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  • Microsoft Integrates OneDrive with Xbox Music

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    So just one day after I express my love of Xbox Music, Microsoft has made the service even better by delivering on a long-promised music locker feature by which you can store your own music in OneDrive. That functionality is now live and doesn’t require a paid Xbox Music Pass subscription. “We’re happy to announce […]

    What I Use: Xbox Music with Xbox Music Pass

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    Xbox Music with Xbox Music Pass is perhaps the most unheralded Microsoft solution that I use regularly, and while it is decidedly unpopular—or perhaps just completely unknown—outside of Windows insider circles, it’s still my favorite music service. Here’s why. Long story short, Xbox Music with Xbox Music Pass provides exactly what I need from a […]

    Tip: Get an Xbox Music Pass for just $31.41

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    Microsoft is providing a tremendous deal on its Xbox Music Pass subscription, but you’ll need to act fast. You’ll also need to live in the United States or Canada. Sorry. Here’s what’s happening. As part of a bizarre celebration of Pi Day—which Microsoft notes is “an homage to the mathematical constant of the ratio of […]

    How to Download HD Videos from YouTube

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    While I’m bogged down a bit with my Blu-Ray ripping series—captions are a tough one—here’s another way you can get HD video on your PCs and devices: You can download HD video from YouTube. No, YouTube doesn’t support this directly, but you can do so with a free utility. In fact, there are probably many […]

    How to Rip Blu-Ray Videos

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    Ripping Blu-Ray videos is not as straightforward as doing so with DVD videos. For starters, there’s no free solution that I’m aware of. And worse, it takes a very long time to rip Blu-Ray content, especially full-length movies. But the results can of course be spectacular. As I noted in How to Rip DVD Videos, […]

    How to Rip DVD Videos

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    While the world has clearly moved on to HD video, many of us still have massive DVD collections and would like to make this content available digitally so that it can be enjoyed on mobile devices and streamed to screens around the home via Plex or similar solutions. So here’s how I rip DVD movies and […]

    Thinking About Plex

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    If you stumbled through subsequent generations of Microsoft products like Windows Home Server, Media Center, and Zune as I did, you may be feeling a bit gun-shy about the software giant’s digital media ambitions these days. And it doesn’t help that its current generation solutions—Xbox Music, Xbox Video and so on—are cloud-focused, and thus alienate […]

    Use Your Own Music with Xbox Music

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    While Xbox Music is optimized for a cloud-based music collection that you access from multiple devices, it also lets you import and manage the music you may have acquired previously by ripping audio CDs or from rival music services such as Amazon MP3, Apple iTunes, Google Play Music and others. The caveat? This only works […]

    Trying to Make the Case for Xbox Video

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    Noting my support of Xbox Music, many have asked me whether I recommend Xbox Video as well. The simple answer is that Microsoft’s TV show and movie service doesn’t really measure up to the competition except in very basic ways. And if you intend to build a digital video collection for some reason, my advice […]