It’s easier than ever to fill up a portable device with music to take on the road. A free Windows program called “FreeMake YouTube MP3 Converter” can collect music and voice from any YouTube video. This lets you make your own playlist from favorite movie scenes and concerts. You might also want to take up dialogue from great movie moments. We think there’s nothing better than the blues and jazz from the movie, “The Blues Brothers.” So we tested FreeMake by pulling a couple of the best scenes from that movie (they’re all great) into our computer. The program quickly and easily converted the music to digital. We picked up some voice along the way as well, getting a few […]
“Milk Music” (what an awful name) from Samsung is a free online radio app for owners of Samsung Galaxy Android phones from the Galaxy 3 on up. We love their classical station, and they have fifteen other categories, such as rock, World music, and jazz.
– iReal Pro MusicBook Play-Along ($11 for iPhone or Android) gives musicians a back-up band. It’s a favorite of the founder of online radio app, Pandora. You get 50 practice songs, in categories like jazz, classical, bluegrass and film. Thousands of other songs can be downloaded for free. You can change the instruments, their volume, and the key and tempo of the piece. Create your own songs by changing chords, or copying and pasting measures.
– “Sketch a Song” for Android or iPhone lets you create music by drawing patterns on a cartoon background. (NOTE: Similar programs for composing go all the way back to the Apple II, thirty years ago. Jazz musician Herbie Hancock used one.) – Spotify.com, the music service that lets you find just about any song and add it to your playlist, has a free version for smart phones and tablets.
“SpeeCup” looks like a thermos bottle, but it’s a speaker. It can sit in your car’s cup holder and pick up Bluetooth music broadcasts from your iPhone, iPod Touch or Android phone. The maximum volume on this is loud enough to hear outside the car, and we thought the quality was decent too. True, a Beatle’s tune sounded a bit tinny but the classical hits and Elvis Presley songs sounded great.