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Top 7 of the Largest Musical Instrument in the USA

September 30th, 2009

It is important for a musical store to provide their clients with the best quality and durability. Large music stores have lots of products you can choose from, especially if you have not yet decided on the type of instrument you would like to learn how to play.

There are around 4,500 musical instrument stores in the US. Some of the store names include Guitar Center, Sweetwater Sound, and Sam Ash Music among others. Many musical instrument establishments are full-line stores that offer pianos, guitars, sound equipments, instrument accessories, school music products as well as parts of any instrument. Some large music instrument stores are independent. This means that they usually sell most of their so-called “indie” labels. In addition to this, independent musical stores do not promote any major record labels or brands.

Listed below are the top 7 largest musical instrument store in the United States of America:

? Mally’s Traditional Music Instrument Store: This music instrument store is located at # 3 East Moorside Cleckheaton, USA. It sells different kinds of musical instruments ranging from the smallest up to the biggest variety.

To give you a detailed list of some of the items in this store, they have the following:

- bass guitars
- acoustic guitars
- electric guitars
- drums set
- accessories
- pianos
- music book
- and anything that is connected to music

This musical store has many branches in and outside of the US. It also offers drum lessons as well as violin lessons. It also has its own production outlet.

? American Musical Store: This store is noted as the store with the most excellent musical equipments. It is situated at #65 Greenwood Avenue Minland Park, USA. It offers huge choices of in-stock instruments such as keyboards, drums, guitars, recording equipments, electric guitars, bass guitars, effects, accessories, parts and many more. It even has payment terms and it accepts installment charges that can be settled between 3 up to 5 months. Its customers or buyers can order via phone, mail or fax.

? SIC 5736 Musical Instrument Store: This musical store has a total of 7,285 stores. Aside from this, it is eventually listed as one of the largest musical stores in the US. The exact location of this store is at # 1324 Boulevard Avenue California, USA. The store sells pianos, drums, percussion instruments, string instruments, keyboards, organs, electric guitars as well as brass instruments. This musical store insists that buyers opt for electric musical instruments. Thus, this store also has branches in Connecticut, Florida, Nevada, New York, Indiana and Ohio.

? Allegro-Music Store: This independent music store is located in North America. It has a store catalog. Some of their catalogs include instruments such as classical, pop, jazz and world. It also sells other products such as electric guitars, drums, cleaning instruments and many more. Thus, customers and buyers can order via email or fax, online, phone (toll free). Their store is open for 24 hours everyday.

? Metronome Music Store: This independent music store that’s owned by a musician/businessman sells amps, basses, drums, guitars, flute, recoding paraphernalia as well as PA equipment. This music store offers a huge line of musical instruments and accessories. They can also provide rentals for any type of musical instrument.

The Metronome Music Store is also well equipped with a spy cam, alarm and security guards. It also offers lessons for bass, piano, banjo, keyboards, trumpet, flute, alto sax, guitars as well as drums.

? KTJ Musical Instrumental Store: This music store sells used as well as new music equipments and supplies for a very low price. It sells acoustic and electric guitars, cymbals, drums, basses, amps, pianos, keyboards, processors and effects pedals. This is along speakers, and studio equipment. It is located in Arizona, USA. It also offers professional lessons for those who want to study guitars, pedals and flutes. This music store has support facilities for school band supplies and fund raising supplies. It also serves their buyers or customers 24 hours. Clients can order via email or fax, either by phone or online.

? Marshall Music Instrumental Store: This music store has seven braches located at Allen Park, Troy, Grand Rapids, Traverse, Kalamazoo and West Bloomfield. It has professional music instrument technicians that handle the repair of any string, percussion, woodwind, electronic equipment, brass, and related instruments. It even has a “School Service Department” that can accommodate a full range of musical needs. In addition, it also has an organ and piano department, which usually houses classrooms for keyboard and piano lessons, including auditoriums that house an amp and guitar department. It also offers complete guitar lessons.

