The Ultimate List Of iTunes 11 Tips, Tricks And Changes [Roundup]

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iTunes 11 is a huge upgrade from its predecessor, and it has received lots of positive feedback since it became available for download on Thursday, November 29th.

Apple has baked iCloud into the core of iTunes, and the app’s interface has been decluttered and enhanced with new features like the MiniPlayer. We’ve been combing through the innards of iTunes 11 to find all of the little changes and additions. Here’s our updating list of iTunes 11 tips and tricks: READ MORE

“It’s A Shame” made G.C. Cameron a star

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The first record I ever owned was “It’s A Shame.” There was no other composition like it before or since. I now possess over 11,000 tracks both digital and analog. Still, Mr. Cameron’s spell-binding recording is my Number 1 of all time not because it was the first, but because it is the best. Your performance is expressive, beautiful, and grand with unbelievable sonic range and virtuosity. The energy encoded throughout your performance is simultaneously infectious and cathartic. It’s power sweeps the listener beyond conventional musical heights without pretense or apology.

Seeing Mr. Cameron, a.k.a. The Man, who brought such a life-impacting work of art as “It’s A Shame” into our realm of existence being interviewed on TVOne’s Unsung: The Spinners was disturbingly pleasurable. I had the great fortune to put a personality with the voice of the one of music’s premier singers. And watching him speak about his career only added to the legend of The Man.

“It’s A Shame” ranks at Number 5 in my iTunes Top 100 Most Played of a list of over 8,900 tracks. If I didn’t have more than one copy of it the position of Number 1 would most honorably be bestowed upon this slice of perfection. And how the producers pulled off such a winning piece of history without a piano track is sheer and utter genius… like the Beatles.

To say “It’s A Shame” never gets old is a testament to the brilliance of the artists who produced this exquisite offering in the guise of “the 3-minute art form.” Let all who appreciate this outstanding gem of creativity and slickly produced spontaneity keep this recording forever in music collector’s vaults far and wide so that future generations will also witness the magic and majesty that is The Spinners “It’s A Shame” featuring the inimitable and incomparable G.C. Cameron on lead vocal. You, sir, have brougt many of us a dimension of joy we can never adequately convey for we are not as gifted a talent as you.

“Let Me Down Easy” was still one other way you rocked our world. With exceeding and timeless gratitude, Seth Fine.

Eric Darius – Night on the Town

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Sneer if you must, but the simple fact is that smooth jazz hath charms to soothe the savage beast (if not the snobby music critic). At its best, it can offer the perfect combination of velvety, cake-like sonic textures, sweet melodicism and sturdy funk beats. If you’re looking for flights of virtuosic improvisatory fancy, you’ll want to consult the Young Lions or dig into your old vinyl collection, but let’s be honest: the average listener cares less about the solos than about the mood and the melodies, and smooth jazz provides both in spades. READ + HEAR MORE