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I've been using the 250 song limit on Amazon Music Storage but since it's gone defunct (Dec 18th) and will cease to exist in 2019, how can I play my music on Alexa for free? I hate to purchase new songs, especially since I have eclectic taste and their library in no way covers all the wonderful music there is in the world.

I had the entire album but then it dissapeared. Searches for it yielded nothing.

Hi. I want to be able to find and select music easily using the PC client for Amazon Music, but have it play on the Echo Dot, instead of on the PC but I can't find a way to do it.

I'm pretty sure I could with Spotify though.

Am I missing something or is this not available.

BTW - I don't mean on the PC AND on the Echo dot, just on the dot but selected on the PC. Cheers.

Soundiiz and STAMP cost money to transfer songs, so anything other than those would be greatly appreciated!

Hi, does someone know how to install Amazon music from the fire TV on Android TV? Ive tried to extract an APK and sideload it on the Android TV but ive got the Error message that the App cant be installed. Is someone knowing the reason? Do i have to install a Framework First?

Whenever I say ok google play [song] it says "playing music" and opens my amazon music app but the music doesn't start playing and it doesn't even select the song that I wanted it to play. Is there any ways to fix this? It works for google music and soundcloud, but not amazon music

Spotify apparently has an option to "Set the same volume level function, but it doesn't work.

The only way I can listen to classical music is with my hand constantly on the Echo device increasing or decreasing the volume every few seconds. When it's soft, I need the volume at 9. When it's loud, I need it at 3!

I have sensitive ears (runs in the family - I wear earplugs to concerts) and can't tolerate loud sounds. Even with the option to normalize audio in Spotify, I still need to keep juggling the volume between 9 and 2.

Is there a service, skill, setting, or something else to always keep the volume of everything at a constant so that I don't have to do this manually? Either on Spotify, or Google Music, or Amazon Music, or any service whatsoever?

Hey everyone, back with another music thread where you can feel free to talk anything music related, old or new. As always you can follow along with my personal blog GhostfaceKyle Music for more frequent updates during the week. Any critique/suggestions are more than welcome.

NEW RELEASES:

Jimi Hendrix - "Mannish Boy"

-That's right bitches, new Jimi on the way! Technically this isn't a new track as it's only a cover of Muddy Waters, but it's still pretty exciting to hear previously unreleased stuff. There's a full album of previously unreleased recordings of Jimi's, titled Both Sides Of The Sky, coming out March 9th.

AWOLNATION - "Handyman"

-Last single being released before the new album coming out February 2nd. Each of the 3 singles so far are pretty unique from each other, so I'm interested to see how the full album works out. This track has a nice uplifting, acoustic feel to it.

Dashboard Confessional - "Heart Beat Here"

-I'll be honest I've always hated Dashboard just because of the kids in high school who tried to be so deep and emotional and loved these guys. Pretty shallow in retrospect but whatever. This song is in the typical slow, acoustic sound Dashboard is used to, but lead singer Chris Carrabba shows some great song writing and singing ability.

August Greene - "Optimistic" feat. Brandy

-We got a hip-hop/jazz supergroup ladies and gentlemen! The group consists of legendary pianist Robert Glasper, dummer Karriem Riggins, and rapper Common. “Optimistic” features a silky smooth piano melody and guest vocals from Brandy on the chorus. Debut album from this trio due out March 9th.

Tinashe - "No Drama" feat. Offset

-I'm a little surprise Tinashe hasn't blown up bigger than she currently is, given she's been around since 2014. She's easily got better vocal ability than rappers like Cardi and Nicki Minaj. The verse from Offset is a little underwhelming, but I still like the juxtaposition of Tinashe’s seductive R&B singing and Offset’s mumbling.

Young Fathers - "In My View"

-Possibly my favorite release of the week, Young Fathers dropped “In My View”, their second single off the upcoming Cocoa Sugar album ( video available here.) Young Fathers are a trio out of England but are far from the grime scene. I love these guys because they have an incredibly unique sound, but not just for the sake of being unique. The best description I could give for anyone who has never listened to them would be to imagine Frank Ocean as the lead singer of an English indie rock band. If you want to hear more of them, check out “AM I NOT YOUR BOY” and “Dare Me”.

