Month: February 2017

Full List of Oscar 2017 Winners

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These are the winners of the 89th annual Academy Awards. 

Best Picture: “Moonlight”

Actor: Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

Actress: Emma Stone, “La La Land”

Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”

Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, “Fences”

Animated Feature: “Zootopia”

Cinematography: “La La Land”

Costume Design: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

Direction: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”

Documentary Feature: “O.J.: Made in America”

Documentary Short: “The White Helmets”

Film Editing: “Hacksaw Ridge”

Foreign Language Film: “The Salesman”

Makeup and Hairstyling: “Suicide Squad”

Score: “La La Land”

Song: “City of Stars” from “La La Land”

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Production Design: “La La Land”

Animated Short: “Piper”

Live Action Short: “Sing”

Sound Editing: “Arrival”

Sound Mixing: “Hacksaw Ridge”

Visual Effects: “The Jungle Book”

Adapted Screenplay: “Moonlight”

Original Screenplay: “Manchester by the Sea”

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How to convert iTunes M4P to MP3 without iTunes

You know that even you can convert your iTunes music files to MP3 format with iTunes, would you like to try to convert audio tracks to MP3 without iTunes.

Just one third tool makes the conversion simple and fast.

Macsome iTunes Music Converter is the third tool to help you deal with the whole iTunes playlist including the protected downloaded ones from Apple Music and purchased Audiobooks from iBook or Audible.com. Macsome iTunes Converter can convert them.

Now follow the next guide to feel the easy and fast conversion process.

Step 1, free download the trial version of Macsome iTunes Converter, install it by following the explanations.

Step 2, Run the iTunes Converter, and click “+” or the middle of interface to load the audio files you want to convert.

Add Audio files to convert

Step 3. Click Set button to set the output format, output folder. If necessary, you can also reset the related audio parameters.

There are 3 more output audio formats for you to choose except MP3, you can also convert iTunes music to AAC, FLAC and WAV as you like.

output settings

Step 4. Click Convert button to start converting M4P to MP3.

converting music or audiobooks

When the conversion is completed, all the M4P files are converted to the MP3 format without DRM any longer, and now you can enjoy the converted MP3 files anywhere as you wish.  

More information about iTunes Converter, go to http://www.macsome.com/itunes-converter-mac/

Howto get rid of DRM on paid Kindle Audiobook

We know that Kindle Audiobook are purchased from Audible.com, and people can use Audible.com to download audiobooks to your iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Kindle or other listening device and listen to Audible audiobooks by best-selling authors anytime.

After you paid the Audiobook, you can listen to the Audiobook after you authorize the device, for the DRM limits you.

Would you like to get rid of the DRM from the paid Audiobook?

Here Macsome Audio Book Converter can help you, Windows users click here (http://macsome.com/audio-book-converter-win/).

All the steps to get rid of the DRM are quite simple, and no additional app to install.

First, free download the software according to your computer system, and install it on your computer.

Then run the Audiobook Converter, and it will shows all playable audiobooks from the iTunes Books library automatically.

Please make sure that you have authorized the purchased Audiobooks to the device or the computer so as to play them normally.

And now click Profile button and select the required profile in Output File Format drop-down list.

set-output-format

You can also click the Macsome AudioBook Converter menu and select Preferences to customize the Output Settings by clicking Choose… to set the destination.

Finally, click the Convert button to start the conversion. Meanwhile the paid Audiobook’s DRM is removed as well.

convert

After the conversion is done, you can play the purchased Kindle Audiobook on any MP3 or other audio player as you like without DRM any more.

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Apple Music gets into the TV business

THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN

Apple offered the first glimpse of the future of series-TV programming on Apple Music at the Recode Media conference, where trailers for its first two series unspooled along with perhaps the most in-depth commentary the man introducing them, content czar Eddy Cue, has yet to share about his employer’s plans in the entertainment business.

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Cue was joined by veteran TV producer Ben Silverman, producer of one of the two series, “Planet of the Apps.” “The Late Late Show with James Corden” producer Ben Winston also came on stage midway through the conversation to discuss the other project, a series version of the “Carpool Karaoke” segment from their CBS show.

Footage of both unscripted series was unveiled, as was plans for a spring launch date. “Karaoke” will premiere in April, Cue revealed, while no specific date within the spring was offered for “Planet.”

