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Songs of Anarchy: Music from Sons of Anarchy Seasons 1-4 – Various Artists – Global Sound

Global Sound

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Songs of Anarchy: Music from Sons of Anarchy Seasons 1-4

Various Artists

Genre: Soundtrack

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Release Date: December 6, 2011

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Now That’s What I Call Music, Vol. 43 – Various Artists – Global Sound

Global Sound

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Now That’s What I Call Music, Vol. 43

Various Artists

Genre: Pop

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Release Date: August 7, 2012

© ℗ Compilation 2012 NOW Joint Venture. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Catalog, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028.

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Learning to play music (21/365)
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"Play the music, not the instrument." – Unknown

Day 21: I tend to overthink my shots each day. The more I try to structure my shots, the less enjoyable this project becomes. Because of my finance background, I tend to be very technical in nature. Almost everything has a formula and can be quantified. I’m trying to free my photography of this mechanical tendency of mine, and it’s been a daily struggle. I have read several books on exposure and composition and tried to learn every feature on my camera. The technical nature of photography is the easy part I reckon. I’m not saying I even have that part down, but what eludes me is the "playing the music" part. I’m merely "playing the instrument" right now. However, I’m excited at the prospect of the growth that is occurring (albeit at a snail’s pace) with each passing day.

Change of background
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They changed their ‘The Charlatans’ background thing halfway through, oddly enough at much the same time as the quality of music got significantly improved.

Music for 18 Musicians, Steve Reich – Global Sound

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Music for 18 Musicians, Steve Reich
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At the Bang on a Can Marathon, June 3, 2007, New York City, World Trade Center Winter Garden. Performed by The New Music Ensemble at Grand Valley State University

Music With Sound – Time Series 2000 Stereo Demonstration Record
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One of my very favorite album covers.

Sheet music. – Global Sound

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Sheet music.
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A close-up of a piece of sheet music.

Music time
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Most are not yet old enough to get out of music by the claim their voice is breaking, I managed to get thrown out at the age of ten, it was a boring lesson anyway.

Feel Music
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Hey Mister D.J.
Put a record on
I wanna dance with my baby
And when the music starts
I never wanna stop
It’s gonna drive me crazy

–MADONNA–

Music Genres

Music Genres

This is a list of some of the world’s music genre and their definitions.

African Folk – Music held to be typical of a nation or ethnic group, known to all segments of its society, and preserved usually by oral tradition.

Afro jazz – Refers to jazz music which has been heavily influenced by African music. The music took elements of marabi, swing and American jazz and synthesized this into a unique fusion. The first band to really achieve this synthesis was the South African band Jazz Maniacs.

Afro-beat – Is a combination of Yoruba music, jazz, Highlife, and funk rhythms, fused with African percussion and vocal styles, popularized in Africa in the 1970s.

Afro-Pop – Afropop or Afro Pop is a term sometimes used to refer to contemporary African pop music. The term does not refer to a specific style or sound, but is used as a general term to describe African popular music.

Apala – Originally derived from the Yoruba people of Nigeria. It is a percussion-based style that developed in the late 1930s, when it was used to wake worshippers after fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Assiko – is a popular dance from the South of Cameroon. The band is usually based on a singer accompanied with a guitar, and a percussionnist playing the pulsating rhythm of Assiko with metal knives and forks on an empty bottle.

Batuque – is a music and dance genre from Cape Verde.

Bend Skin – is a kind of urban Cameroonian popular music. Kouchoum Mbada is the most well-known group associated with the genre.

Benga – Is a musical genre of Kenyan popular music. It evolved between the late 1940s and late 1960s, in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi.

Biguine – is a style of music that originated in Martinique in the 19th century. By combining the traditional bele music with the polka, the black musicians of Martinique created the biguine, which comprises three distinct styles, the biguine de salon, the biguine de bal and the biguines de rue.

Bikutsi – is a musical genre from Cameroon. It developed from the traditional styles of the Beti, or Ewondo, people, who live around the city of Yaounde.

Bongo Flava – it has a mix of rap, hip hop, and R&B for starters but these labels don’t do it justice. It’s rap, hip hop and R&B Tanzanian style: a big melting pot of tastes, history, culture and identity.

Cadence – is a particular series of intervals or chords that ends a phrase, section, or piece of music.

