Ireland’s latest music services: We7 & Eircom’s Musichub

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Two music services looking to consign your CD collection to history are to be made available in Ireland within weeks of each other. Eircom launched its MusicHub before Christmas which promises free track streaming and cheaper music downloads than iTunes. Last week, UK company We7 announced that their large streaming catalogue will be available to Irish customers from this Monday 17th January.

Eircom’s MusicHub offers free unlimited music streaming (at 128kbps AAC+ audio junkies) to all of their broadband customers and that service is €6.99 per month for non-Eircom customers. If you want to add downloads to that subscription, then for 15 and 40 downloads for Eircom customers costs €5.99 and €12.99 a month respectively while the same for non-Eircom customers is €11.99 and €22.99 a month.

The company also has plans for app versions of the MusicHub for iPhone, Android and Windows phones. At 32 cent per download, the download offering is a lot less than iTunes pricing and the music is not restricted to certain devices. Eircom says it has over 4 million tracks in its MusicHub library.

We7 meanwhile are a company that have been operating in the UK since late 2008. Now claiming to have 3 million monthly users and 6.5 million tracks to stream, it has established itself as one of the frontrunners in music streaming services in the UK.
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Band of Blogs: Jamie XX, Retarded Cop, Great Lakes Mystery & Bright Eyes

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Jamie xx Benji B mix
Last week was a prolific one for Jamie of the band The xx as he debuted a brilliant Adele remix, another track from his Gil Scott-Heron remix album and unleashed the first great mix of 2011 with his 27 minute workout for Benji B’s BBC Radio One show.

Jamie xx – In The Mix for Benji B on BBC Radio 1 by Hypetrak

Retarded Cop
RTE 2XM punk rock DJ Gaz Le Rock has returned to making music with urgency and great punk pop tunes as his solo project Retarded Cop. Look out for more from the mind which brought you songs with titles like Tea ‘n’ Fags and Objectify Me in the coming months.
Listen at Nialler9 »

Great Lakes Mystery
Gig goers may have seen Gareth Averill behind the drum kit for many an Irish band including Jape, So Cow and Primordial. He’s recently turned his hand to his solo project Great Lakes Mystery, and has released three tunes that establish his sound in the cross between luscious instrumental music and ambient electronica.

1/1/11 by Great Lakes Mystery
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James Van Der Memes & more sites of the week

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James Van Der Memes
Former Dawson’s Creek actor James Van Der Beek is well known on the net these days for the animated GIF of his character Dawson crying. In association with Funny Or Die, good sport Van Der Beek has produced a whole host of animated GIFs for every emotion and occasion.
http://www.jamesvandermemes.com

Every Day Posters Every Day
Posters for every day events.
http://edped.tumblr.com

Like Punk Never Happened
Revel in old issues of Smash Hits from 1978-1985 posted on Flickr by a “pale skinny Irish transvestite” called Brian McCloskey. There’s an issue posted once a fortnight.
http://likepunkneverhappened.blogspot.com

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The top 10 best music apps

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In honour of creativity, music and technology, Digital presents its top 10 indispensable music apps for Apple iOs (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), Google Android and as other smart devices.

1. LaDiDa – A fun app which uses a reverse karaoke concept. Sing into your device, choose a style and LaDiDa will match your vocals to a tune. You can then share it on Facebook, Twitter or send it via email. (iOs, €2.39)

2. Soundhound – Find out what song is playing anywhere. A close rival to Shazam, Soundhound’s extra feature is the ability to sing or hum into the microphone and get a match. (iPhone, Android, Ovi), Free / €3.99 for unlimited matches)

3. Bloom – Developed with Brian Eno’s help, Bloom is a musical instrument and a piece of art that enables anyone to create musical patterns and melodies by just touching the screen. See also Air and Trope by the same team. (iOs, €2.99)

4. I Am T-Pain – Perhaps the most hilarious app on the market, this app that allows you to sing along to some T-Pain hits or any tune on your iPhone. The more off-key you sing, the more the app autocorrects your voice, making the result an amazing live autotuned concert. (iOs, €0.79)

5. Tunein Radio – Choose from 40,000 radio stations in the world to listen to. For a compatible app for Android, Blackberry and Windows Phones try WunderRadio. It’s more expensive at €5.49 but does the same job. (iOs, €0.79)
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