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September 29th, 2009

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Washington Vacation Rentals Spark Off the Charm and Warmth of the State

September 29th, 2009

Washington is the central hub. And there is none who does not want to come and have a view of the capital of America. As you cruise past the white house, the monuments and other hubs around, you may find yourself in the midst of enjoying the beauty of one of the most magnificent city in world and this is not the end. There are more things to see and do a lot in the Washington state. For a vacation filled with fun, visit the grey-land or Westport area of the Washington state. And, there is nothing to be worried about the stay since there are good condos, villas, flats, apartments albeit vacation rentals to make your abode a home away from home. Yes, there are Washington vacation rentals all of which are on a roll to lend a homely, helping hand to your group stay anywhere around the Washington state.

It does not matter much whether you want to stay with your spouse or the family or the friends. There are Washington vacation rentals for every sort of stay. For small parties and larger groups – washing vacation rentals provides facilities for everyone. And Washington vacation rentals provide all the facilities which you may find only in your home. This is the perfect area to fill you with enough fun and see things around. Unlike the hotel mechanism where every service looks artificial, Washington vacation rentals make your stay with pleasant facilities and enough space to feel the free flowing air. There are more bedrooms for a group-stay in all Washington vacation rentals and these are more than any hotel in the Washington area. Also, to let you feel at home, there are kitchens with every facility. You don’t need to go out for dining and spend your bucks. Rather, you can cook your favorite your cuisine on your own and have the feeling of being in home only.

Fun is the buzz word in Washington and you can’t simply help but having them. There are so many things to do. Stay in a fantasy cabin, watch out the free-grazing elk, and go for scuba diving, fishing and so on. For any of these adventurous activities or recreations, you can have a pleasant stay somewhere nearby with the Washington vacation rentals. Washington vacation rentals are everywhere to fill your stay with fun and feel like you never left your home!

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The Music of Middle Earth – an Analysis on the Use of Music in the Film: “the Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring”

September 29th, 2009

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was the first movie in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, based on the popular fantasy books written by J.R. R. Tolkein. The movie was a blockbuster hit at both the box office and at the Oscars. The story, in and of itself, is creative, captivating and magical. But even a wonderful story can flop when put onto the big screen. Cinematography, special effects, visual effects and the quality of acting all play an important part in making a story “live” for an audience. Music also plays a vital part in making a movie successful. Music can make us feel that we are in another place and time. It captures our emotions by creating an ambiance of happiness, sadness, tension, fear or excitement. Music helps suspend our disbelief about the fantasy of the story. It helps us identify with distinct characters, places and cultures. The music of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, does all of these things. Through music, composer Howard Shore successfully takes us to Middle Earth.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring takes us to another time and place. Howard Shore’s music tells us that we have left our world before we’ve seen even the first frame of the film. As the screen fades from black into the New Line Cinema icon, we hear music. The music has an Eastern sound, using woodwind instruments from Africa and East India. The sound is quaint and mysterious. It gives us the feeling of being in a far away land and contributes to the suspension of disbelief that helps the audience subconsciously consent to be taken to a place with which they are not familiar.

The mystical music that we hear during the first few moments of the film is soon joined by a voice – the voice of the Elf queen Galadriel, of Lothlorien. This music that we hear is the theme of Lothlorien. Every time that we see or hear of Lothlorien or Galadriel, we hear a version of this theme.

Peter Jackson, director of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, understood the importance of a musical score in a movie. He said, “The music score to any film, obviously, is very important because it guides your emotions when you’re watching the film. The actors can do their job, the director can do (his) job in terms of creating a certain mood and emotion, but using music is so strong and evoking of what you should be feeling at any given time.”

Jackson continued, “I wanted the music (of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) to reflect Tolkien. I wanted the music to also bring the world of Middle Earth to life.”

Howard Shore the composer said, “Tolkien spent fourteen years writing The Lord of the Rings. And now you’re writing a musical image, creating a musical mirror, if you will, to his writing. And I mention this so often – even in other discussions – and I feel like Frodo. I did feel like that. Like I have this amazing journey to take, and I had the ring in my vest pocket and ‘You were chosen, now you’re going to write the music to Lord of the Rings. And, you have to do it.”

