NO to Music Streaming Services

I’ve always liked to listen music no matter what I’m doing. If I’m working, reading, driving, relaxing, cooking, fixing something in or around the house, waiting, geeking, or simply reflecting (as of doing nothing at all – which I call planning) – I always have some kind of music source playing somewhere in the background. Occasionally, even at full volume of the speakers / headphones / stereo system.

Being interested in new genes of music and sometimes actively looking for new tracks – I got curious about the Music Streaming Services too. Unfortunately, I was disappointed on what I found about them and their possibilities.

First I’ve tried to use Google Play Music. I installed the app on my Android phone and was stupefied to find out that, for free I can only listen to the tracks I upload to the service, no ad-funded service is available. But why Google? Why should I pay 10 pounds for this service? You are having such a big success with Youtube and many of the new generation listeners and musicians started to use it to listen or publish free music. Don’t know how much the earnings from youtube adds are, but for sure I don’t mind them. I don’t mind skipping them, I don’t mind watching them, I don’t mind buying things that are marketed to me this way.

I’m always trying to stay away from Apple services and devices. Will not talk about iTunes or Apple Music. From my point of view Apple is only good at selling overpriced services and devices, that hardly sometimes bring any improvement or step further to technology.

Regarding to music, I’m not going to buy from iTunes a masterpiece of engineering, that managed to sell a musician with no voice and no talent to million of people that easily believe that so called artist it’s a star. In the same way, I’m not going to pay for a music streaming service and here is why:

  • I was born in the 80’s and grew up in the 90’s. The Radio was my best friend during all those years and it streamed music to me for free;
  • I consider that it worth paying for music only for live concerts of known or unknown artists. Only live performances qualify as art worth paying for;
  • Access to music should be a human right, not an industry.
  • “Without Music, life would be a mistake” Friedrich Nietzsche

Going back to the Music Streaming Services – why don’t they take the good lessons learned during the 70’s, the 80’s and the 90’s? Adding some adds to the services – might pay the service I would think and you could publicize it for free enlarging your users. Don’t have the figures on this, but I’m sure some good solutions can be figured out.

Regarding the FM Radio stations, well, they are going to die slowly. The main reason why, is because with the internet speed increase and technology development, people expect to receive both audio and video service. Even if they only listen the audio, or have a quick glance at the video with the audio turned off if time doesn’t permit them to watch it entirely. Radio stations, because you can’t chose or schedule your preferred tracks, because you have to listen to idiot moderators, because they don’t present any integrated video content are going to slowly die.

In my humble opinion, this is where the Music Streaming Services should come in. I’m sure they could evolve to stream video content too, could enable elaborated schedulers, could offer multiple options for the users in terms of genes, artists or even surprise tracks. And they could easily do that for free for their users too, by adding small 30 seconds to 1 minute adds, customized for the location and the target audience by the music preferences. Would be what Youtube started to do right now on the free version, still, it can be a lot improved (I will present some further ideas for a scheduler for Youtube tracks in a further post).

I heard a rumor on some forums, that Google would like to take the music listeners off Youtube and have them use it’s Music Streaming Services. Could that be true? For me Youtube seemed to be a very successful story that manages to slowly change the way people listen to music.

It’s true Music Streaming Services might deliver better content, focused and particularized for Music, but still – as it looks like now it’s not a solution. Mark my words, the entire communication world and social media world will move towards video content in the next years. Even if most of the video content will not be watched because of lack of time or multi tasking, still, it’s better to have it as an option than not having it at all.

I could talk about this subject for hours. Will try to resume with a few conclusions bellow:

  • Stop buying everything Apple sells to you. It’s shitty and expensive any way
  • Stop paying for things that you could get for free
  • Consider access to music and information your human right, a true artist would like you to get the message of his song and listen to it, He would not be interested so much in the percentage of sells, hopefully…

 

Disclaimer: This is a pure personal view susceptible to change. The purpose of the topics is to start a constructive discussion in order to create a better future for ourselves.

You are free to buy, believe or think whatever you like 🙂

 

 

Amsterdam by day and by night

A very nice town,

First t 24h impression,  was: … That is nice and clean, an dirty too, If you know what I mean! It confirmed till the last day I spent in it.

Here are some evening/night pictures:

 

There is a lot more about it if you visit it by night. I’m sure you’ve heard about it’s famous Red Light District. You will not find pictures with it here – because it’s forbidden to take explicit pictures of it. If you’re curious about it and are ready to leave your morality lessons at it’s entrance, simply visit it and make your own impressions on it.

Amsterdam it’s not only about smoking weed and visiting the Red Light District, it’s also a beautiful green city, with lots of parks, bicycles, electric cars and long side walks among the canals.

