Grooveshark: Music Streaming Wherever You Go!

Music streaming services are the most popular services of nowadays to listen to our longtime favorite songs or the new hits of the week.

There are a lot of services, from Rdio to Mog to Spotify to Grooveshark which I’ll be reviewing in this article. Since all the above services are restricted to certain areas and Grooveshark has been available worldwide, I’ve had the great opportunity to try it for over a year now and experience what music streaming is really like.

Grooveshark lets people upload their own music on their (Grooveshark’s) servers so they, along with other users, can listen to it via the web, their mobile phones or using the desktop app. It’s available for free but for the ad-free web app, the desktop app, Last.fm scrobbling and the mobile app along with the offline mode you have to either be a Grooveshark Anywhere member or a plus subscriber to remove only the ads and be able to use the premium theme Smile.

To not wright a long blog post explaining Grooveshark from A to Z, I decided to do a video review Open-mouthed smile (now that I fixed my 5 months microphone issue Nerd smile) which I haven’t done for so long. However, I’m warning you, this video is so long, I apologize for that, but it’s only because I explained it very well!!!

P.S: I missed a thing Embarrassed smile, visualizations, video mode and power hour, but you can get to them thru clicking on songs above the queue. They’ll let you show a visualization while the song is playing and you can choose from 5 different ones and you can also make full screen Smile. Video mode will show you a bunch of videos that match the current song you’re playing so you can watch its video.

Power Hour “A power hour is an American Collegiate tradition that involves a lot of adult beverages. Power Hour Mode accommodates people who’d like to participate in Power Hours by playing every song in your playlist or queue for 60s or 1 minute, creating a convenient signal for “It’s Time To Drink!”

So this is pretty much it. I would love to review the app on my phone but I don’t have a camera to record it nor an app to actually film what’s going on on my screen, I found someone who did that but I never found the app, so If you happen to know one, please share it with us, I have a Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Winking smile.

If I missed anything, you have a feedback or you just want to tell me to stop saying “mmm…, well…” (I’m still trying, I swear! lol) you’re welcome Smile.

The Review:

The Desktop Application:

The Mobile App:

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Thank you for watching!

See you soon,

Randa

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3 apps I can’t live without

There are many apps that I can’t have a mobile phone without having them installed on it, but since the Ovi Blog Article asked to choose only 3 of them, I can only pick 3 :).

So, I’m going to start with my portal to the internet:

Opera Mobile:

A great web browser, the reason why I love, even when I use the built in browser of my phone a lot, is because It has multiple tabs, I love tabs and I love it because it gives me that option. I recommend this app if you’re an internet addict :D.

My music crush:

Grooveshark:

Well, I LOVE IT!!! I wasn’t able to know how awesome it is to have streaming to your phone through the internet and still have the choice to make it offline until I got Grooveshark Everywhere. Grooveshark is a streaming service which you can use on both the web, for free, and on a mobile device as well as using it through a desktop app when paying a small fee. Unfortunately, in my dear country >_< we can’t pay for other services so I didn’t know how great it was until I got a free month of Grooveshark Everywhere. The Grooveshark app let’s you enjoy all the sweetness that you enjoy on the web in addition to the offline ability. This app is always running on my phone even if I have to close every other app ❤ (A special review of the service and the app is coming this week ;)). You can add me and see my songs here.

My photo world:

Molome:

Although I’m kind of new to this app, I’m so loving it. It’s similar to Instagram for the iPhone but it’s for Symbian^1 and ^3 I believe :).

It has cool effects that you can use and you can share your photos with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. It’s still pretty buggy, and I mean really buggy but hey! It works sometimes! =) You can find me here or search for ranousha ^_^.

So these are my top 3 favorite apps, I still have others but mainly, these are the essentials.

Good luck to everyone in the competition and keep watching for this week’s review :D.

Randa

My interview with Ovi!

So, yeah, I got interviewed by Surya from the Ovi Blog. The interview was posted today here Open-mouthed smile.

I’m still shocked in a good way, I’m so honored and probably this is only the start Winking smile. I have to dream big and put an aim in front of my eyes so I can work hard to achieve it.

Anyways, it was an amazing experience filled with fun, I loved it! I actually wrote the interview while I was revising for the exams and by the time I finished it, I was done with them. Love multitasking!

So, thank you so much for Surya and the Ovi team for giving me this chance and communicating with me like they knew me forever, may God bless you allRed heart. I wish you all the luck and I can’t wait to see what’s new Smile.

Read the Ovi Blog and follow them on Twitter too.

Best Regard.

Nokia Reader

Hello there!

