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AudioConvertertips: How to convert Audiobook AAX to MP3 on Mac

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You know that all purchased Audiobooks are AA or AAX protected formats. There are full with limitations that you can’t play or listen to Audiobooks on any devices as you like.

If you want to listen to them on a new audio player, you will find it won’t work unless you can authorize them at first.

Have you ever thought of converting these AAX audiobooks to MP3 format, and then you can play these converted MP3 audiobooks without limitation any longer?

You can try  Macsome Audio Book Converter , which can convert kinds of iTunes AA / AAX AudioBooks to MP3, AAC format, and split these big audiobooks to small pieces with chapter kept.

Step-by-step guide to convert AAX to MP3 format.

If you have purchased one Audiobook, make sure that you have authorized it to your computer.

Step 1, go to free download the latest version of Macsome Audio Book Converter,  and then install and run it. The software will load all the playable audiobooks from the iTunes Books library automatically.

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Step 2. Click Profile button and select the required profile in Output File Format drop-down list. You can also click the Macsome AudioBook Converter menu and select Preferences to customize the Output Settings by clicking Choose… to set the destination.

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Step 4. Click the Convert button and then the selected files will be listed in the window that pops up. And the Status will keep updating the status of the files until that the conversion finished.

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After the conversion is done, you can play the converted MP3 or AAC files wherever you like.

You can also know more about AudioBook AAX to MP3 Converter for Mac.

You may like to read:

How to convert WAV to MP3.

How to convert M4P to MP3

How to convert AAC to MP3.

 

 

New Google Doodle Celebrates Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Inventor of Microbiology

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The doodle represents the “little animals” Leeuwenhoek discovered that later became known as bacteria

Monday marks the 384th birthday of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, credited with being the first microbiologist.

While he might not be a household name today, the Dutch textile salesman ground and polished his own lenses, and was the first human to discover the existence of bacteria, single celled creatures, and spermatozoa.

Working from his dwellings above a marketplace in the Dutch city of Delft, his home-made lenses were so finely constructed that some of the organisms he discovered were not seen again for another century.

Doodle designer Gerben Steenks says, “I chose to make it an animated Doodle to show the ‘before and after’ experience that Antoni van Leeuwenhoek had — looking through a microscope and seeing a surprising new world.”

Van Leeuwenhoek wrote in a letter to the Royal Society of London that he had seen “little animals” in lake water he had collected for his first microscopic experiment. “He saw a whole world in a drop of water,” writes Google.(Referral: Google Video Downloader)

Source from http://time.com/4542058/antoni-van-leeuwenhoek-google-doodle/

 

As a Music Artist, how to choose among Pandora Vs. Spotify Vs. Apple Music Vs. Soundcloud

Pandora Vs. Spotify Vs. Apple Music Vs. Soundcloud: Which Is Better For The Artist?

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If you are one Artist, how to choose among Pandora Vs. Spotify Vs. Apple Music Vs. Soundcloud

Pandora Media Inc has rolled out is new Artist Marketing Platform (AMP), which features a number of marketing tools that artists can use to promote their music.

Streaming music services have gotten a lot of criticism lately for how little they pay artists for their music. Taylor Swift has been one of the most recognizable and vocal artists speaking out against how streaming services like Spotify treat musical artists.

Pandora’s new AMP is the company’s latest effort to reach out to those artists that provide the content that their business is based on. Here’s a look at what each of the major streaming services offer artists in terms of pay, perks and marketing services.

Pandora

Pandora’s new AMP includes several artist-friendly features. Artist Audio Messages allow artists to record short, targeted spoken messages to play before or after their tracks to help with marketing. Featured Tracks allows artists to promote single tracks and receive real-time feedback from listeners. Ticketfly Integration allows artists to customize their audio messages, integrate concert ticket sales (including a “click to buy” ticket link), and optimize promotions for specific events and locations.

Back in February, federal judges ruled that Pandora must pay artists a blended advertising/subscription rate of $0.0017 per stream.