Calypso – is a style of Afro-Caribbean music which originated in Trinidad at about the start of the 20th century. The roots of the genre lay in the arrival of African slaves, who, not being allowed to speak with each other, communicated through song.

Chaabi – is a popular music of Morocco, very similar to the Algerian Rai.

Chimurenga – is a Zimbabwean popular music genre coined by and popularised by Thomas Mapfumo. Chimurenga is a Shona language word for struggle.

Chouval Bwa – features percussion, bamboo flute, accordion, and wax-paper/comb-type kazoo. The music originated among rural Martinicans.

Christian Rap – is a form of rap which uses Christian themes to express the songwriter’s faith.

Coladeira – is a form of music in Cape Verde. Its element ascends to funacola which is a mixture of funanáa and coladera. Famous coladera musicians includes Antoninho Travadinha.

Contemporary Christian – is a genre of popular music which is lyrically focused on matters concerned with the Christian faith.

Country – is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. It has roots in traditional folk music, Celtic music, blues, gospel music, hokum, and old-time music and evolved rapidly in the 1920s.

Dance Hall – is a type of Jamaican popular music which developed in the late 1970s, with exponents such as Yellowman and Shabba Ranks. It is also known as bashment. The style is characterized by a deejay singing and toasting (or rapping) over raw and danceable music riddims.

Disco – is a genre of dance-oriented pop music that was popularized in dance clubs in the mid-1970s.

Folk – in the most basic sense of the term, is music by and for the common people.

Freestyle – is a form of electronic music that is heavily influenced by Latin American culture.

Fuji – is a popular Nigerian musical genre. It arose from the improvisation Ajisari/were music tradition, which is a kind of Muslim music performed to wake believers before dawn during the Ramadan fasting season.

Funana – is a mixed Portuguese and African music and dance from Santiago, Cape Verde. It is said that the lower part of the body movement is African, and the upper part Portuguese.

Funk – is an American musical style that originated in the mid- to late-1960s when African American musicians blended soul music, soul jazz and R&B into a rhythmic, danceable new form of music.

Gangsta rap – is a subgenre of hip-hop music which developed during the late 1980s. ‘Gangsta’ is a variation on the spelling of ‘gangster’. After the popularity of Dr. Dre’s The Chronic in 1992, gangsta rap became the most commercially lucrative subgenre of hip-hop.

Genge – is a genre of hip hop music that had its beginnings in Nairobi, Kenya. The name was coined and popularized by Kenyan rapper Nonini who started off at Calif Records. It is a style that incorporates hip hop, dancehall and traditional African music styles. It is commonly sung in Sheng(slung),Swahili or local dialects.

Gnawa – is a mixture of African, Berber, and Arabic religious songs and rhythms. It combines music and acrobatic dancing. The music is both a prayer and a celebration of life.

Gospel – is a musical genre characterized by dominant vocals (often with strong use of harmony) referencing lyrics of a religious nature, particularly Christian.

Highlife – is a musical genre that originated in Ghana and spread to Sierra Leone and Nigeria in the 1920s and other West African countries.

Hip-Hop – is a style of popular music, typically consisting of a rhythmic, rhyming vocal style called rapping (also known as emceeing) over backing beats and scratching performed on a turntable by a DJ.

House – is a style of electronic dance music that was developed by dance club DJs in Chicago in the early to mid-1980s. House music is strongly influenced by elements of the late 1970s soul- and funk-infused dance music style of disco.

Indie – is a term used to describe genres, scenes, subcultures, styles and other cultural attributes in music, characterized by their independence from major commercial record labels and their autonomous, do-it-yourself approach to recording and publishing.

Instrumental – An instrumental is, in contrast to a song, a musical composition or recording without lyrics or any other sort of vocal music; all of the music is produced by musical instruments.

Isicathamiya – is an a cappella singing style that originated from the South African Zulus.

Jazz – is an original American musical art form which originated around the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States out of a confluence of African and European music traditions.

Jit – is a style of popular Zimbabwean dance music. It features a swift rhythm played on drums and accompanied by a guitar.

Juju – is a style of Nigerian popular music, derived from traditional Yoruba percussion. It evolved in the 1920s in urban clubs across the countries. The first jùjú recordings were by Tunde King and Ojoge Daniel from the 1920s.

