Sep 25, 2017

How to Play Spotify Music on Google Chromecast Audio


It’s extremely easy to stream and play your Spotify music on TV or speakers from phone or tablet if you have a Chromecast or Chromecast Audio device. If you are looking for the complete guide to cast Spotify to Chromecast, you should follow the content here which will provide you the top 2 most popular ways to play Spotify music on Chromecast or Chromecast Audio step by step.

Method 1. The Most Popular Way to Cast Spotify Songs to Chromecast Audio


To connect Spotify with Google Chromecast Audio, all you need is the Spotify Music app and a Chromecast Audio device hooked up to your TV or speakers.

You should be well noted that currently only Spotify premium users have the right to stream Spotify music to Chromecast. If you are using the free account of Spotify, then you should turn to the other method.


Step 1. Insert Chromecast or Chromecast Audio to TV HDMI port or a speaker input port. Make sure your Chromecast or Chromecast Audio is configured using the Chromecast/Chromecast Audio app on your phone or tablet

Step 2. Start the Spotify app on the same WiFi network as your Chromecast/Chromecast Audio.

Step 3. Within Spotify, select a track that you want to listen to. At the bottom of the screen, select “Devices Available”.

Step 4. Select your Chromecast or Chromecast Audio from the devices listed. Then you’ll be able to play the Spotify music track right from your TV or speaker via Chromecast.

Method 2. Alternative Tips for Free Subscribers to Stream Spotify to Chromecast


Firstly you should know the reason why free users can’t directly stream Spotify music to Chromecast Audio is that the free accounts don’t have the authority to download Spotify music for offline listening. And that’s all because of the DRM protection inserted by Spotify. So the key point to make free subscribers stream Spotify music to Chromecast Audio is to find out a solution to remove the Spotify DRM permanently. In this case, we meet TunesKit Spotify Music Converter, a smart all-in-one program for Spotify specialized in stripping DRM and converting Spotify tracks to common formats, such as MP3, WAV, AAC, FLAC, etc. Once the DRM is cracked, you can freely sync the unprotected Spotify songs to Chromecast or other devices even if you are using the free Spotify account or cancelling the premium account.

Part 1. How to Remove DRM from Spotify Music


Before syncing Spotify songs to Chromecast, please follow this part to get rid of DRM lock from Spotify music with TunesKit Spotify Music Converter.


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Step 1. Open TunesKit Spotify Music Converter, and then Spotify app will be launched automatically. Access to Spotify app and choose any song or playlist that you want to convert. Then drag the files into TunesKit conversion window. You can also add the songs or playlists by pasting the links to the converter interface.

Step 2. When the Spotify music is added successfully into TunesKit, click the top-right menu > Preferences and choose the output format as you like. Currently it supports multiple output formats, including MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A, and M4B. You can also adjust output audio quality, conversion speed and directory, etc. according to your own requirements.

Step 3. After the settings are well adjusted, simply click “Convert” button at the bottom right to start converting the DRM-ed Spotify music to common formats. Once the conversion finished, you’ll find the well-converted Spotify songs that can cast to Chromecast for listening everywhere.

Part 2. Stream Converted Spotify Music to Chromecast vis Plex


Plex is a media server runs on Windows, MacOS, Android and iOS, with which you can create your own music library and sync to mobile devices. After import the Spotify music from computer, a Cast button will let you stream the music songs to Chromecast. No need for iOS or Android controller apps.

Sep 19, 2017

TunesKit DRM Media Converter All Support iTunes 12.7 Perfectly

TunesKit, the top leader in DRM removal field, officially upgraded its featured DRM removal products for Mac, including DRM Media Converter, DRM Audio Converter, and Apple Music Converter by adding the perfect support to iTunes 12.7 on macOS 10.12 Sierra or lower. Till now, all TunesKit DRM media converter for Mac and Windows would work perfectly with the latest iTunes v.12.7 when removing DRM protection from iTunes M4V videos, Audible audiobooks, as well as Apple Music songs, etc.


Along with other new world-shocking products like iPhone 8, iPhone X, Apple TV 4K, Apple also launched the new version of iTunes 12.7 on the occasion of its tenth anniversary. Once it’s released, iTunes users can download the new upgrade for both Mac and Windows. However, TunesKit DRM removal product users, especially those using the Mac versions must have found that those tools can’t work as expected once the iTunes was upgraded to v.12.7. As a professional and customer-oriented iTunes DRM removal solution provider in the world, TunesKit R&D team began to seek for the fix as soon as the error occurred. Thanks to persistent hard work and continuous tests, they finally made a breakthrough on this issue and found the ultimate solution, making TunesKit the first developer that fixed the iTunes 12.7 incompatibility error in DRM removal area.

