An older relative with a daily train commute has requested a music player for the holidays - but they don't want anything with extra features, novel menus, or - if it can be helped - a shuffle feature. All they want is the ability to listen to an entire album (from a selection of about 20) with very clear and easy to understand menus and buttons. They were given a Zune for this purpose a few years ago and returned it saying it was confusing and had "too many settings". What should I buy? [more inside]
What's the best way to play music from an external hard drive? [more inside]
I have all my music on iTunes ( on my iMac). I would like to make it much more accessible to myself and my family 9including my kids (under 10 yr old) at home. ( Not really interested in making sure I have access to it elsewhere for now). I don't really like keeping my commuter on all the time (but that wouldn't be a showstopper for me (my wife?). I don't want to spend much money. (Say less than $500). I own some old pattern speakers and subwoofer that still work. I am running my wifi right now through an older airport express to connect my iPad and phones. Main goal is to make it simple to turn off and on and find music. (I am a bit challenged web nit comes to networks and the like.) Thanks!
For a while now I've been using Caustic to doodle around ith on my Android phone. It's a wonderful piece of software. I also use Reaper on the PC. However... [more inside]
I started having problems with my Ipod and I am unsure of the best way to remedy the problem. [more inside]
Hi, We just got an Ipod Nano (the latest one) for Christmas and when we first got it out of the box we were able to download music from our computer to the I-Pod. We did it with I-tunes and I remember seeing something that indicated that the I-Pod was being recognized by the I-tunes website. No problems downloading to the I-Pod. But now I'm trying to add some music and the I-Pod is not being recognized. The new songs are in my library (under I-tunes) and they are already paid for. I have Windows Vista. The little white USB cord is not having a problem with charging the I-Pod, but nothing on the computer indicates that the I-Pod is recognized. When I am in the library, I click on DEVICES, and I can see a word that says sync, but sync is not in bold, another words I can't click on it. Any advice? I already turned my computer off and on again, and also took out the USB and put it back in as well. I went to the website and read the manual but there is so much there and I don't see how to do any of the instructions if the I-pod is not recognized. Thanks, Lynnie-the-pooh
I am about to buy some bluetooth speakers to be used in conjunction with a Windows computer and Itunes. I have heard vague rumblings to the effect that bluetooth has security issues that regular wifi devices do not. Ordinarily, I would buy wifi speakers but the few I can find are awfully damned pricey. Would I be putting myself at risk of compromising my computer's security if I set up a pair or two of bluetooth speakers in my apartment? In general, are there any bluetooth security issues I should be aware of, as a new user of this technology? Many thanks for your time.
Is there ANY way using JUST the ipad 2 to export a playlist I made there as a text file? [more inside]
What is the best way to play MP3s on one computer, but controlled (prev, next, play, volume, etc.) by an interface on another computer. Complication level: there shouldn't be one because there is Linux and FreeBSD and NFS and shit everywhere. Why is this harder than it should be? [more inside]
Can someone please help me figure out a way of getting the photos and videos off my iPhone 4S and onto a laptop, or of deleting the music I have on it? [more inside]
Is it possible to use the same set of speakers/studio monitors with both my computer and record player/amplifier? Is it possible/smart to run both the computer and record player audio through the amplifier? [more inside]
I have a computer with way too much music on it, and I have an external hard drive. Can I store all my music on the external hard drive without making iTunes angry? Please explain as if I am twelve. [more inside]
Is it just me, or is iTunes the most annoying, inconvenient, fricking stupid piece of software ever created? Help me figure out how to use this piece of crap. [more inside]
My sister needs a specific recording of Rhapsody in Blue really fast, and it should be on iTunes but we can't find it... [more inside]
Minimum specs for a computer running Ableton Live? [more inside]
Are there any halfway decent equivalents to Garageband that would work with a Microsoft computer? [more inside]
Calling ingenious diy'ers ergonomic tweakers and musos. Help me create an innovate computer music workstation where things like laptop, touchpad, trackball, music midi controllers are held at different angles and heights. [more inside]
Electronic musicians: help a brother out with MIDI and latency issues? [more inside]
Right now we play music using the iMac in our living room. But in our new apartment the computer is going to be in the office. How can I get the tunes out of there and into the adjacent living room? [more inside]
Have computer -- want to make "music" [more inside]
How to sync Macbook with a non-iPod MP3 player? [more inside]
Could someone please reccomend me some comfortable open back headphones with decent enough sound for under £40? Prefebly they should have a short cable (as I keep triping over my Sennheiser's). [more inside]
I need to move several gigs of music files from one external hard drive to another. But, there are a few problems... [more inside]
Can I sing (or hum or whistle) into my computer and have it produce notated music? [more inside]
Help me create the ultimate karaoke room in the finished basement of my house. [more inside]
How would one go about creating a playlist akin to a mixtape (ie with specifically ordered songs), to share with a friend via thumb drive/zip file? [more inside]
I'm looking for a website to get ideas for music that would match the theme of home movies that I put together on my Mac. In other words, if im putting together our trip to the beach home movies, 'Surfing in the USA' might match the theme, etc. I understand there might be legal issues, but that should be up to the end user.
