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Beethoven, The Most Influential Composers In Western Classical Music

Born in December 1770 in Bonn, Germany, Beethoven was a great composer and pianist. Considered to be one of the most influential composers in Western Classical Music, he wrote nine symphonies, nine concerti and a variety of orchestral work, overtures and incidental music and other occasional work.

Beethoven started learning music at a very young age from renowned musicians of those times. With his extraordinary talent, he captured the attention of several famous musicians and made his first public appearance at Vienna in 1795 where he was to play his own work. This was followed by a tour to Prague, Dresden, Leipzig and Berlin. He had debuted with a piano concerto in the same year in Budapest. Till then he had established himself as a piano virtuoso.

Beethoven Piano Concertos

Beethoven Piano Concertos were admired throughout the world and are still known as masterwork. He wrote several concertos out of which seven are very famous. These include Piano Concerto No. 1 in 1796-97, Piano Concerto No. 2 in 1795, Piano Concerto No. 3 in 1800-01, Triple Concerto for violin, cello and piano in 1805, Piano Concerto No.4 in 1805-06, Piano Concerto No. 5 in 1809-10 and an unpublished Piano Concerto in 1815. The last one was performing version and was incomplete. It was later on completed by Nicholas Cook. Along with this, he had also written Violin Concerto in 1806 and Romance in E minor for three soloists and orchestra.

Beethoven Sonatas

Beethoven Sonatas constitute a great treasure that have been researched and studied by numerous pianists and musicologists. He had written thirty-two piano sonatas creating a new and impressive form of art. He played an important role in transforming and evolving of the sonata form. He had imposed his personality and joys and sorrows of his own life on the sonatas.

Beethoven Symphonies

Beethoven had also composed nine symphonies including Symphony No. 1 in 1799-1800, Symphony No. 2 in 1801-02, Symphony No. 3 in 1803-04, Symphony No. 4 in 1806, Symphony No. 5 in 1804-08, Symphony No. 6 in 1804-08, Symphony No. 7 in 1811-12, Symphony No. 8 in 1812 and Symphony No.9 in 1817-24. He also intended to write the tenth symphony but because of his ill health, he could not do so.

Other Works

His other works include five orchestral works, around ten overtures and incidental music composition, chamber music including string trios, piano trios, sonatas for violin, works with wind instruments and cello with piano. String quarters, string quintets and trio for piano, flute and Bassoon, and so on are some other noticeable works of Beethoven.

In 1801, Beethoven confessed to his worry of becoming deaf but he carried on with his music compositions and explored many other musical domains. His handicap was getting worse day by day and in later years he stopped talking to people. It was during this time that he wrote exceptional sonatas and symphonies for piano music, his greatest work. He also wrote one opera, Fidelio.

Beethoven was bedridden during last of months of his life and died on March 26, 1827 during a thunderstorm. His funeral was attended by around 30,000 people.

Acoustic Music

Acoustic music has always been popular and has been around for many years. The art of acoustic music has been performed throughout the centuries, and throughout the world. So what is it about acoustic music that makes it so enjoyable and admired?

Music that is made from using instruments without using any form of electronic means, can be considered as acoustic music. This type of music started to get a name for itself, after the arrival of electrical instruments such as the electric guitar. Of course the advent of these electrical instruments is relatively new compared to the amount of time that music has been played for, therefore, you can almost class all musical instruments and all music as acoustic. If electrical instruments very never invented, acoustic music would be all music and may not have had a specific term named after it.

However acoustic songs can be produced and edited through electrical means and if there is a gig or concert being played by an acoustic artist, very often, the sound is amplified using electronic amplifiers. But it has to be done caringly to maintain the natural sound accurately. Electronic amplifiers are only used to increase the volume of the sound from the acoustic instrument.

One of the most popular types of acoustic music is acoustic guitar songs. These types of songs seem very intimate and personal as mostly it is just one person and their guitar performing the song. This type of music is often played in music bars, with open microphone nights and they seem to be very popular. Acoustic guitars create music through the vibration of the strings but to increase the sound, an acoustic guitar uses a soundboard, resonant cavity and a sound box.

