Found from 2012 ~Music Sales Up For the First Time in Seven Years

It has been widely known that the US music industry has been suffering for the past decade or so at the hands of illegal downloading and streaming services. But this past year, the turn tables have spun back towards the music producers. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has announced its official sales figures for 2011,

A Record Rainbow

Everyone knows that vinyl records are classic. They look classic. They sound classic. They feel classic. They even smell classic. You tear open the packaging of a brand new record, excited to see what the album art looks like, to find what extra inserts have been included for you, and most importantly, to pull out

New Uses for Old iPods

Sometimes things get old, that’s just the way life is. So you get a newer version of it. But then the question becomes, “what to do with the old one?” Well in the case of iPod’s, you re-purpose them…*puts on sunglasses*…with a new purpose.

YEEEAAAHHHHHH!!!!

While iPods have been recognized as the premier music listening device of the current generation, its uses go far beyond that.

These things are crazy useful. It has way more capabilities than storing and listening to music. They are a super-slim, substantial storage device that can go into anything with a USB port. It also has a headphone jack and a tiny, convenient screen. Even the older generations will have its uses, though some things on this list may not work for them.

Make it a Flash Card Player

7+7=…Banana!


For those students cramming before a test or an employee getting ready for a big presentation, flash cards are a helpful device to aid in memorizing information. But not everyone has time to make these by hand and there is always the threat of losing that one card that somehow ends up being the most important. Your iPod can be a much more convenient way to carry your memory-boosting flash cards around. Mac OSX Hints has a thorough guide to transforming Keynote slides into iPod-ready picture slides, but any slide presentation maker that can export slides to picture files can create a folder that you simply sync up to your iPod. For straight-up words and definitions, this is a handy tool.

Instant Stereo

Top 10 Ways to Repurpose Your Old iPod

simple, cheap, and fulfills a need


All you need for this handy-dandy trick are speakers. Your music is still on your iPod, just put it on shuffle and let the music play whenever. It will be convenient too because you won’t have to go get it or remember where you left it if you want music. You can also make playlists and have music ready for any occasion. No need to switch or shift through cds. This is a cheap, effective solution to those who need some music in the home.

Portable Reference Machine (For Those Without a Smartphone)

Oh Wikipedia, always there when I need you.

Next time you are casually chatting with someone and an unexpected argument ensues about what the last movie Johnny Depp was in that wasn’t directed by Tim Burton (It was an uncredited role on 21 Jump Street, the 2012 remake), be sure to have your trusty iPod on you. The fully fledged encyclopedia project can put the majority of Wikipedia’s useful articles on your iPod without messing up its main functions. iPod Bartender puts just what you think it might into your player, and those who don’t like printing or lugging a laptop into their kitchen just for recipe reference should take a look at PodGourmet.

Illegal Downloading = Less Musicians

Felix Oberholzer-Gee of Harvard Business School and Koleman Strumpf of UNC Chapel Hill (now at the University of Kansas) once claimed in a 2004 paper that file-sharing did not have a measurable effect on recorded music sales. Since then though, they have reversed their claims in their 2010 paper, stating now for a fact that, yes, illegal

Creative Uses for Vinyl Records Other than Music

Love music? Have a garage or basement full of old vinyl records, but have already pretty much converted them digitally? Well, don’t just throw them out. Make sure you can put your old collection to good use, while still holding on to the beautiful art sleeves they came in. Here are five creative ways to recycle old

Local DMV Artist Worth Sampeling

Theo Sampel is a local DMV artist who is worthy of your attention.  You may have seen him at the bar he manages, Cities Restaurant and Lounge.  However, managing Cities is not Sampel’s claim to fame.  Perfecting his craft for more than a decade, Theo has a hypnotizing voice and awesome mastery of the guitar.