“Apple has strengthened its DRM encryption method with the release of iTunes 12.7. Therefore the old decrypting core used by TunesKit DRM removers can’t suppose to work any more.Fortunately, our programmers invented a new advanced DRM cracking technique completely different with the old one and it apparently turns out to working pretty well.” said Lee, TunesKit R&D director. “We also received some customers’ concern about converting the new 4K iTunes movie content with TunesKit. As a result, we’ll keep testing the program on our end and try our best to support those 4K movies in the near future.”

To sum up, no matter you are using the Mac or Windows version of TunesKit DRM media converting software, you can go ahead to upgrade your iTunes to 12.7 without worrying about the compatibility at all. However, Mac users should be well noted that the solution for iTunes 12.7 on macOS 10.13 High Sierra is still under development. Therefore those newly released TunesKit DRM removal products for Mac can only work well for iTunes 12.7 under macOS 10.12 or earlier.

To get the latest versions of the upgraded TunesKit Mac products, please either use the built-in auto upgrading or download the latest setup files from TunesKit Download Center.

Jul 24, 2017

How to Convert Spotify Online Tracks to MP3 on Windows


Converting Spotify music to MP3 or other formats could be a common request for most Spotify users, especially those free subscribers. As one of the largest online streaming music services in the world, Spotify is claimed to have more than 140 million monthly active users by June 2017. However, among those subscribers, only the premium members are authorized to download and listen to Spotify music offline. The free membership users can only stream the music online without the right to download the songs for offline listening. What’s more, there’s also restriction for even the premium subscribers as they can only download the Spotify tracks on three devices. So in this case, it’s necessary to find a way out to download the Spotify music to play offline. In the following article, we’ll discuss the simple solution to download as well as convert any Spotify music track to MP3 format for any player and device.

Best Spotify Music Tool – TunesKit Spotify to MP3 Converter for Windows

Now you meet TunesKit Spotify Converter, the best and fastest Spotify music downloader and converter that’s well designed to easily extract Spotify streams and convert the DRM-protected songs to common MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4B formats for offline playing on any popular MP3 player and device, such as iPod, Zune, Creative Zen, iRiver, Sony Walkman, iPhone, Android phones and tablets, etc.

Key Features of TunesKit Spotify Music Converter

  • Remove DRM from Spotify tracks, albums, artists, and playlists
  • Add Spotify music files by dragging the songs and albums directly from Spotify app
  • Download and convert Spotify songs to MP3, AAC, M4A, M4B, FLAC, WAV
  • Transfer all Spotify songs to any player for offline listening
  • Work at up to 5X faster speed with lossless quality preserved

Complete Tutorial to Convert Spotify Songs to MP3 with TunesKit

The following will introduce the whole steps to convert your DRM-ed Spotify online streams to MP3 format with TunesKit Spotify to MP3 Converter for Windows.

Step 1. Drag Spotify tracks to TunesKit

You don’t need to download the Spotify songs in advance. You can simply open TunesKit and it will launch Spotify software automatically. Then in the Spotify app, you can search for any track or album or artist you want to convert and then drag the online streams from Spotify to TunesKit Spotify Converter. Then the Spotify music will load automatically. Or you can paste the link of the Spotify songs in the search box of TunesKit conversion window.

Step 2. Choose output settings

Now click the menu bar and choose Preferences. In the popup window, you can select the output format as MP3 and adjust other properties, such as channels, bit rates, sample rates, etc. You can also set the conversion speed and output directory according to your own needs.

Step 3. Convert Spotify music to MP3

When everything is set OK, simply click “Convert” button and it will begin to convert your Spotify tracks and albums to MP3 format at up to 5X faster speed.

Jun 8, 2017

WWDC 2017 Keynote: iOS11, HomePod, macOS 10.13 and other Biggest Announcements

Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote just wrapped, where key executives Craig Federighi, Phil Schiller, and, of course, Tim Cook, took the stage to announce updates headed to iPhones, MacBooks, Apple TV, and more.

The rumors for this year’s WWDC came in the final hours leading up to the event, with hints of new hardware and, of course, software news for developers to help prep the release of consumer updates in the fall. We were also anticipating the company to finally take Siri up against the likes of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant on the hardware and smart home front — and it looks like it arrived in the form of the Apple HomePod.

Here are the highlights from today’s keynote.

Apple Announces HomePod Speaker to Take on Amazon Echo and Sonos


So let’s get the Siri speaker rumors out of the way: it turns out Apple wasn’t quite aiming its smart speaker to go against just Amazon Echo and Google Home, but also the Sonos home entertainment speakers. Called the HomePod, it uses spacial awareness to tune and better fill the room with sound based on the space it’s in. It also has a “Musicologist” feature that works with Apple Music to stream the music you ask the speaker’s built-in Siri to play. You can even ask more complex, music-related questions like “Who’s the drummer in this song?” or “What album came out on this day 20 years ago?”