Peter Jackson added this regarding the huge task that Howard Shore had in composing the music for the The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, “It’s doing two jobs at once. It’s underscoring the film. It’s providing an emotional link – a bridge between the movie and the audience – and it’s drawing the audience in. But it’s doing it in such a way that it’s also telling you a lot about the cultures of this world.”

Therefore, every major place, race and character in this movie has a musical theme attached to it. This film has a large number of characters, cultures and races. The distinct races, geography, trees, nature, and the earth itself were a big part of Tolkein’s story. It would have been very easy for the audience to become confused trying to distinguish between the many peoples and places of Middle Earth. Giving each of these elements a musical theme makes them live as individual characters, all contributing to the essence of Middle Earth.

The Shire, for example, is the place where the Hobbits live. The Hobbits are a peaceful people and they live a quiet life. Any sort of adventure is a scandal. They are an agrarian society and live as part of the land. Even their homes are burrows in the ground. Howard Shore uses music to “describe” Hobbits and the Shire to the audience. Their theme is very light and cheerful. A slide flute accompanied by a full orchestra give a Celtic or Irish feel. This accomplishes the feeling of another time, but brings the audience a little closer to home and gives a feeling of comfort. A solo violin carries the melody for a while until the full string section finishes the theme, but whenever the Shire is mentioned or referred to in the movie the score refers us back to the slide flute.

The Fellowship, made up of people and creatures from different races, has its own distinct theme. “As the two Hobbits leave Hobbiton and set out on their own, you hear the first statement of the Fellowship theme in the corn field, because it’s essentially the first time that the Fellowship is formed,” said Mr. Shore.

When the four Hobbits are on their way to the village of Bree, they are running from the “Nasgul”, or Ring Wraiths. There is very little dialogue during this scene. Our emotions are heightened and we feel the tension of the moment through the musical score. This is accomplished largely through dissonance. Our ears like to hear nice chords. Notes that are close to each other in value sound terrible to us. In the theme of the Ring Wraiths, the chords that clash are used to make us to feel uncomfortable. The movie makers want us to squirm in our seats. They want us to feel fear. The French horns are playing staccato quarter and eighth notes in a building rhythm while the strings are on descending eighth notes that continually clash. Add a men’s choir chanting an Elvish poem and it makes for a very confusing and intense moment.

Then while in the village of Bree, the Hobbits think that they are finally safe. We see images of them sleeping in their beds smiling. The scene then cuts to the Ring Wraiths coming into the village. The dissonant music becomes louder. Cut to the inn keeper’s face in horror as the Wraiths enter his inn. Cut to the peaceful Hobbits in their beds. All the while, dissonant and ancient sounding music is playing loudly. Then silence. As the Wraiths approach the Hobbits in their beds there is silence. This adds to the tension. We hold our breaths. This is a stroke of genius. Knowing when to not have music, or score, is just as important as knowing when to include it.

As soon as the Wraiths discover that they were tricked, however, the angry dissonant Wraith theme returns with a fury to remind us how serious the situation is. Even though the Hobbits are safe for the moment, they will never really be secure or free until they have accomplished their goal. The music reinforces this to the audience, as a version of the Wraith theme plays softer while Frodo watches the Wraiths from across the street from the Inn.

The Ring itself has an interesting theme. The Ring, though an inanimate object, is a character of its own. Its essence is evil and its intent is to deceive and enslave. The theme of the Ring portrays all of that through instrumentation and dissonance. It is appropriate that the main instrument used for the theme of the Ring is the oboe. The oboe is the instrument used to charm a snake out of a basket. It is also often associated with seduction, or allure. The ring certainly personifies that. Frodo, Bilbo, Gollum and many others were seduced, even addicted, to the Ring.

The wizard, Gandalf, goes to visit his superior and mentor, Sauraman, at the tower of Isengard. We believe at first that Sauraman is still a friend to Gandalf.

Once the story reveals that Sauraman has turned to the side of darkness, the musical theme, as well, “tells” us that the tower of Isengard is a place of evil. Howard Shore uses several methods to give that feeling. Dissonance is used to portray a feeling of uneasiness or apprehension.

