Month: January 2018

How to import local music to Spotify

Sometimes, Spotify won’t automatically search and sync locally stored music when you put these music songs spread across several folders or even external storage. You have to import them to Spotify manually.

You can follow the next guide to know how to load local music tracks to your Spotify by yourself/

Step 1. Add local music tracks to Spotify.

For Mac users click Menu – Preferences first. (For Windows users click Edit)

Open Spotify Preferences

Then scroll down to Local Files and select ADD A SOURCE.

Add a source

With the folder added, any non-DRM restricted music contained within will be immediately imported into the Spotify library. Then you will see the music added under the Local Files tab in the main menu tree.

Local files added

Step 2: Create a new playlist

Now create a new playlist to put it into by clicking the New Playlist button down in the bottom left-hand corner of the Windows desktop client.

Creat a new playlist

After this, jump back over to the Local Files tab, and add the song you want synced to the playlist.

Add songs to the playlist

Now you can freely enjoy your local music tracks on Spotify.

If you want to convert Spotify to MP3, or remove DRM from Spotify, please download Spotify Audio Converter Platinum for free:

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Grammys 2018: List of winners

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The Recording Academy announced several winners ahead of the 60th Grammy Awards show, hosted by James Corden, on Sunday. Ed Sheeran, who was snubbed out of major categories, picked up the award for pop vocal album, while Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars, who were up for album of the year, won three Grammy Awards each — and they each performed too. Country star Chris Stapleton, who also performed, picked up two Grammys.

Here’s a list of winners:

Album of the year

“24K Magic,” Bruno Mars

Record of the year

“24K Magic,” Bruno Mars

Song of the year

“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars

Country album

“From a Room, Vol. 1,” Chris Stapleton

New artist

Alessia Cara

Comedy album 

“The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas,” Dave Chappelle

Rap album

“DAMN.,” Kendrick Lamar

New artist

Alessia Cara

Rap/sung performance

“Loyalty,” Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna

Pop solo performance

“Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran

Pop vocal album

“÷,” Ed Sheeran

Traditional pop vocal album

“Tony Bennett Celebrates 90,” various artists

Pop duo/group performance

“Feel It Still,” Portugal. The Man

Country song

“Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton

Country solo performance

“Either Way,” Chris Stapleton

Country duo/group performance

“Better Man,” Little Big Town

Rap song

“HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar

Rap performance (single or track)

“HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar

R&B album

“24K Magic,” Bruno Mars

Urban contemporary album

“Starboy,” The Weeknd

R&B song

“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars

Traditional R&B performance

“Redbone,” Childish Gambino

R&B performance

“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars

Alternative music album

“Sleep Well Beast,” The National

Rock album

“A Deeper Understanding,” The War on Drugs

Rock song

“Run,” Foo Fighters

Metal performance

“Sultan’s Curse,” Mastodon

Rock performance (single or track)

“You Want It Darker,” Leonard Cohen

American roots song

“If We Were Vampires,” Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit

American roots performance

“Killer Diller Blues,” Alabama Shakes

Contemporary Christian album

“Chain Breaker,” Zach Williams

Gospel album

“Let Them Fall in Love,” CeCe Winans

Jazz instrumental album

“Rebirth,” Billy Childs

New age album

“Dancing on Water,” Peter Kater

Song written for visual media

“How Far I’ll Go (Moana),” Lin-Manuel Miranda

Score soundtrack for visual media

“La La Land”

Compilation soundtrack for visual media

“La La Land”

Musical theater album

“Dear Evan Hansen”

Spoken word album

“The Princess Diarist,” Carrie Fisher

Latin pop album

“El Dorado,” Shakira

Music film

“The Defiant Ones,” various artists

Music video

“HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar

Contemporary instrumental album

“Prototype,” Jeff Lorber Fusion

Dance/electronic album

“3-D The Catalogue,” Kraftwerk

Dance recording

“Tonite,” LCD Soundsystem

For a complete list of winners in all categories, visit Grammy.com.

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How to Transfer iTunes Playlists to Huawei Mate 10

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If you are a new Huawei Mate 10 user from Apple iPhone, and want to copy the music files or playlists from the primary iTunes library of iPhone to your new Android phone – Huawei Mate 10, you may download Apple Music for Android, but you can’t transfer all the large amount of files, even you have some rent movies, purchased Audiobook files and so on.

So if you want to know how to transfer the playlist to your new Huawei Mate 10 and avoid the above problems, just follow the next tips which will show you step-by-step guide.

Method 1: Find the iTunes Media Folder and then copy

You know that if you can find the iTunes Media Folder, you can find all the saved and downloaded music and video files.

First launch iTunes on computer and click Edit > Preferences > Advanced > select “Copy files to iTunes media folder when adding to library” selection to make iTunes music, playlists, and videos will be saved automatically to computer. And you can find the default iTunes media folder on PC according to operating systems: Windows 7/8/10: C:\Users\username\My Music\iTunes\

Second, connect Huawei Mate 10 to PC via a USB cable and open the iTunes Media Folder to choose the iTunes playlist you want to transfer to your phone and then copy them to your new Huawei Mate 10.