But as much attention as the series got here in Laguna Niguel, even more curiosity was apparent regarding what’s still to come. But Cue stayed noncommittal in the face of a barrage of questions intended to yield what Apple’s strategy with regard to Hollywood would be in the coming years.

“Four years from now, I don’t know where we’re going to be in relation to this,” said Cue, who even batted down inquiries about whether Apple could potentially acquire a studio. “We’re trying different things. How fast it grows or where it goes remains to be seen.”

 

Apple Music’s expansion beyond songs into series is a bid to continue broadening the base for the subscription service, which has attracted over 20 million subscribers in 15 months of operation — a fact Cue was proud to tout at Recode.

Cue revealed that he was eager to partner with Silverman because of their relationship dating back to Apple’s support for an NBC series he produced 10 years ago, “The Office.” Silverman credited the series’ availability on iTunes as helping to grow its audience, not to mention integration deals for Apple products that helped keep the series flush during its primetime run.

He also said Apple brings a cool factor that helped attract two of the judges, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba, who appear on “Planet of the Apps,” an unscripted contest format featuring app developers. “I don’t think Gwyneth or Jessica would have ever done a show if it wasn’t for Apple being a partner,” said Silverman.

The other new Apple Music series, “Karaoke,” will feature a unique pairing of celebrities in each episode, such as John Legend with Alicia Keys and Billy Eichner with Metallica. Corden appears in one episode as well, with Will Smith, which footage revealed takes the “Karaoke” concept to a helicopter for a singalong to R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly.”

While it’s been widely reported that Apple is already producing its first scripted series with Dr. Dre, “Vital Signs,” Cue made no mention of the series.

Questioned about comparing its business to that of Netflix, Cue made clear Apple is not at the point where it is considering rapidly ramping up on content licensing or acquisitions. “We’re not out trying to buy a bunch of shows,” he said. “We’re trying things that are creative, that move culture, that Apple is adding some value to. We’ll see.”

Cue also expressed a strong aversion to the commercial-based TV model yet stopped short of ruling it out for the future of video content on Apple Music. “I’m not saying we’ll never do it,” he said. “I don’t think it’s the direction we should be going. I don’t think that’s what our customers are asking for.”

Source from: http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/apple-music-unveils-its-first-tv-series-reveals-spring-launch-plans-1201987451/

Grammy Winners 2017

The complete list of winners of the Grammys 2017

Record of the Year

“Hello” — Adele

Album of the Year

“25” — Adele (read our review)

Song of the Year

“Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)

New Artist

Chance the Rapper (read our review of “Coloring Book”)

Pop Solo Performance

“Hello” — Adele

Pop Duo/Group Performance:

“Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

Traditional Pop Vocal Album

“Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin” — Willie Nelson

Pop Vocal Album

“25” — Adele

Dance Recording

Don’t Let Me Down” — The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya

Dance/Electronic Album

“Skin” — Flume

Contemporary Instrumental Album

“Culcha Vulcha” — Snarky Puppy

Rock Performance

Blackstar” — David Bowie

Metal Performance

“Dystopia” — Megadeth

Rock Song

“Blackstar” — David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie)

Rock Album

“Tell Me I’m Pretty” — Cage the Elephant

Alternative Music Album

Blackstar” — David Bowie

R&B Performance

“Cranes in the Sky” — Solange

Traditional R&B Performance

“Angel” — Lalah Hathaway

R&B Song

“Lake By the Ocean” — Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell) (read our interview)

Urban Contemporary Album

Lemonade” — Beyoncé

R&B Album

“Lalah Hathaway Live” — Lalah Hathaway

Rap Performance

“No Problem” — Chance the Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz

Rap/Sung Performance

“Hotline Bling” — Drake

Rap Song

“Hotline Bling” — Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)

Rap Album

Coloring Book” — Chance the Rapper

Country Solo Performance

“My Church” — Maren Morris

Country Duo/Group Performance

“Jolene” — Pentatonix featuring Dolly Parton

Country Song

“Humble and Kind” — Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)

Country Album

“A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” — Sturgill Simpson (read our interview)

