How-to: filter your mini player

We’re pretty darn excited to announce that, today, we just rolled out another brand new feature. This one goes out to all the fine folks who’ve upgraded to music streaming on Murfie—you can now filter your mini player, by artist or album title, in real time!

We think that’s pretty great (do you?)…because having a filter function makes it a heck of a lot easier, and faster, to find the album you want to listen to. That’s just our opinion, though. Let us know what you think on facebook and twitter—we sincerely lurve hearing your fresh and honest feedback.

Now, let’s get down to some brass tacks. Here’s a few tips on how to use our music streaming “mini player”:

  • You can stream any album in your Murfie music library, from any web browser.
  • When signed into your Mufie account, you should see a “My Music” tab at the bottom of your browser—just open this “mini player” to view, filter and listen to all the discs in your library.
  • Some of your discs may not yet be ready for streaming; instead they’re processing. As soon as the “Processing” label disappears, the disc is ready for streaming!

Music Ownership versus Music Rental

The Labor Day holiday this year almost turned into Litigation Day as rumors of Die Hard star Bruce Willis’s unhappiness with the licensing terms of his extensive iTunes library hit the intertubes. A British tabloid apparently started the story, which ultimately turned out to be unfounded. But the substantial dust that the story kicked-up has been exceedingly interesting to watch.

Fundamentally, music services like iTunes and Amazon Cloud Player and Spotify are about renting access to certain music. You pay a fee and you get access. When you stop paying or, in this particular case, when you cease breathing, that access goes poof. This is a reasonable way to consume music so long as you understand that it’s just a rental – not ownership – and that rental extends only to you.

Murfie is different.

We operate on the equivalent of the music gold standard. Each album at Murfie – whether you’re listening to it, buying or selling it, trading it, or giving it to a friend – is backed by an actual, physical CD that is stored in our warehouse. Our customers own their CDs and Murfie takes care of their collections. I guess maybe it’s more of a “silver standard” ;-) .

Instead of having their 100, 1000, or more CDs gathering dust on a shelf, Murfie adds value to our members’ CD collections by digitizing the discs for anytime/anywhere access; by offering a marketplace where they can buy, sell, and trade their discs; and by getting all that plastic the heck out of their homes. If you want your CDs back, or you want to give them to your kids (regardless of your breathing status), we ship them to you, or transfer ownership at Murfie, as you prefer. They are yours after all!

How-to: sort by artist

Terrific news for all you music lovers who like a good clean organized collection. We just added the ability to sort your music library on Murfie by ARTIST! High fives all around.

To start managing and organizing your music collection, just create or log into your account on Murfie. Then, hit up the “My Library” tab to view all your discs in one place. You can do lots of neato things, like:

  • mark discs for sale
  • mark discs for trade (if you’re Gold)
  • sort discs by: Artist | Title | Year | Recent Activity
  • gift discs to friends
  • download discs

Wish you could do even more with your music library on Murfie? Let us know in the comments below, or shoot us an email with your feedback to info@murfie.com.

Happy sorting! :)

Ditch or Date Your CD Collection?

Well, now, ain’t that something. Just 1-2 percent of music fans across Norway, Sweden, and Denmark are ditching their CDs, according to a recent study. In fact, nearly 3/4 keep their CDs safe and sound, on display, at home.

What’s more is that more than 1/2 in the region are still listening to music via CDs. Sorta surprising given that music streaming service of the moment Spotify was founded in Sweden. I guess the people just love the warm fuzzy feeling of owning, and playing, something physical.

Hey, so tell us in the comments section below what you’re doing with your CD collection? Have you sent your discs to Murfie yet? We’d sure love to know what your plan of attack is.

Now I ain’t saying you’re a gold digger…

Are you a Gold Digger yet? Er, wait, that’s not right. I mixed up my gold references. Let me rephrase. Are you a Murfie Gold Member yet?

The Murfie Gold Membership program is one of our most attractive features.

You ask

Why?

I say

A Gold Membership gives you free rips & downloads of all CD purchases & trades for a year. A whole dang year!

A flat fee of $24 gives you 12 months of membership. In addition to free downloads of all CDs you purchase or trade for on Murfie, you also get free rips and downloads of up to 25 additional CDs per month from your Murfie collection (which includes CDs you mail us). Too good to be true? Nah, it’s as good as gold.

To set up a Gold Membership, just visit this page: http://www.murfie.com/subscription

Lose the dead weight

Your CD collection is too heavy

Did you know that 10 CDs weigh approximately 2 pounds? That means, if you do the math, 100 CDs weigh 20 pounds. And 300 CDs weigh 60 pounds. And face it, most of y’all have at least 300 discs lurking in some nook and cranny of your home.

But losing weight, 60 pounds of weight, takes strength, courage, and confidence. Lucky for you, I’ve got some inspirational songs to help you out. If you lack motivation, I highly recommend that you give ’em a listen. They’re pretty much all from training or fight montages in 80s movies, or they’re just straight-up 80s songs. (Go figure.)

But beware. They are frighteningly powerful, and you’ll have enough fist pumps to last the entire day.

Ride into the danger zone.
Turn me loose.
It’s the eye of the tiger.
Nothing’s gonna stop us now.
I need a hero.
Don’t stop believing.
Oh we’re not gonna take it.
You’re the best around.
Take me where the future’s lying.