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iTunes Match – This Changes Everything

The 2005 solution to all your songs in your pocket

iPod Classic

Recently I was mourning the loss of my 4th generation iPod classic.  It had been my solution for carrying my large volume of recordings from home to school for years.  It was very handy when I wanted to play a certain cut for my jazz band or for playing the full orchestral version of some masterwork that one of the bands was working on.  It gave me almost six faithful years, which I suppose is pretty good for a mobile device of any kind.

There were some limitations to the iPod classic.  You could only sync it with one iTunes library at a time.  So, I didn’t have things such as the publisher recordings of band literature that I had put on my iMac at school available on my iPod.  The other limiting factor was that you had to actually have it with you to use it.  There was a time when my wife was using it at work on an almost daily basis.  I’d have to plan ahead and enter into some low-key negotiations if I wanted to use it at school.  Still, at 60GB it was a great device for carrying around all (really almost all) of my music.

Well, the poor thing died last month.  It was possibly the result of overuse by my three-year old son, but I am assigning no blame.  I’ve been thinking of it as the end of an era, and it truly is.

With the end of one era comes the beginning of the next.  Enter iTunes Match.  In short if you subscribe to this cloud-based service you basically sync the recordings on all of your devices and have access to any of them any time you are connected to the internet.  Now I have access to truly all of my music on all of my devices.  Right now that stands at nearly 7300 recordings available on everything from my 750GB MacBook Pro to our tiny 16GB iPad.  Pretty cool.

Yes, it is a subscription service.  Apple charges $25/year, but as far as I can tell there are no space limitations.  So go ahead and rip those CD’s you thought you wouldn’t really need on your iPod and start the music again – anywhere you want it!

P.S.  On another topic, I just received word that our district is opening the wireless network to student devices.  This is a huge development and opens up some very interesting possibilities for us in terms of assessment and instruction.  I’ll follow-up with more as news warrants.  Thanks for reading!

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Composition Contest for iPad Orchestra

https://sites.google.com/site/seymourhighmusic/composition-contest

This will be a great resource for the performance capabilities of the iPad!

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Over 60,000 musical scores for free?

We’ve already demonstrated that it is quick and easy to read music in the form of a pdf published on a website with the iPad. Last night I rediscovered the IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library, which is a wiki whose stated goal is “to create a virtual library containing all public domain music scores, as well as scores from composers who are willing to share their music with the world without charge.” Sounds pretty noble to me! I had used this resource in graduate school to study scores by the great Romantic piano composers, but had pretty much written it off for use in middle school band. Then yesterday I was looking for a solo piece to try with a student that had been recommended to me, but which I didn’t own. I wanted to play through it with my student before telling him to buy it so I did a Google search and the link to the Petrucci Library came up. In seconds I had the entire piece on the iPad. We were able to play through the entire solo in his lesson. Now the great thing about the Petrucci Library is that the pieces have been scanned in – they are the actual sheet music so there are no worries about bad transcriptions. Would I advocate that IMSLP replace legally acquired sheet music? Absolutely not. But it is an ethical resource for research and education and another web resource brought straight to the music stand by the iPad.

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Oops

Found out today the iPad does scratch. Good thing it was on the back rather than the glass. Guess who’s buying a case tomorrow. Any suggestions?

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From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2010: Preview the Concert | Great Performances | PBS

From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2010: Preview the Concert | Great Performances | PBS.

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Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic: Watch the Abridged Program | Great Performances | PBS

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic: Watch the Abridged Program | Great Performances | PBS.

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Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2008: A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein – Video: Selected Bernstein Numbers | Great Performances | PBS

Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2008: A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein – Video: Selected Bernstein Numbers | Great Performances | PBS.

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