There are many programs now supporting the acoustic music scene such as MTVs Unplugged, created in the 1990s, and Radio 1s Live Lounge where good acoustic songs are played to thousand of viewers and listeners. These types of productions try to promote acoustic music in an effort to get music back to basics and to increase the quality of music that people are subjected to.

Some see solo acoustic songs as a breath of fresh air due to the increasing production of often computerised, synthetic and cluttered music that tries to dominate the charts. Therefore some think of acoustic music as being more pure then other forms, as it is raw and natural.

Acoustic music is natural and when performed correctly, can produce sounds better than any computer generated sounds. It is an art form that will never lose popularity.

Music Is Probably The Most Popular Form Of Entertainment

Nowadays, music is probably the most popular form of entertainment. Most people like at least some genre of music, which again, differs from person to person. It is a going trend now to have music on the go. Anywhere. And this is being possible largely because of the introduction of mp3 players. No matter what kind of music you like or where you are going, work or leisure, you can always have an mp3 player on yourself and carry your music around. Tune in your favorite songs whenever you feel like it. Obviously, you have to get a certain kind of device for that. There are also various kinds of mp3 players. There happens to be a lot of Chinese made low-end players that just about serve the purpose of listening. And they also come with different storage capacities. However, the most popular form of mp3 player is of course, the iPod, manufactured by Apple, Inc. Microsoft tried to suppress Apples business with the iPod by creating Zune, another high-end mp3 player. But it did not prove to be much of a success. On the other hand, Creative has done comparatively well in this business, considering the overall magnitude of the company. They have manufactured different types of mp3 players over the last few years and their midrange players have been successful to a convenient extent.

The phrase media players defines all those devices that can not only play audio, but can also play videos as well as show images or any other media. So, this is something for everyone. It does not matter what you like music or movies, this is the thing for you. Nowadays some media players even come with cameras and extendable memories, which is of course, a plus point.

iPod, again, is probably the most popular media player. The recent versions of iPod have been equipped to deal with all sorts of media and as always, they come in a trendy small box with a quite large screen. Therefore, you can enjoy music, watch movies or have a look at your photos anytime. Zune, by Microsoft, also featured these and a bit more as well. It could download music from the Internet too. Creative has also introduced the Zen, which can play audio or video and in addition, it features an HD camera that can be used to record video and take pictures.

Other media players include desktop or portable DVD players. The first comes only as a console with a place to insert your DVD, whereas the latter features a screen as well. Both are quite handy and can play great quality audio or video without taking into account whether you are home or out.

Americana Music Fashions

Americana music, or if you prefer, alternative country, alt-country, or even alt.country, is once again making a comeback and growing in popularity. The genre fuses rock ‘n’ roll, folk, rhythm & blues and country, providing a distinctive identity all of it’s own. With young artists claiming the genre as their own, the americana music movement is picking up pace and breaking back into the mainstream. Artists like Ryan Adams, Ray Lamontagne, Josh Ritter, even artists in the UK like Liam Frost and Mumford and Sons, are pushing the americana music movement back to it’s rightful place at the forefront of the rock and alternative scene.

The americana scene has been growing in the UK for some time, with the emergence of websites like Americana UK contributing by providing a dedicated place for americana fans in the UK to stay on top of news, reviews and of course gigs. There’s also been big support from UK print music magazines, particularly Uncut who have been supporting americana acts for years. Now with a strong following of the genre in the UK it’s allowing UK americana acts to pack out gigs and even break into the UK charts.

With its distinctive retro vintage style and feel, the americana movement is attracting a huge following of rock ‘n’ roll inclined music lovers of a huge diversity. Thanks to having it’s roots firmly cemented in rock ‘n’ roll of the 60′s and 70′s, this is one genre that truly transcends any age, gender and race barriers. It is one of the most noticeable and amazing traits of the genre to see the diversity of fans at an americana/alt-country gig in the UK.

