A look at Amazon, Vudu, iTunes, and Google Play for digital videos

32" Vizio TV set

Back in 2014, I wrote about the various digital video services available that sell or rent digital videos. While Netflix, Hulu, and similar streaming services are convenient, some may still want to either rent or buy TV shows/movies. Yes, DVDs and Blu-Rays are still available, but their popularity and sales are starting to wane in favor of … Read more

My choice of music services (summer 2015)

iPod Classic

Here’s an updated look (since almost a year ago) at what music services I’m using these days. These days, my choice of audio services include: TuneIn Radio I use TuneIn Radio’s mobile app and website for two purposes: listening to NPR, and listening to Chicago Blackhawks hockey games (on Chicago’s WGN radio). Spotify I still … Read more

Google Play Music now allows users to upload up to 50,000 songs

Google Play Music

Google Play Music is Google’s music store and player for the web and Android devices. One perk of Google Play Music is that users can upload their music collection to their Play Music account for free. Songs are matched to existing songs on Google Play; if a match isn’t made, the file gets uploaded. The songs are … Read more

Anthony’s 10 favorite Roku channels

Roku Streaming Stick

I’ve been getting a lot of mileage out of the Roku Streaming Stick I bought a few months ago. It’s completely replaced my Xbox 360 for streaming purposes. Also, since the Roku‘s platform neutral (versus Amazon, Google, and Apple’s devices), it supports an extremely large number of streaming “channels.” Admittedly a lot of them are useless for me; … Read more

My choice of music services (fall 2014)

iPod Classic

Here’s an update of a previous post I’d written about what music services I use. These days, my choice of music/audio services include: TuneIn Radio I’ve written about TuneIn Radio before. TuneIn’s quite useful in letting me listen to NPR streaming audio on my phone. The Pro version is only a dollar, but gets rid of … Read more

The best digital video store for cross-platform support?

How to Train Your Dragon 2

I’ve written previously on the issues surrounding digital media support if one happens to not have all of one’s devices in the same “walled garden”/”ecosystem.” In my case, my current devices consist of: a Mac Mini; an Xbox 360; a Nexus 4 smartphone; a Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 tablet; a Chromebook; a Roku streaming … Read more

Blu-ray vs. digital media stores: which option’s better for multiple mixed-OS devices?

MacBook Air on a table

Lately, I’ve been considering going to high definition for future movie and TV show purchases. Between the direction things are moving, my owning an HDTV set, and that the HD version of “Wreck-It Ralph” I’ve seen looks a lot better than my DVD version does, I figure it’s time to make the move. But what … Read more

Archie Comics now available through Google Play

Comic book shop display

Although  it was announced several weeks ago, I thought it’d be worth noting anyway: Archie Comics’ books are now available through Google Play’s digital media store. The comics offered include some back catalog of books, as well as offering same-day digital versions of the paper books. Comics bought through Google Play may be read using … Read more