The HomePod will be available in two colors — black or white — and will integrate Siri in an Amazon Echo / Google Home-like use case. You can ask it to control smart home devices and check the day’s weather and news briefings. Apple priced the HomePod at $349, with plans to ship it in December first to customers in the US, UK, and Australia. It will enter more international markets next year. Check out our hands-on with the HomePod for a first look.

iMac Pro Introduced, Alongside Updated Desktop Specs


Apple’s introducing updated iMac desktops with improved Retina displays, graphics boosts, Kaby Lake processors, and USB-C. They will also support graphics for VR content creation. During the keynote, Apple demoed this by showing off a VR game featuring Darth Vader, a lightsaber, and TIE fighter.


There’s a new iMac Pro as well, with a 5K display with improved cooling capacity, and 8-core Xeon processor (upgradeable up to 18-core,) up to 4TB of SSD, up to 128GB of ECC memory, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, and built-in 10GB Ethernet.

The new iMac starts at $1,099 for the 21.5-inch model, and $1,299 for the 4K model. MacBooks will get upgraded, too; the MacBook Pro starting at $1,299, which includes the updated Kaby Lake processor. The iMac Pro starts at $4,999, and ships in December.

iOS 11 Comes with Improved Siri, Automatic Do Not Disturb Driving Mode, iMessage Features



The new version of iOS software has some pretty social updates, such as an update to Siri that has improved speech, the ability to help translate sentences into different languages, and on-device learnings that suggest actions based on what you do on your iPhone or iPad. iMessages now live in the iCloud, with synchronized conversations that you can delete from any device you own that are under the same account. You can also pay and receive payments from contacts through iMessage — so no more Venmo or Square Cash if you don’t want to download extra apps.

Photo capture is also improved, with better low-light performance, and the ability to edit Live Photos so you can change the key still image or trim the video. There’s a new control center as well, which relies a lot on 3D Touch and condenses most controls on the lower half of the screen without looking cluttered.

There’s also a new safety feature that recognizes when a user is driving and automatically turns on Do Not Disturb to prevent distractions. When you’re available to be more social, you can now head to Apple Music to see what your friends are listening to and check out shared playlists.

Lastly, the App Store has been redesigned for better discovery and a How To section for tips on how to use various popular apps. Apple’s also bringing back the “App of the Day” section to promote users to open the App Store more frequently.

iOS 11 for iPad Brings Windows-Esque Multitasking Abilities



On the iPad, iOS 11 improves multitasking that lets users pull up an app from the dock and drag it onto the screen to split the screen. Similar to what you can do on a MacBook, you can use touch to hold and drag folders, files, or photos and drop them in a different app such as Mail or iMessage. Handwritten text from an Apple Pencil will also be searchable from the Notes app. Apple claims it uses “deep learning” to recognize penmanship.

Apple also talked briefly about the Files app that leaked a few hours before the keynote kicked off, which is just a management system that you can use to sort files by size and date, similar to how you’d go through your files on a desktop or laptop.

Apple Lets Developers Make More Immersive Apps with Arkit



Just as Lauren Goode predicted, Apple introduced a new ARKit to let developers build augmented reality apps for the iPhone. The kit can help find planes, track motion, and estimate scale and ambient lighting. Popular apps like Pokémon Go will also use ARKit for improved real-time renders.

Rather than requiring external hardware like Microsoft’s HoloLens, Apple seems to be betting on ARKit to provide impressive quality imaging through a device most people already own. We’ll know more on how the quality actually compares when we get to try it out ourselves.

10.5-inch iPad Pro Introduced



The iPad Pro will now be available in three different sizes, with a new 10.5-inch model introduced today. There’s a 12-megapixel camera, just like the iPhone 7, with a 7MP selfie cam. It supports USB 3.0 and has 10 hours of battery life.

There’s a new feature called ProMotion which reduces the Apple Pencil’s latency to 20 milliseconds. It can automatically adjust the refresh rate based on what you’re watching (fast-moving video versus still image). ProMotion also doubles the refresh rate to up to 120Hz.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro will be available starting with a 64GB configuration at $649; it’s available to order now and shipping next week.

The New MacOS Is Named High Sierra. Yep



The upcoming version of macOS will be called High Sierra, and it comes with updates to Safari that help block site trackers and autoplaying videos. Apple’s also added new photo-editing tools like curves (helpful for those who don’t have Adobe Photoshop), and it has better filtering tools to sort images by keywords or faces.

An updated file management system will be a part of the update as well, which speeds up directory cloning with native encryption. On the graphics end, there’s a second version of Metal, support for VR, and a Metal 2 developer kit that you can order with an AMD GPU to tune apps for external graphics.

WatchOS 4 Brings New Siri Watchface, Fitness Coaching, and A New App-Browsing UI


An update for the Apple Watch is coming which introduces new faces that display different types of informations, such as Siri reminders or more visual ones that feature Toy Story characters a la Mickey Mouse. There’s also a fitness-focused update, which includes monthly challenges to encourage the wearer to get more active and NFC-enabled data sharing where the user can tap their Apple Watch on gym equipment to pair the two, sharing the most accurate calorie burn and activity information.

