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Use an iPhone to Scan Music CDs into Spotify

Use an iPhone to Scan Music CDs into Spotify

Don’t hum a few bars of a song and ask me its name and that of the artist that recorded it.

I like listening to music, now and again, but I’m not really “into it” as many of my friends have been over the years.

But like many Baby Boomers, I do have a pile of music CDs, a form of digital media that is finally going by the technology wayside after replacing the LPs and reel-to-real music tapes that I collected from the 1960s through the 1970s.

(Grace Kat Flickr Photo)
(Grace Kat Flickr Photo)

My aging automobiles both have CD players, so if I’m on a “road trip” I can put a few CDs in the glove compartment and sing along while I get my kicks on Route 66.

But these days I’m unlikely to find a CD player in a hotel or motel room, so I need another way to “tune into” my tunes when I’m not tooling down the highway.

I sometimes use the free version of the Pandora music service, but I’d rather listen to “my own” music wherever I am in the world.

I have an iMac desktop computer, an iPad and an iPhone, and have “ripped” some of my music CDs into a library of tracks and albums that I can share between those devices.

But that transfer process is a bit slow, and I haven’t even tried it with my new iMac desktop which lacks a built-in CD player.

So when I recently read about an iPhone app that lets you quickly “load” an album into the Spotify online music service by scanning the CD’s barcode, I decided to sign up for a free Spotify account.

Here’s how that scanning process works.

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What Apple’s New Products Mean for Travelers

What Apple’s New Products Mean for Travelers

A week and a half ago Apple held its fall new product extravaganza.

Apple Store Hakan Dahlstrom
(Hakan Dahlstrom Flickr Photo)

But what does the company’s revised lineup of phones, tablets, apps and operating system mean for travelers?

Here’s my quick take on what’s totally new and what’s been updated, based on what I’ve read the tech pundits saying, since I’ve as yet not got my own hands on any of this “new and improved, greatest thing since sliced bread” high technology.

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Get Landline Messages on Your Smartphone

Get Landline Messages on Your Smartphone

While it’s not uncommon for people to only have a cellphone rather than a “landline” telephone today, there’s still many (like me) who find that those “old-school” telephone devices can be more reliable (especially during a power outage) and have better call quality than even the smartest of smartphones.

( Aaron Williamson Flickr Photo)
( Aaron Williamson Flickr Photo)

But there’s one problem everyone who has both a smartphone and a landline phone must deal with: When away from my home or office, especially for an extended period of time while traveling, how can one best learn whether calls have been made to the landline and, more importantly, if any of the callers left a voicemail message?

The answer, of course, is “There’s an app for that!”

Actually, there are at least two apps to help you track your landline calls and voicemail messages.

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