The dedicated following of this unifying genre are gaining a diverse but unique identity of their own. This is particularly evident in the look and style of this crowd. A truly authentic vintage, retro look is the order of the day. With a distinctively classic style, quite apart from the rest of the rock scene, the americana style is without doubt one of the most authentic, cool, retro looks around. The key is originality. Plaid or floral shirts and blouses, worn denim, winklepickers for men and of course vintage looking retro belt buckles. The style is truly authentic, pointedly rustic and totally retro.

The style of americana can be obtained from most of the big fashion retailers on the high street and online, thanks to the surge of the vintage look that has been growing for years. This might be the case but you get the feeling that many of the fans would not feel comfortable buying from such big chains. Considering the focus on originality and authenticity, it just isn’t in keeping with the general ethos of this very individualistic and authentic crowd. Still in it’s infancy in many respects, the new americana genre is yet to see it’s styles catered for in a specifically targeted way, and is yet to see it’s distinctive style supplied by distinctive, dedicated brands. Independent brands dedicated to and supportive of the very independent feel of the genre.

Music Instrument Shield

Setup:
Assembly
To be able to connect the Music Instrument Shield to the mainboard, some soldering is required. The Music Instrument Shield needs to be soldered on some headers. Once it is done, connect it to your arduino.

Software/Firmware
If your arduino IDE version is 1.0 or later, the NewSoftSerial Library is installed so you won’t have any trouble at all.If you have an earlier version of the IDE, you need to upgrade or install the library.
Example Code:
#include
NewSoftSerial mySerial(2, 3);
byte note = 0;
byte resetMIDI = 4;
byte ledPin = 13;
int instrument = 0;

void setup() {
Serial.begin(57600);
mySerial.begin(31250);
pinMode(resetMIDI, OUTPUT);
digitalWrite(resetMIDI, LOW);
delay(100);
digitalWrite(resetMIDI, HIGH);
delay(100);
}

void loop() {
talkMIDI(0xB0, 0×07, 120); //

/*
//Demo Basic MIDI instruments, GM1
//
Serial.println(“Basic Instruments”);
talkMIDI(0xB0, 0, 0×00); //Default bank GM1
//Change to different instrument
for(instrument = 0 ; instrument

Serial.print(” Instrument: “);
Serial.println(instrument, DEC);
talkMIDI(0xC0, instrument, 0);

//Play notes from F#-0 (30) to F#-5 (90):
for (note = 30 ; note
Serial.print(“N:”);
Serial.println(note, DEC);

//Note on channel 1 (0×90), some note value (note), middle velocity (0×45):
noteOn(0, note, 60);
delay(50);

//Turn off the note with a given off/release velocity
noteOff(0, note, 60);
delay(50);
}

delay(100);
}
//
*/

//Demo GM2 / Fancy sounds
//
Serial.println(“Demo Fancy Sounds”);
talkMIDI(0xB0, 0, 0×78);
//For this bank 0×78, the instrument does not matter, only the note
for(instrument = 30 ; instrument

Serial.print(” Instrument: “);
Serial.println(instrument, DEC);

talkMIDI(0xC0, instrument, 0);
//Play fancy sounds from ‘High Q’ to ‘Open Surdo [EXC 6]‘
for (note = 27 ; note
Serial.print(“N:”);
Serial.println(note, DEC);

noteOn(0, note, 60);
delay(50);
noteOff(0, note, 60);
delay(50);
}
delay(100);
}

/*
//Demo Melodic
//
Serial.println(“Demo Melodic? Sounds”);
talkMIDI(0xB0, 0, 0×79);
//Change to different instrument
for(instrument = 27 ; instrument

