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Here’s a look through my DIY goggles of the new Yahoo! Music Engine. It’s not really a review, I didn’t buy a song (and may never) but was interested in using it as a music manager on my PC since I get asked about which ones work the “least worst”. It’s pretty good- supports OGG and FLAC and plays nice with all the wacky devices I have for the most part. The thing I was most interested in was the Plug ins. I downloaded the Podcasting / Slurp one, the Line In recorder, Unix style shell and Alarm Clock- there are many more and anyone can develop additional ones. Here are some screenshots.Image3

Everyone asks, so here’s the privacy policy during install (online).

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Here’s the interface. I downloaded a few MP3s using the podcast plugin. Would be neat to share OPML files and Podcast feeds…

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Podcast Plugin in action. It also comes with Slurp! which will download all audio files from whatever site(s) you point it at. I downloaded all the 2XL robot sounds and plan to use them as ringtones. Actually, that would be a good idea for a plugin, you drag a snippet or file to a phone icon and it sends it to your phone.

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Here’s the Alarm Clock, set a time, pick a song.

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This is Line In, it allows you to record directly to MP3 and add to your playlist. Good for hooking up any music source. I tried to have it record a Skype call, but not go. I could see ODEO and other Podcast tool/Plugins working well with this.

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You can actually use a command line “Unix-like” shell to do everything, really neat.

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One bummer, when it “Synchronized” with my iPod shuffle it just added a new folder called Music. The shuffle doesn’t get its music from there so it didn’t play. I sent off an email to see if this is something I screwed up or if there’s a pref somewhere to get music on it.

That’s all I had time for, hopefully this will help folks decide if it’s worth an install or not.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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