There’s also a new Music app to make finding and playing music via the Apple Watch more visual — you can now use a new dock layout to scroll through recently opened apps.

Original source: https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/5/15722994/apple-wwdc-2017-news-highlights-recap. 

May 27, 2017

3 Best Ways to Listen to Audiobooks on Mobile Device




Audiobooks offer us another way to give our eyes and mind to other things, as we can listen to the latest bestseller to get through our daily commute, devour a non-fiction piece while doing the dishes, or even we can check out the latest biography during a daily workout. Audiobooks enrich our daily life, and we all want to carry our whole audiobooks libraries around with us. Mobile device is commonly regarded as the inseparable for most of us which can help us deal with our basic necessities. So, how to listen to audiobooks on mobile device can be an interesting topic.

Thanks to the various audiobooks providers, we get the access to obtain all kinds of audio books, including the world-class literature resources from the app or website. How many ways to obtain them? Dozens, it is simply depended on the quality you desire and the amount you're willing to spend.

Audible Application 


Price:
$14.95 per month subscription

Support systems: Both of Android and iOS

Audible) remains the powerhouse in the audiobooks field, with more than 150,000 professionally voiced audio books. Audible's audiobook player offers solid playback features, with chapter navigation, bookmarks, a sleep mode, variable playback speed and multitasking support for background playback and downloading. Its increasing integration with Amazon's Kindle system is reaping added benefits for its users, as Kindle users can pay a small fee to upgrade a Kindle ebook with an Audible audiobook; Amazon's Whispersync allows users to switch between audiobook and text near-seamlessly. You can even have Amazon's Alexa pull up your audiobooks from Audible to be read through an Echo, Tap or Echo Dot.

However, audio books from Audible are protected by DRM, and you're restricted from using non-Audible apps or downloading the file to too many devices at once.If you want to break this restriction forever, TunesKit Audible Converter can be a perfect one-stop solution for you. With this profession Audible DRM removal, you can easily remove the restriction from DRM-locked Audible audibooks and transfer the AA or AAX files to MP3 or other plain audio formats. Then converted files can be played in any devices or players as you like.

Bookmobile



Price: Free trial for 60 days, after that, $ 3.99 USD for unlimited number of audiobooks.

Support systems: iOS

If you are looking for some apps to offer you DRM-free audiobooks, Bookmobile can be an ideal choice which is specially designed for iOS users. Apart from supporting DRM-free audio contents, this app also supports the DRM-protected audio tracks from iTunes and Audible. The app allows users to play and manage audio content from a wide range of sources: iTunes, Audible.com, librivox.org, CDs, public library downloads, RSS feeds, Dropbox, and etc. Extra features include a custom bookmarking feature that can automatically remember where you last stopped, playback speed controls, and AirPlay support. The free trial lasts for 60 days and allows you to import three audiobooks. 

Audiobooks Now



Price: You can buy audiobooks individually from the in-app marketplace, or join in their club plan which comes with a 30 day free trial and is $5/month thereafter, offers you 50% off the first audiobook you purchase each month and 35-40% off everything else you purchase.

Support systems: Both of Android and iOS

Audiobooks Now offers an integrated market and audiobook player with a library of more than 80,000 bestsellers and classics. Users can stream audiobooks for on-demand listening, or download titles to read them on the go. The app comes with bookmarking and playback controls, incoming call auto-pause and resume, and multi-device syncing.

Also Read: How to Convert Audible Files from AA to MP3?

May 23, 2017

How to Downgrade iTunes 12.6.1?




About iTunes 12.6.1


Last week, alongside the Apple release of a new macOS Sierra 10.12.5 update that brings some minor bug fixes and performance improvements, Apple has launched a new version of iTunes, iTunes 12.6.1.

This update includes minor app and performance improvements according to the Apple’s release notes.

Why We Need to Downgrade iTunes 12.6.1?

Since Apple released this new version iTunes, dozens of Mac users have found that some application can no longer be compatible with iTunes 12.6.1. Actually, these software producers are all working on how to make their software work again under the iTunes 12.6.1. TunesKit, as a professional iTunes DRM removal solution provider, offer a temporarily solution to its users to bypass the annoyance cause by 12.6.1 while their R&D team is dedicating themselves to find a permanent solution to make TunesKit M4V Converter for Mac, Audiobook Converter for Mac, Apple Music Converter for Mac fully support iTunes 12.6.1. This workaround is to downgrade iTunes 12.6.1 to 12.6 which can be supported fully by TunesKit.

Detailed Instruction of How to Downgrade iTunes 12.6.1:


(1) Download iTunes 12.6.0.100 from this page: http://www.techspot.com/downloads/71-apple-itunes-for-mac.html, where you can find all previous versions of iTunes in the sidebar.

