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It’s Party Time! 8 Spotify Playlists to Kickstart your 4th of July

For many of us, summer is the perfect season. 

The days are longer, the nights are hotter, and there are plenty of opportunities to get together with family and friends as we get a few days off work to enjoy the season.  But what makes this season even better?

For many of us, it’s also a time to celebrate the 4th of July… The nation’s favorite holiday to celebrate with family and friends over great food, fireworks, and the ultimate kick off of those summertime vibes. And what is the best way to celebrate so many great things in one day? Throwing an epic summer party!

And while the thought of those savory delicacies roasting over a grill might be the highlight to your holiday, no backyard cookout is complete without a kickass playlist to set the ultimate #mood. 

Thankfully, with Replay Music, you can log in to your Spotify account, and create your own playlist, perfect for any occasion. Replay Music makes it easier than ever to record your favorite songs, or even just capture a ready-made playlist to give you all the great party vibes you want to create for an incredible summer holiday.

Need a little inspo to get you started? We’ve rounded up some great Spotify playlists to get you in the mood to groove through your holiday! 

The Cookout

If you are looking for the perfect marriage of soul grooves both old and new that will keep all the generations happy, this is probably the perfect playlist. With classics from Curtis Mayfield and Kool and the Gang, as well as new renditions of classic songs from Beyonce and D’Angelo, this playlist will add the perfect flavor to your holiday.

Summer Acoustic

Sometimes the perfect summer vibes you’re looking for aren’t about getting down, they are more about chilling out. For that, this dreamy acoustic playlist captures the feeling of the lazy days of summer that make it the perfect season to just relax. 

Driving Rock Anthems

Nothing puts people in the mood for hot summer hangouts with games and good times like a solid summer rock anthem. And while the name suggests it’s a playlist to kickstart a classic summer road trip, don’t be fooled — there’s enough Rock & Roll goodness for any summer occasion. With classics like AC/DC, Queen and The Clash, this playlist has all the right songs to get everyone singing along, and belting them out. Whether in your car or in your backyard, this is the playlist you need.

Beach Music

And if your 4th of July is more sand and waves than backyard boogie? This reggae-heavy playlist is your go-to… Bob Marley, UB40, Jack Johnson and more make this the ultimate good vibes, seaside playlist for your beachside bonfire. 

Latin Party Anthems

If you are looking to add a bit more flavor to your summer party, you really can’t go wrong with the hits on this playlist. With a collection that includes the timeless sounds of Hector Lavoe and more contemporary ones like J Balvin, this is the playlist you need to get everyone up and dancing. 

Summer Jazz

For some of us, summer get-togethers aren’t so much about moving and shaking, but more about taking it easy and enjoying the juicy flavors of the season. For that mellow vibe, there’s this playlist. Great for gatherings where people want to mingle and catch up, while still enjoying some jazzy vibes to relax to. 

Have a Great Day!

As the name suggests, you are guaranteed to have a great time with this playlist… With a variety of hits from Hall & Oates, Corinne Bailey Rae and Fleetwood Mac (to name a few), you’ve got the perfect recipe to create a feel-good environment in your own backyard. 

Summer Party

Rounding out our list is the aptly named “Summer Party” playlist, and it is perfect for, well, any summer party. Featuring some of the hottest songs out today, it’s the perfect way to bring people together over a grill, over a bonfire, or even right when the fireworks start exploding in the sky!

There really is no better way to bring people together than with great food, great company, and great music. To make sure you have that final one covered, Replay Music is your best tool for capturing everything you want to hear and sharing it with friends. If you want to learn more about how to create the ultimate playlist for your 4th of July festivities, check out our guide here. All you have left to do now is to think of who you want to invite!

Best 2015 GRAMMY Songs To Record with Replay Music

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Last night was the music industry’s opportunity to show off it’s best acts. The show itself featured a number of awesome performances, but if you missed any of the top tracks on the list of winners, we’ve rounded up our favorites for your listening pleasure and the opportunity to use Replay Music to record and capture the sound of the 2015 Grammy Awards!

Paramore — Best Rock Song “Ain’t It Fun”

Ridiculously catchy and hard to hate, this track from Paramore has everything you want in straight-forward pop rock. No fuss, only fun.