Serial.print(” Instrument: “);
Serial.println(instrument, DEC);

talkMIDI(0xC0, instrument, 0);
//Play notes from F#-0 (30) to F#-5 (90):
for (note = 30 ; note
Serial.print(“N:”);
Serial.println(note, DEC);

noteOn(0, note, 60);
delay(50);
noteOff(0, note, 60);
delay(50);
}
delay(100);
}
*/
}
//channel ranges from 0-15
void noteOn(byte channel, byte note, byte attack_velocity) {
talkMIDI( (0×90 | channel), note, attack_velocity);
}
void noteOff(byte channel, byte note, byte release_velocity) {
talkMIDI( (0×80 | channel), note, release_velocity);
}
//Plays a MIDI note. Doesn’t check to see that cmd is greater than 127, or that data values are less than 127
void talkMIDI(byte cmd, byte data1, byte data2) {
digitalWrite(ledPin, HIGH);
mySerial.print(cmd, BYTE);
mySerial.print(data1, BYTE);
//(sort of: http://253.ccarh.org/handout/midiprotocol/)
if( (cmd & 0xF0)
mySerial.print(data2, BYTE);

digitalWrite(ledPin, LOW);
}
There are sixty “notes” that can be played in this bank, with values from 27 to 87. In order to “play” a note, we need to send the Note On command with the value of the note we want to play. This is the next MIDI instruction in the example code:

noteOn(0, note, 60);

After the noteOn() call, there is a delay of 50 milliseconds. This means that whatever note we chose will play for 50 milliseconds. After the delay, we have to tell the chip to turn the note off. Hence, the noteOff() function call:

noteOff(0, note, 60);

Why Are The Best Music Artists Turning To Beat Making Software For The Best Sounds

This article is going to break down why any beat maker would use software on their computers to make beats for the music industry. If you are learning how to make beats and what to use, keep your eyes glued because this is your golden nugget.

Back in the days when music production was a small amount of people, the best type of equipment to make beats on was hardware such as the mpc and the asr-10. Majority of the hit records being made back then were produced on those types of hardware. Software was not around at all at one point. As the technology started to change, so did the way producers made beats.

Now if you fast forward until the year 2011, software is by far the most used for beat making. Beat makers always say how much easier software is to use. The loading times are much faster, quality is almost better and the price is way less. If you’re a brand new beat maker and you are learning how to make beats, software is your best route.

The purpose of software is for those same reasons. Easy access, cheap prices, faster loading times all impact beat making software. Young up and coming producers don’t want to spend $1000′s on some heavy equipment that takes up so much space. We’re all on computers for hours every single day which is also a plus for making beats using software.

Production software is setup nearly exactly the same as old hardware. Things like the mpc have been re-created into virtual drum machines and keyboards have turned into digital keyboards.
Amazing beat making software called DubTurbo
Now for some quick tips on how to make beats, you will first need a good usb midi controller. Once you got it all setup into your pc, load up your beat making software and start hitting those drums! Start with a good 8 bar drum loop. Once the drums are bouncing, continue onto the melodies. Make sure that you use some catchy synthesizers, pianos, bass, strings and sound effects. All of these elements come together perfect. You can then sequence the instrumental into an entire song structure. Start with intro, chorus, verse and outro.

Make sure to keep practicing your beat making skills because overtime, you will be making some super hot beats that can be sold to artists in the music industry. Now it’s time for you to go and find the software to make beats!

Giving you the best in sonic performance and a high definition sound experience. With it’s advanced proprietary titanium coated driver technology it provides extra-precise highs and mids, plus deep, distortion-free bass, this way you can hear each detail precisely the way the artist wanted you to hear it. Beats by Dre boasts of a tri-fold design and travel case for easy storage, with this you know you can bring your headphones everywhere you want and not worry that it may be bulky or it would be destroyed because it comes with a case that matches the headphones. It also has a proprietary titanium coated driver technology. What is so cool with these headphones is that it has a control talk for on-cable iPod or iPhone, which enables you to control the headphones with your iPod or iPhone by just saying a command. These headphones will not hassle you with every move or adjustments you have to make with your music, all you have to do is say a command.People who have purchased Beats by Dre have been very satisfied with their purchase. They loved it for it’s durability and good sound quality. These headphones are recommended for people who are basshead. They also loved the Control Talk feature which makes everything easier for them, they said that they do not have to fumble in their bags whenever they needed to switch music or adjust the volume. They also loved that it comes with a travel case and is very handy when you are travelling. People who bought the Beats By Dr. Dre Solo were very with the sound quality and loved that the vocals were very clear and the background came through as well.

