Google Chrome users, for example, can add playback hotkeys with an extension called keyMazony. Once installed, you'll have keyboard control of your Amazon Cloud Player queue. keyMazony commands will work as long as you're in the same Chrome window as Cloud Player, even if its tab doesn't have focus. The key combinations are customizable as well -- just make sure you don't set up a combo that conflicts with another extension or Chrome's built-in keyboard shortcuts.
Those of you who spend a lot of time online discovering and listening to music may want to check out Like.fm, a new app which is designed to automatically track and share what you play. It's a sort of 'discovery aggregator,' pulling in tunes from services like YouTube, Pandora, Rdio, and Grooveshark -- which already offer their own discovery tools.
Like.fm aims to provide one-stop shopping, so you and your friends don't have to remember to follow each other on a dozen different services. By aggregating data from a wide variety of sources, Like.fm hopes to make itself the place to get your new music recommendations. Facebook Connect support is also built-in, making it easy to find and follow your friends as you build out your Like.fm profile.
Version 2.0.4 of the extension has been made available in the Chrome Web Store, and this version brings a couple of new and interesting features: recommendations and 'infinite scroll'. Recommendations for You has been designed to make it easier to see what tracks the users you follow are enjoying. The Noted tab will now display the songs other users have liked but you haven't noted yet.
Also new is infinite scrolling in list view -- which was previously limited to 50 songs per page. Passwords can now be reset from the settings page and there are many bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements as well.
If you're a music lover who browses the Web with Google Chrome, ExtensionFM is really a must-have extension. It allows you to build a library of all the music you discover while sifting through music sites like Spinner, Tumblr blogs, and just about anywhere else you find embedded MP3 tunes on a page.
Dan Kantor and crew have just released ExtensionFM (exFM) v2, and it's a major upgrade. For starters, there's social integration with Facebook, Twitter, and Last.FM -- making it easy to scrobble, tweet, or post songs you enjoy to your wall. If you haven't created an exFM account yet, now is the time. The new version also includes a note function, which adds songs to your public profile page. People can follow you via the exFM to keep abreast of your latest audio finds or simply drop by the page to catch up. Dan's profile page is here, in case you're curious what the exFM frontman likes to listen to.
As MP3 players and mobile devices become very common, more and more people are beginning to convert their audio CD collection to music files so they will listen to them while on the move. In Windows and Mac, the conversion can be done automatically with Windows Media Player or iTunes. What about Linux? Let’s take a look.
Rhythmbox is the default player in Ubuntu. Like many other media player, it comes with the capability to import audio CD into your library.
Open your Rhythmbox. Before you start to import your audio CD, it is best to configure the location of the imported files and the song format.
Go to Edit -> Preferences. Click on the Music tab.
In the “Music Files are placed in” field, select the location of the folder where the imported music will be stored.
Next, you may want to configure how the folder hierarchy of the album.
ExtensionFM is arguably one of the coolest extensions you can find for Google Chrome -- it's a must-have for music lovers. But if you're browsing with Chromium or a Chromium-based browser, you may have noticed that you can't listen to MP3 files in it. What gives?!
Alas, this is one of the differences between the open source Chromium browser and its semi-closed brother, Google Chrome. Many of the audio and video codecs included in Chrome aren't included in Chromium due to licensing, patents -- all that fun stuff.
Fortunately, there's a workaround -- and it's pretty dang simple. All you have to do is copy over the official Google Chrome audio/video components and paste them into your Chromium browser's folder.
If you don't have both Chrome and Chromium installed, you'll need them. Grab a dev channel version of Chrome if you need to, as it's the closest thing to a Chromium snapshot build.
You're looking for three files: avcodec-52.dll, avformat-52.dll, and avutil-50.dll. They'll be located in your Chrome\Application folder (somewhere like C:\Users\You\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application.0.437.3).
You can get to them pretty quickly by going to start > run > %localappdata% [enter] and then drilling down.
I'm running Ubuntu, so your folder locations may differ depending on your distro of choice. The file you're after is libffmpegsumo.so and it's located in /opt/google/chrome on Ubuntu.
Head to your Applications folder and right-click Google Chrome. Choose show package contents and drill down to Versions > Most recent # > Framework > Libraries. Copy libffmpegsumo.dylib.
Now find your Chromium icon. Again, right click and choose show package contents and drill down to the corresponding location. When you see libffmpegsumo.dylib, paste and click replace when prompted.
If everything went as it should, you can now enjoy MP3 files (as well as some additional video formats). Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to listen to my ExtensionFM library in the latest Chromium snapshot build...
[via Google Chrome Blog]
We’ve long felt that not enough people know what a browser is. Too many people just use the browser that comes with their computer. The time has come for browsers to speak up and be heard. Even though we’ve experimented with visual improvements in the way of 3D stereoscopy, we think it’s time for browsers to push the boundaries of what’s possible by using sound to create a magical, immersive experience.
Taking an earful of inspiration from the HTML5 audio tag, we’ve spent the past few months deep in psychoacoustic models, the Whittaker-Nyquist-Kotelnikov-Shannon sampling theorem, Franssen effects, Shepard-Risset Tones, and 11.1 surround sound research to build a cutting-edge audio-driven user interface for our users, available through a new Chrome extension. With this extension, Chrome will provide audio feedback as you browse to web pages and interact with the browser.
To experience the web with auditory feedback, download Google Chrome (if you haven’t already), install the extension, turn up the volume, and enjoy the biggest increase in your browsing productivity since the blink tag. Mundane operations like opening and closing tabs, searching, navigating, even debugging the browser and much more will never be the same.
Now that we’ve nailed sight and sound, we’ll look at bringing olfactory magic to the browsing experience. We hope to deliver that by next year at this time.