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It can be difficult finding good music that is appropriate for your dental practice. Say you have patients waiting in the lobby for you, or even being placed on hold while trying to schedule an appointment over the phone. Music can be a nice added touch to make them feel more at ease and help pass the time. But maybe you aren’t quite sure where to go to find appropriate music that works with your office setup.
Of course, you could always go with Muzak, but who wants to feel like they’re waiting inside an elevator? Then there is always the radio, but who wants to listen to three songs in a row followed by seven minutes of DJ banter and commercials? And, if you think that you can just hook up your iPod and play your tunes… well, that might not exactly be legal, since most copyrights have provisions against unlicensed use in public settings (like a dentist’s office).
Well, here are some suggestions for where you can find good music that you can use in your workplace.
PANDORA FOR BUSINESS
One of the Internet’s leading music services, Pandora, is now available for business use. Pandora gives you a lot of flexibility in finding music types that suit your ear. You do not have the option of queuing up individual songs as you would with other music services; instead, you get a random, almost radio-like shuffle of ad-free songs. But, you can set preferred types of music and further customize what you hear by using Pandora’s Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down buttons.
Pandora for Business is handled by a company called DMX. The Pandora subscription costs $24.95 per month, and there is also a one-time fee of $99 for the required DMX ProFusion broadband media player, which you can hook up to the sound system in your office.
SIRIUSXM MUSIC FOR BUSINESS
SiriusXM, like Pandora, offers a business-friendly subscription plan that lets you stream music from all types of genres for all sorts of tastes. With 85 channels to choose from, they can even supply you with on-hold music for patients on the phone. The receiver connects easily to the sound system in your office, too.
Subscriptions start at $29.95 per month, and all you need is a broadband internet connection.
GRACE DIGITAL AUDIO BUSINESS MUSIC SYSTEM
The Grace Digital Audio Business Music System is a Wi-Fi-enabled radio player that connects with SiriusXM’s Music for Business service. The best thing about this particular receiver is that you can easily hook it up to your dental office phone system and your office’s sound system as well. The radio player uses a broadband internet connection (either via Ethernet or Wi-Fi), and makes giving music to your patients and staff a breeze!
The receiver itself costs $199, in addition to the monthly SiriusXM Music for Business subscription.
If setting up your own in-office music solution sounds like too much for you, you can look into a professional third-party service that specializes in hooking up your office with custom music. If you don’t like the song selection of services like Pandora, SiriusXM, or even good old FM radio, the people at Custom Channels will help cater the songs you hear to your office, offering to match the music they provide to the mood and tone of your business. People waiting for a dental appointment might not want to hear anything too jarring, and Custom Channels is a possible way of making sure that the music you have in your waiting room or while on hold is appropriate.
Custom Channels uses an Internet receiver to deliver their music, commercial-free, to your workplace.
But what about if you’re just looking for music for yourself? Maybe you come home from the office and just want to sit down on the couch and forget about enamel, root canals, and cavities.
Songza is an up-and-coming music service that, like Pandora and Sirius, offers playlists. Songza, however, gives you playlist suggestions based on factors like the time of day, if it happens to be a weekend or a weekday, and your mood. For example: you get home from the office at 5 o’clock and want to unwind, you can choose a relaxing mix. If you need to get jazzed up, you can pick a more energetic playlist.
Every music listerner has different needs. What are yours?
There are online music services – from the casual pop lover to the audiobook listener. Which one would you choose?
Some quick Tips:
Mac user or PC user?
Any products by Apple, including the iPod line, are usually solely compatible with the iTunes Music Store, which is available on both Macs and PCs.
Other devices with the “Plays for Sure” logo work well with Windows Media Player – based download services and are PC-only. Check your favorite devices for compatibility before you buy. Like Apple, Sony players will only work with the Sony Connect music service.
iTunes Music Store:
Home of the 99-cent download, the iTunes Music Store (ITMS) features over 1 million songs. Entire albums are available for download but the ITMS only supports iPod devices. The system allows you to burn your tracks to CD for low-tech consumption. Most major labels are represented and ITMS tends to get newer music even before some of the other major players. A partnership with Audible.com also allows you to download audiobooks, allowing you to while away the road miles with a good book.
MusicMatch’s On Demand subscription service makes this system stand out. Instead of purchasing individual songs, you pay $5.95 to listen to a selection of songs for a certain period of time. Once you cancel your subscription, however, the music disappears. MusicMatch also offers 99-cent tracks. A special music suggestion engine makes short work of figuring out what you’d like to listen to next.
eMusic is a pioneering MP3 service that offers a number of downloads for a set price. The most expensive offer, for example, costs $19.99 and entitles you to 90 song downloads per month. The tracks will play on any MP3 player in the world and are completely unprotected by any digital rights management. The music is skewed towards the alternative and unknowns but there are thousands of gems in eMusic’s extensive library, from the Pixies to Bloc Party.
The original music service has gone legit. Individual tracks are 99 cents and Napster To Go offers unlimited downloads to any MP3 player for $14.95. The To Go service, like MusicMatch’s service, expires once your subscription lapses. You can only burn purchased tracks to CDs, but the catalog is wide and Napster features all of the latest from artists in all genres.
Rhapsody offers free downloadable music in trial mode as well as a $9.95 all-you-can eat subscription with 99-cent downloads and Rhapsody To Go which allows you to download content to your MP3 player. Like other Microsoft DRM-based services, music you didn’t pay for is erased when your subscription lapses.
Similar to the iTunes Music Store, Sony’s store will only work with Sony players, which use the proprietary ATRAC format for music files. But one of those players is the very hot Play Station Portable game, video and music device. Sony’s store includes music from all the major labels, not just the Sony catalog. Like other music stores you can also burn downloaded music to CDs.
A latecomer to the party, the MSN Music Store supports Microsoft’s Janus DRM system, which is bundled with most copies of Windows. Tracks are 99 cents and the service is compatible with most non-Apple MP3 players. Major labels are well represented, but the featured music skews towards less alternative acts.
MySpace is launching a new service, MySpace Music, partnering with Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. With MySpace Music, you will be able to listen to music at your computer, as well as being able to purchase downloadable music for you MP3 players, etc.
MySpace is basically returning to its roots, the music business, to help regenerate membership and interest to their site. This new service will be integrated between MySpace Music, the current artist profile pages and the home user profile pages. Users will be able to create and trade music and playlists, along with being able to tune into untapped artists. This move will also help the recording companies, as they will be able to pull in on concert ticket sales, and music merchandise.
MySpace’s direct competitor would obviously be iTunes, which is the 2nd largest music seller. Currently, the price of the download’s has not been made available yet, but it has been said that they will be “competible.” The digital downloads will be DRM-free, and users will also be able to download ringtones, SMS, and wallpapers. MySpace Music will making this a full circle utility not only the for MySpace user, but the artists as well.