I am looking for a piece of classical music that was featured as a teaching tool on a computer program about 15 or 20 years ago. [more inside]
My Macbook Pro was stolen. Just about the only non-shitty thing about it is that I keep my huge iTunes library on an external drive. All the music files are on the drive, but the data files (library.xml) were on the stolen Mac. I have another Macbook. What's the simplest way I can rebuild my library on it? [more inside]
Recordingfilter: Why do strange buzzing noises and "zzzt"s appear when someone isn't touching the guitar strings while recording on a computer. [more inside]
What's the best way for me to record music with my computer for under $100? [more inside]
What's the cheapest way of plugging a piano keyboard into my mac [more inside]
What is the easiest way to have one program running in Mac OS X while another displays keystrokes in real time? I'll explain the details inside... [more inside]
Looking to do live music performance with my laptop, how can I make sure it's rock solid and stable during performance sessions? [more inside]
I have 2 installations of iTunes. I want to transfer a play-list from one to the other. Both have identical libraries. However the file paths of the two libraries is different on each computer. Is there a way to do this? Theres [more inside]
Solutions for organizing lots of different kinds of cables (xlr, 1/8 in, 1/4 in, rca, usb, firewire, ac) for easy access where space is at a severe premium?
How can I pause Windows Media Player with my keyboard, without the default media player shortcut keys?
How can I pause Windows Media Player with my keyboard, without the default media player shortcut keys? [more inside]
Does anyone remember the name of a music video where the band is playing, and they keep getting moved about and assaulted by a pointer, as if they were part of a computer's GUI? And, if possible, where to find it online? Or, if you know of any other videos along that theme?
I bought an Alesis MultiMix 8 the other day, which is an 8 input firewire interface. It works OK but the main problem I have is that the stereo out (from the computer to the mixer) cuts out very frequently. [more inside]
Is there a way to play my ipod through my computer? [more inside]
Sound output of notebook computer (Powerbook) too low to drive Bose Wave Radio input; inexpensive solution? [more inside]
What computer is on the cover of Kraftwerk's Computer World album?
Does the wired home spell the end of the living room stereo system? [more inside]
I'm looking to record on my PC ( I have adequate Hardware) some music using guitars, bass, vocals, and some other instruments. I need suggestions for a good software program to use (money is not a problem) for the basic recording/tracking and a good program to create drum tracks from scratch. Please see extended explanation for more details. [more inside]
Winamp lowers the volume after every song. So, I'm constantly turning it all the way back up. How do I get it to stop that? They may be trying to save my ears, but my headphones are dying and I have a slight hearing problem. I listen to a song, and the next one is suddenly just a whisper. So frustrating.
I recently went to a concert and bought a special package that included digital recordings of a few songs. The format is .asf but I run a Mac, 10.2.8. Windows Media Player isn't playing the files. What's my option now?
iTunes trashed my library! Can XML save my sanity? [more inside]
I'm looking to buy a music keyboard for up to £300. I basically want one that's as near to a proper piano as I can, but my needs are: 61 keys (preferably weighted), connectivity to a computer (therefore not much need for extra bells and whistles on the actual keyboard), touch sensitivity, option for pedal/sustain, and a really good array of spectacular sounds. Can anyone help with a make/model? I can't find anywhere that gives an unbiased view of buying a keyboard... [more inside]