Traditionally the main way to access Spotify's music library and stream it on a computer has been via its desktop application. However, downloading Spotify's software may not be the best solution in certain circumstances. If for example you use several computers (some of which might not be yours) then you may want to avoid hogging precious hard drive space on each one just to stream music.
Spotify's Web Player provides a way to stream music, listen to radio stations, discover new music, create playlists, and more without having to download and install the Spotify desktop software.
To see how to access and use this browser-embedded facility, follow the steps in our tutorial on using Spotify's Web Player.Image © Spotify AB
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You might already know about wireless technologies such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi which can be used with the iPad for listening to digital music. These two technologies give you a wire-free way to enjoy your iTunes library without the constraint of physical connections that can sometimes be a messy solution.
If you haven't embraced wireless technology for music listening using your iPad (by way of a set of speakers or a docking station for example), then you may want to check out AirPlay as a third option.
Read our guide to AirPlay on the iPad to find out more on this wireless technology and how to use it.Image Courtesy of Apple
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Compared to other jukebox software programs, Windows Media Player 12 can be a bit limited when playing a wider range of audio formats than the norm. For example, using the standard installation of WMP 12 doesn't normally allow you to play back audio files ending in .flac, .ape, .ogg, etc.
The good news is that you can add extra support for audio formats like the ones above (including videos too) by installing additional codecs on your system.
To see how this is done, follow the steps in our guide on adding audio and video support in Windows Media Player 12.
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Windows Media Player 12 might be your choice when it comes to playing back digital music, videos, and DVDs, but what about ripping audio CDs? Is there more choice than just Microsoft's WMA format?
If you've never changed the rip settings in WMP 12, then the default audio format is set to WMA (Windows Media Audio). However, there are other options to choose when building up your digital music library which may be more suitable.
To see 'at-a-glance' what other options there are (with a brief explanation of each), read our article on Audio format choices in WMP 12.
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You may have seen the bitrate of songs advertised on music download stores or streaming music services, but how important is this for your digital music listening?
Bitrate is an important factor that influences audio quality. Granted, it's not the only element that's essential, but one that is important to understand.
Knowing the facts about bitrate isn't just useful for CD ripping, digitizing, or recording audio streams. It's also good to know what bitrate is all about for other areas in digital music. For example, do you know the minimum bitrate you should aim for when purchasing songs or subscribing to a streaming music service?
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Wondershare Streaming Audio Recorder (WSAR) is an audio capture software program that is designed to record the sound that your computer's soundcard outputs when streaming content from the Internet. The advantage of using software that uses this method is that you can grab just about anything you care to play in your Web browser -- including being able to capture audio from video sites.
This method takes advantage of the 'analog loophole', which is a way of creating DRM-free digital audio files by converting analog sound back into digital form.
Wondershare's audio capture tool boasts features such as: ad removal, automatic music tagging, task scheduling, ringtone maker, and can add the recorded audio to your iTunes library.
But, just how good is it for capturing audio from the Web?
To find out how well it fared in our tests, read our full review of Wondershare Streaming Audio Recorder.
iTunes does a great job of keeping your iPhone up-to-date with the changing contents of your music library. However, by default it automatically transfers all the songs in your music collection in order to keep your Apple device up-to-speed with the latest happenings.
This may be uber convenient, but as your music library grows in size this method of syncing may not be ideal. Your iPhone's storage space is quite small compared to your computer's hard drive and will eventually lose the battle of keeping in-sync with everything. As well as songs, you have to make sure there's enough free space on your iPhone to comfortably store other stuff too like music videos, podcasts, audiobooks,apps, etc. And not forgetting free space for any iOS updates.
You can't keep everything on your iPhone, but you can change the way iTunes syncs files in order to make better use of your device's storage space.
To see how to use selective syncing in iTunes, read our guide on how to transfer only certain songs and playlists to the iPhone.
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Listening to FM radio is normally done using a standalone receiver or stereo system with a built-in tuner. However, you can still tune into 'real' stations that use the airwaves without having to just use personalized music services like: iTunes Radio, Pandora Radio, Spotify, and others. Many FM radio stations now make their live broadcasts available as Webcasts so you can listen to them straight from your computer.
To find out more on how to do this, follow our Web radio guide on how to stream Internet radio using Windows Media Player 12.
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You may have used the iTunes software for years to build up your collection of digital music, but are you really hearing it in all its glory? If you've simply stuck to all the default settings that the iTunes software comes with then there's a good chance you're not getting the best sonic experience you could.
To see some of the ways you can enhance audio, consult our guide on optimizing your music library's sound quality in iTunes 11.
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Chances are you've already come across the term BPM. If you're not sure what this means then it's simply an abbreviation for Beats Per Minute -- a measure of the speed (tempo) of a piece of music or song. It's an essential part of music that musicians use -- DJs can also utilize it too for beatmatching tracks
So, why would this be useful for listening to your digital music collection?
You can use BPM in software media players such as iTunes to match songs that have similar tempos. This gives you a way to group songs in playlists that have a similar speed -- ideal for tasks like exercising where you want a regular rhythm.
To find out more, read our article on BPM for a quick explanation and how you can use it for listening to digital music.