Stream Music: A How-To Guide
Your digital music collection is nothing less than a reflection of you. As you discover and download more songs and artists, your audio library becomes a crucial retreat from the noise of the world. When you’re on the go, knowing how to stream music means having the ability to access your music collection wherever life takes you. And having the right computer with sufficient power and memory is just as important. That’s why the Intel Learning Centre is a useful tool to help you find and compare the newest devices to keep up with your listening, viewing, and creative activities.
Before you stream music, consider whether your music library will be stored on your own PC or with a cloud-based service. This will help you decide on the right computer for your needs. With the new Intel-inspired Ultrabook™, you can have the mobility and power of a laptop combined with the touchscreen versatility of a tablet. Or if an entire entertainment center with super-sleek design, built-in speakers, wireless connection, and webcam is more your style, check out the all-in-one PC with a wall-mountable display. Whether you choose an Ultrabook™ or all-in-one PC, the best part is they both have Intel® Core™ processors with Wi-Fi that will enable you to stream music to enjoy.
How to Stream Music from Home or Anywhere Else
Whether you use your PC or a cloud-based service as your host, it’s important to note both options have their pros and cons. And just like your taste in music is a personal choice, so too is which avenue you choose to stream music. What follows are the basic steps for both routes, along with some of the current services available.
Hosting Music From Home
If uploading your music library to a cloud-based service sounds like abandoning a loved one at a bus station, then you’ll probably opt for hosting from home. Among the many available services, Orb* stands out for its simplicity of set-up and numerous useful features. You’ll be using it to make your PC a remote jukebox, but it can also give you access to all forms of media, including photos, videos, and documents. And best of all, it’s free!
- Download and run the software.
- Set up an account, selecting audio as the type of media you want to access.
- Direct the program to your music folders.
- Use any PC or browser to open the application and select audio.
- Enjoy your streamed music remotely.
Stream Music from the Cloud
Cloud-based streaming service is a competitive business, so the choices are varied. Additionally, most options are easy to use and either free or for a low cost. Most services give you easy-to-follow instructions and offer excellent IT support if you run into any glitches.
- Google Play Music* is super easy, free, and allows you to upload as many as 20,000 songs.
- Amazon Cloud Player* allows you to upload 250 songs for free, but for only $25 a year you get streaming access to 250,000 songs! And it stores all your Amazon MP3 purchases automatically.
- Spotify* is a big international player and boasts over 20 million users. If you can’t find the other services mentioned, chances are Spotify will work where you are… or will very shortly.
So, if music is the food of love, stream on! And remember to visit the Intel Learning Centre to thoroughly satisfy your appetite for computers with the best abilities for streaming.