(2) Open Activity Monitor and kill the process "iTunes-Helper".

a. Open up Finder on your Mac, go to the Applications folder, then the Utilities folder, and the shortcut to open Activity Monitor is right there.

b. Open Activity Monitor>> select iTunes Helper >> Quite



(3) Open Terminal and type: "sudo rm -r /Applications/iTunes.app".

(4) Install iTunes 12.6.0.100.

(5) Disable auto-upgrading in iTunes.

(6) Run TunesKit and you will find TunesKit work perfectly again as it used to do.

About TunesKit DRM Media Converter

TunesKit DRM Media Converter for Mac is an ideal DRM removal tool to help you remove DRM protection from all iTunes videos, including both rented and purchased movies and TV shows. This iTunes DRM Remover is a home edition and for personal use only. With this smart DRM crack software, you can legally and freely strip DRM from any iTunes movies and TV shows at 30X faster speed to MP4, AVI, M4V, MOV, MPG, FLV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, 3GP, 3G2, SWF, MP3, AAC and other popular video and audio formats with original audio tracks, subtitles and quality preserved. TunesKitiTunes DRM Removal for Windows is also available for PC users.

If you want to convert iTunes videos to DRM-free1080p videos, you won’t miss the full review: TunesKit DRM Media Converter Review: Best iTunes DRM Removal Tool.

May 9, 2017

Apple vs Amazon vs Google: Which Digital Movies Provider is Best Choice?



We are living in a digital world, today, we can enjoy all kinds of digital products: like streaming music, audio book, e-book, digital movies with multiple mobile devices. In 2001, while CD was still popular among music lovers, Apple released its first iPod. And soon, folks started to accept digital music and transfer to digital music from physical music which was not such convenient to carry. Many people have such a question: Will digital music completely replace the physical music, will CD disappear in the future? In fact, vinyl as a format has survived since many people like the option to own music while digital music has many restrictions in playback devices or once the unsubscribe the streaming service they will lose the access to the music files forever. As for this question, people’s opinion varies in different point, yet we can’t deny that digital products have filled up most people’s daily life. And also, this digital world will also eat our movie collection, but, which digital provider would be your best choice.

Nowadays, many world-famous digital giant company have been competing to be our movies provider, like Apple, Amazon, Google and even Microsoft is belatedly getting into the mix. They all have their perks, but one unsettling fact remains true with all of these providers: you can't simply download your movie and use it on any device you want. You are locked into using that particular company's app, which may not be available on every device.

Many factors will make up users final choice yet you would be better not to make too many choice since it would split your library, which means you need to install multiple apple to sync different library. Thus, the choice may be decided by what devices you use as much as which company you like the most, so we'll go over the pros and cons of each provider.

1. Apple iTunes


For Apple’s loyal customers, it may seem like a simple decision to do your shopping in iTunes. As you can imagine, Apple's ecosystem works great together. The TV app on Apple TV and iPad brings your collection together with various subscription services like Hulu and HBO Now, which makes browsing for what to watch much easier. You can also download movies to your desktop or laptop and well as your iPhone or iPad, so you can enjoy your collection off line.

What you can't do is watch anything on Android, Roku, your Smart TV, Blu-Ray player with all the streaming apps. You have no ability to watch iTunes movies basically anywhere besides a PC or an Apple device. That's enough to give even Apple Watch owners some doubts on whether or not to put all those eggs in Apple's basket.

Apple iTunes Pros:
One of the first to offer streaming video, movies, TV shows and rentals and still a leader in terms of stability and performance.
Works great with the iPad's and Apple TV's new TV app, which will let you browse and select movies and TV from various sources alongside of your own digital collection including Hulu, HBO Now, Starz, etc.
Allows offline downloads to both PC and mobile devices.

Apple iTunes Cons:
Compatibility limited to Apple's ecosystem (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV) and Macs and Windows-based machines. Users can’t watch iTunes movies at any devices at their will.

Actually, apple users can break this compatibility restriction easily by the means of third party professional video converter. You likely to notice that all purchased or rent movies are all in M4V format with DRM protection that is the answer why android device or other non-apple device can't support iTunes movies. In order to save the iTunes movies forever and watch them without limitation, TunesKit M4V Converter can offer a permanent solution. You simply need to legally convert iTunes M4V movies to MP4 files. With the help of TunesKit M4V converter, users can strip DRM protection from ITunes movies and convert them to plain MP4 files at one click. If you want to learn a step-by-step instruction, you can view this article: How to Remove DRM from iTunes Rentals without Quality Loss.

2. Amazon Instant Video


Amazon's biggest enemy is Amazon. It would be easy to recommend Amazon's Instant Video as one of the best digital provider's except for one crazy little thing: they refuse to sell the Apple TV. In fact, they kicked Apple TV out of the store. They also don't sell Google's Chromecast, although they happily sell other devices that use the same 'cast' technology.

Here's where it gets even crazier. Amazon kicked these products out of their store because they don't work with Amazon's Prime and Instant Video services even though the only reason those devices can't show Amazon's video is because Amazon hasn't put out an app (in the case of Apple TV) or modified their app (in the case of Chromecast) to work with those devices. Oddly enough, you can still watch Amazon's Instant Video and Prime streaming subscription on Apple TV if you use AirPlay.

