Thriller and Mario Paint Composer

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Today I ran into a video showing off the Thriller tune in Mario Paint Composer. I was amazed. Here’s the video …

Click here if you can’t see the video.

I’d never heard of Mario Paint Composer, but it’s been around since 1999 on Nintendo game systems. According to Wikipedia, Mario Paint was rated the 162nd best game made on a Nintendo System in Nintendo Power‘s Top 200 Games list.

The design team at unFun Games has a version you can run in Windows and Mac. Anyone, even someone as musically stupid as me, can create their own tunes in it. Here’s what the authors of the game say about it.

Mario Paint Composer is a remake of the music system from the original Mario Paint for the Super NES. It is made by unFun Games. The game is, of course, completely free, but we ask that you check out our website if you like it. You’ll find other fun online games to play there for PC and Mac!

Mario Paint Composer is 100% virus/spyware free. It will not harm your computer in any way.

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I downloaded and unzipped it to my computer and within only a few minutes, I’d figured out how it works. You can load tunes, save tunes and even download tunes that others have created.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

Mario Paint Composer is fun for all ages. It’s easy to create and share music with others and the software is easy to use. It’s portable freeware and you can run it from a Flash card or USB stick if you need to. This one gets a big thumbs up from me.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Bollywood Songs Free Download Online

If you are a Bollywood music fan, you might love to listen to some of the latest and hip music from the new and old movies. Listening to music online is one of the best options these days because many people usually spend a lot of time online these days.

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Dhingana is one of the best sites to listen to Bollywood songs free, users can also download some free Bollywood music through Internet cache if direct downloads are not available. Dhingana allows users to listen to Bollywood Songs free online without any limits.

Other than that, you can also listen to free Online radios online where you can listen to lot of the latest songs including many new English songs. If you are a Indie music fan, check out some Fantastic sources for Indie Music. You can also search and download Songs free using some excellent MP3 search engines.

If you are looking to watch Bollywood movies online, check out some ways to watch Bollywood movies online. You can also watch Hindi channels from India Online Free or on the and last but not the least also see 7 Ways to Watch Movies on Internet Free legally.

Record Last.fm Songs with Last Recorder – But is it Legal?

icon-last-fm [Windows Only] The other day, I ran into a new listing for a freeware application named Last Recorder. Here’s what the author says about this little tool.

Last Recorder is a small program that can save tracks from Last.fm audio streams into separate tagged mp3 files.

While I can’t confirm that I actually used this program to download music, I can confirm that this program does work. It does download full length mp3 songs from Last.fm while preserving the song titles. Here’s what Last Recorder looks like:

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Last Recorder is a single executable file and no installation is needed. When it first launches, it will prompt you to enter your user ID and password. Then you can select a choice of radio stations by using the drop down on the left and these are the options:

Tag
Artist
My Tag
My Radio
My Loved Tracks
My Neighbors
My Recommendations
Custom URL

You will also have to select a download location on the right side drop down box.

Given the fact that this download tool seems to work, the question that many people will have is, Is this legal?. I did find an FAQ on the site regarding this question and the answer was I don’t know for sure.In my opinion, downloading these songs is about the same as recording music from the radio stations or television. Do I think it’s legal? It may be legal to download the information (music), but you are definitely breaking your agreement with Last.fm’s Terms of Use. Whether or not that agreement is actually binding on you may depend on where you live and which way the courts are swinging that day.

So, I’ll leave it up to you.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

This application does what it says and it also portable. While those are both good features, the question of it’s legality leaves me doubting that I will use it.

Techie Buzz Rating: 2.5/5 (Average)

Microsoft Zune HD 32GB for $240, 16GB for $180 [Gadget Deals]

All you Microsoft Zune fans, who have been waiting to purchase a Zune HD, we have some good news for you. You can buy a 32GB Zune HD at Frys.com for $240 ($50 discount) and a 16GB Zune HD for $180 ($40 discount).

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Zune HD Features

  • Zune HD 32 GB: Holds up to 10 hours of high definition video, or 48 hours of standard definition video, or 8,000 songs, or 25,000 pictures.
  • Zune HD 16 GB: Holds up to 5 hours of high definition video, or 22 hours of standard definition video, or 4,000 songs, or 12,000 pictures.
  • Built-in HD Radio receiver
  • OLED 3.3 inch screen with 480×272 resolution and 16:9 display
  • HD video output (requires HDTV and Zune HD & AV Dock, all sold separately)
  • Internet browsing
  • Wireless capabilities

Buy Zune HD 32GB for $240 | Buy Zune HD 16GB for $180

Download Foobar2000 v1.0 Beta

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Foobar2000 v1.0 beta has been finally released after 7 long years. Foobar2000 is a barebones player which is quite flexible and extendable. We had done a lengthy article on how you can convert Foobar2000 into a super music player. Don’t forget to check it out to turn this simple player into a music powerhouse.

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Listen to Internet Radio on Your Desktop using AirFM

Music is one of the most soothing hobbies I have had for a very long time. I make it a point to always carry some form of music player or radio player with me whenever I travel. Most portable devices make it easy to listen to radio while on the go, however listening to radio on the desktop can be a bit difficult.

