Must Have Free Apps

While running a record label and a production company I have become very aware of money. The lack of it coming in or the joy of making a good living at what I do… depends on what day it is. I have had to find ways to run a business without all the costs that most business’s do. So I thought I’d share some apps that I have found to be very helpful. The best part is these are open source, meaning… Free! The first app is called Open Office. This isn’t just one app, it’s basically Microsoft Office. It features the same programs just different names. There is a word processor, a spreadsheet program, presentation making software, database managment software and drawing software. It has all the same functions of Office except very stable and has an export to PDF option. Here’s one of the coolest things about it… It runs great on a Mac computer. It will read all other office documents and can save them the same so they are compatible with others who have MS Office. The one program not included is Outlook. No matter, all computer systems have email programs on them already. Check it out, it took all of 10 mins to get it installed and running. Cyberduck is an opensource FTP/SFTP program. This program is great for uploading and downloading large files such as audio and video. When working with artists, writers or producers across the country this is by far the fastest way to share your files via your FTP server (don’t have an FTP server? Need one? Let me know,...

Weight Loss Challenge : Week 7ish

Well it’s been a few weeks since I wrote about my weight loss challenge. Not because I wasn’t doing it, but I wasn’t doing anything but eating right and going hardcore to drop this weight. I thought I’d post an update. As of this morning I was down to 178. That’s 29 pounds! I did start doing some pushups and situps, and also started playing the Wii. Yes, the Wii. I’ve been playing the mini games it came with and after 30-45 mins I am worn out. I’m not saying don’t exercise, but the Wii is getting more use than a stationary bike! At this rate I could be @ 170 in a week or so, then the real challenge starts to keep it off. We are heading to Charleston, SC next week to hit the beach for a few days and I may actually take my shirt off at the beach. We’ll see about that. 🙂 Thanks for reading… and don’t forget to check out the Duke Diet. My chart if you want to...

Totally Free Music Tuesdays : Alt / Pop

Those of you old enough to remember “They Might Be Giants”, will be happy to know their new album is out and surfing the alternative wave. Here’s a track off the new album. Download “Take Out The Trash” (mp3) from “The Else” by They Might Be Giants TMB Productions More On This Album OK, so I’m going way pop on you with this one… Holtz. Not sure I’m a fan yet, I feel like I’m listening to Rick Springfield as the lead singer of The Fray. You decide. Download “Fall In Love With Me” (mp3) from “Leaving New York” by Holtz All Star Rising Buy at iTunes Music Store Buy at Rhapsody Buy at Napster Stream from Rhapsody More On This...

The Changing Business of Music

A good article addressing the change in the music business.  It’s interesting that it took so long for music to become a “real” part of movies, cable TV, mobile phones, and video games.  The music business is becoming more an entertainment business looking for every way to exploit their artists.  It would seem odd to me though if you were signed by a label that was your management, promoter, booking agent and record distributor.  Do the words conflict of interest come to mind? —————————————————- A change of tune Jul 5th 2007 From The Economist print edition Faced with shrinking profits, record labels are touting a new approach Get article background IT HAS become a familiar refrain. For years record labels, citing tumbling CD sales blamed on internet piracy, have decried the decline of the music industry. The reality is rather more subtle, as Edgar Bronfman, the chairman of Warner Music, a big record company, pointed out last month. “The music industry is growing,” he told an investor conference in New York. “The record industry is not growing.” Indeed. Seven years ago musicians derived two-thirds of their income, via record labels, from pre-recorded music, with the other one-third coming from concert tours, merchandise and endorsements, according to the Music Managers Forum, a trade group in London. But today those proportions have been reversed—cutting the labels off from the industry’s biggest and fastest-growing sources of revenue. Concert-ticket sales in North America alone increased from $1.7 billion in 2000 to over $3.1 billion last year, according to Pollstar, a trade magazine. Frustrated record companies have responded by trying to get their artists...

Make Your Own Ringtones!

So you have a huge collection of mp3 that you have bought legally.  Now the phone company wants you to buy the song again and make it a ringtone for double the cost of the original song!  Check out the links below to create your own ringtones. Click here for MP3, MP4 and Wav ringtone help Click here for MMF ringtone help Click here for QCP ringtone help Click here for making ringtones from CD Click here to make old school midi ringtones Click here for AMR(Nokia) ringtones...