How To Stream Pandora to Your Apple TV

When Randy and I met, we created a Pandora station*. It’s an interesting blend of my Eurotrash and his AltMetal (with the occasional soundtrack thrown in, thanks to the fact that I like Danny Elfman’s first solo album). We are a big music family; there is almost always something playing or a dance party taking place.

In the past we’ve streamed it through our stereo, but since we got the Apple TV, we’ve been trying to figure out how to stream it via that, so that we don’t have the extra cords.

I googled it, and there are several complicated sounding ways to do it that included purchasing some other piece of software or box, but I knew there had to be an easier way (and if there wasn’t, there should be).

This past Saturday, I went onto Pandora via my iPhone and noticed this:

That little rectangle in the corner is what appears anytime I can choose which speakers I want to use: iPhone or Apple TV.

My pulse quickened (not kidding!!) as I clicked and it VOILA!!!

This appeared:

I clicked Apple TV and it immediately started playing the song through our tv.

So simple, yet I have yet to see this written about anywhere else.

CAVEAT: The only way this works is if you have the Pandora app on your phone and your Apple TV must be set up on your home WI-FI network.

*Be sure to check out the name of the account. There is a funny/sweet story behind it, waiting to be blogged about…
Also – our dual station is the “Archer” station. The rest are mine – Randy will never claim them ;)

If you are a girl or know a girl – please read

I came across an article by Nichole Nordeman on her site that I just had to share. It is such a good read. And I love the transparency and authenticity of these women.

Armed with a guilty conscience and CCM’s permission, I was compelled to ask some other artists if they, too, might wrestle a bit with the irony that we are trying desperately, through our music, to point to the liberating love of Jesus while packaging that music in a way that points to…well…us. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if anybody wanted to talk about that pressure. I feared silence. I feared the Jerry McGuire office memo moment. Would my fellow artists talk about real life?

Thirteen interviews later, to say that they were honest is an understatement. I awkwardly asked for a couple inches…and miles later, was humbled by the transparency of my peers.

read the entire post here.

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Free Web Radio

photo: alvazer

Do you listen to music while surfing the web? Working on your computer? Cleaning the house?

One site frequently overlooked when discussing social networking, Last.fm, also lets you listen to music and connects you with people who have the same tastes in music.

From the About Page:

Last.fm is a music service that learns what you love…

Every track you play will tell your Last.fm profile something about what you like. It can connect you to other people who like what you like – and recommend songs from their music collections and yours too.

…and as you use Last.fm, you make it better for you and everyone else.

When you recommend some music to a friend, or you tag it, or you write about it – even just listening to it – you shift the song’s importance on the site. It’ll be recommended to different people, because you’ve listened to it. It’ll move up our music charts and maybe more people will hear it because you thought it was good.

Listen to your favorite musicians; find new favorites. Share them with your friends and connect with others.

My Last.fm page.

What the?! – week 38 (with an update on "The Move")

what the Just a reminder: I have lined up some AWESOME prizes for upcoming What The?! contest monthly drawing winners. Just a sampling: a leather Coach iPod carrier, music compilations by mystery artists and some gift cards to some good stores.

I will start announcing the new prizes in September, so stay tuned. (hint hint: subscribe so you won’t miss out!!)

Intrigued?

Thought so…

With that said,

Guess what the following closeup is a picture of.

{*For more info on the contest, please see this page.}
{**Let me know if you are interested in giving something away in the future. You would be responsible for getting it to the winner. This is a great way to promote a service or product that you sell/offer}

This weeks photo:

closeup week 38

Leave your guess in the comments.

Good luck!

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Answer to Last week’s photo:

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Congrats to: BunnyB, a mysterious reader, with no listed blog. So I have to go to the next correct guesser: Beckie, aka Spooky,a SAH~AP, Breastfeedin’, Toddlerwearin’, Sleep Sharin’, SpiralScoutin’, Homeschoolin’ Mama to three little ones. And slightly obsessed with Alice in Wonderland.

As always ~ Thanks for playing along! Y’all are the best! You’re my favorite internets ~mwah~

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In other LTH business, except for those three boxes and and few others things still at the old place WE ARE ALL MOVED.

Have mercy, moving is hard work. I am never more exhausted than I am the night of a move.

We would have never been able to get it done without Mrs.Fussypants watching our kiddlets (my 4 kiddlets + her 5 kiddlets = a lot of kiddlets and several glasses a glass of wine to unwind at the end of it all) and Mr. Fussypants (actually, he is Mr. Smartypants) helping move things.

And I just found out that Meredith (Like Merchant Ships) is bringing us some soup.

(another reason I love Nashville and the internet! )

I still have to go back and clean the old place. Not my favorite thing. Especially not when I have a nice new place I want to be hanging out in. I am so over that place…

Those marketers are so smart

How many trends from your childhood have you seen make a comeback now that you are a parent?

The Care Bears?

Strawberry Shortcake?

Transformers?

Marketers know that they can get us by appealing to our own childhood memories.

And now there’s a new one that’s back on the block: The Banana Splits. And they have a new website too.

Starting Sept 2, The Banana Splits will star in brand new comedy shorts and music videos on Cartoon Network. This Fab Four – Fleegle (a dog), Drooper (a lion), Bingo (a gorilla) and Snorky (an elephant) – is ready to introduce their unique style of humor and catchy music to a whole new generation of young fans.

What trends from your childhood would you like to see make a comeback?