Most notably, make sure the system contains a fine sequencer. A sequencer effectively provides the main beat for any hip hop song and the right sequencer will assist you to write a beat within just only a couple of minutes. Routinely, several web-based sequencer software applications will provide you with thousands of distinctive beat effects, making sure you have the capacities to generate the most outstanding and individualized music pieces as you produce beats using your laptop.In addition of great importance is the software’s export capacities. If you are going to make beats on your computer you need to ensure that the web-based music production application can certainly shift to additional software programs. Needless to say, the most common music file format applied is the MP3 file. It’s essential that the internet sequencer being implemented has the capacity to turn the resulting beats into MP3 format.And lastly, a decent online music production program really should provide great support. Whether it be tutorials, samples, a ticket submit section, user forums, or all of those, a good support platform is critical. If you run across any problems or wish to gain suggestions about developing a precise mixing method, support is what you are likely to need.

The styles of dance, techno, pop, hip hop, and rap in music have expanded drastically over the past 10 years or so. And also, their sound forms have in addition adjusted exceedingly over time, to a certain extent due to the fact of innovative technology in music production.Nearly anybody can certainly figure out how to make beats on your computer granted the modern likelihood toproduce music on the internet with the use of different web-based music production applications. If you previously dreamt of formulating a music beat that belongs to them, a resourceful music production application would have been a beneficial asset.The ability to make beats on your computer is made practical by an internet music production program, which means that you’ll not require any costly mixing or recording tools that were basically important prior to such highly developed technology and the development of the net. With most online mixing applications, almost solutions is contained to produce music of a number of distinct genres and assist you to make beats on your computer as straightforward or as complex as you want it to be.

Whether it is producing audio professionally or just for enjoyable, there is some level of creativity needed in doing that. Additionally, a single should have the necessary information about the instruments and new music jargon in general. Producing new music as a enterprise is a risky proposition given that it does not assure fame and fortune. Even so, if one particular gets the formula proper, implements his suggestions nicely and follows tips to succeed, he may well discover success. Here are some ideas on how to make your very own beats with Dubturbo :1. Turn the songs groove on: the first obvious requirement is to get into the mood of audio. A single may think that given that there is much new music software program obtainable, they may possibly get tips from them. On the contrary, they are just instruments to aid you in obtaining what you have in mind. Consequently, you have to deliver out the beat that reverberates in your head with the aid of the beat-generating system.two. The appropriate beat-producing program: as soon as you are into the beat-generating groove, look for the correct beat-generating software program. Given that there are numerous such applications on-line, you have to research and decide on a program that offers preset effects, instruments, melodies, a 16-track sequencer and drum kits. This way you would be ready to bring out the necessary beats that you have in thoughts.Amazing beat making software called DubTurbo

Top 5 Tips For Getting Your Band Noticed Online

There are plenty of challenges these days when it comes to having a band. Some things are easier than others to cope with, but getting your band noticed online is really a challenge that everyone runs into. There are numerous methods, many tools, methods and techniques used to deal with getting your band noticed online. Let’s face it. Some just work better than others. How do you find what works?

Understanding the world of music marketing online definitely helps. Doing almost anything looks easy for individuals that know how. And to get good results with getting your band noticed online you just need to understand much more about what works and exactly what does not.

It’s as simple as that.

The Following are 5 effective tips for promoting your band online:

1. Create an interesting video for your music. Why would this make a difference? Well, you can catch more eyeballs this way. Despite the fact that it’s your music you need presented to the masses, many people retain visually presented material more readily. Let’s face it, it’s a visual world..

