The holidays are fast approaching. I realize different people celebrate different holidays, and even if you don’t celebrate Christmas I think you’ll get something out of this post.
It was Sunday morning and I was home with the kids while my wife was out at her usual workout. We were having breakfast and I put on some Christmas music. My older daughter said to me, “Daddy, can you put on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?”
We play our music from the computer, so I went over to the laptop to check. I didn’t have that song. Two minutes later I had found a great website with LOTS of free Christmas music. Here’s the link. I was able to download Rudolph, and a bunch of other great songs. There are plenty of kid-sung songs also, and I think toddlers, preschoolers and young kids of all sorts will love them. Check it out.
My Favorite Tech Gadget:
I use my computer to play music straight over our home stereo. I have iTunes loaded on all of our machines (both Mac and PC). A few years ago I bought this gadget called an “Airport Express”.
If you keep your music on your computer this is an absolutely must have gadget. The Airport Express plugs into the wall, and is very small. It connects over your Wi-Fi network and lets you play music from any computer (in any room) over to your stereo. It connects to the stereo using a normal left/right (red and white) RCA plug. The cool part is that this gadget now costs less than $100. When I first bought mine I believe it was $199.
The music is transmitted wirelessly, and it’s a digital connection so you are not losing any quality over the air. It’s really a fantastic solution. In my house, we have a laptop near the kitchen and I can just stroll over to it, pick a song, and it comes out the stereo nearby.
So enjoy the holidays that are coming soon! If you celebrate Christmas check out the free music I mentioned above, and consider getting yourself (or your tech-gadget loving spouse) an Airport Express.
Oh, if you own an iPod Touch (or iPhone), you can also use that gadget to remote-control your music and send it directly to the stereo too. That’s another reason to love the Airport Express.