Black Milk - "Laugh Now Cry Later

-Really solid rapper out Detroit. This dude sounds like if Talib Kweli had Schoolboy Q’s voice. A lot of his music has to do with social commentary, so if you’re in to that style of hip-hop give him a listen. He’s got a new album, FEVER, coming out February 23rd.

Parliament - "I'm Gon Make U Sick O'Me} feat. Scarface

-The motherfucking godfather of funk, George Clinton, is back with the rest of the Parliament gang. After not releasing any music for close to 40 years, Parliament will be releasing a new album in 2018 titled Medicaid Fraud Dog. “I’m Gon Make U Sick O’Me” feels like it could’ve easily been released on one of Parliament’s albums in the 70’s, and it looks like these guys haven’t lost a step over the years. If you’re not typically a fan of funk music, but you enjoy west coast hip-hop from guys like Snoop, Dr. Dre, Warren G, and Nate Dogg, I highly recommend giving this one a listen. Most of the beats that came out of the west coast in the 90’s and early 2000’s were directly influenced by George Clinton.

Justin Timberlake - "Supplies"

-Well known that I'm not a huge pop guy so I don't have too much to offer here, but I can say this track is WAY better than "Filthy" which came out last week. This one was produced by Pharrell and looks like he's producing a few more on the upcoming album so keep an eye out.

Kris Wu & Rich Brian - "18"

-The artist formerly known as Rich Chigga back at it again! Super fucking catchy production by Bauuer here too. I honestly haven't heard of this dude Kris Wu, but after a little research it looks like he's apparently a former k-pop boy band member. I'm also just going to ignore trippie redd on this song because he fucking ruins it at the end.

New album from SiR, November

-Second album from TDE's version of John Legend. This dude has some serious talent so I'm curious to see how Kendrick and the rest of the crew utilize him. Very similar sound to Sampha. Highlights so far on the album are "Something Foreign" feat Schoolboy Q, "D'Evils", and "Dreaming Of Me".

New album from Of Mice & Men, Defy

-Solid release for any hard rock/metal fans out there. After a bunch of singles we finally got the full project. I feel like these guys get looked at as kinda corny in some circles, but whatever it sounds fine to me. Favorites so far are "Defy" and "Sunflower".

Moose Blood - "It's Too Much"

-Bit of a departure from their usual pop-punk sound as this one slows things down and gets a little but more emotional. Plenty of pop-punk bands have these types of slow songs but I thought it was an interesting choice for a 2nd single. Full album, I Don't Think I Can Do This Anymore due out March 9th.

New album from Glen Hansard, Between Two Shores

-This dude is a bit unknown in the U.S. but huge over in Ireland where he's from. Makes some really great folk music and this album continues doing just that. Got a nice mix of blues/folk guitar riffs and some horns. Highlights for me are "Roll On Slow", "One Of Us Will Lose" and "Your Heart's Not In It".

RANDOM STUFF I'VE BEEN LISTENING TO THIS WEEK:

-Parliament dropping that new track this week really sent me on a george clinton binge the past couple days. For anyone even remotely in to funk music, or just want to see where a ton of hip hop is influenced from, check out the tracks below.

"Atomic Dog"

"Knee Deep"

"Do Fries Go With That Shake"

"Mothership Connection"

"Flashlight"

OTHER RANDOM STUFF

-Big news of the week was the passing of Dolores O'Riorden passing away at just 46 years old. No cause of death yet, but it's not looking good. Sounds like she was found unresponsive in her hotel room. To me that sounds like a drug overdose. Regardless, bump some fucking Cranberries this weekend. If you don't consider "Zombie" and "Linger" absolute bangers, you don't have a pulse. I also found this cover of "Zombie" by this metal band, Bad Wolves. What's even sadder is Dolores heard this cover and wanted to lay down her own vocals on it also. RIP.

That wraps it up for this week's music thread. Let me know what you guys are getting in to in the comments!

First off, I already thought that Amazon had headquarters in Seattle, and obviously, they have had a presence in Silicon Valley. Also, when it comes to used items, I figured that their system is decentralized for sellers in various parts of the world. Anyway, I had no idea there was a contest going on, but today, I kept seeing headlines that 40 or so U.S cities made the cut to host them.