2. Make the Internet your second home. This is very important to have your profiles set up for all social networking sites such as, MySpace, FaceBook, Twitter, imeem and so on. This connects you to your target audience in a direct, real time way. Time to embrace the new technologies if you haven’t already..

3. Let people have free access to your music. I know many people will argue this fact. But I’m sorry, the visitor needs to walk away with something they can connect you to. Very few people go online with the mindset to want to pay for something that others offer for free. Especially if they don’t know who you are. You need to show a sign of good faith and give yourself a chance with them. If they like you, they’ll find you and buy whatever you have to offer.. Just remember to make sure you upload the full song, and link to your personal site for queries. Having a song on one’s machine makes for repeated listening, causing the listener to form an addiction to the track..

4. Get your own Web domain. These days you want to brand yourself however possible. Build a fan community; post updates, show details and allow your fans to post comments on your music. Interact. Engage! .

5. Make your website navigable. Why? Because fans don’t want to search to find stuff out about you. Make everything clear as day, easy to see. Assume the average person will spend 3 seconds on your page. What information will they get from that? They should be able to know your band name, members… maybe, definitely where you’re playing your next gig, and how to download/buy your music. From there, place links of all your networking profiles on your website, so that people can find you easily online. Fans should be able to move seamlessly from one of your spots to another on the web. They shouldn’t be visiting multiple sites to find out what’s up with you.

Follow the 5 tips above and you’ll get good results with getting your band noticed online. You’ll create a good environment for your fans to follow you, engage and support you. And a happy fan usually ends up giving you money!

Find out easy methods to promote your band online by visiting our music marketing website at musicpromotion-nate.com!

The benefits of royalty free meditation music

If you are in the process of creating a guided meditation or guided relaxation recording of any type, you may be wondering where you will get background music for it. In this article I will introduce you to the benefits of royalty free meditation music and Ill compare this type of music with another popular music resource original music composition.

As a meditation music composer Ive been creating background music for guided meditations and hypnosis productions for many years. I have worked with a wide variety of meditation teachers, hypnotherapists and holistic healers during that time, and Ive noticed that many of them have never even heard of the phrase “royalty free meditation music”. Many of them are under the impression that when they create a guided meditation, they will have to track down a composer and pay to have original music written just for them.

Sure enough, it can be an exciting and rewarding experience to contract the services of a composer to develop music for your recording, but it can also be quite expensive! Youll be paying an hourly rate for your composer to work for you, and good meditation music can take quite a bit of time to produce indeed! Dont be fooled by the idea that meditation music is “simple”. Meditation music is less complex than say, a full orchestral composition, but the creative and technical processes involved in composing and producing original meditation music are not simple at all.

“Royalty free” meditation music is a great alternative to original music composition, and its an option that many people overlook. Royalty free meditation music is actually the most cost effective and efficient way to get your hands on quality background music for your recording.

Now it might seem like Im shooting myself in the foot here, given that I compose background music for a living, but in all fairness I really must explain the concept of royalty free music to you. For some people, the cost of original music composition is quite prohibitive, so the royalty free path can be a real life-saver.

What is royalty free meditation music? Perhaps this is best explained by first describing what royalties are…

When an artist writes a piece of music, they own the copyright to that music. They may then license that music for use by others, but demand “royalties” a commission payment if you will, for the ongoing use of their music.

For example, yoga studios that play music during their classes usually have to pay ongoing royalties for the public performance of that music. Practitioners who create a CD for commercial release may have to pay royalties in an amount that correlates with the number of CDs they sell.

Most people who are creating a guided meditation or a hypnosis recording are thoroughly repelled by the idea of having to pay royalties on an ongoing basis, and rightly so. This is why royalty free music is such a good option for them.

In a nutshell, “royalty free” means that you only pay a one-time fee for the music you purchase. You can use that music in the background of your guided meditation and you can sell as many copies of your guided meditation as you like without ever having to pay any royalties/commissions to the artist that wrote the music.

