Move over iTunes because while we may love you as an MP3 player, we’ve got a new MP3 store that’s exciting us with its super low prices.
Amazon recently launched it Amazon MP3 store where you can get songs for as low as $0.60 per track and an entire album for just $5.99. Even better, it is attracting new customers with an additional 20% on the next album you buy. Sounds like a really great deal right?
So what’s the snag? Nothing really, except that you have to use the Amazon Cloud Player to play the tunes if you download it directly on your iOS device. If you wish to play it via iTunes, that will mean having to use your Mac or desktop PC to sync your files first. Other than that, it’s just as good as any MP3s you buy from the iTunes store. This makes for lots of happy customers and one unhappy company, that is Apple.
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If you have an mp3 website and you want to let your visitors chat real time with each other as well as be able to upload mp3 links via chat, then Chatwing is the chat widget you are looking for.
Chatwing has been providing their chatbox widget for some time now. However it is only a couple of days ago that they announced their chat widget’s ability to upload images and mp3 links. This comes as a nice bonus to the already really friendly chatbox, encouraging even greater social sharing between visitors of a site. This is important to website owners because the more people can do on your site, the longer they are apt to stay just like visitors will stay longer in a warm and comfy house, but will make excuses to leave if they get bored.
What’s even better about Chatwing is that it is absolutely free! So if you haven’t tried Chatwing on your site yet, check it out and see if mp3 sharing via chat on your site encourages sound trippers to participate.
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It is expensive and wasteful to hire humans to answer or guide callers. This is when the beauty of automated natural sounding text-to-speech software is realized. Text-to-speech conversion with high-quality, natural sounding voices for hand-held, desktop, and server applications adds a lot of value to business telephony with Asterisk PBX.
Text-to-Speech voices are available in 6 languages and 18 different characters including “Allison” the standard Asterisk voice. These voices are sizable and can range from 4 MB for embedded applications, to 100 MB for server-based installations. Text-to-Speech voices are tested on all major telephony platform operating systems including: Windows Server, Windows XP, Linux (32 & 64 bit), Solaris (Sparc and x86), and Mac (PowerPC and Intel).
The benefit of using text-to-speech voices with hosted Asterisk solution is that you can select a voice that fits your requirement, optimize it for your application, or even have voices built for a particular character or delivery. The voices run on the text-to-speech technology are petite and swift enough to run on handheld devices or distribute over the network.
The text-to-speech voice facility is not only limited to the telephony industry. In fact it is used across sectors such as health, navigation, mobile, toys & games, Government, industry, assistive, and many more. Now with Asterisk VOIP PBX, text-to speech functionality is available for really affordable prices to small and medium sized businesses. Also, don’t forget to enjoy the benefits of the best application hosting solutions, such as hosted VOIP PBX, Exchange, SharePoint, etc., which has become the preferred way for companies to implement business software.
From the bowels of the open-source community comes Songbird that is a combination audio player and web browser. The browser part does not come as a surprise for it is based on the world favorite FireFox Browser that everybody seems to be using nowadays. The software is multi-platform but ones released for use in Linux are not tested too much that it might be best to stay away if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Surprisingly this software has the ability to connect with iTunes and even allows access to iPods, iPhones and other Apple products that used to have sole functionality with their iTunes system.
It has several plug-ins and extensions that would add more functions such as chart watching and chatting. Now at release 1.10 an upcoming update to the system is out in beta so do watch out for one of the best and free audio software out on the market to date.
There are many audio players and software out on the market that can do a lot of things, from ripping, fixing, mastering to editing and many more one has all the options with a simple search on the internet.
Though most of us use the Windows operating system, there are quite a few who do use open sourced operating systems such as the likes of Linux and others. There are a handful to audio tools made available on Linux that can do almost anything Windows-based software can use based on technology such as ALSA that allows more precise sound card management on your computer. The basic technology they use is the Open Sound System that is the standard interface for audio capture and manipulation in the UNIX family of operating systems. More on open sourced software for the Linux system on the next posts so do check back.
Want free and open sourced audio software that not only runs on Linux but Windows as well, then MPlayer is here for you. It allows re-encoding through a secondary/accompanying program MEncoder to several widely used formats that makes it a versatile tool Thought to have long been abandoned since the first developers stopped work on it during the beginning of the year 2000, it has again resurfaced with their site stating the re-launch of development and the restarting of their server for all to once again use and enjoy.
Updates for Ubuntu and other Linux systems are available from their site as well as release dates for new versions/improvements so do check in from time to time so you get the latest versions and plugins to maximize use.