Kendrick Lamar — Best Rap Song / Performance “i”

One of the most positive hip-hop songs to hit the air waves this year. Kendrick is known for his poignancy and his third studio album is one of the most anticipated in 2015. Keep your ears open!

St. Vincent — Best Alternative Music Record “Strange Mercy”

Indie goddess, St Vincent (Annie Clark) walked away with an award for her haunting record and lurching sound on “Strange Mercy”. Here’s one of our favorite tracks from the album, “Cruel”:

Pentonix — Best Instrumental Arrangement “Daft Punk”

The a capella group, Pentonix, goes into audio soundscapes of the last year, sampling seven different Daft Punk songs. Using a mixture of insane vocal and beatboxing talent, this hardworking crew deserve the nod.

“Twenty Feet From Stardom” — Best Music Film

This is a featured performance from one of the stars of this amazing documentary (which you can stream here on Netflix and record with Replay Video Capture 7). Showcasing the talent of background singers throughout history, this is a must-watch movie and must-listen soundtrack.

Tell us your favorite moments of the show and music from the past year over on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear what you’re listening too! Don’t forget to use Replay Music to get all of the best tracks of 2015.

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Replay Radio: Get Your Podcast On!

There’s something about autumn that makes us want to cozy up to a great radio program with a cup of tea and watch the leaves change. Thankfully, you can schedule and organize all of your favorites with Replay Radio.  Here’s what we’ve been excited to get our ears on this month:

Serial: If you haven’t yet, do it. Released every Thursday, which you can schedule perfectly with Replay Radio , this weekly investigation into a old murder case is like watching a movie unfold, but for your ears. Perfectly tackled as a piece of detailed journalism, it makes Thursdays exciting.

StartUp: Another weekly podcast that revolves around the attempt of one journalist to bootstrap his podcast company. Yep, it’s meta and just the amount of nerdy that we love listening to. Everything from evaluations to billionaire meetings, it’s a great insight to the struggle of making it happen.

Car Talk: We were so sad to hear about the passing of Tom Magliozzi, the other side of Click & Clack. But thankfully you can relive the magic in the archives. Enjoy the laughter and learn something about automobiles, but mostly the laughter.

Doug Loves Movies: Funny-man Doug Benson hosts this gleeful gathering of celebrities and comedians to play the Leonard Maltin game: wherein a piece of Mr. Maltin’s movie review is given and guests must guess the film. Always turns into a hilarious (and fun) conversation.

Whatever you’re listening to this month, we’d love to know. Sound off in the comments below or over on Facebook about your favorite episodes and listens that are keeping you happy and warm this season!

 

The End of Grooveshark Recording?

It looks like Grooveshark is in a heap of trouble, according to this article in Ars Technica.

A judge found that Grooveshark employees were encouraged to upload thousands of songs to the service. As far as I understand the legality, if users upload it’s OK for Grooveshark, but it’s pretty obviously a copyright violation if employees of the company are doing it – especially when directed by management. This violates the basic rule of thumb of copyright law: Don’t redistribute other people’s stuff without their permission.

There’s still a lot of great music sites out there (which Replay Media Catcher and Replay Music record from nicely). But Grooveshark is one of my favorites.

Expand Your Music Library With Replay Music

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How many streaming music services do you listen to? Pandora, Rhapsody, Spotify, Grooveshark, Sirius/XM, Songza,? I love them all for different reasons. Next time you’re listening, try using Replay Music to record the tracks as you hear them. Just click START and listen. That’s really all there is to it. The songs you listen to from your favorite streaming music site, are recorded and saved to your PC as high-quality MP3 files (there are other formats too). The tracks are separated and  tagged with Artist, Album, Title and Genre. You can even set Replay Music to export the tracks to iTunes or Windows Media Player.

Pretty Nifty. Replay Music can record any audio it hears. Even from music videos. It’s a great way to discover new music. Remember, if you like the song you’ve recorded, support the Artist and go buy it.

Hope you’re having fun with Replay Music. Let us know how you use it.