How To Be A Good Music Beat Maker

In the music game there are few that are really successful beat makers. Most find that learning how to make music beats is not enough to succeed. If you look at the resume of a successful music beat maker such as Pharrell Williams, you can see what I mean. This legend has worked with more artists than you can shake a stick at and he’s multi-talented too.

Of course, even the big players in the music business began small before they became successful. Building a network of clientele is one way to expand and make more money, but unless you can make great beats every time you’re not going to move up on the ladder.

Being a beat maker does mean you’ll have to spend money on music equipment and have a vast selection of samples and effects. Putting a beat together isn’t the hard part, making it sound good is. You need samples, effects and instruments to make a standard beat pop. A real music beat maker knows how to make simple drum loops interesting and how to create different styles.

Immerse yourself in music and try and think outside the box when creating beats. A good way to enhance your skills is to listen to new beats and try and recreate them. Think about how you can change it and even try and make it better. Don’t listen to just one genre of music and keep building your sample library.

To build up clients you can take an existing song and remix it to create a new sound. This will get you thinking about the whole song and not just a single loop. Additionally, it’s another way to get known by other artists and sell your material.

Expand your style of music and make other beat styles so you can expand your client base. Creating great beats is merely the first step. The next step to solely creating beats and selling them is to get into producing music.

Being able to work with other artists and turn an idea into music is a great skill. When you start producing great music that’s when word gets around and other artists become interested in collaborations. However, don’t get too excited yet. You need to work on your own skills and music before you start working with others.

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut of creating beats that are mediocre or even bad. All artists and producers make duds. When you get stuck for ideas, go out, chill out to some music or meditate. Listen to other genres that you don’t usually listen to for inspiration and ideas.

Making great beats will get easier and easier the more you create beats. You will probably find that you’ll have a file full of dud beats, but don’t worry. Keep all your beats even if they’re not so hot. On a day that you’re stuck for a beat you can pull out your old files and rework some loops.

Nokia 5220 Xpress Music

If you are fond of music and looking for some nice device, which can be a good companion, ten you can consider latest device in the town called Nokia 5220 Xpress Music. It is a mid-ranged MP3 phone. Xpress Music is very successful and adorable range from Nokia and having heads on competition with Sony Ericssons Walkman series.

Design

The most attractive feature of the design of this phone is its slim form factor. It looks sleek and stylish; that is why youngsters adore this phone. It measures just 10.5 mm in thickness. It resembles 5310 in features and looks but still it is slimmer. Although it is built of plastic, but it is durable and have good build quality. It sports a 2″ TFT display having resolution 240 x 320 pixels and supports 262 K colors. The screen offers good brightness and contrast level. As usual, keypad is just below the screen. You can choose from three colors available- red, green and blue. It features 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB port and the volume keys

Other Features

Series 40 platform is a norm in Nokias mid and low range mobile phones. It features the simplest interface but with lots of features. It is fast, intuitive and convenient. It also sports a nice and useful music player interface which blends well with the new look of the phone. You can interact with this phone with lots of customizable settings. It features custom EQ and seven preset EQs. You can listen to your music wirelessly on Bluetooth headphones due to A2DP profile. It is true shiner from XpressMusic category because of its good sound quality. Video player in this phone is better than the previous models. However, 2″ screen is insufficient for video playback. It can play 3GP and MP4 formats.

Nokia 5220 Xpress Music features a 2-MP camera, which allows you to take picture at 1600-x 1200 pixel resolution. Although, you cannot boast of this camera but it can take satisfactory pics. The phone will impress you with its nice call reception quality. To give clear sound, it features background noise cancellation. It features FM radio and is powered by 1020 mAh Li-Ion BL-5 CT battery.

The other siblings of this phone from Xpressmusic category have more advanced features however, 5220 have its own features. It is a good music option at low prices and has a slim and novel design.