Kizomba – is one of the most popular genres of dance and music from Angola. Sung generally in Portuguese, it is a genre of music with a romantic flow mixed with African rhythm.

Kwaito – is a music genre that emerged in Johannesburg, South Africa in the early 1990s. It is based on house music beats, but typically at a slower tempo and containing melodic and percussive African samples which are looped, deep basslines and often vocals, generally male, shouted or chanted rather than sung or rapped.

Kwela – is a happy, often pennywhistle based, street music from southern Africa with jazzy underpinnings. It evolved from the marabi sound and brought South African music to international prominence in the 1950s.

Lingala – Soukous (also known as Soukous or Congo, and previously as African rumba) is a musical genre that originated in the two neighbouring countries of Belgian Congo and French Congo during the 1930s and early 1940s

Makossa – is a type of music which is most popular in urban areas in Cameroon. It is similar to soukous, except it includes strong bass rhythm and a prominent horn section. It originated from a type of Duala dance called kossa, with significant influences from jazz, ambasse bey, Latin music, highlife and rumba.

Malouf – a kind of music imported to Tunisia from Andalusia after the Spanish conquest in the 15th century.

Mapouka – also known under the name of Macouka, is a traditional dance from the south-east of the Ivory Coast in the area of Dabou, sometimes carried out during religious ceremonies.

Maringa – is a West African musical genre. It evolved among the Kru people of Sierra Leone and Liberia, who used Portuguese guitars brought by sailors, combining local melodies and rhythms with Trinidadian calypso.

Marrabenta – is a form of Mozambican dance music. It was developed in Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, formerly Laurenco Marques.

Mazurka – is a Polish folk dance in triple meter with a lively tempo, containing a heavy accent on the third or second beat. It is always found to have either a triplet, trill, dotted eighth note pair, or ordinary eighth note pair before two quarter notes.

Mbalax – is the national popular dance music of Senegal. It is a fusion of popular dance musics from the West such as jazz, soul, Latin, and rock blended with sabar, the traditional drumming and dance music of Senegal.

Mbaqanga – is a style of South African music with rural Zulu roots that continues to influence musicians worldwide today. The style was originated in the early 1960s.

Mbube – is a form of South African vocal music, made famous by the South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The word mbube means “lion” in Zulu

Merengue – is a type of lively, joyful music and dance that comes from the Dominican Republic

Morna – is a genre of Cape Verdean music, related to Portuguese fado, Brazilian modinha, Argentinian tango, and Angolan lament.

Museve – is a popular Zimbabwe music genre. Artists include Simon Chimbetu and Alick Macheso

Oldies – term commonly used to describe a radio format that usually concentrates on Top 40 music from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Oldies are typically from R&B, pop and rock music genres.

Pop – is an ample and imprecise category of modern music not defined by artistic considerations but by its potential audience or prospective market.

Quadrille – is a historic dance performed by four couples in a square formation, a precursor to traditional square dancing. It is also a style of music.

R&B – is a popular music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences, first performed by African American artists.

Rai – is a form of folk music, originated in Oran, Algeria from Bedouin shepherds, mixed with Spanish, French, African and Arabic musical forms, which dates back to the 1930s and has been primarily evolved by women in the culture.

Ragga – is a sub-genre of dancehall music or reggae, in which the instrumentation primarily consists of electronic music; sampling often serves a prominent role in raggamuffin music as well.

Rap – is the rhythmic singing delivery of rhymes and wordplay, one of the elements of hip hop music and culture.

Rara – is a form of festival music used for street processions, typically during Easter Week.

Reggae – is a music genre first developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. A particular music style that originated following on the development of ska and rocksteady. Reggae is based on a rhythm style characterized by regular chops on the off-beat, known as the skank.

Reggaeton – is a form of urban music which became popular with Latin American youth during the early 1990s. Originating in Panama, Reggaeton blends Jamaican music influences of reggae and dancehall with those of Latin America, such as bomba, plena, merengue, and bachata as well as that of hip hop and Electronica.

Rock – is a form of popular music with a prominent vocal melody accompanied by guitar, drums, and bass. Many styles of rock music also use keyboard instruments such as organ, piano, synthesizers.

Rumba – is a family of music rhythms and dance styles that originated in Africa and were introduced to Cuba and the New World by African slaves.

