Popularity Contest: Murfie Downloads or Streaming?

Let’s get one thing straight. I’m not trying to imply that one is objectively better than the other. I’m humbly venturing to gather intel (mind you, informal intel) on music delivery preferences and whether downloading OR streaming is more “popular” as a playback choice on Murfie.

Now, your exact preference is probably a result of many factors (specific to your lifestyle). Here at Murfie, we’d sure lurve if you shared some of those reasons in the comments section. But first, do the easy part — take the poll, please!

Pro Tip: Access Your Murfie Player on Your iPad

Our Developer team has just rolled out a neat upgrade to our “mini player” for Murfie Gold subscribers. The player is now officially a pop-out player, which gives you the option to continue listening to your music while browsing other web pages. Say it with me: three cheers for multitasking!

Own an iPad? Keep listening. We’ve got a pro tip for you… There exists a clever little trick that’ll make accessing your Murfie player on your iPad a breeze. So if you’ve got an iPad on hand, whip it out and follow along:

  1. Open Safari and go to Murfie.com.
  2. Log into your Murfie account and tap the player’s “pop out” button –> this loads your player in a new tab.
  3. On the left side of the address bar, tap the “curved arrow” send-to button.
  4. Select “Add to home screen.”

There, now you have an icon on your tablet’s home screen. Tapping that will launch you straight into a full-screen version of your mini player. Done and done! Let the good times roll.

Music Now Playing: What’s on Your Mini Player?

Now, here’s a loaded question. What are you listening to at this very moment? Obvi, what’s on your playlist can totes tell us a lot about your mood and overall music tastes. For example, this very morning I was streaming, no lies, Ricky Martin’s “La Copa de la Vida” on my Murfie mini player. (See the featured image for proof.)

So why the heck was I listening to an artist best known for songs like “Livin’ la Vida Loca”, “Shake Your Bon-Bon” and “She Bangs”? It’s hardly rocket science—I was feeling pretty darn up-tempo in the a.m., following a hearty breakfast of black coffee and sugar packets.

Once the jitters die down, who knows, I might switch over my playlist to something a bit more somber. Enough about my listening habits, though—what about you? Hit us up on twitter and tell us what song is playing on your mini player at this very moment. Then hashtag it with #mymusicbe_____, inserting whatever adjective describes your current mood. This could be fun, dot dot dot.

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!

Murfberry Pi

As you may know not too long ago Murfie opened the doors on a new streaming music service we like to call “Murfie Everywhere“. Currently you can stream any disc in your collection to a browser and listen to it without the hassle of downloading, syncing, etc., which is pretty cool, no?

However the browser is just the beginning. In addition to this we are working on several new ways to stream your music library. Of course there are the expected ways like on your smartphone, or perhaps a high-quality-streaming-music player, but what about the other end of the spectrum?

You see, it’s a bit of a pastime of mine to try and get my Murfie library streaming on any device I can get my hands on and I wanted to try this on the simplest, most bare-bones device I could find. Enter the Raspberry Pi.

Raspberry Pi is a tiny, $25 single-board computer that you can hook up to your TV, and it runs Linux. The slightly more expensive version even has an ethernet port (a critical ingredient for a streaming music device) so this seemed like a perfectly viable target for the cheapest, simplest Murfie Anywhere player.

Of course I expected there to be challenges (even the more sophisticated machines we’ve been porting to have had hang-ups) but thanks to the completeness of the Raspberry Pi’s implementation (it’s really a full-blown Linux compute) and our well-designed API I was able to put this little demo together in about an hour (crank up the volume for full effect):

It’s kind of hard to tell from the video, but the player is actually completely self-contained on the Raspberry Pi as a console application.

Got something you’d like to stream your Murfie library to? Send your challenges to info@murfie.com and we’ll give it a shot!

Stream for Your Life! – NEW Streaming Beta

Good times. We’ve added a brand new music streaming feature!—listen to your entire music library from any web browser, anywhere, anytime.

Our Streaming Beta is exclusively available to Murfie Gold members. Since it’s a beta, there will be bugs—just give us a holler if you encounter one, and we’ll crush it as soon as humanly possible. We’re seriously all ears at info@murfie.com. SRSLY.

Here’s how our streaming feature works. 1) Upgrade to Gold. 2) Send in, buy, and/or trade for CDs, so that you have a super awesome music collection to stream. 3) As a Gold member, you will see a “My Music” tab at the bottom of any page on murfie.com—stream any album in your music library from this “mini player”.

Got any questions? Hit me up in the comments section below.

It’s the hard-knock life for artists online

How much do musicians make in a digital marketplace?

I just can’t keep quiet about this any longer. InformationIsBeautiful.net has created the most lovely, elegant infographic depicting how much music artists earn online. Seriously, take a look at it. It really shows you how the type of format impacts a musician’s profits. It also proves that album sales are most profitable for an artist, and that music streaming services are bad for business for an artist.

The formats that provide royalties, in order from baddest to bestest (I know, not a real word) for a musician: stream on Spotify, stream on Last.fm, stream on Rhapsody, track download on Amazon or iTunes, retail album CD (low end royalty deal), MP3 download (via iTunes) on CD Baby, MP3 download on CD Baby, album download on Napster or iTunes, retail album CD (high end royalty deal), CD album on CD Baby, self-pressed CD.

Is your head spinning? Yeah, mine too. But no matter, I’ve had time to turn my thinking wheels in the right direction and dream up a few major conclusions (thanks again, David McCandless, London-based author, writer and designer, for the infographic!). You’ll notice a theme to my deductions: the best choice to make as a consumer if you’re keen on playing nice with the musician (why? because I’m one of those people who think supporting the artist should be a factor when making a purchase).
1) If you really want to support your favorite musician, purchase the CD album.
2) If you’re going to purchase a download, album download > track download.
3) If you subscribe to a music streaming service, that’s not very helpful.

Please leave a comment below if you have an additional conclusion you’d like to share!