 

Grammy Time: Performances Worth Recording

As we’re sure you heard, the Grammys were a few days ago. Aside form the actual who-won-what part, the next best reason to watch any awards show is always the performances. This year was no exception. In fact, the show changed it up by giving out 10 awards before the cameras even started rolling, which means that this Grammy show was all about the performances. It got us thinking of some of our past favorite Grammy spectacles… so if you haven’t seen these, get comfy, and enjoy!

Although Beyonce had a seductive performance this year with Jay-Z, we prefer the flawless 2010 moves in “If I Were A Boy”, plus it turns into a perfect cover of Alanis Morissette’s “You Outta Know”… you’ll see:

We don’t want to make you depressed today, but if you need a good cry then watch Eric Clapton’s 1993 Song of the Year “Tears in Heaven”:

We had to post this 2007 performance by Christina Aguilera singing the James Brown classic “It’s A Man’s World”… because, I mean, those pipes. Yeesh.

There’s no way we could assemble a list of best Grammy performances and exclude the King of Pop! Here’s the iconic 1988 “Man in the Mirror” performance from Michael Jackson:

Our favorite performance from this year would have to be the finale jam of Daft Punk’s stellar hit “Get Lucky” with some awesome assistance from disco-royalty Nile Rodgers and the man himself, Stevie-freaking-Wonder. It’s definitely one worth watching, and re-watching, and re-watching…

Of course, you can always record these performances for your own personal archives with our Replay Media Catcher app. Try it here and start collecting all of your favorite Grammy performances!

Which was your favorite live performance of the night? Think any of them were Replay Media Catcher save-worthy? Let us know in the comments.

5 Audio Sites that are great to use with Replay Music

During 2012 we put together several lists of some of our favorite sites for streaming audio and video. We sent these lists out to our newsletter subscribers – are you a subscriber yet? You can sign up really easily here.

Here is a sampling of 5 audio sites that we recommended during 2012. And of course Replay Music works beautifully with all of these sites.

Deezer.
Please note – Deezer is not yet available in the US.

We’d love to hear from you.
What are some of your favorite streaming audio sites?

Coming next a sampling of some of our favorite video sites. 🙂

Silent Radio Day

Today is Radio Silence Day, when thousands of online radio music stations go silent to protest the upcoming increase in music fees. This canard promoted by the RIAA basically insures that any internet radio station goes out of business. Not only will fees increase, but they are retroactive to the past 18 months!

Pandora says it best. Read their home page here: http://pandora.com/
Mad yet? Call your congressman!

Save Pandora

Pandora – the awesome music recommendation internet radio site – is likely to shut down if the new rates for Internet Radio broadcasters are upheld. This is an RIAA backed initiative that will essentially kill Internet Radio, or at least force it overseas.
Read Pandora’s letter to learn more.

PERFORM act will kill Internet Radio

I just received this email from iPAc (reprinted in full):
Few power plays are as blatant and harmful as the PERFORM Act (S. 2644)
from northern California’s own Dianne Feinstein. Simply put, PEFORM revokes
your right to tape radio shows while imposing draconian DRM on all internet
radio.
The Audio Home Recording Act (AHRA) explicitly allows a person to record
radio programs for their own personal use. In exchange, we all pay a
Hollywood Cartel tax on some blank CDs and tapes. It’s a bill that has
served us well for over a decade, but now with advanced satellite radio
receivers that allow paying subscribers to time shift their favorite
programs the Hollywood Cartels are asking for ‘backsies’ on the AHRA.
Always eager to please her real constituents in Hollywood, Dianne Feinstein
stepped up to the plate and introduced PERFORM.
But, if overturning the AHRA wasn’t enough, Feinstein slipped in a
provision that changes the Copyright Act to force Internet radio stations
to impose the most severe and draconian DRM possible. All of the Internet
radio stations that you know and love will be forced to abandon MP3
streams. Innovative companies like Pandora are already heavily burdened and
taxed by the DMCA, forcing them to spends additional money to license DRM
is an undue burden.
Who does Dianne Feinstein represent? Is it Northern California, the
economic engine for the entire state and the nation? Or is it Southern
California, the repressive monopolists that seek to limit expression and
technology?
You can find out how you can stop Senator Feinstein’s PERFORM Act at
http://ipaction.org/action/perform
Thanks very much for your continued support of IPac.
Sincerely,
Jake Fisher
Executive Director
IPac.org