Charles' CD player is dying, so he's thinking of getting an MP3 player. Leo says that physical media is fading away and going digital is a good idea. He can take all the CDs he owns and "rip" them into an mp3 format. But it's likely that everything he owns and wants to listen to are available now using music streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, or Apple Music. They're around $10 a month or $15 for a family plan.
Dan just signed up for Spotify. Is there a way to set up the Echo to default to Spotify? Leo says that he can, and it's in the settings of the Amazon Echo app. There's also probably a "skill" that will do it. He can always just tell it to play a song on Spotify.
Kira's twin daughters love to listen to Disney music, but she doesn't want to buy it all because it's so expensive. What streaming options does she have? Leo says that Spotify is probably the best one. She can even tie her Spotify account to her Echo. They have a broad range of Disney music channels. Amazon Music Unlimited and Apple Music are other options.
Kenny wants to know music streaming service is the best. Here are all of the options:
A site called "Forgotify" will find songs that are on Spotify, but have not yet been played by anyone. Out of the 20 million songs available on Spotify, there are about 4 million that have never been played by anyone before on the service. Start listening to these undiscovered tracks at forgotify.com.
After Winamp had announced it was shutting down, Spotify created an app called "Spotiamp" as a tribute to the popular Windows jukebox app. Spotify's version will allow you to stream tunes through Spotify using the classic Winamp interface.
It's not clear whether or not Winamp will be purchased by another company. There are rumors indicating a deal could be in the works for Microsoft to buy the app from AOL, but there haven't been any further details on it.
Hank is wondering what happened to Limewire. Leo says they got sued out of existence. Hank's wondering if there's anything else similar to it that's out now. Leo says that Limewire is dead because people used it to illegally share music, according to the record industry, and when they won in court Limewire was blocked forever. This happened 2010. Piracy has never ended, though, and now Bittorrent is the piracy method of choice.
No, but there are plenty of other options for having more control over his music. Pandora is an internet radio station that is free with ads or without ads for a small monthly fee. The music industry allows it to exist because there are some limitations with it. For instance, it's not possible to pick a song and it only allows for a certain number of song skips per day.