TWT Newsletter, Issue #013 –, – Great MP3’s for Summer
Welcome to another TWT newsletter. Thirteen may be unlucky for some, but not for you, dear reader, as we have a run-down of the greatest music download sites this month, to keep your MP3 player happy throughout the summer. You can also read a little about the new version of Windows, Windows 7, which is due for release next year. Of course there’s our regular tip of the month and free utility of the month too!
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In this months issue:-
1) What’s New at Top-Windows-Tutorials.com?
2) Choosing Music for the Perfect Summer!
3) Tip of the Month – Turbo Charge Your Torrents
4) Free Utility of the Month – CutePDF Writer
5) Windows 7 Previewed at the All Things Digital Conference
What’s New at Top-Windows-Tutorials.com?
Every month from now, this section will keep you up to date with our newest tutorials, by giving you a quick summary of the tutorials added in the last month.
In May we introduced you to OpenDNS. We showed you not only how this free service could speed up your surfing, but how it can be configured to filter out harmful or pornographic web content too. Hop over to our Internet Safety tutorials to find out more.
We also gave you the opportunity to share your Windows speed up tips and your favourite free software recommendations. We’d love to hear from you on either of these pages, so don’t delay, share your knowledge today!
Choosing Music for the Perfect Summer
Although the summer here in England has been far from perfect so far, I’m sure plenty of you are enjoying the longer days and warmer weather (unless of course it’s the start of winter in your part of the world!). What turns a good summer into a great one? How about some top summer music for your MP3 player or BBQ party? There are plenty of places on the internet where you can now legally purchase high-quality MP3 music that works on all MP3 players. This month we’ll give you a run-down of our favourite MP3 download sites. All the sites we recommend sell music in DRM (digital rights management) free format, which means they will work on any MP3 player anywhere!
One of the first major music download services to offer digital music with no intrusive DRM software attached. Emusic is still one of the greatest music download sites for alternative and independent music labels. Covering almost every genre imaginable, music lovers will have a field day discovering new artists and styles in Emusic’s large and easy to navigate catalogue. Prices start from £10.99 per month for 30 mp3 downloads (approximately 36p per track!). To sign up or see prices in your own currency,
If you are looking for something more mainstream, Amazon’s new MP3 download service may be just what you are looking for. You can choose from a huge range of chart and popular music, from as little as $4.99 per album. The only drawback is that the service is only available in the USA at the moment.
Annoyed with Amazon because they won’t let you use their MP3 download service outside of the United States? Fret not, Simply visit Play.com and using their brand new digital music service you can download the latest chart hits and popular albums from as little as £0.49/E0.75 per track.
When you’re done downloading all that music, you’ll need some kind of jukebox/MP3 player on your PC to make the most of it all. You could use Windows Media Player, or perhaps
if you have an Apple iPod. Because the music from these services is DRM-Free, you can use whatever software or hardware you choose!
Tip of the Month – Turbo Charge Your Torrents
Do you use the popular
protocol to download and share information? Have you noticed your connection slow to a crawl even when you’re not downloading at your full capacity? You could be reaching the maximum number of allowed connections. This limit was imposed by Microsoft to stop systems infected with very malicious spyware from opening too many connections to other infected systems on the internet, but it can seriously affect your browsing speed if you use Bittorrent at the same time as you surf. If you think you might be affected by this and you are a Windows XP user, you should check out
use this website.
Please note that performing this fix requires patching Windows system files and is not for the faint of heart! If in doubt, consult an IT professional.
Free Utility of the Month – CutePDF Writer
People have talked about the “paperless office” for many years now but the reality is the modern office wastes more paper than ever, thanks to the convenience of being able to print out almost any information quickly and easily. CutePDF Writer won’t solve that problem overnight, but it might save a few trees. Acting just like a printer when it is installed, any documents printed with the CutePDF printer are automatically converted to PDF documents. (We cover PDF documents in our
guide to working with files
). PDF documents can be opened on almost any modern computer anywhere and look exactly the same no matter where they are opened. Rather than print that web form, multimedia document or spreadsheet why not make a PDF and e-mail it? Once you start using CutePDF writer you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.
to go to the CutePDF homepage and download the software.
Windows 7 Previewed at the All Things Digital Conference
May 27, Carlsbad, California and Bill Gates and Steve Balmer give the public a tantalizing glimpse of the next version of Windows, currently known as Windows 7. The presentation focused on the touch-screen features of the new operating system, showing off Microsoft’s multi-touch technology (touch screen software and hardware that can detect more than one finger or stylus at a time). This lead to all kinds of speculation that Microsoft was trying to move away from the traditional keyboard and mouse set-up, to a completely touch screen controlled operating system. This is unlikely however, Microsoft already support Tablet PC’s extensively in Windows Vista, but even as a Tablet PC convert, I’d still never trade my keyboard and mouse for most computing tasks (including writing this newsletter!). We think it’s great that Microsoft are giving us more ways to interact with our computers though, since the keyboard and mouse certainly isn’t the be all and end all. You can take a look at the Windows 7 demonstration by visiting
What other details did Microsoft give about the next version of Windows? Well, not a great deal, Microsoft is remaining tight-lipped about most features of the new OS. The estimated release date for Windows 7 is sometime in the fourth quarter of 2009, though these big software projects have a habit of taking much longer than anticipated. Of course, Top-Windows-Tutorials.com will be here to help you explore the new features of Windows 7, whenever you get your hands (or fingers) on it!
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