Salegy – is a popular type of Afropop styles exported from Madagascar. This Sub-Saharan African folk music dance originated with the Malagasy language of Madagascar, Southern Africa.

Salsa – is a diverse and predominantly Spanish Caribbean genre that is popular across Latin America and among Latinos abroad.

Samba – is one of the most popular forms of music in Brazil. It is widely viewed as Brazil’s national musical style.

Sega – is an evolved combination of traditional Music of Seychelles,Mauritian and Réunionnais music with European dance music like polka and quadrilles.

Seggae – is a music genre invented in the mid 1980s by the Mauritian Rasta singer, Joseph Reginald Topize who was sometimes known as Kaya, after a song title by Bob Marley. Seggae is a fusion of sega from the island country, Mauritius, and reggae.

Semba – is a traditional type of music from the Southern-African country of Angola. Semba is the predecessor to a variety of music styles originated from Africa, of which three of the most famous are Samba (from Brazil), Kizomba (Angolan style of music derived directly from Zouk music) and Kuduro (or Kuduru, energetic, fast-paced Angolan Techno music, so to speak).

Shona Music – is the music of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. There are several different types of traditional Shona music including mbira, singing, hosho and drumming. Very often, this music will be accompanied by dancing, and participation by the audience.

Ska – is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1950s and was a precursor to rocksteady and reggae. Ska combined elements of Caribbean mento and calypso with American jazz and rhythm and blues.

Slow Jam – is typically a song with an R&B-influenced melody. Slow jams are commonly R&B ballads or just downtempo songs. The term is most commonly reserved for soft-sounding songs with heavily emotional or romantic lyrical content.

Soca – is a form of dance music that originated in Trinidad from calypso. It combines the melodic lilting sound of calypso with insistent (usually electronic in recent music) percussion.

Soukous – is a musical genre that originated in the two neighbouring countries of Belgian Congo and French Congo during the 1930s and early 1940s, and which has gained popularity throughout Africa.

Soul – is a music genre that combines rhythm and blues and gospel music, originating in the United States.

Taarab – is a music genre popular in Tanzania. It is influenced by music from the cultures with a historical presence in East Africa, including music from East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Taarab rose to prominence in 1928 with the rise of the genre’s first star, Siti binti Saad.

Tango – is a style of music that originated among European immigrant populations of Argentina and Uruguay. It is traditionally played by a sextet, known as the orquesta típica, which includes two violins, piano, doublebass, and two bandoneons.

Waka – is a popular Islamic-oriented Yoruba musical genre. It was pioneered and made popular by Alhaja Batile Alake from Ijebu, who took the genre into the mainstream Nigerian music by playing it at concerts and parties; also, she was the first waka singer to record an album.

Wassoulou – is a genre of West African popular music, named after the region of Wassoulou. It is performed mostly by women, using lyrics that address women’s issues regarding childbearing, fertility and polygamy.

Ziglibithy – is a style of Ivorian popular music that developed in the 1970s. It was the first major genre of music from the Ivory Coast. The first major pioneer of the style was Ernesto Djedje.

Zouglou – is a dance oriented style of music from the Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) that first evolved in the 1990s. It started with students (les parents du Campus) from the University of Abidjan.

Zouk – is a style of rhythmic music originating from the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. It has its roots in kompa music from Haiti, cadence music from Dominica, as popularised by Grammacks and Exile One.

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Unlimited Music Downloads – Where to Download Quality Music

Unlimited Music Downloads – Where to Download Quality Music

Unlimited music downloads are now made readily available on the internet from different online music stores and services. Some go on a pay-per-download basis, while others go on a subscription service, either on monthly or one-time basis. They reportedly carry millions of sound tracks and MP3 files from all the known music genres you can ever find. The question of where to download music is therefore answered by going to these music services which provide unlimited music downloads. But it is equally important to know which are the best deals in town when locating where to download music online. We take a look at what is downloading online music from these music download sites all about.

Major online music stores like HMV, Amazon and so on carry many labels and their selection is fantastic with loads of music pieces, movie soundtracks, songs, music videos and practically unlimited music downloads are available for you to download. Never worry about where to download music again. However, music lovers after getting the thrill of downloading lots of music files start to feel the pinch. This is where the latest new generation of music download sites would make them scream with excitement again.

