Apple & Google Play Announce New Digital Music Streaming Services

Apple & Google Play Announce New Digital Music Streaming Services

Posted by: on June 24, 2015   |Comments (0)|Spotlights

1Apple and Google Play both launch their new music streaming services this week. In a possible effort to lure paid subscribers, Google has launched their service ahead of Apple, with Apple’s service set to launch June 30th.

Apple’s service made news this week after it came under fire — most notably by Taylor Swift in an open letter she penned, accusing the company of intending to stiff artists on royalties during the service’s 3-month free streaming trial period. The company has since reconsidered their decision and announced via Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue’s Twitter account that they will compensate artists.

Unlike Spotify, neither service allows the user to select songs playing. Google Play Product Manager Elias Roman says he believes many people will not mind this feature, as consumers are after an effortless experience. The company is relying on the behind-the-scenes work of real people, who hand select and curate available playlists; algorithms only come into play after a radio station based on 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 the user to take their playlists offline (as well as manipulate, edit, and rename them) and to listen without interruption. Apple will be offering their service for free for the first 3 months of use and offers individual and family plans once the trial period ends. (Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4)

Apple and Google Play both launch their new music streaming services this week. In a possible effort to lure paid subscribers, Google has launched their service ahead of Apple, with Apple’s service set to launch June 30th. Apple’s service made news this week after it came under fire — most notably by Taylor Swift in […]MORE

Browse articles from your tablet with BrowZine

Posted by: on March 6, 2014   |Comments (0)|Digital Publishing

BrowZine is a great new service, available from the Phillips Memorial Library, that allows you to browse and read many of the library’s scholarly journals from an iPad or Android tablet.

From the BrowZine website:

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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:

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Select an Article and Add to your own personal “Bookshelf”:

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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.

 

Happy browsing!

 

BrowZine is a great new service, available from the Phillips Memorial Library, that allows you to browse and read many of the library’s scholarly journals from an iPad or Android tablet. From the BrowZine website: BrowZine delivers thousands of academic journals to your iPad or Android tablet. BrowZine works by organizing the articles found in […]MORE

In Honor of Earth Day a Look at “Earth as Art”

Posted by: on April 21, 2013   |Comment (1)|Digital Publishing

earth as art logoIn 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, Madagascare as art 7

Bogda Mountains, Chinae as art 5

Lena River Delta, Russiae as art 3

Himalayas, Central Asiae as art 2

Garden City, Kansas, United Statese as art 1

 

 

 

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 […]MORE