Also, during the musical theme for the Tower of Isengard, Howard Shore uses an odd way of timing so that we feel off balance. Anytime that we see the tower of Isengard and the forging of weapons, Mr. Shore adds a beat to throw us off and make us feel uncomfortable. We are used to hearing music in common time (or four-four time), with four beats to each measure, and that feels right to us. The industrial sounding theme uses a five-four time which makes us uncomfortable by adding an extra beat to each measure. Also, French horns are used for the main melody, but Howard Shore also relies on the bass drum, tympani and a chime or bell to give the effect of a hammer pounding away down in the depths of the caverns underneath the tower.

Rivendell, a city of the Elves, has a theme of its own. This is a western haven for the Elves. We feel the peace and the beauty of the city, as well as its antiquity, through the music. This is quite different from the theme of Lothlorien. We are made to feel comfortable here at this place.

When the Fellowship leaves Rivendell and sets out on its journey, the theme of the Fellowship is fully revealed. The theme is naturally lyrical, aimed at the brass, but is restrained by a fully mixed and realized string section. The music is heroic and we feel the importance of their quest. We are excited and proud of them for making the decision to destroy the Ring and save Middle Earth.

Later, the Fellowship takes refuge in the Mines of Moria, only to discover that they are trapped inside a Dwarf “tomb”. The theme music of the Mines of Moria features a men’s chorus made up of Polynesian men. Peter Jackson had this to say about the music for the mines of Moria. “We sat around our kitchen table at home talking about the choral arrangement ideas for Moria and I thought it would be really great to weight it fairly heavily toward Polynesian singers. Maury or Pacific Islanders who have again, another worldly quality to their voice.”

“Mines being a Dwarven kingdom would really suit having those male voices. A bit like a Welch mining choir. So, Howard found himself in the town hall with an all-Polynesian male choir.”

At the bridge of Khaza-Dhum, the Fellowship is chased by the Moria Orcs. The Polynesian men’s choir and the tympani drums heighten the tension and excitement of the scene. The members of the Fellowship cross the bridge, but Gandalf stays behind to fight the Balrog. The music crescendos to an all-time forte until Gandalf falls from the bridge. Then very suddenly, the music goes into a very soft and melodic hum with just a single boy singing, lamenting for Gandalf. Under this beautiful theme, the camera shows a montage of the members of the Fellowship reacting to the loss of Gandalf. We see the characters faces and expressions of grief, but it is the music that makes us feel with them. The music “guides” our emotions and we feel as they do.

Later, when the Fellowship enters the forest of Lothlorien, we again hear the theme that was introduced at the beginning of the movie. There is also a twist of tension and mystery to this theme. As the Fellowship creeps through the forest, we sense through the music that they are wary of being in this land of the Elves. We sense that they fear that they will not be welcome.

In Lothlorien, when Boromir speaks of his home in Gondor, we hear a very brief part of the theme of Gondor, offered by a solo French horn, foreshadowing a people that we have not yet seen. The full theme of Gondor, however, is not revealed until the third part of the trilogy.

Critics of the music in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring say that there is just too much music. This simply is not true. This film was successful largely because of the comprehensive score. The extensive music in this film augments what is happening on the screen and enhances the experience for the audience. At every important moment in this film, the music is there to “guide” the audience emotionally. The music also helpes suspend our disbelief in a world that might otherwise seem ridiculous and surreal.

This film has an extensive number of characters, places, cultures and races. It would have been very easy for the audience to become confused. Howard Shore uses music to help the audience distinguish between the different groups and places by giving them their own distinctive themes.

Through the musical score, we know what to feel. We feel fear when the Hobbits are on their way to Bree. We feel sadness when Gandalf falls. We feel tension when Arwen is trying to get Frodo to Rivendell. We celebrate when the Fellowship sets out on their incredible journey. We understand the emotions of the characters and we feel with them. We become part of Middle Earth. And the musical score of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring helps take us there.