Spotify

According to Spotify Artists’ website, Spotify also has several useful features for artists. Spotify automatically sends out email and mobile notifications to followers every time an artist releases new music. Songkick integration allows artists to display tour dates directly on their profile. Merchbar also allows artists to easily list and sell merchandise.

In addition, Spotify offers artists a wide range of other data and marketing tools.

As of about a year ago, Spotify was reportedly paying artists $0.0011 per stream.

Apple Music

Apple Music for Artists allows artists to share content and activity on Connect. Artists can post links and thoughts on their Connect feed. Apple Inc. reportedly pays artists $0.0013 per streaming play.

Related Link: Apple Music vs iTunes Match, Apple Music to MP3

SoundCloud

SoundCloud Spotlight allows artists to pin up to five tracks or playlists to their profile to showcase their best work. Timed comments allows artists to engage with their fans about individual tracks. Artists can edit in batch by simultaneously updating artwork for many tracks at once. Artists can also tag their music to optimize search traffic.

In addition, artists can track activity over time and identify top cities, countries and users for each track. Artists also get to see which websites have embedded their music and which SoundCloud apps their tracks are being streamed from.

SoundCloud currently offers four distinct membership tiers for artists. The features mentioned above are available at the Pro Unlimited tier, which costs $15 per month. The top tier, Premier, is by invitation only. Premier is the level at which artists can begin making money for their tracks via advertising revenue sharing, but there is no set rate of payment for each streaming play.

Summary

This summary is just a basic overview of some of the options that are out there for music artists. The best option comes down to which goals are most important for each individual artist. However, it’s important to keep expectations for streaming revenue fairly low unless you’re already a well-established star.
One band that drew more than a million streams on Spotify back in 2013 reported only $4,955 in total revenue. Even that rate comes in at $0.004891/stream, well above the latest reported rates of the major streaming services.

Source from https://www.benzinga.com/general/education/16/10/8569020/pandora-vs-spotify-vs-apple-music-vs-soundcloud-which-is-better-for-

The 5 Best Football Movies

UEFA Euro 2016 is playing, and now  the UEFA Euro 2016  semi-final lineup is complete!

During the time waiting for the semi-final, here recommend you some movies about football (soccer)

 

1. The Two Escobars (2010)

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Football, is a national obsession for most South American countries.

And there have long been rumors about politics and money changing hands to help one country or team beat another during important matches. Needless to say, when it comes to South American soccer, the stakes are high. That’s especially true when it comes to the story behind The Two Escobars, a thrilling documentary about Colombian soccer.

The film shows how notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar loved and influenced soccer in his home country, even as the truth about his crimes became a national nightmare. And it shows how talented defender Andres Escobar, who was not related to Pablo, helped invigorate support for the Colombian national team leading up to the 1994 World Cup. In The Two Escobars, these prominent men’s lives are inextricably entwined with ultimately tragic and fatal consequences. The documentary is enthralling as it shows how both the country’s soccer matches and its political turmoil gripped Colombia.

2. White, Blue and White (2014)

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White, Blue and White tells the true story of two Argentinian soccer players — Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa — who became English league superstars. However, their unprecedented success is suddenly thrown into doubt when Argentina and Great Britain become embroiled in the Falklands War.

3. Believe (2013)

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For many, soccer isn’t just a sport – it’s something that runs through your blood. And passion for the sport doesn’t leave those who live it even after they retire, as evidenced by the 2013 drama, Believe. The film follows retired Manchester United manager Sir Matt Busby (Brian Cox) as he takes on the challenge of coaching a working class youth soccer club. Based on a true story, Believe is one of those feel-good sports films that reminds you why you love soccer in the first place. Busby’s dedication to rearing a new generation of players is genuine. And watching the young team he puts together as they fall in love with the sport makes all of his efforts worthwhile, both for Busby and for us as we watch him try to help them find victory.

