5 Free Apps For Christmas Radio Online

The holiday season is upon us – which means there’s carols, new holiday singles, and Christmas collaborations invading the airwaves everywhere we turn. But even the biggest fans of holiday songs hate sitting through lame remakes or the same tired renditions of songs. With that in mind, we’ve collected the five best free apps for Christmas radio online to keep a melodic melange of tunes in your ear buds through the holidays.

The Best Free Christmas Radio Online

Free Christmas Radio Online

iTunes Radio
(iOS)

The first Christmas radio online app on our list is already included on every iPhone, accessible through the Music app. Although iTunes Radio doesn’t contain any traditional FM or AM radio stations, it does bring its massive music library to anyone’s fingertips in a variety of interesting ways. A great place to start are their ‘Featured Stations’, an always-changing selection of genre-specific stations or playlists created by guest DJ’s or musicians. Whether you want to play the hits or mix in a little more obscure songs, iTunes Radio gives users a number of options to customize their listening experience for Christmas this year.

Free Christmas Radio Online

Christmas RADIO
(iOS, Android)

Given the title, the inclusion of this internet radio app on our list shouldn’t be a surprise: the Christmas RADIO online app features over 50 different holiday music stations from around North America and Europe, a perfect option for the international listener or world traveler looking for some familiar holiday sounds during the holiday season. The interface isn’t the prettiest, but the app is smooth and functional. It also has a dedicated channel broadcasting from the North Pole!

Free Christmas Radio Online

TuneIn Radio
(iOS, Android, Windows Phone)

Often considered the standard for all free internet radio apps, TuneIn Radio’s massive FM station database set it head and shoulders above most of its mobile counterparts. It not only has most basic features one would want from their internet radio app (the ability to save stations, customizable buffering options) but a number of advanced features that ensure users get the most functionality out of their radio app – and in the case of the extremely useful “Car Mode”, more safe by eliminating small text and buttons altogether. There’s a paid version available with even more options (like recording live radio) but for most holiday carolers, the ad-supported version of TuneIn Radio will more than suffice.

Free Christmas Radio Online

Slacker Radio
(iOS, Android, Windows Phone)

Slacker Radio’s free app might not have all the features of the other internet radio apps on this list but thanks to its collection of unique stations and gorgeous design, it’s still one of our favorites. And as a “smart” radio app, Slacker is always paying attention to what you’re listening to, constantly curating your selection (and doing it in style) the more you listen. With a dozen different dedicated Christmas stations (and of course, the ability to create a station from any artist), Slacker is a great choice for users looking for something simple and straightforward from Christmas radio online.

Free Christmas Radio Online

iHeart Radio
(iOS, Android, Windows Phone)

iHeart Radio is akin to a Pandora and TuneIn Radio mash-up: it doesn’t quite have all the features of either, but cross-pollinates its functionality enough to make it a useful little hybrid app. It has the same customizable station options like Pandora and Slacker, and also has hundreds of live stations across the United States to listen to (similar to TuneIn and the like). It many not have every function these other apps have, but for an all-in-one solution, there aren’t many better options than iHeart Radio.

Where is your favorite place to listen to Christmas radio online? Let us know if we missed one in the comments below!

5 Forecasts on the Future of Consumer Electronics from Yesterday’s Apple Event

Yesterday’s Apple event from San Francisco showcased a handful of new Apple products that are sure to impact the future of consumer electronics. Including the newly-named iPad Air! And we’re not surprised. Apple has been doing things other tech brands could only dream of for over 10 years! They do a phenomenal job at recognizing trends and outpacing them. It’s because of this trendiness that we can safely look to Apple to gauge where the market is headed as a whole.

Here are 5 forecasts on the future of consumer electronics based on what was presented at the October 22 Apple event in San Francisco.

Forecasting the Future of Consumer Electronics

  1. Design “WOW” factors. Apple changed the game in 2007 when they turned the cell phone market on its head with the iPhone. They did it again with their new desktop. Now we have the straight from Star Wars Apple Mac Pro. By designing a desktop computer better suited for a mantlepiece than the floor, Apple has challenged other companies to put added focus into what their product looks like when they’re turned off. Smartphones and wearables are already fashionable so it was only a matter of time before their focus shifted into our homes.
    Apple's Future of Consumer Electronics
  2. Even MORE attention to what we want. Yesterday, Apple made sure to cater to their fanboys and girls by way of adding highly demanded features and improvements to their already existing gadgets. The new operating system (which is available for free to everyone!), OS X Mavericks, gives us extended battery life and the iPad Mini has been fitted with a retina display. Just as technology has made it easier for us to interact with brands over social media, it’s that much easier for brands to listen to us. Social media is growing and companies are continuing to tune in to what their users are saying. Look for tech companies to include us more in deciding the future of consumer electronics. And if they don’t, well, we’ll take to Twitter!
  3. If the device doesn’t make human networks easier to access, it’s irrelevant. The future of consumer electronics is one of connectivity. Whether it be on social media, collaborating on Google Docs or seamlessly sharing photo albums with contacts, people want instant access to other people. Yesterday, Apple made strides to a more connected world by adding collaboration to iWork. In a somewhat lame moment before Apple’s iPad Air announcement yesterday, Apple senior vice president of Internet software and services Eddy Cue and Apple vice president of productivity applications Roger Rosner collaborated on an even more awkward poster. Demo aside, the point was received. We will now be able to collaborate on higher level creative projects than ever through OS X Mavericks.