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Playing the Washington Dc Lottery

September 28th, 2009

Are you bored? Do you need something to get excited about? You’re in luck! Washington D.C. offers lots of exciting lottery games for you to experience! The Washington D.C. lottery provides many different kinds of games including scratch-off games and drawing games, providing excitement for every lottery player. No matter which Washington D.C. lottery game you choose to play, you will have a good time. The most popular and most lucrative Washington D.C. lottery game is the Powerball lottery. It is a drawing game, and it pays out the largest jackpot of any Washington D.C. lottery game.

How to Play the Washington D.C. Powerball Lottery

The Powerball lottery involves choosing five numbers between one and fifty-five and one Powerball lotto number between one and forty-two. If you match all six numbers, you win the jackpot. You can also play a Power ball ‘Power Play’ option. It costs a dollar extra to play this feature, but if you win any prize besides the jackpot, the prize is multiplied by five.

How to Play the Washington D.C. Hot Lotto Sizzler

Washington D.C. also offers an exciting game called The Washington D.C. Hot Lotto Sizzler. The Washington D.C. Hot Lotto Sizzler is easy to play. You simply pay $1 to receive a playing board with two sets of numbers. To play, you must choose five numbers from the first set of 39 numbers and one Hot Ball number from the second set of 19 numbers. The minimum jackpot is set at $1 million, but it can increase significantly depending on the amount of tickets that are sold and the amount of times the jackpot is rolled over. This game also has a Sizzler option which doubles the total cost of the ticket, but if you mark the Sizzler box and win, you will triple the prize won (except for the jackpot prize). Drawings for the Washington D.C. Hot Lotto Sizzler are held at approximately 10:40 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday, before the Powerball Drawings.

Washington D.C. Lottery Instant Win Games

Washington D.C. also has a variety of instant games to satisfy your desire to win instantly. If you are looking for an instant Washington D.C. lottery result, you can play the Washington D.C. Scratchers. These games can result in prizes of up to $125,000. D.C. Scratcher games are fun and easy to play and allow you to win on the spot! D.C. offers a variety of different instant scratch-off games to choose from, available for $1 to $20, each with its own theme and style to keep you interested and having fun!

Buy Washington D.C. Lottery Tickets

Since 1982 the D.C. Lottery contributed over $1.3 billion to the District’s General Fund which supports education, recreation and parks, housing, and child and senior services, among other things. If you want to buy these or any other lottery tickets, simply log onto your official state website. These sites explain how to purchase tickets, and often times tickets can be purchased online so you can play most state lotteries from the comfort of your own home. You can also refer to official state websites for custom lottery news. Many sites offer lottery number generators to help make your lottery number picking easier for you. If you would like to purchase your tickets in person, you can also visit a local lottery terminal. You can also log onto Lucky Lotto for all your lottery needs. This site offers the player the opportunity to play most state lotteries from the comfort of their own home. Make sure to visit LuckyLotto for all of your custom lottery news and check out our new LuckyLotto lucky lottery number generator! No matter how you choose to purchase your tickets, or which tickets you choose to buy, you’re bound to have some fun!

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Indian Music and Its Different Forms

September 24th, 2009

When it comes to the Indian music then the Indian music is as old as the religion itself. It has its origination in the Hindu beliefs, views and the Vedic philosophy. Hindu music is classified into three types:

•    Classical music
•    Devotional music and
•    Other music genres.

Classical Music:
Classical music is a complete music structures with 12 tones and 7 basic swaras like the most melodious Sa, Re, Ga,  Ma, Pa, Dha, Ni, Sa. The Indian Classical music is monophonic, formed by a single melodious raga and rhythmically followed by the beat notes or Tala. Each melody revolves around different moods or seasons and they are even based on the gender characteristics. Thus ragas are voices methods of adopting the self to the different moods or behavior patterns of the day. The basic philosophy behind the Indian Classical music is the reach to the main goal of self realization through meditation. It is based on Ragas and beat rhythms.  Ragas are one of the  acoustical methods to evolve one self to the moods and the different spheres of life is a way of meditation aiming to draw  oneself closer to the nature. These ragas have such innate power that these compositions meant as an invitation to the rain have actually poured the unexpected showers.