Here are some day pictures from it’s beautiful green parks captured on a sunny autumn afternoon:

 

If nature is simply not your thing and you’d prefer some city landscapes, you should try The Rembrandt Square. It was my favorite during my stay there.

 

Go and visit it!

I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

Viscol versus When the going gets tough the tough get going …

A fost o iarna frumoasa, cum am mai zis de alfel, pentru multi in schimb a fost grea, urata, prea friguroasa si dificila.

Acum, ca tot ne bate primavara la usa, vreau sa va arat cateva poze care sustin ideea negativista ca iarna a fost grea, dar care pe mine ma fac sa ma gandesc ca iarna care tocmai a trecut chiar a fost frumoasa.

VISCOL:

Drumul : E 85 , Trip: Suceava – Bucuresti, intr-o “frumoasa” zi de duminca 14 februarie 2010.

Indragostiti? …. poate data va face sa va ganditi la asta … Parerea mea … pe un astfel de drum chiar nu e cazul 🙂

La o ora dupa ce am trecut prin Buzau s-a inchis drumul de tot, iar distanta Buzau – Bucuresti am parcurs-o numai cu 30-50 km/h.

Si asta ma face sa ma gandesc la o melodie foarte frumoasa :

Ho Ho Ho … Filmul, nu urarea …

Ho Ho Ho, asa se cheama filmul produs de Media Pro Pictures si care il are ca actor principal pe Stefan Banica Jr..

Cand am auzit despre acest film, nu m-a facut curios povestea de craciun romaneasca, ci actorul principal Stefan Banica Jr. Mai vazusem piese de teatru cu el, si chiar m-a impresionat de fiecare data prezenta lui scenica. Asa ca mi-am zis ca trebuie sa vad filmul.

Zis si facut. Unde si cum am vazut filmul chiar nu conteaza. Faptul cel mai important e ca mi-a placut.

Povestea jafului din mol in ziua de craciun, amestecata cu mai intai ratacirea si apoi rapirea unui copil chiar nu m-au impresionat. Firul epic putin cam american , colindele straine pe coloana sonora si multele clisee imprumutate de la Hollywood sincer nu m-au miscat deloc. Chiar mi-au provocat o usoara aversiune fata de filmul in sine si fata de tiparurile filmelor americane de sarbatori.

Si totusi de ce mi-a placut filmul? Deoarece prezinta cateva cazuri socile specifice romaniei: Mama parasita de sot care isi creste singura si cu greu fiul, muncind din greu pe bani putini, rautatea oamenilor care se multumesc sa zica Craciun Fericit dar nu fac nici un gest frumos de sarbatori din prea multa comoditate, copilul strazii care traieste din ce fura, tatal aproape alcolic care inca isi mai iubeste sotia si fiul pe care i-a parasit, numai ca ii este foarte greu sa mai vorbeasca cu ei, femeia care pleaca in Italia pentru a munci si pentru a putea asigura un viitor decent singurului ei copil, copii rasfatati de bani gata, copilul sarac dar foarte inteligent care isi ajuta mama singura, etc. Lista poate continua dar o sa ma opresc aici.

Toate aceste personaje reprezinta pana la urma cazuri sociale reale din mirifica noastra tara. Doar povestea americana a filmului si finalul fericit reusesc sa ne creeze o stare de spirit plina de veselie, specifica sarbatorilor. In schimb, fiecare personaj din film este trist in felul sau, poate chiar foarte trist si ne aduce aminte de realitatea vietii romanesti. Poate doar copilul vesnic vesel si foarte inteligent Horatiu ne mai aduce din cand in cand zambetul pe buze. Si eu am crezut in Mos Craciun ca si el si intr-o oarecare masura cred ca Horatiu reuseste sa ne aduca aminte de frumoasa copilarie pe care am trait-o fiecare. Nu conteaza ca vremurile au fost grele si pe atunci, copilaria tot frumoasa ramane. Oricine cred ca si-ar dori un baietel ca Horatiu, si cand zic asta ma adresez celor ce inca nu au copii, cum sunt si eu de altfel

Despre efectele speciale din film, nu vreau sa vorbesc foarte mult. Oricum, diferenta dintre un film facut la Hollywood, cu buget imens, si filmul produs in Romania e foarte mare. Era normal sa fie asa. Nu avem cum sa concuram cu banii lor. Acelasi lucru se intampla si in cazul salariilor si in cazul nivelului de trai, chiar si in fotbal. Avea dreptate un realizator de programe de radio cand zicea:

“Bine ca suntem noi mai destepti, iar ei sunt cei ce traiesc bine”

Felicitari scenaristilor si regizorului, dar si actorilor pentru ca au reusit totusi sa diminueze tristetea ce ti-o provoaca fiecare personaj, vazut ca si caz social aparte.