Play iTunes Playlist on Huawei Mate 10

After the transferring, you may find that you can’t copy all the files to Huawei Mate 10. Some DRM protected M4P files and downloaded Apple Music files, you can find them in the folder, however you can’t transfer them or you can’t open them on your Mate 10? Why?

These files are with DRM protected, you can play them normally unless you can remove DRM fron the protected Audio files, and then copy and transfer them to your Huawei Mate 10.

Don’t worry, continue reading below. In the following method, we will show you how to remove DRM from protected iTunes M4P and Apple Music songs with the help of Macsome iTunes Converter.

Method 2: Remove DRM from iTunes M4P and transfer to Huawei Mate 10

To deal with the problem well, you need to free download Macsome iTunes Converter at first. With the iTunes Audio Converter, just “Add – Set – Convert” three steps, you can complete the DRM removing and M4P to MP3 conversion with fast conversion speed and excellent output quality.

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Step 2. Follow the instruction to install and run it, and click “+” button, and choose the music files you want to convert, and then click “OK”. Not you have added the downloaded Apple Music files to the program.

Please make sure that you have downloaded the Apple Music files you want to convert and they can work normally on your iTunes.

Add downloaded Apple Music songs

Step 3. Click the setting icon to choose the output format or output folder.

Here are four choices including MP3, AAC, FLAC and WAV for you to choose. Here we choose MP3 as the output format

Preferences output Settings

Step 4. Click the “CONVERT” button to start your iTunes music converting.

Converting M4P to MP3

After the conversion, you can go to the output folder to find the converted music files and then transfer them to your Huawei Mate 10 as you like.

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Def Leppard Now Available to Stream on Apple Music

Rock band Def Leppard has added its back catalog of music onto Apple Music and other streaming services today, following a years-long “power struggle” with Universal Records over the band’s digital song rights.

Now, as Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott explained to TeamRock.com, new executives at Universal Records have thought differently about the band’s streaming catalog, leading to the inking of a deal and the band’s music launching today on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music Unlimited, and more. Def Leppard’s music is also now available to purchase on iTunes.

“We tried to do a deal many years ago, but it didn’t work out, so we just waited and bided our time.

“Record labels, or any kind of institution like this, keep the same name, but every 18 months you can have totally different people.

“We were just very fortunate that the people at Universal at the moment were very onside to doing this deal. We sat down with them and basically just batted the stuff back and forth until we all settled on what we thought was a fair deal.”

With the launch on Apple Music, there is now a wealth of Def Leppard content for subscribers to listen to today. On the main “Browse” tab, the streaming service has a new banner for the band, and within that you’ll find playlists, albums, live albums, deluxe editions, and other collections.

Apple Music also launched an exclusive “The Lost Session” EP today, which includes live versions of songs like “Rock On” and “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak,” all said to be from a recording session in 2006. Similar to other major artists, the service has curated playlists that showcase Def Leppard Essentials, Deep Cuts, Influences, and Inspired tracks, allowing users to browse some of the band’s own songs as well as discover music that is similar.


On Def Leppard’s new page, Apple Music gives a brief history of the band:

“Def Leppard were still teenagers when they joined the late ’70s/early ’80s New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. But while their peers like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest got heavier, Def Leppard forged a pop-friendly hybrid that opened the door for hair metal and elevated them to worldwide acclaim. Anthems like “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Photograph,” and “Rock of Ages” retain their fist-pumping brilliance decades later, while “Love Bites” and “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak” are some of the most potent power ballads in rock history.

Their enduring spirit is legendary, exemplified by drummer Rick Allen who lost his left arm in a 1984 auto accident but continues to record and tour with the band. Def Leppard’s classic studio albums, playlists, and a lost 2006 session are now available to stream on Apple Music for the first time.”

Following its launch in 2015, Apple Music has had a few major artist holdouts that have eventually come to the platform, including Taylor Swift, Adele, and Kanye West. In the most recent update from September, Apple Music was reported to have 30 million subscribers, up from 27 million last June. Rival Spotify shared its own subscriber count growth earlier this month, stating it now has 70 million paid subscribers.

Source from https://www.macrumors.com/2018/01/19/def-leppard-apple-music/

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Super fast way to convert AAX to M4A on Mac

Audiobook and podcast files, which also contain metadata including chapter markers, images, and hyperlinks, can use the extension .m4a, but more commonly use the .m4b extension. An .m4a audio file cannot “bookmark” (remember the last listening spot), whereas .m4b extension files can.

Some time, you need to convert AAX to M4A and remove DRM so as to play them on most Audio Player and devices.

The latest version of Macsome iTunes Audio Converter now supports Audiobook fast conversion, if you have a 25h Audiobook file, you only need 30s to finish the Audiobook conversion, including converting AAX to unprotected M4A with super fast speed.