  • Are they building a 2nd headquarters?
  • If so, when did they announce this?
  • When do they plan to begin building this 2nd HQ?
  • Any clear idea what aspects/products this 2nd HQ would be focused on? Technology for Alexa & Echo? A more centralized shipping warehouse? Data storage for transactions + Amazon Video + Amazon Music, etc?
  • Why are cities bidding to have them, like they're the Olympics?
  • Why would taxpayer monies be used to finance their HQ, when they're already getting billions in tax breaks from state governments? (I read that the State of New Jersey has given Amazon $7 billion + the State of Illinois has given Amazon $2 billion.)

I'm wondering if there is some way to get the echo to play spotify on my denon. Right now if I say "Alexa, play <whatever> on spotify on theater (what my denon is called)" she responds with "i can't play from spotify music on that device". Yet she has no issues playing from Amazon Music on that device, and my phone and computer can play Spotify on my Denon just fine. Any ideas? I have Spotify set to my default music device in the Alexa app.

I've had the issue a couple of times where I will ask Alexa to "play songs by x", to which she will then shuffle songs between two totally different artists who happen to share the same name. Is there a way to "forbid" a certain artist from being requested?

I just think it's lazy for the developers to differentiate artists based on their name alone. Shouldn't they be identified by an ID number in the Amazon Music library or something?

my computer constantly goes to the next song before the current one has even started. It has been happening on spotify, amazon music, and itunes. Any help with this would be much appreciated.

Has anyone else been having issues with Amazon Music lately?

On my kids echo dot, we play music to help them fall asleep. For the last few days, it's been playing a song for a few seconds, then pause for a few moments, then play again. When I switch it to pandora, I don't have this issue.

I've tried rebooting basically every device in the house (and have removed my google home/chromecasts for a couple days as a test) and it seems to continue to have issues.

No other service or devices have been having issues. My speed is testing at around 150 mbps up and down (including in this room) with a ping of under 10 ms.

Original Tweet:

"ATTENTION EVERYONE:

1 Million Streams on YouTube = $690

1 Million Streams on Spotify = $4,370

1 Million Streams on Apple Music = $7,350

1 Million Streams on @Tidal = $12,500

1 Million Streams on Amazon Music = $4,020

Don’t shoot the messenger. Jus Sign up 4 @tidal 🏁"

I'm interested to see if some of y'all on here have any insight into how true this is for each one of these platforms. From my experience his Spotify number is super accurate, and Apple seems like it might be about accurate. I have yet to do any serious numbers on most of the others though, and the Tidal payout seems crazy in comparison. It also seems to go against some of what I've seen other people say. Thoughts?

Artist: Dua Lipa

Album: Dua Lipa

Released: June 2, 2017

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music | YouTube | Amazon Music | Google Play

Tracklist:

  1. Genesis
  2. Lost In Your Light ft. Miguel
  3. Hotter Than Hell
  4. Be The One
  5. IDGAF
  6. Blow Your Mind (Mwah)
  7. Garden
  8. No Goodbyes
  9. Thinking 'Bout You
  10. New Rules
  11. Begging
  12. Homesick
  13. Dreams
  14. Room For 2
  15. New Love
  16. Bad Together
  17. Last Dance

THE LEAD-UP TO THE ALBUM

Dua Lipa has always had the ambition for music, posting covers on YouTube since she was 14. After releasing two singles in 2015, New Love and Be The One, she quickly attracted mainstream attention around Europe and earned a spot on BBC’s Sound of…2016 list. The hype surrounding her debut album was massive as she continued a streak of releasing infectious singles and even some crossover collaborations. Dua’s hard work and versatility showed that she had a lot to prove in her career.

"Everything about this process has been really personal to me, I’ve made sure that everything comes from me. I’ve been in these sessions and written these songs. Even in the recording process and production, I’ve been really involved in it because that’s what’s really important to me."

What Dua gave the world on June 2nd was an authentic, personal self-expression in 17 tracks. In her ambitious nature, she took matters into her own hands and purposely delayed the release date for nine months, so she could write more songs that would perfect how the album would represent herself. Her intentions were not in vain, as the album is a strong, complete effort that successfully introduces us to Dua Lipa.

THE VOCALS

"When I auditioned for the choir, the teacher went up to straight away to the high notes and was like 'sing this note' and nothing came out. It was just eh. He was like 'okay maybe next time' and I never really got a chance to get a part in the choir which actually might have been a good thing."

