On a recent weekend getaway the family was faced with an interesting and unusual dilemma. No Wi-Fi, eek. But as you will see, we learned that No Wi-Fi no worries. Like many families, we are on a data sharing plan. So, when faced with no Wi-Fi, abject panic set in. Immediately fingers were pointing at the youngest who notoriously streams age-inappropriate television shows with little to no thought as to data usage. A flurry of “data-rationing” conversations ensued. No downloading of any kind (Dad), no shopping on Amazon (Mom) and definitely no TV or music streaming (Everyone else). Now, since we were on vacation I had naturally packed my Bluetooth Portable Speaker. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating, the speaker is a vacation must-have. Sunblock, camera, speaker. The interesting situation this weekend was that I am the only one who regularly adds music to my phone. My collection is great…for me. Song after song, all my favorites new and old. In this particular situation however, without access to Wi-Fi, and collectively trying to curb data usage, it was my music or no music.
So, originally this blog was meant to be about the virtues of putting music onto your phone. It is an investment of your time to copy CD’s onto your computer and then transfer to your phone. Or an investment of your money to purchase songs for your phone. Either way is an investment I feel is well worth the time or money. Then there came a new twist. Enter #MusicFreedom from T-Mobile. T-Mobile and Rhapsody have teamed up to create an app called Rhapsody unRadio.
While there are many features with this new app, suffice it to say you can listen to your music as long as you want with unlimited skips, no ads and no charge for data usage. I didn’t need to hear much more than that to know they were onto a great idea. I can’t count how many marginal songs I suffered through on Pandora thinking that if I skipped this one, the next could be worse. Never again. Great idea, keep up the good work T-Mobile.
Here is a link to an informative article outlining all the features. #MusicFreedom.