You see, the new music download sites offer unlimited music downloads. And by that, it means that you not only can find any title or album you want but also download them without any quantity restriction. Be it 1000 songs or 10,000 songs that you intend to download, it does not matter. These music download sites would charge you only once for unlimited music downloads at an affordable rate that even teens have the ability to get their memberships. That is the whole intention of the music download sites, to reach the mass musical audience.

But there are almost a dozen of unlimited music downloads sites that solve your problem of where to download music quickly. So it can be quite a challenge to decide which to go for. Do not worry as here are some useful tips to help you along to decide where to download music from which music download sites for unlimited music downloads. These would find you the suitable music download site.

Be sure to first check out the music selection of these music download sites. There is really no point in using them even if they have millions of music pieces and songs, ie unlimited music downloads in their collection but none are what you want. Most should carry the general range of music that are more common like pop, rock and so on. But if you are looking for specific niche genres which are a little bit uncommon, you need to check if the music collection at these music download sites carries your desired label or brand of music.

Secondly, you need to confirm the file format of the music files you are downloading from the music download sites. This is easy as many have unlimited music downloads in MP3 format. This is the most commonly readable format used by most MP3 players or digital portable players. So as long as the music download site has it, you know this is where to download music so that you can enjoy unlimited music downloads on your player.

Another thing to take note of is some music download sites for unlimited music downloads require you to download special client application in order to download music online. If you are a frequent traveller, you may not like the idea that you need to install software on your computer in order to download music. This means that you can only do so from home. As such, you may want to go for those that do not require any client applications to do so. That said, the client application does not need a lot of computer resources and can be easily installed and removed. It is really your choice when getting the unlimited music downloads from the music download sites.

Anyone who wishes to learn more about where to download music at amazingly low one-off prices can visit my music blog and begin your journey of putting unlimited music downloads on your computer or MP3 player.

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Enhancing Customer Experience – Background Music (BGM)

Enhancing Customer Experience – Background Music (BGM)

In addition to the ambience created by the physical environment of the restaurant, music provides a conducive surrounding for the guests to engage themselves with the music being played, as well as with each other. The waiting time of a diner is perceived to be shorter when music is played in the background. This in turn presents a positive outlook of the restaurant which in turn improves sales. Appropriately selected background music played at the right volume combined with a pleasant atmosphere and a clean environment can turn a stingy cranky customer into a big spender within minutes! The genre of music to be played greatly depends on the nature of the restaurant and the type of people expected, or wanted, during that time of the day.

Now that we are aware that restaurants can benefit, what about retail outlets? A customer queuing at a billing counter in a shop playing music has a different behavioural pattern as compared to a customer queuing in a shop without music. The customers tend to think that they have waited only for a shorter period if the kind of music played is according to their liking. Moreover, they tend to stay longer in the shop and spend more time looking at different products which they might not have bothered in the absence of good background music.

These days various cost-effective music amplifiers are available to the astute business owner wanting an energy-efficient solution to play background music in restaurants, malls, classrooms, factories etc. All you need is a smartphone, mp3 music player or an USB stick that contains the music files to be played. With its light weight, small size and easy installation, a mini amplifier is the perfect way to conceal the equipment from the eyes of customers and install in an area where it is easy to operate and maintain.

In conclusion, every shop owner or manager should at least consider installation of a system that can provide background music. Of course, its not the magic recipe for making a shop turn over more money but in a competitive market a competitive advantage can be hard to come by. Background music might just be that competitive advantage. Needless to say, one should select the music to be played carefully. Moreover, volume levels need to just right, not too loud, not too minute. Get this wrong and your potential customers might not even make it into your shop and instead turn around and make a beeline for your competitors premises.

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Tips in Adding Background Music to Your Website

Tips in Adding Background Music to Your Website

Adding background music to your website is indeed cool and appealing. It does not only attract website visitors, but also gives it a personal touch which sets it apart from your competitors. However, with the advantages that it gives, many website owners also follow this trend making yours no different from the rest. Moreover, it does not also give you a hundred percent assurance that it will appeal to the taste of your visitors, especially to your target market. It does not also give you the same assurance that you’ll actually profit from it. Sure, a website that has background music is attractive, but it also has some drawbacks.

