This week, both Apple and Google Play launch their new music streaming services. In a possible effort to lure paid subscribers, Google has launched their service ahead of Apple, with Apple’s service set to launch for June 30th.
Apple’s service made news this week when the company came under fire, most notably in an open letter penned by Taylor Swift, who accused the company of intending to stiff artists on royalties owed to them during the service’s 3-month free streaming trial period. They have since reconsidered the decision and announced that they will be compensating artists via (Apple Senior Vice President) Eddy Cue’s twitter account.
Unlike Spotify, neither service allows you to select the songs playing. Google Play Product Manager, Elias Roman, says that he believes many people will not mind, as consumers are after an effortless experience. The company is relying on the behind-the-scenes work of actual people, who hand select and curate available playlists; algorithms only come into play after a radio station (based on an artist or song) has been chosen. Apple’s philosophy is similar: Their service claims to offer an “old-fashioned human-curated music playlist for the digital age,” and Apple’s music chief Jimmy Iovine says that algorithms alone “can’t do that emotional task.”
Subscribing to Google Play allows you to take playlists offline – as well as manipulate, edit, and rename – and listen without interruption. Apple will be offering their service for free for the first 3 months and will offer individual and family premium plans after that time. (Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4)
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BrowZine delivers thousands of academic journals to your iPad or Android tablet.
BrowZine works by organizing the articles found in Open Access and subscription databases, uniting them into complete journals, then arranging these journals on a common newsstand. The result is an easy and familiar way to browse, read and monitor scholarly journals across the disciplines.
Get started using Browzine in three easy steps:
From your iPad or Android tablet, go to your app store (Apple App Store, Google Play or Amazon), search for “BrowZine” and download it for free
Open BrowZine and select our library from the list
Enter your username and library bar code (14 digit code on the back of your PC ID)
Then start browsing and reading your scholarly journals!
Browse your Discipline or favorite Journal title from here:
Select an Article and Add to your own personal “Bookshelf”:
It is recommended that you download a free PDF reader App (such as Adobe Reader), so you can save your PDFs and search within the article and edit as needed.
BrowZine is a great new service, available from the Phillips Memorial Library, that allows you to browse and read many... MORE
In honor of Earth Day we invite you to take a minute and marvel at the beauty of the Earth. One way to do this- explore satellite images of the Earth through one of NASA’s digital publishing ventures. In late 2012 NASA published a book called Earth as Art. The book is available for free download in PDF format. NASA also created a free iPad App for the book.
In the book’s foreword, NASA Earth Scientist and editor of the volume Lawrence Friedl eloquently states:
“In 1960, the United States put its first Earth-observing environmental satellite into orbit around the planet. Over the decades, these satellites have provided invaluable information, and the vantage point of space has provided new perspectives on Earth. This book celebrates Earth’s aesthetic beauty in the patterns, shapes, colors, and textures of the land, oceans, ice, and atmosphere. Earth-observing environmental satellites can measure outside the visible range of light, so these images show more than what is visible to the naked eye. The beauty of Earth is clear, and the artistry ranges from the surreal to the sublime. Truly, by escaping Earth’s gravity we discovered its attraction.”
Here is a selection screen shots from the App. We highly recommend you check it out. Happy Earth Day!
Bombetoka Bay, Madagascar
Bogda Mountains, China
Lena River Delta, Russia
Himalayas, Central Asia
Garden City, Kansas, United States
In honor of Earth Day we invite you to take a minute and marvel at the beauty of the Earth. ... MORE