4. The Class of ‘92 (2013)

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Like United, this documentary focuses on one of the Premier League’s most storied clubs — Manchester United. It’s a must-see for fans of the team, as it gives us often never before seen glimpses of some of the team’s most celebrated players. The Class of ‘92 focuses on six players who began their careers with Manchester United in 1992 — including the now world-famous David Beckham. It chronicles each of the players’ careers at ManU with careful detail, showing how they struggled and succeeded as they worked to find their place on the roster. It also shows how the players formed a bond that remained long after they went on to play for different teams. The Class of ‘92 reminds us how exciting soccer can be when the right players come together at the right time.

Watch it on iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/tv-season/the-class-of-92/id891483585

5. Soccer City (2010)

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While soccer may just be a game for some players, for others it can be a life-changing experience. On the cusp of the first World Cup hosted in South Africa, five local soccer players share their inspiring stories of growing up in a poor township.

Watch it on iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/movie/soccer-city/id1084918229

 

Source from : http://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/netflix-the-5-best-soccer-movies-you-can-watch-right-now.html/?a=viewall.

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How to backup iTunes music library just in case

Someone said that “After the update, it deleted my entire iTunes library including movies, TV shows, apps, etc. Caution when updating to the new iTunes”

Sometimes you update your computer or iTunes, if some error occurs, you may lost all the music and movie and book library, the backup is very important.

Would you want to backup your iTunes Music library and after the backup you can also play the backup on MP3 and other non-Apple Audio Player without Apple’s Fairplay DRM limited.

With the help of Macsome iTunes Converter, you can easily backup all the Music library including Apple Music  to MP3 and other unprotected audio format.

All the backup process is very simple, here we took we took the iTunes Music Converter for Windows for example.

Step 1, Free download the latest version of Macsome iTunes Converter, and install it.

Tips: If you are a Mac user, go to http://macsome.com/iTunesConverter.dmg to download the iTunes Music Converter Mac version.

 

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Step 2, After the installation, run the software.

Click Add button to load the music of the album you have purchased.

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Step 3. Click the setting icon to set the output format and output folder.

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Step 4. After the settings, you can click “Convert” to start conversion.

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Step 5. After conversion, you can use the history to find the converted files.

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Now you can play the converted MP3 music songs anywhere you like without limitations of iTunes.

iTunes 12.4 will stop a bug that accidentally deleted users’ music

 

iconApple’s much-criticized iTunes app came under fire again last week, after musician James Pinkstone claimed the software deleted 122GB of his own music. While Apple sent two engineers to Pinkstone to try and diagnose the problem, the company has also released an iTunes update that includes “additional safeguards” against music deletion.

It’s not clear exactly what those safeguards are, but TechCrunch claims iTunes version 12.4 includes them. Apple acknowledged the music deletion issues last week, claiming the company had only seen the issue in an “extremely small number of cases,” and that it had been unable to reproduce the issue. The curious case of music deletion doesn’t appear to have been fully solved, but some speculate these “additional safeguards” might help protect iTunes users from accidentally deleting music from an iTunes Music Library.

iTunes 12.4 also includes a “simpler design” that brings back the old left-hand navigation bar. We’ve reached out to Apple for an update on the iTunes music deletion issues, and we’ll update you accordingly.

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How To Use One Of iTunes Best Features In Google Play Music

How to Use One of iTunes Best Features in Google Play Music

One great feature we lost in the transition from iTunes to all-you-can-eat streaming services is the smart playlist. When you have 30 million tracks to choose from, queueing up everything you’ve not heard for six months makes less sense. Thankfully, you can bring the feature to Google Play Music with a simple Chrome extension.

With the playlist generator installed, click its icon and get to work. Everything is self-explanatory (the instructions below the playlist fields and the FAQ can help), and with a quick refresh of the browser your playlist appears. Keep the browser tab open for best results. The playlists auto-update and sync across browsers.

Reblog from http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2016/04/how-to-use-one-of-itunes-best-features-in-google-play-music/

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