The classical music has two basic forms:
1.    Hindustani classical music &
2.    Carnatic music

1.    Hindustani classical music: This originated during the 13th and the 14th century A.D. in the northern India. It has its origination from the Vedic philosophy and the Hindu religion traditions; it has some resemblance from the Persian music and the Moghuls music. The version starts with an introductory with a short 2 minute aalap to a long 30-40 minute piece. Rhythmically the music becomes fast and it is then joined by the percussionist. The musical instruments utilized to make these tunes more melodious are Tabla, Sitar, Taanpura, Flute, Shehnai and Sarangi.

2.    Carnatic music has originated in the Southern India. The ragas in this music are short and fast paced.  They start with versions seeking Varnam, followed by asking blessings. Carnatic music has a most theoretic and rigid musical structure.  They have ragams, rhythm beats followed by the raga theme.  Carnatic music is more vocal centric. The instruments used in the Carnatic music are Veena, Mridangam, Kanjira and Violin.

Devotional music
Kirtans and Bhajans are oral versions of musical songs devoted to God. Kirtans have their origin from the Vedic traditions; Bhajans on the other hand are more words oriented expressing devotion to God.  Kirtans are carried on along with the musical instruments and Bhajans are sung with profound devotion with the intention of moving more closer to the inner self. 

Other Musical Genres:
The other musical genres include the folk music, regional music. The regional music is the music which is played across the different states of India in different languages. Folk music are played along with the different set of musical instruments.

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Unlimited Music Downloads ? Where to Download Quality Music

September 24th, 2009

Unlimited music downloads are now made readily available on the internet from different online music stores and services. Some go on a pay-per-download basis, while others go on a subscription service, either on monthly or one-time basis. They reportedly carry millions of sound tracks and MP3 files from all the known music genres you can ever find. The question of where to download music is therefore answered by going to these music services which provide unlimited music downloads. But it is equally important to know which are the best deals in town when locating where to download music online. We take a look at what is downloading online music from these music download sites all about.

Major online music stores like HMV, Amazon and so on carry many labels and their selection is fantastic with loads of music pieces, movie soundtracks, songs, music videos and practically unlimited music downloads are available for you to download. Never worry about where to download music again. However, music lovers after getting the thrill of downloading lots of music files start to feel the pinch. This is where the latest new generation of music download sites would make them scream with excitement again.

You see, the new music download sites offer unlimited music downloads. And by that, it means that you not only can find any title or album you want but also download them without any quantity restriction. Be it 1000 songs or 10,000 songs that you intend to download, it does not matter. These music download sites would charge you only once for unlimited music downloads at an affordable rate that even teens have the ability to get their memberships. That is the whole intention of the music download sites, to reach the mass musical audience.

But there are almost a dozen of unlimited music downloads sites that solve your problem of where to download music quickly. So it can be quite a challenge to decide which to go for. Do not worry as here are some useful tips to help you along to decide where to download music from which music download sites for unlimited music downloads. These would find you the suitable music download site.

Be sure to first check out the music selection of these music download sites. There is really no point in using them even if they have millions of music pieces and songs, ie unlimited music downloads in their collection but none are what you want. Most should carry the general range of music that are more common like pop, rock and so on. But if you are looking for specific niche genres which are a little bit uncommon, you need to check if the music collection at these music download sites carries your desired label or brand of music.

Secondly, you need to confirm the file format of the music files you are downloading from the music download sites. This is easy as many have unlimited music downloads in MP3 format. This is the most commonly readable format used by most MP3 players or digital portable players. So as long as the music download site has it, you know this is where to download music so that you can enjoy unlimited music downloads on your player.

Another thing to take note of is some music download sites for unlimited music downloads require you to download special client application in order to download music online. If you are a frequent traveller, you may not like the idea that you need to install software on your computer in order to download music. This means that you can only do so from home. As such, you may want to go for those that do not require any client applications to do so. That said, the client application does not need a lot of computer resources and can be easily installed and removed. It is really your choice when getting the unlimited music downloads from the music download sites.

Anyone who wishes to learn more about where to download music at amazingly low one-off prices can visit my music blog and begin your journey of putting unlimited music downloads on your computer or MP3 player.