Sorry for not blogging much, I’ve been so busy at school with exams as usual Confused smile. Also, I’ve been busy with the guest interview that Ovi Blog. did with me Open-mouthed smile, I’ve been so honored to be asked to do one. I’m still happy. You can read it next week on the Ovi Blog Red heart.

If you haven’t noticed, I also updated my blogs look and feel. I made this decision late at night after noticing that I haven’t updated it in so long, also, after seeing that the previous one had so much pink in it! Disappointed smile

Anyways, let’s get to the point! Nerd smile

So Nokia released a new application on the Beta labs website called Nokia Reader. What this app let’s you do, is it let’s you add your favorite RSS feed and it’ll fetch the feeds right into the app. It’s so simple, easy and very basic. It also has notifications and a widget for your phone, if it supports this option of course. They released it for s^1 lately, so I decided to give it a try as I usually do with beta applications from Nokia Beta Labs Smile.

My experience:

The installation was so smooth and it took only 2minutes or lessSmile.

After the installation is done, you lunch the app (named “Reader”) >>

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After you sign in with your Nokia/Ovi account, the app will connect to the internet, then it’ll show you news from pre-set RSS feeds, which you later customize.

At the top, you can see three section; Reader, My feeds and Directory. Reader tab is the current one which is in the screenshot above, which shows you new articles from your selected or/and added RSS feeds Smile. The My Feeds tab shows you your subscribed feeds. From this tab, you can manually add feeds for sites not available in the directory. The Directory tab, shows you pre-set categories of feeds you might want to subscribe to. (See the next screenshots)

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When you click on a category, feeds from that category show up, from there, you can click on a feed either to subscribe or unsubscribe. You can also see feeds you’re already subscribed to a particular feed by seeing that “Right” mark on the right.

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Going back to the Reader tab, you can click on an article to expand it and read some of it. To read the hole article, you have to click on “Read More” which will take you outside the app to the article’s web page using you browser.

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By clicking on Options at the bottom left, you can choose to change the theme or go to offline mode, which is nice Smile.

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What I would love to see in upcoming updates to this app:

  • – Google Reader support! I saw at their Beta Labs page that some users already requested that and I agree with them! It would be nice to sync to Google Reader or even just import our feeds from there, we don’t have to re-write our favorite feeds URLs many times!! Especially if you have hundreds of feeds like me.
  • – I would love to see the full article opens within the app, native support, instead or opening the browser to read it. This might kill the ram of the phone if it’s like mine!

Final words:

I love this app! It’s simple, very basic and easy to use, which I adore Open-mouthed smile. It needs to be improved more, but hey, it’s still in Beta, that’s why they need our feedback. If you have a supported Nokia device, then give it a try, you won’t regret it!

Stay tuned for more reviews to come!

Blog updates!

Hello guys!

It has been soooo long since I wrote my last blog post, sorry for that Disappointed smile!

I’ve been so busy studying this year, I’ve never ever stayed so long without blogging, damn it!

I’m writing this post today explaining the major reason why I can’t blog (yet) and review stuff like I’m used too. While I have a bunch of news and stuff to review, I can’t, mainly because my 1st headsets broke and I got one and the microphone on the new ones don’t work!! Steaming mad

I found out that the problem is coming from my beloved PC >_<” and I couldn’t find a way to fix it, so, please, If you can help, leave a comment or reply in Twitter or FacebookSmile. Thanks in advance Open-mouthed smile.

Also, I wanted to say thank you for those who bought a Penzu Pro account using my link, in addition to getting 20% off, I got one year for free!!! This morning it became two years!!! It looks like people are really enjoying it as much as I am Red heart.

If you want a 20% off a Penzu Pro account you can leave a comment or contact me anywhere and I’ll send you another link, or, just stay tuned as I’ll be posting another one sometime soon Winking smile. Please check penzu.com to know more about this amazing journal utility Smile. I’m a big fan.

A new blog post is coming this week, so stay tuned Winking smile and I’ll keep you posted Smile.

Thank you so much guys for your support,

Randa

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,700 times in 2010. That’s about 14 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 10 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 235 posts. There were 79 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was August 14th with 64 views. The most popular post that day was Review: Brightkite.

 

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, card.ly, blog.ovi.com, facebook.com, and blog.muslim-bloggers.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for kate winslet, titanic, kate winslet titanic, titanic le film, and randanet.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Review: Brightkite August 2010
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2

Titanic May 2008

3

Review: The All New Ovi Mail By Nokia June 2010
3 comments

4

Penzu: كتابة المذكرات و حمايتها May 2010
6 comments

5

About me January 2008
24 comments

So thank you guys soooo much and I hope this year I’ll be able to keep this rythm or even more!

<3,

Randa