Alan Lastufka
Any good suggestions or leads on an iTunes alternative? See, I'm a Windows guy but the Microsoft surface tablets can't use iTunes. Unless you have a pro, which is not limited by the rt software so it can act like a desktop/laptop and can download the cpu version of iTunes. But I feel like it's only a matter of time until iTunes is only available on Apple products and Windows will be left in the dust. I don't like that idea but I want to be ready for when it happens.

Sorry I don’t have any recommendations. There are some great media players out there, but none that I’ve tried have the organizational capabilities or database features that iTunes does for managing music collections.

Sorry your Surface RT won’t allow software to be installed.

But what makes you think Apple will stop supporting iTunes on Windows? iTunes has had a dedicated Windows version since 2003. And the vast majority of computer users are still overwhelmingly Windows users. Apple not supporting iTunes on Windows would be the biggest mistake any company’s made since New Coke. =)

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allhailthehutch:

Taking naked pictures of yourself does not make you a bad person. People who share them without your permission are bad people.

THANK YOU

So I have a really kick ass computer. I mean, spared no expenses, massive desktop. Three solid state drives (1.5 TBs), 32 GB of RAM, bluray burners, i7 quad-core processors. This thing smokes!

But it was brought to its knees two days ago by a tiny little virus called Mezaa that was hidden inside a free video converter app I downloaded like an idiot.

The virus itself wasn’t so bad, it just showed me 7,509 ads per minute. But whatever, I browse all day, I’m used to ads. What really did the system in though was the Norton tech I called, who took remote control over my computer and proceeded to delete over 30 entries in my computer’s Registry.

Now, I don’t know much about computer code, but I do know that you are never ever supposed to fuck with the Registry.

So the tech got rid of the virus, but he also got rid of almost every program I have installed as they now all crash on loading. And uninstalling/reinstalling doesn’t help, they still crash on loading. Tried to update Windows - crash. Tried to update my video card driver - crash.

So I will spend my weekend wiping all three drives, reinstalling Windows, reinstalling a dozen audio programs and libraries (some of which come with a dozen data DVDs of files to install), all my Adobe Creative Cloud apps, all my gigantic Steam games, Sony Vegas, a browser or two, Microsoft Office 360, and a few other things.

Then I am never ever going to install another program without first running it through my old laptop to ensure it’s squeaky clean.

Ugh.

Today I met John Green (fishingboatproceeds) IRL for the first time. We’ve been friends for seven years, and we were business partners for four years. But with my social anxiety I haven’t made it to VidCon or LeakyCon. And with DFTBA Records being run online we never had to be in the same office together (as a side note, Hank and I met for the first time just a year ago).
But today John came over to my house for lunch (pizza, of course) and to hang out for a bit of the afternoon. We mostly sat talking about the state of online video, our favorite tv shows, the first records we ever bought, the upcoming Paper Towns movie, my upcoming album, John’s passion for soccer, my passion for old CDs, our mutual love of HGTV… 
It was really nice. =)

Today I met John Green (fishingboatproceeds) IRL for the first time. We’ve been friends for seven years, and we were business partners for four years. But with my social anxiety I haven’t made it to VidCon or LeakyCon. And with DFTBA Records being run online we never had to be in the same office together (as a side note, Hank and I met for the first time just a year ago).

But today John came over to my house for lunch (pizza, of course) and to hang out for a bit of the afternoon. We mostly sat talking about the state of online video, our favorite tv shows, the first records we ever bought, the upcoming Paper Towns movie, my upcoming album, John’s passion for soccer, my passion for old CDs, our mutual love of HGTV… 

It was really nice. =)

#TBT to four years ago today when I hosted EmotiCon at my house in Manhattan, IL and had all my YouTube friends over for two days. It was a lot of fun!

#TBT to four years ago today when I hosted EmotiCon at my house in Manhattan, IL and had all my YouTube friends over for two days. It was a lot of fun!

alandistro:

A few days ago I posted the cover art I designed for my band’s upcoming debut album. A couple people asked for a tutorial, so here it is!
And after the video head over here to listen to the first track from the album!