It consumes space and slows down the loading of web pages. If this is so, then it is highly probable that visitors will navigate away from your site. Take note that people nowadays don’t have time and hate to wait. Another thing is, not all visitors will like your music. In fact, some may find it irritating thus making their visit unpleasant. In other words, adding background music will give you the advantages and disadvantages at the same time. It’s not enough that you just add anything there. So to make yours both different and successful, you have to carefully weight all the pros and cons.

And if you do decide to add one to your website, make sure that the scale will tilt on your side. To do this, you must add the right kind of background music. So how are you going to add the right kind? Firstly, know thyself. This means that you have to closely examine the nature of your business. Questions like what kind of business are you engaged in; what kind of products or services do you sell; who are your target customers; and so on must be answered with certainty. For example, you are engaged in selling cosmetic products specially made for teens.

So the nature of your business is selling cosmetic products; your products are cosmetics; and your target customers are female teenagers. With these facts in hand, you now know what kind of background music to add that will appeal to their senses. Of course, teens love modern music. Even if you love songs from the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s, you should not add them because surely most teens don’t like them. Also, since your target market are not just teens in general but are females, then carefully choose the background music that most female teens love. You can do this by conducting research.

Know what songs make it to the top of the chart. You may also visit forum sites exclusively for teens and find what’s in and what’s not. Secondly, always see to it that the file size of the songs you add is not too big. This will make the loading of pages slow and difficult. Because as pointed out earlier, people hate to wait. Thirdly, be sure that the music you’re using is free-one that you can use without having to worry for law suits because of copyright infringement. Law suits are costly both on your pocket and on your time.

Lastly, don’t also forget to update your background music from time to time because everything changes. What is hot today may no longer be hot tomorrow. It is also nice for frequent website visitors to hear something new. With these things in mind, adding background music to your website will indeed be cool and appealing to your visitors. It will make them coming back to you and eventually buy what you’re selling. It will also give a personal touch to your web site which will set it apart from your competitors.

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Background Music For Your Website

Background Music For Your Website

A growing trend in the wondrous world of today’s internet is the addition of a background music track to a websites home page. With the ever-increasing popularity and safety of online shopping, website owners are utilizing the effects that music can bring to a website. The result is, having one more tool working toward winning that conversion rate battle; that being turning visitors into buyers.

Smart website owners spend countless hours optimizing their sites for the search engines, linking, book marking and article marketing, in order to be successful. Driving traffic to a website is an ongoing reality of an internet business. Therefore using all the resources available to keep visitors on the site is essential. Background music is one of those tools.

One of the most important analytic statistics in evaluating how a website is performing is called the “Bounce Rate”, the percentage of visitors who click away from a site without visiting any of the site’s other pages. In short, the longer a visitor spends on a website the greater chance there is for a sale. So it is very important that the design, text, and functionality of a website be attractive and user-friendly.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Bob white, a senior account executive with Townsquare Media radio group of Casper, Wyoming. When we began to discuss the subject of adding background music to a website, he gave me a wonderful analogy.

“It seems to me it would work in the same way that music does for a radio station. The music is only there to entertain listeners until the next commercial break, where the real business of radio exists; that of selling commercial time to advertisers. The music or talk shows hold people’s attention, in hopes that they will become customers of our advertisers. Obviously, the radio station format is important, being that the more listeners a station has the higher the rate they can charge for advertising spots. So, in short I can see how having music on a website would hold a visitor there longer in hopes they will become a buyer.”

Once you have decided to include background music on your website, the process is relatively easy. You will need to install a flash player on your Home Page, usually placed in the footer, where an MP3 music file can then be loaded. There are numerous types of flash players available online for free. Many of which have detailed instructions on how to install them. However, if you have used the services of a web design company, you may want to consider consulting them as to which player may be best.

When contemplating what music you want for your site, you may want to think about having music composed exclusively for “your” website. This way you are able to create the exact environment you want your visitors to experience. Also you are assured the background music on your site is the only place that particular piece of music I being used.

Music is a powerful and emotional form of expression, universally understood. The use of music in all its’ forms is a large part of today’s society. Advancements in technology through-out history has brought music form once only being able to be heard at live performances, to being enjoyed through tiny personal listening devices As the internet continues to grow and become an essential part of our world, It only makes good sense to enhance your online store front with music.

Adding background music to your website is one of the easiest ways to enhance your visitor’s experience. Check out CustomWebTunes.com to see how easy it is to implement on your website.

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