galaxy phones in the US, but for those rocking the company’s flagship device, users have free access to over 200 radio stations and some 13 million songs that they can stream right into their ears or over their Bluetooth portable speakers.

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As mentioned in the first line of the story, the play area for music streaming services is already crazy crowded with some really big names. What’s more, these services can be streamed on any smartphone device on the market.

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Despite this competitive advantage, the South Korean-based company is confident their particular product will attract users.

“We feel that while the music space is very competitive there is room for improvement,” said Daren Tsui, vice president of music at Samsung Media Solutions.

Worth noting is the fact that this is not Samsung’s first venture in to music streaming—the company launched a service called Music Hub back in 2012.

Also worth noting – it was recently shut down.

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10 Hottest Zombie Girls

Zombies are the new Vampires

Halloween is just a few weeks away now, along with the season premiere of The Walking Dead, which means it’s time for…ZOMBIES! If you’ve been feeling the hankering for a hunk of fresh, hot, human brains don’t panic – you are not alone. In fact soon you’ll be part of the horde! Arrgh! Brains!

From Michael Jackson’s Thriller to Resident Evil’s 5th incarnation to AMC’s The Walking Dead it seems they are everywhere! Zombies have always been cool if you think about it – but lately they are getting the red carpet treatment they so richly deserve. Brad Pitt is even set to star in the film adaptation of World War Z, the New York Times bestseller from Max Brooks (who also wrote the Zombie Survival Guide). The film has had some production delays but promises to be a smashing success. As the Boombotix resident “zombie expert” I’m going to see it at the midnight screening for sure – whether that’s in December or next June.

According to one new source zombies are now worth over 5 billion dollars to the economy! That’s books, movies, videos, music, and blogs plus merchandise. One of the things contributing to this is a sudden uptick in the love of dystopic fiction – end of the world scenarios that involve complex interactions between morally divergent survivors fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world. Think Hunger Games or the new NBC show REVOLUTION. Max Brooks had this to add on his website…

“I think they (zombies) reflect our very real anxieties of these crazy scary times. A zombie story gives people a fictional lens to see the real problems of the world. You can deal with societal breakdown, famine, disease, chaos in the streets, but as long as the catalyst for all of them is zombies, you can still sleep.”

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Musician’s app turns concert-goers phones into lightshow

New app for iPhone and Android devices gets audience fully involved in show

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Now here’s a guy who deserves a tip of the hat and pat on the back for ingenuity: musician Dan Deacon has created a free music app for the iPhone and Android phones that basically creates a personal light and sound show through each attendee’s device and is uniquely tailored to the music being played at the concert.

No extra equipment is needed other than the phone itself.

Making things even easier: the app doesn’t require Wi-Fi or data connection to operate. Instead, phones in the audience interact and react with audio from the show. The decision to not hook-up through Wi-Fi was a conscious one by Deacon, as it allows him to more easily communicate and control the phones from the stage directly, making each fan’s experience at the show a bit more intimate . . . and also different each time for those who go to more than one of his shows.

Wicked visual display – Enhanced sound show – all from my phone. Sounds awesome, right? Well, believe it or not, that’s not all. The app ALSO lets users produce and record their own sounds with an additional built-in musical instrument component.

Here’s what Deacon had to say about the app:
I thought more and more about how we are living in a time where much of the concert going audience has smart phones, that are basically computers, that can be used as both sound making machines and lighting devices. The thought of an audience being the light and the sound source for a show became one of my main goals. The detailed spatial sound environments that could be created: lights all in unison coming from endless and constantly changing direction as the audience moved . . . yet the lights all change in unison; using the LEDs as strobe lights, etc. A whole world began to emerge . . . Hopefully the app will turn the experience of having your phone out at a show into something communally immersive.

And here’s the trailer he put together promoting the app in the iTunes and Google Play store:

Download Dan Deacon’s concert app here:

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Live in the San Francisco area and want to see this show for yourself? Deacon will be playing that the Great American Music Hall on October 23rd. Live somewhere else? Check out his schedule at DanDeacon.com