If you missed it last night, I made a tutorial type thing!

alandistro:

A few days ago I posted the cover art I designed for my band’s upcoming debut album. A couple people asked for a tutorial, so here it is!

And after the video head over here to listen to the first track from the album!

If you missed it last night, I made a tutorial type thing!

A few days ago I posted the cover art I designed for my band’s upcoming debut album. A couple people asked for a tutorial, so here it is!
And after the video head over here to listen to the first track from the album!

A few days ago I posted the cover art I designed for my band’s upcoming debut album. A couple people asked for a tutorial, so here it is!

And after the video head over here to listen to the first track from the album!

I just mentioned this song in my how to make good mixtapes post, but wanted to post the music video here too. This has got to be one of the best guitar riffs to appear in any pop song ever. What a great track. This was released in 1989 but could easily be a contemporary hit today, and there are NOT many 80s pop songs you can say that about.

Who needs caffeine this morning when you could just listen to this and get pumped up?!

I understand you have experience making mixtapes/cds for people. Do you have any advice for those who have never made one before? Thanks :)
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The advice would depend on a couple factors. Is this for a group of people (say, for a party, or your circle of friends), or is the mix for one specific person (a crush, a friend, yourself)?

If it’s for a group of people, know your audience and I usually err on the side of mostly singles with a few good deep cuts thrown in just so it doesn’t sound like all Top 40 radio. If everyone in the group is in their mid-20s, it’s pretty safe to assume they like music from the very early 00s best as *most* people consider the music released while they were in high school to be the best music ever.

If the mix is for a specific person (crush or friend), I usually try for half songs they would be familiar with, and half songs I don’t think they know, but think they would enjoy. Pink Floyd is one of my favorite bands, but I wouldn’t want someone giving me a mix of all Floyd songs. I would, however, probably enjoy some Bowie and Radiohead on a mix, because there is a lot of crossover between fans of Floyd and fans of Bowie and Radiohead.

Good mixes tend to have an overall theme, for most people it’d be pretty jarring to hear New Kids on the Block followed by Nine Inch Nails. If your theme is nostalgic pop, stick with NKOTB and maybe some Madonna, Duran Duran, and INXS. I could see those four artists sitting comfortably next to each other on a late 80s/early 90s pop mix. (I could also see some early NIN (Pretty Hate Machine-era) sitting next to INXS or Duran Duran on a mix well, so there are different ranges to work within.)

Or forget genre (within reason) and maybe your theme is creepy love songs (in which case NKOTB’s “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)” could probably sit next to NIN’s “Closer” on the same mix). Or all songs about capitalism (Floyd’s “Money”, John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero”, Dire Strait’s “Money for Nothing”, Paul McCartney’s “The Pound Is Sinking”). Or - and this is a mix I’ve actually made - a mix of dance songs featuring amazing guitars (“Black Cat” by Janet Jackson, “Mony Mony” by Billy Idol, “Like A Prayer (7” Version)” (which featured a new guitar solo by none other than Prince!) by Madonna…)

Of course, now we’re getting into mixes you’re making for yourself. Which is also totally cool. I love curating mixes, even if I’m the only one who’s going to listen to them. What better way to know what your listener will enjoy, right? =) Mixes for yourself should be honest. You might love some songs, or feel some songs are “classics”, but if you’re not feeling “Stairway To Heaven” right now, don’t feel obligated to include it on your Best Solos of All-Time mix…

I hope that helps. I just realized these were all content tips and not really technical tips. If you meant technical tips, very briefly, make sure you adjust the volume levels of each song so your listener doesn’t have to touch their volume controls. You can do this in free software like iTunes, or in more professional audio software like Cubase or Logic. And in fact, with multitrack software like Cubase and Logic, you could even edit your own segues/fades between songs, which I did for all three of the DFTBA Records compilation mixes. That’s always fun. Just use your ears for best results there.