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Hd Radio and Satellite Radio: the Quest for Better Listening

September 24th, 2009

Whether searching for better audio quality or more diverse programming, there are now a couple of options available that can significantly enhance the listening experience with radio. HD Radio and satellite radio are offerings that often attract those who are looking for more. Which service to choose is dependent upon what an individual listener is searching to find.

Sound Quality and Listening from Afar

Both HD and satellite radio offer significant improvement in sound quality and reception over regular analog radio. HD radio technology simply allows stations to broadcast digitally. There is far less fading, hissing, and popping. HD radio is still limited by distance from the broadcasting station however and therefore, does not allow listening to a favorite station during long road trips. Satellite radio offers excellent sound quality/reception also but has the added benefit of allowing listeners to continue enjoying the same station where ever they may go coast to coast.

Local Listening

For some listeners, local stations, news, and radio personalities are a major part of the attraction to radio. For those who want local stations and on-air personalities, HD radio would be the service of choice as satellite radio does not provide this option.


HD radio is available in many new cars but can also be added in after market for older model vehicles. HD radios are generally limited in their portability although Visteon is said to be prepared to launch a product later this year which can be taken from the car and used in the home as well. Some HD stations can also be picked up over the internet giving listeners some flexibility in where they can enjoy radio. Satellite radio offers flexibility through receivers made for the car, boat, in the home, and even in portable personal listening devices. Sirius, one of the two major satellite radio providers in the US, offers internet radio as well for a separate fee.

Programming Options

HD offers more programming than traditional radio but not as extensive as satellite radio. Commercial free listening is available through both services. However, satellite radio is primarily commercial free while HD offers a portion of their programming, their HD2 channels, without advertisements. Whether or not HD2 channels will remain free from ads remains to be seen as there is no subscription fee to support the programming in lieu of advertisers.

Cost Considerations

For the budget conscious, HD radio has a slight advantage. After purchasing the receiver and installing the equipment, HD radio has no further cost to the individual while a small monthly fee from users is necessary to support satellite radio.

Obviously, both HD and satellite radio are able to offer better audio quality and greater programming options than traditional analog broadcasts. Listeners will need to weigh the strengths and weaknesses of each to determine which service will best quell their thirst for listening.

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Groove to Enthralling Pop Music

September 23rd, 2009

Pop music is the most awesome and popular genre in music. This genre is extremely famous and is acclaimed world wide. It is the music style of modern times and has led to a great revolution in the world of music. It is the awesome category of music which has broken various barriers of conventional and traditional music. This music is beyond the formal education in music or typical music styles. The sole reason of the immense success of this kind of music is its ability to muse and entertain people.

The music is created with an intention to attract and appeal the masses. Anyone and everyone can enjoy this music without being an expert and connoisseur of music. It focuses more on entertainment than the artistic and expert conceptualizations. This music does not emphasize on the some particular music form. However, it simply gives the artist freedom to experiment with the various kinds of music and express them in their own styles.

The genre is immensely famous amongst the youngsters and the teenagers. Its style has become the favourite of the masses due to its flexibility. People can easily comprehend it and relate to it. Pop songs are written with sheer goal of entertaining the audience. This music genre cannot be typified or classified as per one’s style. This exquisite style comprises of different moods and it is sheer expression of the artist’s creativity that matters the most.

Pop music is gaining popularity since 1950’s this great music style has overshadowed all its contemporaries. Played with the typical musical instruments like Guitar, Drum and electronic keyboards, the music is all about high spiritedness and fun. These music bands are very famous and people across the world admire them. The orchestra and the singers together comprise the pop band.

Many popular artistes of the music genre have ruled the music world. Its lovers keenly wait for the release of the albums from their favourite artistes. The Beetles has been one of the most popular music bands in the world. They have ruled the music charts and people have loved their music crazily. Over the years the singers, song writers and the musicians played a vital role in the expansion and growth of the genre. Everyone loves to listen to this incredible music style.

We are the World, Careless Whisper and Footloose are some of the most rocking hits of the 1980s. It was the era in which the genre gained its highest position. In 1990s, the music gained new heights with female artistes coming up with awesome pop music videos and songs. There were some awesome female singles released that outclassed the male performances. Vogue, The power of Love, Hold On and the Hero are the few outstanding numbers.