New Age Album

“White Sun II” — White Sun

Improvised Jazz Solo

“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” — John Scofield, soloist

Jazz Vocal Album

Take Me to the Alley” — Gregory Porter

Jazz Instrumental Album

“Country for Old Men”John Scofield

Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom” — Ted Nash Big Band

Latin Jazz Album

Tribute to Irakere: Live in Marciac” — Chucho Valdés

Gospel Performance/Song

“God Provides” — Tamela Mann; Kirk Franklin, songwriter

Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

“Thy Will” — Hillary Scott & the Scott Family; Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott & Emily Weisband, songwriters

Gospel Album

“Losing My Religion” — Kirk Franklin (read our interview)

Contemporary Christian Music Album

“Love Remains” — Hillary Scott & the Scott Family

Roots Gospel Album

“Hymns” — Joey + Rory

Latin Pop Album

“Un Besito Mas” — Jesse & Joy

Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

“iLevitable” — iLe

Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

“Un Azteca En El Azteca, Vol. 1 (En Vivo)” — Vicente Fernández

Tropical Latin Album

“Donde Están?” — Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo

American Roots Performance

“House of Mercy” — Sarah Jarosz

American Roots Song

“Kid Sister” — Vince Gill, songwriter (The Time Jumpers)

Americana Album

This Is Where I Live” — William Bell

Bluegrass Album

“Coming Home” — O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor

Traditional Blues Album

“Porcupine Meat” — Bobby Rush

Contemporary Blues Album

“The Last Days of Oakland” — Fantastic Negrito

Source from :

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/12/arts/music/grammys-winners-list.html?_r=0

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One of the best Solution to play Apple Music on iPod Nano / Shuffle

It is it, you can’t play Apple Music on iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle, for Apple Music is a streaming music service, even you have subscribed Apple Music.

Here we talk about one method to convert Apple Music to iPod Nano or Shuffle audio format, and then you can transfer or sync them to iPod through iTunes.

First you need to free download Apple Music Converter (Mac Version and Windows Version) on your computer.

Second, Double click to install the Apple Music Converter, and run it. Here we take the Mac version for example.

Interface of iTunes Music Converter

Third, click the Add button, and then choose the downloaded Apple Music files to the filelist to convert.

And select the file you want to convert, click OK, and then all files you selected will be listed on the main window.

Add downloaded Apple Music songs

Moreover, click Setting button to set the output format and output path before the conversion as your need.

Preferences output Settings

Finally, click the Convert button to start converting.

Converting Apple Music songs to MP3

After the conversion, you can find the converted files through show in the Finder, and then use iTunes to sync the converted music files to your iPod Nano or Shuffle as you like.

Source from http://macsome.com/guide/howto-play-apple-music-on-ipod-nano-shuffle.html

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Steve Savoca Leaves Spotify for Apple Music

Steve Savoca, Spotify’s former vice president of Content, is now part of the Apple Music team. He joined Apple in January and is serving the in same role for Apple Music.

Steve Savoca leaves Spotify for Apple Music

It’s goodbye Spotify and hello Apple Music for Steve Savoca

Mr. Savoca is in charge of label relations for Apple Music, according to Business Insider. He’s focusing on independent labels with a slant towards labels outside the United States.

Apple and Spotify are competing for streaming music market, and Spotify is currently in the lead with about double the number of subscribers with 40 million. Spotify has several years lead, but Apple has the advantage of including Apple Music support with all of its devices instead of requiring users download a third-party app.

Bundling Apple Music support isn’t, however, enough to set it apart from Spotify so the company is looking to do more. Apple’s strategy is to make Apple Music the go-to place for music and video—essentially the 2017 version of the early MTV years.

Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine said earlier this year, “What we’re trying to create is an entire cultural, pop cultural experience, and that happens to include audio and video.”

It looks like Apple is shooting for a more diverse music collection, too. Offering the same music library as Spotify won’t make Apple Music stand out, hence the hunt for more unique content.

Mr. Savoca seems to be well suited for the task considering his history in the record industry. Prior to his stint at Spotify Mr. Savoca worked for Domino Recording, Zomba Label Group, and Sire Records. He also worked for Brite Nation, which is a consulting firm that works with independent record labels.

For Spotify, this all means it’s more important than ever to watch Apple and to step up its own game.

Source from: https://www.macobserver.com/news/steve-savoca-apple-music/

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