Of course there are several websites where you can listen to internet radio online, however, having a desktop tool would be good too.

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AirFM is a based application which will allow you to listen to internet radio stations on your desktop. You can choose from a list of pre-defined radio stations and play any of them for free.

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You can also add the radio stations to your favorite list and access them easily. You can also skip songs and play the next in queue by using the control buttons.

Techie Buzz Verdict

AirFM is a excellent lightweight internet radio player with a minimal interface. There are more than 200+ stations to choose from, however, the developer claims that users can add their own stations, but I did not find an option to do that.

It would be even more better, if the option to add custom radio stations would be available to users.

Ratings: 3/5 (Good)

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iTunes 9.0.2 Released. Hey Apple, Can We Have Intelligent Software Updates?

Apple released a new version of iTunes, build iTunes 9.02, the new update supposedly breaks Palm Pre’s sync functionality. In addition to that, iTunes has also added support for Apple TV 3.0.

Coming back to the rant, everytime Apple decides to push a upgrade to iTunes, users have to download almost 100MB of data to their PC, to just upgrade iTunes. And this happens each and  every time Apple releases a update.

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Given the technology team Apple has, can’t it just provide users with intelligent updates? Why should a user have to download the a huge file, just to upgrade something that already exists on their PC or Mac?

I am certainly looking at iTunes alternatives, including DoubleTwist, which is much more better than iTunes.

Do you use iTunes? Have you upgraded the software to the latest version? What do you think about the not so intelligent upgrades provided by Apple?

For those who are interested, here are the new features in iTunes 9.0.2:

  • An improved look and feel, including a new Column Browser for easily browsing your artists or albums, movies, TV shows, and more.
  • iTunes Store has a brand new look, with improved navigation for quick and easy exploration.
  • iTunes LP and iTunes Extras create unique experiences that feature exclusive interviews, videos, photos, and more — available with select album and movie purchases on the iTunes Store.
  • Home Sharing helps you manage your family’s iTunes collection between computers in your home. iTunes can automatically transfer new purchases, or you can choose just the items you want.
  • Genius Mixes are created for you by iTunes and play songs from your library that go great together.
  • iPod and iPhone syncing now allows you to organize your iPhone and iPod touch home screens directly in iTunes. Syncing is now also more flexible, allowing you to sync individual artists, genres, or TV show and Podcast episodes.
  • iTunes U items are now organized into their own section in your iTunes library.
  • Sync with iPod nano (5th generation), iPod classic (Fall 2009), and iPod touch (Fall 2009).
  • iTunes 9 also includes many other improvements, such as HE-AAC encoding and playback, more flexibility with Smart Playlists rules, simpler organization of your media files inside an iTunes Media folder, and more.

Buy 8 GB Blue Zune MP3 Player With Zune Car Pack and Leather Case for $79 [Gadget Deals]

Attention Zune lovers, here is a great deal to start off your Monday. You can buy a 8GB Blue Zune MP3 Player with Zune car pack, which includes a FM transmitter, magnetic storage clip, dashboard grip pad and a leather case for only $79.

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The 8GB Zune MP3 Player can hold up-to 2000 songs, 25,000 pictures or 25 hours of video. The product will ship for free, however the deal is a daily deal, so don’t expect it to last till tomorrow.

Have fun listening to music on your new Zune player :-).

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Stream Music Online With Vibe Streamer

If you were looking for a good program to stream your music files online then we have something exiting for all of you. Now you can create your own music station and stream your MP3 files online with the help of Vibe Streamer. Vibe Streamer is a free MP3 streaming server that allows you to connect and stream your music using a standard web browser. It means that your friends can listen all of your songs right inside their browser.

The installation and setup of the program is too simple. This program can be easily configured with any router. It even protects your large collection of music files from unknown users with the help of user accounts and groups. You can even create your own customized skin or you can download skins from their website.

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Features

  • Free music streaming server.
  • Easy installation and configuration.
  • Share unlimited files and directories.
  • Full support for Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7.
  • Full support for Linux through Wine.
  • Protect your directories with user accounts and groups.
  • Easily manage your users, groups and their access rights.
  • Well designed web client that supports large collections of music files.
  • Last.fm audio scrobbling integration.
  • UPnP support for simple router configuration.
  • Create your own skins or download new skins as they appear on our website.
  • It includes standard skin support for most commonly used browsers.

Currently it supports only MP3 files. It works on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and even on Linux through Wine. I would recommend this program to everyone looking for a free MP3 streaming software on the Internet.

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Microsoft Releases Zune HD & Zune 4.0

Microsoft has released the much awaited 16GB and 32GB Zune HD which features a 3.3 inch touchscreen, HD Radio, HD video out and Wi-fi support.

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Zune HD will allow users to store and play back 720p HD videos files and also stream them to a HDTV using the Zune HD AV dock.

Zune HD will be available in black, red, green and blue colors with the 16GB version costing $219.99 and the 32GB version selling for $289.99.

In addition to that Microsoft has also released Zune 4.0 a PC suite for managing Zune devices. The new software contains features such as recommendation features among other things. The software is free to download for PCs.

We will put up more information about the device and specifications on our gadgets blog.