We now have video tutorials at MoodMixes for all the common ways you’d want to download music from our web site into iTunes and your iPod or iPhone.

Each video also has a short bullet-list of instructions, both to remind you of the steps, or if you’d rather speed through the instructions.

You can see all the videos under the “tutorials” section of “info” when you’re logged into MoodMixes:
http://moodmixes.com/m/tutorials

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We’ve also added them in the interface itself, so you can see them when you might need help:


Downloading a playlist of songs into iTunes and your iPod:

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Downloading an entire album into iTunes and your iPod:

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Subscribe to a MoodMixes show, so that you automatically get daily fresh music in iTunes and your iPod:

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Under each show, you’ll now find easy instructions (and a video) to help you automatically sync MoodMixes’ music to your iPod or iPhone.

Once you set this up, new music is every day downloaded onto iTunes on your computer. Then, whenever you sync your iPod or iPhone with your computer, the new music is automatically synced too.

To find these instructions, look at the bottom of the “ten shows” page, where you’ll see:

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and in the “download” section of the “all shows” page, you’ll see:

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if you click on the “Show” link (next to “Add this show to your iPod/iPhone”) , you’ll see concise text instructions.

In addition, we’ve made a Youtube instructional video, if you prefer watching a video to reading text.

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Here is what the text instructions look like:

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In an effort to simplify the “music” feature at MoodMixes, we’ve removed three of the less frequently used features, and created a new set of “settings” for those of you who want the features back.

Also, we’re just about to release a newly-created set of playlists, especially tailored toward MoodMixes use, which does a much better job of organizing our music than “all genres” or “collections” ever did, so this gives us an opportunity to clean things up and simplify.

This is what the music page now looks like (look at the menu on the left):

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The menu is now 3 items shorter. Namely, we’ve removed:

1) Collections: this was a general “concept” to the album, such as “Woman singing electro-pop”

2) All Genres: this contained about 30 sub genres of albums, but not necessarily that well organized

3) Hot Artists: the albums that are most popular at the moment

Of these 3, only “hot artists” is still available, though it is deactivated by default.

Under the “settings” page at http://moodmixes.com/m/settings (under the “info” section) you’ll now find this:

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which allows you to hide features you don’t want to use, or don’t want your staff to use.

You can even go so extreme as to disable all menu features, in which case only the 10 default moods will be available for your staff to choose from. You might want to do this if you want to keep tight control over what music is played.

Alternatively, you could create your own shows, and then hide all the menus except “Your shows” so that your staff can only play the music you’ve personally selected.

Note: we’ve also renamed some of the menu items for clarity. The “top shows” menu choice is now labelled “ten shows” to make it clear that there are more (i.e.: vs “All shows”), and the “Main Genres” choice is now labelled “Albums” because that’s the main place you would go if you wanted to find entire albums to download.

Ever since MoodMixes has been in business, our shows have been a shuffled mix of songs. We would create a playlist of songs for a genre, and each day, an algorithm would pick a randomized set of songs from that playlist, to create a new one hour show.

As of today, our shows are now album-based, created by a DJ, instead of created by a computer algorithm.

The reason for this change? We’ve received lots of feedback that the use of our music is to create a background mood, and when the music changes too much, it draws too much attention to itself, and can spoil the mood.

We’ve been working on this for quite a while, and we’re finding that playing an entire album by the same artist creates a more consistent mood, with less stylistic change, and that is a better choice for most businesses playing our music.

If you use the “Top Shows” feature to play music, then you don’t have do anything to enjoy the new album-oriented music mixes:

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If you click on “all shows”, pick a genre, and click on the “songs” button, you’ll see that several songs by the same artist are featured in a row, creating a more pleasant music experience:

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IF YOU PREFER SHUFFLED PLAYLISTS

However, if you prefer to “mix it up” a bit more, and to play a different artist after each song, we’re now offering
“shuffled” versions of all our shows.

You can find the shuffled shows if you choose “All shows” and then click a show that says (Shuffled) in parenthesis after the name, like so:

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You can confirm that the songs are shuffled by clicking the “songs” button while listening:

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We’re also in the process of adding lots of new genres, and I’ll be blogging about that soon, when the new genres become available.

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We’ve added several new features to the pricing page at MoodMixes.

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New features include:

preloaded iPods — we will postal mail you an iPod, fully loaded with our music. We’ll also include a fancy plugin charger and cables to connect it to your hifi system. We’re charging $20 per month, per location for this option.

use our music in your ads — you can use our music on your TV and youtube ads, on your music-on-hold system, or anywhere associated with your business. Starting at $20 per month.

exact number of locations — previously we had options such as “fewer than 200 locations”, but this means that if you had (say) 180 locations, you were paying more than you should. We now let you specify exactly how many locations you have, and the discount rate increases steadily and automatically as you increase the number of locations playing our music.

pricing changes — we’ve changed a bit how discount pricing works, and other aspects of pricing too. If you’re currently a customer of ours, we’ve already adjusted your account with a “discount” to bring you back to the price you’ve always paid with us. In cases where your monthly price has gone down, you now get a free discount on our services!

friendly reminder about bills — we’ve always issued your next invoice 30 days before it’s due, so that you have plenty of time to pay it, and never risk not having a valid music license.

However, this could often be confusing because the system would say you were “overdue” when an upcoming invoice was issued, even though it was not really yet overdue. We’ve remedied this. Now, 14 days before your account would be overdue, a much clearer message is displayed (see graphic below).

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Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or feature requests.

Several new features were added to MoodMixes today. Here’s a roundup:

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1) a new default page now appears when you click the “music” button after logging in.

You’ll now be greeted by 10 illustrations (the same as on the home page) asking you to choose a mood you’d like to listen to.

If you click on that mood, the music starts playing: easy!

We added this page, as many of you were asking for a simpler way to play music from our service.

All the previous features are still available by choosing from the menu on the left hand side.

A photo of this new feature is attached to this email or you can just visit: http://moodmixes.com/m/music


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2) a “download this playlist” button.

This lets you fill your iPod, or iTunes up with all the MP3s that are in a playlist, downloaded as one easy ZIP file.

You can then use the “shuffle play” feature in your iPod/iTunes to play the songs you like at your location.

For an example, scroll to the bottom of the songs at the Christmas playlist: http://moodmixes.com/m/p/10348)


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3) high-quality audio streaming: if you prefer to use a computer to play music, rather than downloading, you can now stream our music at a very high audio quality.

You’ll need a reliable Internet connection to use this feature. You can enable it by going to: http://moodmixes.com/m/settings

and choosing “yes” under “hifi streaming”


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4) follow other members: you can now subscribe to another MoodMixes’ member’s playlists and shows, if they’ve decided to share them.

This is very useful if you have multiple locations and want separate accounts on MoodMixes to all play the same music.


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5) more download formats: in addition to MP3 and WAV files, people have asked us for the popular FLAC, OGG and and Apple iTunes’ AAC format.

You can enable this with the “album download formats” feature at: http://moodmixes.com/m/settings