Get your entertainment from the cloud

Nov 17, 2014

With a reliable Internet connection, Cloud computing gives people almost instantaneous access to content in the form of music, video and more. Today we are looking at a few applications and devices for streaming content. Timbercreek Communities’ 222 Rue Woodstock Apartments are located in the heart of trendy Saint-Lambert, only minutes away from downtown Montreal.

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Online streaming through Cloud services is a great, cost-effective and simple way to discover new music, television and games. Streaming services are available both on your computer and smartphone device through a variety of downloadable applications and devices. Let’s take a look at some streaming options for music and video content.

Music

Thanks to cloud computing you can easily access your entertainment from anywhere online. There are a variety of online services that offer on-demand music streaming of full length content over the Internet. Many of these options allow the listener to stream the music without having to purchase a file for download. Sometimes known as Internet radio, many of these websites and apps have advertising and offer non-free options in the style of an online music store. Popular free music streaming services include Spotify and Songza.

Spotify

Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services worldwide and has recently come to Canada. It offers a catalogue of 20 million tracks that are accessible in a number of ways. Browsing for music can be done by mood, genre, new releases, what’s trending or just a basic search of your favourite artist or song. Streaming options range from a web browser, desktop app or free mobile application for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

Songza

Songza is another free web-based music streaming service that curates playlists made by music experts for its users. The service recommends various playlists based on time of day, mood or activity. There are no audible commercial ads or interruptions, however the site does have a six-song skip limit. Songza offers both a web based player and an easy-to-use application for iOS and Android devices.

Video Content

There are also a variety of choices in streaming devices for your television that allow you to stream entertainment from remote servers and the cloud in a matter of seconds including the Roku 3, Playstation 3 and Apple TV. Future Shop is less than a 30-minute transit ride from Timbercreek Communities’ 222 Rue Woodstock Apartments and is a great place to pick up the following streaming devices.

Roku 3

The Roku 3 is a streaming device that supports more than 750 channels in an intuitive cross-platform device no bigger than the size of a hockey puck. The available catalog is massive, with popular services such as Netflix, HBO, Disney and Vudu available.

Playstation 3

Besides being a state-of-the-art video game console, the Playstation 3 (PS3) packs a strong punch in its lineup of quality programming and content available. Standouts include the ability to stream Netflix, Hulu Plus, Youtube, DirecTV and more.

Apple TV

Apple TV is a digital media player and streaming device that connects to your television and streams your content from Netflix, YouTube, iTunes and other popular services. It’s the perfect pairing for your home if you already have a large iTunes library full of video, music and photo content.


Get access to a diverse assortment of music and video with modern technology’s streaming services and devices. Whether you are listening to a playlist customized for you on an Internet radio service or streaming Netflix in order to watch old episodes of Gilmore Girls, Cloud computing has made it possible and easier than ever to do so.

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