Nu vreau sa va povestesc mai mult despre film, ca sa nu va stric placerea de al vedea. Prin acest post imi doresc sa va fi facut curiosi sa vedeti filmul. Si sper ca atunci cand il veti vedea veti fi atenti si la cazurile sociale prezentate, nu numai la povestea americana. Poate intelegand cazurile sociale speciale reprezentate in film de personajele principale, vom fi si noi mai buni, macar de sarbatori.

Sarbatori fericite!

Eyes on fire …

The easiest way to express your feelings is to let others to put them in words for you.

A good song will do that. It’s not always about the words, the melodic line

Will sometimes tell how you do feel even without the lyrics.

With a good text too, and a nice voice (as if it really need that too)

Some of your favorite songs will tell anyone about you,

About your feelings, about your states of mind and spirit.

The old me is dead and gone!

Dead and gone
Oooo,hey I’ve been travelin’ on this road to long
Just trying to find my way back home
The old me is dead and gone… dead and gone…
Ooooooo I ve been travelin’ on this road to long
Just trying to find my way back home
The old me is dead and gone… dead and gone… eeyy

(T.I.)
Ever had one of them days you wish woulda stayd home
Run into a group of ni&&as getting they hate on
you walk by they get wrong you reply then sh*t get blown
Way outta proportion way past discussion
Just u against them, pick one then rush em
Figure you get jump, yeah that next
They don’t wanna stop there now they bussin
Now u gushin’, ambulance rushin’ u to the hospital with a bad concussion
Plus ya hit four times bullet hit ya spine paralyzed waist down now ya wheel chair bound
Nevermind that now u lucky to be alive, Just think it all started you fussin’ with three guys
Now ya pride in the way but ya pride is the way you could *uck around get shot die anyday
Ni&&as die every day all over bull sh*t dope money dice game ordinary hood sh*t
Could this be cuz of hip hop music or did the ones with the good sense not use it
Usually ni&&as don’t know what to do whith their back against the wall so they just start shootin
For red or for blue or for blow I guess, from Bankhead upto ya projects
No more stray, now im straight, now I get it now I take
Time to think, before I make mistakes just for my family’s sake
That part of me left yesterday the heart of me is strong today
No regrets im blessed to say the old me dead and gone away.

Oooo,hey I’ve been travelin’ on this road to long
Just trying to find my way back home
The old me is dead and gone… dead and gone…
Ooooooo I ve been travelin’ on this road to long
Just trying to find my way back home
The old me is dead and gone… dead and gone… eeyy

(T.I.)
I aint never been scared, I lived through tragic
Situations coulda been dead lookin back at it
Most of that sh*t didn’t even have to happen
But you don’t think about it when you out there trappin’
In apartments hangin smokin’ and rappin’
Ni&&as start sh*t next thing ya know we cappin’
Get locked up then didnt even get mad
Now think about damn what a life I had
Most of that sh*t look back just laugh
Some sh*t still look back get sad
Maybe my home boy still be around
Had I not hit the ni&&a in the mouth that time
I won that fight, I lost that war
I can still see my ni&&a walkin’ out that door
Who’da thought I’d never see Philant no more
Got enough dead homies I don’t want no more
Cost a ni&&a his job, cost me more
I’da took that ass-whoopin now for sure
Now think before I risk my life
Take them chances to get my stripe
A ni&&a put his hands on me alright
Otherwise stand there talk sh*t all night
Cuz I hit you , you sue me,
I shoot you, get locked up, who me?
No more stress, now im straight, now I get it now I take
Time to think before I make mistakes just for my family’s sake
That part of me left yesterday the heart of me is strong today
No regrets im blessed to say the old me dead and gone away.

Oooo,hey I’ve been travelin’ on this road to long
Just trying to find my way back home
The old me is dead and gone… dead and gone…
Ooooooo I ve been travelin’ on this road to long
Just trying to find my way back home
The old me is dead and gone… dead and gone… eeyy

(J.T.)
I turn my head to the east… I don’t see nobody by my side
I turn my head to the west… still nobody in sight
So I turn my head to the north, swallow that pill that they call pride
The old me is dead and gone, the new me will be alright
I turn my head to the east… I don’t see nobody by my side
I turn my head to the west… still nobody in sight
So I turn my head to the north, swallow that pill that they call pride
The old me is dead and gone, the new me will be alright

Oooo,hey I’ve been travelin’ on this road to long
Just trying to find my way back home
The old me is dead and gone… dead and gone…
Ooooooo I ve been travelin’ on this road to long
Just trying to find my way back home
The old me is dead and gone… dead and gone… eeyy

T.I. ft. Justin Timberlake – Dead and Gone – lyrics

I know that this are not my words but them express the best the state of spirit that I have right now …