While Amazon doesn't exactly play nice with others, Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant video are available on a wide range of devices, including the iPhone and iPad. Amazon also supports Android smartphones and tablets, Roku, XBOX, PlayStation, PC, most Smart TVs and (of course) Amazon's Fire devices, which run on top of Android. And while they don't have an Apple TV app, you can stream to Apple TV via AirPlay.

Amazon Instant Video Pros:
The tie-in with Amazon Prime video makes it easy to browse through available movies and TV from both Prime and your digital lockbox.
You can download to your mobile device for offline viewing.
Supports Disney Everywhere.

Amazon Instant Video Cons:
No downloads for the PC.
Amazon is known for not playing nice with others.

3. Google Play


Google Play streams their offerings on a wider range of devices than Amazon Instant Video or Apple's iTunes movies and television. Google's Android, Chrome and Chromecast platforms don’t exactly make them Switzerland, but they've played nice in the war for our living rooms. Google's philosophy is more about providing the opportunity to watch on the largest range of devices rather than battling it out for platform dominance.

You can stream Google Play on your iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, Roku, many smart televisions or through Chromecast. Google Play isn't available for Apple TV, but if you have an Apple TV, you can use AirPlay to stream your Google Play collection.

Google Play Pros:
Available on a wider range of devices than Apple and Amazon.
You can download video to your mobile device.
Offers an introductory $0.99 rental.
Supports Disney Everywhere.

Google Play Cons:
Doesn't work with your game console, so XBOX and PlayStation owners will have to stream from another device.
No offline downloads for the PC.

In conclusion, the best choice differs in different people since which company's products you used mostly will decide which digital movies provider you will choice.

May 5, 2017

Top 5 Hot New Released Audio Books on Audible 2017

As the worldwide largest audio book retailer, Audible keeps high frequency in replenishing various audio books resources. Audible updates the top charts of the hot new releases every week, here we introduce the new content of chart this week to help you keep pace with the newest popular audio books.

No 1. The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

   
          

·Written by: Margaret Atwood , Valerie Martin - essay
· Narrated by: Claire Danes , Margaret Atwood , full cast
· Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
· Release Date: 04-04-17
· Publisher: Audible Studios


Summary: Featuring an all-new interview with Professor Piexoto, written by Atwood and performed by a full cast, The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition is a must-listen for both fans and newcomers alike. Emmy Award winner Claire Danes (Homeland, Temple Grandin) gives a stirring performance of this classic in speculative fiction, where the message (and the warning) is now more timely than ever. In addition to rich sound design that honors the audio origins of Atwood's classic, the special edition also includes a brand-new afterword from the author and an essay written by author Valerie Martin (Mary Reilly, Property).

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name. Despite the danger, Offred learns to navigate the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life for mere glimpses of her former freedom, and records her story for future listeners.

No 2. Into the Water



·Written by: Paula Hawkins·Narrated by: Laura Aikman, Rachel Bavidge,etc.
· Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
· Unabridged Audiobook | View Abridged
· Release Date:05-02-17


Summary: The author of the number-one New York Times best seller and global phenomenon The Girl on the Train returns with Into the Water, her addictive new novel of psychological suspense.

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely 15-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from - a place to which she vowed she'd never return.

With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying listen that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.

Beware a calm surface - you never know what lies beneath.

NO 3. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry




·Written by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
·Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
·Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
·Unabridged Audiobook
·Release Date:05-02-17
·Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.


Summary: What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.

But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day. While waiting for your morning coffee to brew, or while waiting for the bus, the train, or the plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the big bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.

NO. 4 For We Are Many




·Written by: Dennis E. Taylor
·Narrated by: Ray Porter
·Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
·Unabridged Audiobook
·Release Date:04-18-17

Summary: The highly anticipated sequel to Audible's Best of 2016 - Science Fiction winner, We Are Legion (We Are Bob); a book listeners are calling "so much fun", "what science fiction was meant to be", and what would happen if "Andy Weir and Ernest Cline had a lovechild".

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

Bob and his copies have been spreading out from Earth for 40 years now, looking for habitable planets. But that's the only part of the plan that's still in one piece. A system-wide war has killed off 99.9 percent of the human race; nuclear winter is slowly making the Earth uninhabitable; a radical group wants to finish the job on the remnants of humanity; the Brazilian space probes are still out there, still trying to blow up the competition; and the Bobs have discovered a spacefaring species that sees all other life as food.

Bob left Earth anticipating a life of exploration and blissful solitude. Instead he's become a sky god to a primitive native species, the only hope for getting humanity to a new home, and possibly the only thing that can prevent every living thing in the local sphere from ending up as dinner.

Listener favorite Ray Porter returns to narrate Bob - and his many incarnations - in all of their geeky glory.

