Pandora changes to 40-Hour Mobile Limit

Pandora Radio recently introduced a 40 hour monthly listening limit on mobile devices due to financial reasons within the industry. People working 9-5 jobs, this means that the limit could be hit after one week of listening at work! Although Pandora claims many users won’t hit the limit, if Pandora is your main source of music, it is likely that you will. Before Pandora instituted this policy, users could listen to Pandora on any device for as long as they wanted. Since this is a mobile only limit it will not affect Sonos or computers and other non mobile ways to use Pandora. If you are unfamiliar with Pandora, the radio service allows users to pick an artist or genre, and Pandora creates a radio station based on the user’s selection. Although the stations have advertisements, users used to be able to listen to their station for an unlimited amount of time. However, due to the new 40 hour limit, Pandora lovers may now looking elsewhere to listen to music as much as they’d like. While Pandora still offers unlimited listening with the premium Pandora One service for $3.99 per month or $36 per year, you may still be looking for a free service to stream your music. Pandora also offers another option. Pay $0.99 to listen for the remainder of the month. If and when you reach the 40 hour limit in a given month, pay just $0.99 for unlimited listening for the rest of that month. This isn’t a subscription. You can pay by credit card and your card will be charged for just that one...

Internet Capable devices for your Home Theater

Once upon a time, even the most cutting-edge A/V technology was segregated from the outside world. In any of the millions of living rooms, basements and home theaters across the globe, the television and all its peripherals – cable or satellite boxes, DVD players, receivers, CD players – existed on one entertainment plane while the internet-capable home computer sat quietly in another corner, prepared to do its own, very separate job. Times have changed. These days, nearly every component in a Digitech Custom-quality audio / video setup is capable, via network connections, of communicating with its neighbor – and much more. It is commonplace now for Digitech’s field technicians to install, in one project, several flat-panel televisions, Blu-ray players and receivers with Ethernet ports or WIFI adapters; not only does that interconnectivity of devices open up a new realm of home entertainment possibilities, it also enables something that, just a few years ago, was unthinkable: The blending of home theater and computer. Let’s look at a few of the products Digitech Custom routinely installs, and what they have to offer along the Ethernet-ready lines: Sony BDP-S580 The BDP-S580 Blu-ray player is a tantalizing option for a streaming-media fan, packing in more internet-based services (including Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus and many more) than any of its competitors. It also has built-in Wi-Fi and an excellent Smartphone application you can use to search Netflix and other streaming-media services – no competing player provides this option for searching inside Netflix. Throw in YouTube and live sporting event services, and it’s clear that this Sony unit is a multimedia vessel first, and...