Earlier this year, Americans got the chance to start enjoying Swedish/UK streaming music service Spotify (already available to people in other parts of the world for a few years). Helped along by very visible integration into Facebook and Last.fm, Spotify’s popularity is on the rise. But how does it compare to some of the other streaming music services out there like iTunes Match, Pandora, Rdio, Grooveshark, and MOG? Jake Smith gives us a rundown of what each has (and doesn’t have) to offer the modern music lover in all of us.
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According to the latest PC Pitstop figures, 15% of us have some sort of file sharing or torrent client on our computers. That’s down 5% from a high of 19% two years ago.
What stops you from using peer to peer file sharing? Is it the law or is it virus and malware infections? The bad guys surely nab more people than the law.
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Among Sun Microsystems (now Oracle something or other) founder Scott NcNealy’s favorite potshots at Microsoft was calling Windows a “hairball.” Know what? iTunes is a bigger hairball.
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By Steve Bass
I found a handful, maybe a dozen, innovative and smart products in out-of-the-way booths, and a few “oh, wow, I gotta have that” gems. I’ve got a few to tell you about this week — like the gizmos that help you save energy at home and earbuds that’ll knock your sox off.
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By Bob Rankin
For seasoned audio purists, nothing compares to good old-fashioned analog recordings on vinyl records. But those old records are fragile… here’s an illustrated step-by-step guide to help you convert vinyl to CD so you can enjoy them for years to come.
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By Leo Notenboom
For some reason many people’s gut reaction to a malware infestation is to consider a new machine. That’s just … wrong.
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By Steve Bass
Commercials are loud now, louder than I can ever remember…what can you do about it?
Worried your toddler (or for many of you, your great-grandchild) may reach up, grab your large-screen TV, and get bonked on the head? Or maybe you live in California or Nebraska (Nebraska?) and you’re frazzled thinking about earthquakes…what can you do about it?
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By Bill Pytlovany
I’ve written before about the coming death of the CD/DVD’s for data storage. While that time hasn’t come yet for desktop there is one realm where CD/DVD players are no longer needed. If you’re getting ready to purchase a new laptop the one place you can really save is by shopping for a machine without a CD/DVD player. Not only will you save cash, but you’ll also save big time on weight and energy consumption.
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Want to rid your mp3 collection of duplicate files? No need to sort through them one by one – just use Similarity! Veronica shows you how to tidy up your Music folder on today’s Tekzilla Daily Tip.
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By John Dodge
Well, I’ve had the iPad for a month and I am supposed to love it. Guess what? I don’t know quite what to do with it.
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Ever since I was a kid, I have loved music. All types of music. You name it, and I got it. Blues, Jazz, Rock, Easy Listening, Gospel, Country, Soul, Rap, Funk, Latin, Brazilian. At this point in my life, I have a monster music collection. But this is not about my musical tastes, this is about my iPod. Or I should say iPods.
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By Harry McCracken
If you think the whole Web is suddenly looking more like Facebook, you’re not imagining things. At its developer conference last week, the 800-pound gorilla of social networks made a bevy of announcements — and all the biggies involved intermingling your life as a Facebook user with other activities around the Internet.
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By Bill Pytlovany
Have you noticed that most of the software you’re buying these days is only 99 cents?
The traditional software industry, like many, has been hit hard by slumping economic times. At least that’s what appears to be happening. I can’t help but notice traditional software distribution is in a state of flux not unlike the media and publishing industries.
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By Steve Bass
I know you’re not always happy with your PC, so here are three
fixes to some of the annoyances you’ve sent to me.
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Our good friends at Soul Tracks, the #1 soul music website in America, are giving away 10 CDs to lucky members of the PC Pitstop community.
Click here for your chance to win.
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The Tachometers have set Vista headaches of the day to music, now our fans have set our music to video. Congratulations to David A from Ontario Canada – the winner of the PC Pitstop Tachometers Music Video Contest.
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Dual Core Doldrums
PC Pitstop OverDrive BETA
Bits from Bill: Virtual 3D
Dual Core – Double Delicious
Music Video Contest
Research: Multi Processor Trends
Processor Survey Results
Tip: Clean Photocopy & Scan
Tip: Disable Vista Auto Update
Tip: Surf the Web Your Way
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On January 21 2008, David T. Stone of Seattle, Washington was updating and testing a beta video driver for one of his many computers. Continuing his habit of quite a few years, he went to the PC Pitstop Full Test to check the results. No bells, no flashing lights, but that test was the 100 Millionth PC Pitstop Test run since our inception on March 3rd of 2000.
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