NO 5. The Fix



·Written by: David Baldacci
·Narrated by: Kyf Brewer , Orlagh Cassidy
·Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
·Abridged Audiobook
·Release Date:04-18-17

Summary: David Baldacci's remarkable detective Amos Decker - the man who can forget nothing - was first introduced in the sensational New York Times best seller Memory Man. Now Decker returns in a stunning new novel....

Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself.

Even with Decker's extraordinary powers of observation and deduction, the killing is baffling. Decker and his team can find absolutely no connection between the shooter - a family man with a successful consulting business - and his victim, a schoolteacher. Nor is there a hint of any possible motive for the attack.

Enter Harper Brown. An agent of the Defense Intelligence Agency, she orders Decker to back off the case. The murder is part of an open DIA investigation, one so classified that Decker and his team aren't cleared for it.

But they learn that the DIA believes solving the murder is now a matter of urgent national security. Critical information may have been leaked to a hostile government - or, worse, an international terrorist group - and an attack may be imminent.

Decker's never been one to follow the rules, especially with the stakes so high. Forced into an uneasy alliance with Agent Brown, Decker remains laser focused on only one goal: solving the case before it's too late.


Convert Audible .AA Audio Books to MP3 Files 
Audio book is book-reading fans' best friend that allows listeners to enjoy audio books on their commute or while they exercise to make full use of time. If you are an Audible audio book lover, you may likely to keep track of these new released books on Audible. Nevertheless, after purchasing and downloading these files you may find that these files are all in AA or AAX format which can’t work with your common MP3 player. Don’t be frustrating, you simply need a profession Audible audio book converter to transfer the Audible files from AA to MP3. TunesKit Audible Converter is an excellent selection, it enables users easily to remove the format restriction and convert AA format to popular format like M4A, M4B, FLAC, AAC, OGG, AIFF, APE, FLAC, WMA, WAV, M4R, MKA, AU with original tags preserved. It also supports split large Audible audio books to small segments based on time or chapters. For step-by-step guide on how to convert Audible audio books from AA to MP3, you are highly suggested to visit: How to Convert Audible Files from AA to MP3

References: https://www.amazon.com/gp/new-releases/books/2402172011/ref=zg_bs_tab_t_bsnr

May 4, 2017

How to Convert Audible Files from AA to MP3?



If you are looking for ways to fit more books into your life, picking up audio books is a great way to do it. Audio books not only is more cheaper and more convenient to carry, it also allows readers to listen books without needing them to use their eyes. Hence, audio book is adored by large amount of readers. As the digital audio books industry grows larger, Amazon's brand Audible exists as a special audio book service provider and is regarded as the largest audio book producer and retailer.

Audible’s DRM Protection

Like iTunes store, Audible also applies DRM protection to their audio books to protect both the intellectual property rights of content providers as well as the authors. The starting point of applying DRM protection is good, nevertheless, DRM also bring many troubles to Audible users.

If you are an Audible's audio book lover, you likely to notice that, the audio books you downloaded from Audible are all in restricted format like .AA or .AAX, which prevent you from listening these audio books on your MP3 player that can’t support .AA format. You can neither play these .AA audio books on unauthorized devices. To break this limitation, the only method is to strip the DRM from the audio books and convert these .AA format files to mp3 or other plain format that can be compatible with common media players or devices. You may know that a general audio converters has no DRM breaking ability built in, if you want to crack this DRM protection from Audible files , you need to search for another specific DRM removal tool to achieve this goal.

Quick-guide: How to Convert Audible AA files to MP3 files?


TunesKit Audible Converter is such an professional audio book converter that can meet your requirement of converting Audible AA or AAX files to MP3 files. Thanks to the innovative decoding technology, TunesKit Audible Converter enable users easily convert Audible AA files to high quality common audio formats, like MP3, M4A, M4B, FLAC, AAC, OGG, AIFF, APE, FLAC, WMA, WAV, M4R, MKA, AU, etc. What’s more, TunesKit Audible Converter can completely run alone to remove DRM protection without requiring users to authorize their Audible account in iTunes in advance. Unlike other traditional audio converters using recording method, TunesKit simply strips the DRM from original files and won’t touch the status of the source files, thus, all original metadata info and ID3 tags, such as book title, artist, author, date can be preserved.

Try a clean install: TunesKit Audible Converter provides Mac version and Windows version for different system users. You can download the Free Trial Version for Windows or Free Trial Version for Mac to experience how to convert .AA Audible files to MP3 files.

Steps: Convert Audible AA Files to MP3 Files with Audible Converter

Step 1: Download the Audible AA files to your computer or Mac.

Step 2: Launch TunesKit Audible Converter, input AA files by clicking “+” button or directly dragging-dropping files to the conversion area.



Step 3: Select MP3 as the output format, then click “Convert” button, the conversion will complete in few seconds or minutes. TunesKit also perfectly supports batch conversion which can save users a lot of time and patience.