Madonna, Shania Twain etc were some of the most admired pop stars of the last decade. Elton John came up with some of the most astounding Pop classics that gave the music immense popularity. Michael Jackson gained the greatest fan following with his unique style and incredible pop numbers.

In the present times, the pop music has ruled the music world. No other genre is so popular and admired by the people. With young pop stars coming with innovative and sizzling numbers, this music is all set to achieve new heights. Britney Spears is one of the hottest pop icons of the new generation. Her deadly music videos like Oops! I did it Again, I am a Slave For You etc have made her the most desirable Pop icon amongst the teenagers. Beyonce Knowles’ Crazy in Love, White Flag and other hits have also rocked the music fans the world over.

Jennifer Lopez, Boy Zone, Spice Girls and other pop stars have given great entertainment to the people across the world. Shakira has set a new trend with her individual style with the smashing hits like Hips Don’t Lie and Whenever, Wherever.

Hip hop based pop music video made waves, with great hits like Hot in Herre, Don’t Phunk With my Heart, India Club and Candy Shop. Latin Pop also became significantly popular with the amazing hit By Enrique – Hero. The Ketchup Song was also an outstanding hit in 2002. Pop music has enthralled people across the globe. Everyone should listen to pop music for great entertainment and rejuvenation

Music | Posted by admin

Talk Radio Station – the Latest Destination to Advertise Your Business!

September 23rd, 2009

Guess the hottest spot on the Internet to advertise your business? No, it’s not on a blog, forum or a website. It’s on an Internet talk radio station. Quite simply, an Internet talk radio station is the latest hotspot on the Internet, the place where all the action is. If you are not already taking advantage of it, you’re missing out on something! Let me explain.

Most of us love and enjoy listening to the good old radio. The times have changed and so have the ways we entertain ourselves. This is the age of the Internet and online entertainment. Our habit of listening to the radio has found a new platform – the Internet. That’s right, presenting the Internet radio or e-radio, the latest avatar of the radio in this cyber era.

All one needs is an Internet connectivity to experience the phenomenon called the Internet Radio. Get access to hundreds of stations at the simple click of your mouse. Everyday, more and more people are tuning in to their favorite online radio stations and enjoying the music they love to hear around the clock. But this is only half of what Internet radio has in store for you.

If you are looking for something more out of your Internet radio, tune in to an Internet talk radio station. Internet talk radio? That’s right, you read it right (no typos here)! It’s the latest thing sweeping the Internet radio community. Do you want a break from the music and the incessant Top-10 and Top-20 hits? If you are looking for some stimulating conversation and discussion, just tune in to an Internet Talk radio station and get the gold pass to a whole new world of alternative entertainment.

The whole Internet talk radio scene is bustling with activity. There is no dearth of stations and all it takes is just a little bit of searching around to find and tune in to an Internet talk radio station discussing your favorite topic or hosting a talk show on your area of interest. From politics to religion, health to women’s issues, sports and entertainment to literature and special interests – you will always find a talk radio station on your favorite topic.

Apart from the obvious entertainment possibilities of Internet radio, there are also excellent commercial prospects in the notion. In other words, Internet radio is a great new place to advertise your business. Internet Radio advertising is just like conventional radio advertising – but more powerful. This is because it gives you more precise targeting opportunities, lets you combine audio ads with synchronized banners and buttons to maximize visibility and retain attention, lets your listeners take an immediate action (after all, they are only a click away from your site) and puts you in control of your advertising campaign (you can pay the service provider on the basis of the actual number of impressions).

Internet Radio is growing rapidly, and is already a significant part of many companies’ marketing campaigns. A recent report revealed some exciting facts, such as, over 50% of Internet users consume streaming media; the number of Americans who listen to radio stations online has nearly quadrupled in three years; streaming media attracts a highly compelling advertising target; Americans are spending less time in front of the TV or reading printed media, and devoting more time to the Internet.

It’s easy to see why an Internet talk radio station is such a hot destination to advertise your business. Discover the power of Internet radio. Steal an edge over your competition.

Radio | Posted by admin
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