How to convert AAX to M4A with iTunes Music Converter.

First of all, free download the latest version of iTunes Music Converter, and follow the instruction to install and launch it.

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Step 1. Click Add button to import the AAX files from iBook library of iTunes.

Macsome iTunes Converter supports not only converting Audiobooks to MP3 or M4A format, you can also use it to convert downloaded Apple Music files, purchased Music files and so on to MP3, AAC, FLAC and WAV format as you like.

Step 2. Click the setting icon to set the output format and output folder.

If you are converting the general music files, here are four output audio formats for users to choose. But now if you want to convert AAX files, there will no output formats options for you to choose, M4A is the default output format. We are try every best to make it support more audio formats in the future.

Convert AAX to M4A

Step 3. Click CONVERT button to start AAX to M4A conversion.

Converting AA to MP3

All the conversion will be finished quickly. And then users can play the MP3 Audiobook on any Audio Player as you like.

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Golden Globe Award Winners 2018: The Complete List

Golden Globe Award Winners 2018: The Complete List

Here are the movies and TV shows that received the top awards. See our live updates on the Golden Globes.

Movies

Best motion picture, drama: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best motion picture, musical or comedy: “Lady Bird”

Best director, motion picture: Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, drama:Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, drama: Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy: Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy: James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in any motion picture: Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in any motion picture: Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best screenplay, motion picture: Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best motion picture, animated: “Coco”

Best motion picture, foreign language: “In the Fade”

Best original score, motion picture: Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water”

Best original song, motion picture: “This Is Me” — “The Greatest Showman”

Television

Best television series, drama: “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu

Best performance by an actress in a television series, drama: Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Best performance by an actor in a television series, drama:Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”

Best television series, musical or comedy: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Amazon

Best performance by an actress in a television series, musical or comedy: Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Best performance by an actor in a television series, musical orcomedy: Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”

Best television limited series or motion picture made for television: “Big Little Lies,” HBO

Best performance by an actress in a limited series or motion picture made for television: Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”

Best performance by an actor in a limited series or motion picture made for television: Ewan McGregor, “Fargo”

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television:Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television: Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies”

Source from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/07/movies/golden-globes-winners-list.html

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How to Stream Apple Music to Amazon Echo

Generally speaking, if users want to use Alexa voice control to control Amazon Echo to play Apple Music, this is impossible and unrealizable, you know that Apple Music is not the built-in App of Amazon Echo. If you want to play Apple Music on Amazon Echo with your iPhone or other device which supports Apple Music App, just follow the Method 1. Or else, if you want to upload Apple Music to Amazon so as to use lexa voice control to play the music files, follow the Method 2.

Method 1: Stream Apple Music on Amazon Echo via Bluetooth

Yes, this method is very simple, what you need is just one setting steps. However this needs your devices which supports Apple Music playing working as well.

In the next example, we take iPhone setting as an example.

Click Settings icon > tap on Bluetooth. Then you will see Amazon Echo device after searching and just pair it with iPhone.

Open Bluetooth on iPhone

Method 2: Upload your downloaded Apple Music to Amazon so as to play them directly

Apple Music supports streaming music like Amazon Music Unlimited, which are DRM protected. That is to say, you can’t freely transfer them to other audio players even you have “downloaded” for playing offline

Similarly, you can’t upload these downloaded Apple Music songs to Amazon as well. If you can remove the annoying DRM, and then you can upload them to Amazon without limitation any longer.

Macsome iTunes Converter is the tool which you are looking for. It supports an ideal solution for converting protected iTunes Audio files, including downloaded Apple Music files, and purchased music and Audiobooks from Audible.com and so on.

First of all, free download the Apple Music files you want.

Open your iTunes, and find your whole Apple Music category. And then select the Apple Music files, click “…” to add them to “Playlist”. After this, you can choose the Playlist and click the cloud icon to download it to play offline.

Second, free download the latest version of Macsome Apple Music Converter, install and run it.

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Third, when you click “+” button, all the music files including the downloaded Apple Music files will be listed, now select them and click “OK”, and all the music files has been added. Batch conversion is also supported.

Add downloaded Apple Music songs

Forth, after you add these music files, now you can click the setting icon to set the output format and output folder. Here are MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV for kinds of users.

Preferences output Settings

Fifth, you can click “CONVERT” button and start conversion.

Converting Apple Music songs to MP3

Upload the Converted Apple Music Songs to Amazon

After the conversion, you can upload the converted Apple Music songs to My Music on Amazon from your computer. And then you can control the music playing via your Alexa device.

Amazon.inc supports free users up to 250 songs storage to My Music.

Now Run Amazon Music app on your PC or Mac and log in your ID, then drag and drop files from your computer into the Upload selection in the right sidebar under Actions.

Upload Apple Music to Amazon music

And then Select My Music > Songs > choose Offline filter in the right navigation sidebar and click the upload icon to choose the converted Apple Music files or folder to upload. And now you can start uploading.

Upload music to Amazon

After the above steps, you can use Alexa to play these songs on your Amazon Echo and so on.

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