Tips: Covert Audible AA file to MP3 File by Chapters


I download audio books exclusively from Audible.com, and I hate large and long files. I want to convert my large Audible AA files to ‘chunks’ in MP3 Format as well. Is there a way to get a file with my needed settings (MP3, 192 kbps, 48000 kHz and split all files by chapters)?

If you have the same question, please pay attention to this tip: TunesKit Audible to MP3 Converter provides users with many practical and customized features. With the help of TunesKit Audible Converter, you can adjust the output format with detailed settings, you can get a convenient access to create segments based on time, chapters as well.

Take the case above for example, you can follow this tutorial to set the output parameters with TunesKit when converting Audible AA files to MP3 segments.

>> After you run TunesKit Audible Converter and add AA files, click the format setting at the lower left corner and set the Out format as "MP3" , Sample Rate as "48000n HZ", Bit Rate as "256 kps".



>> To split audio book into chapters, you can click the “edit” icon in TunesKit interface next to the book name. Then simply select "Split by chapters" and click "OK".

Apr 26, 2017

How to Convert Apple Music from M4P to MP3?


Why We Need to Convert Apple Music to MP3?


I have been a Apple Music subscriber over one year and always enjoy paid Apple Music tracks on my iPhone and iPad. Recently, I new purchased a Galaxy S8 and I want to input all these paid Apple Music files to it. However, I failed to play Apple Music songs on my Galaxy S8 because of the DRM protection. Someone advises me to install Apple Music app on my Galaxy S8, but I don't think that is a permanent solution and I don't want to live with such DRM limitation anymore. I am searching for a professional Apple Music Converter to help me convert DRM-locked music files from M4P to MP3 which can be accepted by almost all devices. Anyone can recommend such a tool to me?

Since Apple Music came out, it rapidly became one of the most popular streaming music service. Up to now, Apple Music has over 20 million paid subscribers. It is hardly surprising Apple Music is so successful. Not only it is backed up of one of the biggest brands in the world, it also provides users with access to the entire iTunes library, a swath of curated playlists, recommendation of songs based on your taste.

However, as an Apple Music subscriber, you can't really own single songs from the music catalog even you have paid for it. Because music tracks from Apple Music are all in 256k AAC(M4P) format and encrypted by FairPlay DRM protection. Due to this DRM limitation, you can't get access to these Apple Music files if your iOS device version is older than V.8.4, your non-apple devices don't have Apple Music app installed, you decide to unsubscribe the Apple Music. To solve this limitation problem, you need to crack DRM protection from Apple Music files firstly, then convert these M4P Apple Music files to plain MP3 music files that can be supported by all most mainstream devices.

Best Solution to Convert Apple Music from M4P to MP3 on Mac/Windows

TuesKit Apple Music Converter is specially developed as an professional DRM removal tool for Apple Music subscribers.It allows users easily to strip DRM protection from Apple Music audio files and accomplish the conversion from M4P to MP3 with a couple of clicks. Unlike traditional recording technology, TunesKit applied innovative encoding technology to its Apple Music Converter, that means Tuneskit can complete the conversion at 30X speed.With TunesKit Apple Music, you can freely converted these paid Apple Music tracks to MP3,AAC, WAV, M4A, M4B,and FLAC with the ID tags and other information including artwork,artist,disc number,composer,album,year,track number, genre,etc.can be preserved.

TuesKit Apple Music Converter offers Mac version and Windows to its users. Both of these two versions are high-efficient and easy-to-use.You can download TuesKit Apple Music Converter free trail version to experience its excellent features in converting M4P Apple Music files to MP3 music files.


Steps: Remove DRM Protection from Apple Music and Convert DRM-ed Apple Music Files to MP3 Files on Mac

Step 1: Install and Open Apple Music Converter on Mac

You can download the correct version of Apple Music Converter depending on your operation system. After installing and launching the program, this main interface will come out.



Step 2: Input Apple Music Files to TunesKit Apple Music Converter

After running TunesKit, iTunes will re-launch automatically and the DRM-locked music files will appear in the drop-down list when you click the“Add Files”icon. You can also input the M4P music files by dragging-dropping them to the blank conversion area.



Step 3: Customize MP3 as Output Format

In this step, users have access to adjust the output formats ,out put folder ,etc.at their will. In this guide, you can select MP3 as the output format by clicking the gear icon and Output drop-down list of the program:



Step 4: Convert M4P Apple Music Songs to MP3 Files

If you have finished above steps, you can simply click the “Convert”button to start to convert Apple Music songs from M4P for MP3. TunesKit takes you only a few seconds to complete the conversion. P.S TunesKit also support batch music conversion with it outstanding performance.


After the conversion, these M4P DRM-ed Apple Music songs are all converted to MP3 music files. Then you can enjoy these DRM-free MP3 music files on any devices as you wish without any limitation.

Also Read: How to Stream Apple Music to Google Chromecast Audio
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