Thursday 27 Oct 2016

Digital Downloads
Matt Seinberg

Whatever you want, whenever you want or where ever you want it, you can download most anything to your phone, tablet, computer or television. Bored at the airport, sign into Netflix, Hulu or any other streaming service; you’ll have hours of entertainment in your hand. If you have a Vudu or other digital account, you can even download movies to your device.

We can never be bored, although we might be boring.

My current phone is more powerful than my first computer, which only had a 12 gig hard drive and 512 gigs of RAM; it was a desktop and far from portable.

Are you hungry in the middle of the night and don't feel like going out? Many apps help you find a restaurant that delivers, in your area, in a short time. Whatever your taste buds are craving, you are sure to find it and be devouring it quickly.

Did you forget someone's birthday and you need a gift fast? Use your Amazon app; if you're a Prime Member, next day shipping is free. You can also watch thousands of movies and television shows through Prime as well and have access to millions of songs.

The big dog of the digital world is of course Apple. Through the iTunes store, you can watch or download movies using the digital codes that come with many DVDs or Blu Ray; of course, there are millions of music tracks.

The latest rumour about Apple is ....

The latest rumour concerning Apple is that they may actually close down iTunes for music and only stream music through Apple Music, which is a subscription service. Someone said it wouldn't happen if Steve Jobs were alive; I believe that. The iTunes store was his baby and why would he kill that?

You say you don't want to pay for music. There are certainly plenty of free streaming services out there. If you have a Samsung Android phone, they have a great service call Milk Music, powered by Slacker. You can pretty much pick any genre you want or make up your own station. I'll listen to the Non-vocal Smooth Jazz station or my Jimmy Buffett station.

Speaking of Jimmy Buffett, I had a two-month free subscription to SiriusXM, which just ended. Most of the time I listened to channel 24, Margaritaville. I also liked 80s on 8, 70s on 7 and Deep Tracks. They didn't have a good Smooth Jazz station that I liked, though.

Their current offer is $25 for six months, but I may call and see what they would do for a year or even two years. Over the air radio, here on Long Island, is about as boring as watching paint dry. Sure, I like classic rock, but listening to WBAB-FM and WAXQ Q104 is boring. They play the same tired songs, repeatedly.

Music on he Nash 94.7 is a mish mash.

Our country station, WNSH Nash 94.7 is all over the road with their music. My taste runs to contemporary country, which they play often. WNSH is not breaking enough new artists and then they mix in some old, old hits that don't fit the format. Do they even pay attention to the charts?

Most, if not all radio stations that stream play the same boring and annoying filler commercials, repeatedly, for the same products. Some play the same commercials that go over the air, but most don't. What's most annoying is their timing is always off. Usually, the DJ or jingle cuts off before they're finished and the spots start. Then there is some silence when the spots end, and the programming starts again.

Entertainment and food are everywhere. It's up to you to find it, order it, pay for it and consume it. Go get that pizza and watch that movie you've been dying to see now that I gave you the idea and the column is finished.

Matt Seinberg lives on Long Island, a few minutes east of New York City. He looks at everything around him and notices much. Somewhat less cynical than dyed in the wool New Yorkers, Seinberg believes those who don't see what he does like reading about what he sees and what it means to him. Seinberg columns revel in the silly little things of life and laughter as well as much well-directed anger at inept, foolish public officials. Mostly, Seinberg writes for those who laugh easily at their own foibles as well as those of others.

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