Many pop girls rely on either smooth texture or explosive power and range in their vocals, but Dua flexes a bit of both. Her unique voice is what makes most of her songs so captivating and addictive. Dua made sure listeners would remember her from her first song, “New Love,” which bursts with soulful, powerful mid-range vocals reminiscent of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” (fittingly, she covered Amy's "Tears Dry On Their Own" with Gallant in honor of Amy's birthday). This sultry vocal style is all over the album, and it sounds best on the chorus of “Dreams” and the pre-chorus to “Blow Your Mind (Mwah).” On “Garden,” she even has a bit of a nasally tone which is another unique dimension to her voice that isn’t heard much from her. More prominent on her higher notes, Dua sings with a slight rasp and a lot of control. She’s able to push the upper limits of her range and still belt powerful, soulful notes on “Be The One” and “Bad Together.”

THE MELODIES AND PRODUCTION

"Music was the only thing for me where I could be myself, and let the music speak for itself.”

The album never feels like it drags because there are so many catchy songs. Dua consistently has great vocal melodies that are usually accentuated with great production, like on the cheery opener, “Genesis.” Perhaps the most memorable parts of the album are in the explosive choruses on the really upbeat singles. “Hotter Than Hell,” “New Rules,” and “Last Dance" build up to drops that feel summery and anthemic. “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)” is perfect for vogueing on the runway with that bombastic synthy production, which feels like something Marina and the Diamonds would put out.

The album cuts don’t have production that’s as in your face as the singles, but they’re just as catchy and make for a good dynamic. “IDGAF” and “Thinking 'Bout You” are mostly held up by simple fingerpicking riffs and the melodies are still great. The one piano ballad on the album, “Homesick,” evokes warm feelings of nostalgia with its bittersweet melody and backing harmonies from Chris Martin. “Begging” is a standout album cut that features production that works really well because of small details like the hand-clap percussion and the great piano riff, while also keeping a nice sense of simplicity. It also explodes with such charm in the chorus that makes me wish it was a single.

THE LYRICS

"For this album I want to be as truthful as possible, then all the club shit can come later."

Just as Dua sings with so much confidence in her voice, she also portrays this in her lyrics. The character that she presents to us is a strong, confident romantic and the listeners get a sense of her personality through the music. Most of the lyrics are admittedly generic and cliche, but they tend to revolve around this central theme of self-powerment. The album still has some iconic, memorable lines, like in the heartfelt chorus of “Homesick” (“Tell my heart to lie, but I know deep inside it’s true/That I wish I was there with you”) or the very quotable chorus of “New Rules.” Dua has mastered the art of writing a good pop hook, though she has room to improve on overall songwriting.

OVERALL REVIEW

"I think there’s strength in vulnerability and being able to show when you’re upset or heartbroken or homesick."

Dua Lipa is a very entertaining, fulfilling listen as has pretty much everything a pop music fan could ask for. It’s hard not to love her distinct, fierce vocals on the huge pop choruses, the emotional stripped-down tunes, and everything else in between. The strongest songs here are the ones with her best vocal performances, like “Hotter Than Hell” and “Begging,” as well as the songs that capture a fun, care-free vibe with their production and melodies, like “Be The One” and “Blow Your Mind (Mwah).” The weaker songs are the ones that aren’t as vocally ambitious, like “Room For 2” and “Lost In Your Light.” Give this album a listen if you like her kind of voice or are waiting for the next main pop girl.

Dua is quickly becoming a worldwide star, with the universal success of "New Rules” which has reached #1 in the UK and the top 10 #11 in the US, amassing 900 million views on YouTube in about six months. She is the most nominated artist at the BRIT Awards this year and she isn’t showing any signs of slowing down, with back-to-back tours and additional studio sessions between them. I've been lucky enough to see her live twice last year and she's a very exciting performer! She has the stage presence and the vogue moves (just watch these videos I took of Be The One and Last Dance), and she's selling out pretty big venues across the world. Her outstanding videos for “New Rules” and “IDGAF” show that she’s really not fucking around and just making hits. Dua is an artist and we’re looking at the beginning of a fantastic career. A genesis.


Thanks for making it this far into my write-up! Here are some questions for discussion:

  1. How did this album live up to its initial hype for you?

  2. What are your favorite songs? Least favorite?

  3. Out of the many different types of songs on this album, which of her styles do you like best?

  4. What would you like to see more of on her next album? What would you like to see changed?

  5. Any additional comments?

I am finding the whole music streaming market a bit of a minefield and have still not landed on one for good. I am currently using apple music, spotify and tiday and am an android user who mainly uses on my phone with decent(ish) headphones plus a little Sonos at home.

I think that if you- use an iPhone it is hard to argue against apple music but on android it is really difficult as imo the apple music app is really not that good. So over the last year or 2 I have mostly used Spotify premium but my main beef other than the odd bug here and there is that the sound quality even to my un-trained ears is just so inconsistent with spotify. It is not so noticeable with albums but for playlists from varying sources it happens a lot. Have been patiently waiting for hifi on spotify but the silence has been deafening on that.

The quality on tiday hifi is very very good and seems consistent (other than some volume variation occasionally) but I do not like the app at all (other than how it handles albums) and think that hifi is unnecessary for my use (maybe their 320kbps aac premium is the better option?). I have not really tried Deezer, Amazon music unlimited or Google play yet but some googling on the interweb seems to indicate that these have issues with not everything being at the advertised bitrate too and Deezer I think are both MP3 which should in theory put them slightly below Apple and Spotify.

For those on here who have tried multiple services what have you found to be the most consistent service out there?

So, I have no idea whether someone's already talked about this (this is my first time posting on the sub tbh. I don't really like the TOP fandom that much, sorry) but I've noticed some weird stuff regarding RAB. So, for those of you who watch Mr. Taco Bell on YT, you probably saw that some of the songs from Regional At Best are now copyrighted on YT. That's weird because they hadn't been before, because it was made before they signed to FBR. Another thing I noticed has to do with Amazon Music. I have an Android phone, so anytime I download music from another source, it instantly saves to my library on Amazon. A while back, I had downloaded RAB, but it didn't have the official cover art. Instead, it just had the logo for the website I got the download from. Well, I was planning on drumming to Kitchen Sink the other day, so I went on to Amazon and noticed something: it had the official cover art for RAB. What do you guys think this means? Are we getting a full remake AND a new album, or do you think that they're gonna do something similar to Vessel, and do some remakes and some new songs?

Can you please explain to me why all the original Star Trek series except tng have horrendous reencarnations on amazon music. Deep space 9 and voyager have truly awful midi renditions and enterprise has the wrong person singing yet claims it is " the enterprise theme tune "

I love the music of Star trek but this is truly awful!

If I say "Alexa, play <whatever> on Spotify on Theater (the name of my Denon receiver", she responds "i can't play from Spotify music on that device". Is there some other way to play Spotify on my Denon using the Echo? The same exact thing happens if I try SiriusXM. The echo plays from Amazon Music just fine - and my computer and phones can play Spotify on my receiver just fine.

Lately I've been getting a lot of "red rings". Alexa will show a red ring and say "Sorry I'm having trouble understanding right now" when I yell her name. This has recently started and I can't figure out why it's doing it, about 3 to 4 times a day (sometimes more) . I have three echo dots in my house and it's ONLY happening to the kitchen dot. I'm not sure what is causing it, for some reason it started after I switched from amazon music service to spotify (even though it happens when I don't listen to music at all during the day). I also have it connected to one of those vaux speakers that has a built in battery (maybe the power is cutting in and out?). Any ideas what may be causing it? Anyone else having this problem?

I have no idea what is going on. Her iMac (non-retina) was setup to compensate for her lack of sight (badly) by the shop she bought it from (not Apple store).

The screen is washed out to the point that it is difficult to tell one window from another and images look like they have been obscured.

I tried taking screenshots but they look normal and do not show what I am seeing on the screen. I have tried changing settings in DISPLAYS and not sure where else I can check.

Also system fonts and icons such as wifi icon are not sharp, very fuzzy.

Also items like Amazon Music startup automatically and I do not know how to stop it (as it does not appear as startup item in user & groups).

Possibly too many requests here but if anyone could address the weird washed-out colors and fuzzy finder font and icons (that look normal on a screenshot) I would be very grateful. Thanks.

Have to go out now, will respond in a couple of hours or so.