    Eddy Cue
    Image via Macworld
  4. Increasing perks while decreasing price. While sometimes it may seem like Apple isn’t aware that we actually like to have money in our pockets at the end of the month, they do deserve some kudos for dropping the price of the new MacBook Pro a very nice $200 from last year’s model and then hitting us with a $3000 desktop. They added specs, took away size and even gave us OS X Mavericks for absolutely nothing. As an added bonus, we didn’t have to pay extra for the iPad’s new name! It’s not certain that Apple will continue giving out future upgrades for free. However, it feels good to see Apple making the load a little easier to bear this holiday.
  5. Innovation must be green. Apple made it a point to show us at their event yesterday that they are innovating responsibly and no, I don’t mean they build things soberly. They’re moving towards greener practices! After each hardware demo we were shown how Apple is contributing to a healthier planet. By no means should we believe that Apple is currently creating environmentally neutral products, but rest assured that consumer electronics are headed in that direction!

What’s Your Forecast?

Do you think Apple changed the future of consumer electronics? Tell us what you think about the October Apple event in the comments below!

October 2013 Apple Announcement Expectations and Hopes

There’s a particular brand of excitement in the air that can only mean one thing. Of course, we’re talking about another Apple announcement! There are high expectations for the October 22 Apple announcement in San Francisco, CA, as experts around the internet expect a new iPad, iPad mini and Mac Pro to be unveiled at the event. There are also rumors of a couple Easter eggs, which we will get to and hopefully will see at tomorrow’s San Francisco Apple event!

Apple rumors are everywhere and while it’s impossible to say exactly what will be announced in San Francisco tomorrow when Tim Cook and crew take tage, there are a few safe bets that we feel confident in forecasting. Here are our expectations for the Apple announcement October 2013 and a couple things we’d like to see, but aren’t banking on just yet.

Apple Announcement 2013

Our Apple Announcement Expectations

  1. Retina displays for the iPad mini. Almost guaranteed to be a part of the October Apple announcement are retina displays for the new iPad minis, a feature that was noticeably absent from the last model. The retina display will be a nice visual upgrade to the system’s current display and is one that Apple fanatics have been asking for.
  2. New Mac Pro. The new Mac Pro looks awesome and we can’t wait to get our hands on one. Fitted with Intel’s latest processors and sporting a sleek new design, the Mac Pro will definitely be a game changer. A cylindrical shaped desktop computer? Mind. Blown. Also, might we get a date for OS X Maverick? Very likely!
  3. iPad colors and size change. Last September’s Apple Announcement unveiled two new lines for the iPhone: the 5s and 5c. The latter of which comes in 5 different colors. In addition to making the new iPad thinner and lighter, colored iPads or iPad cases will likely be a part of the announcement to coincide with the new colorful iPhones.

Our Apple Announcement Hopes

  1. New Apple TV. Now we’re getting into the longshots. We can neither confirm nor deny a new Apple TV unveil tomorrow, but talk has been awhirl on the interwebs and it seems like this could be a 50/50 shot for the October 22 Apple announcement. But when you consider that Amazon’s France and Germany outlets listed the Apple TV as out of stock until October 23 (one day after the announcement), one starts to wonder if this is almost certain.
  2. iWatch unveil. Sony did it. Samsung recently did it. Heck, even startups are doing it. So is it possible tomorrow’s Apple announcement in San Francisco could see the release of an Apple smart watch? We say it’s about time for the iWatch!
  3. Keyboard case for Apple iPad. Apple has a lot of work to do in the tablet market and it’s possible, though not altogether likely, that Apple will announce an integrated keyboard case for the new iPad similar to Microsoft’s Touch Cover.

Out of everything to be announced tomorrow at Apple’s San Francisco event, which are you most excited for: new iPads, iPad minis or the Mac Pro? Tell us in the comments below or connect with us on the DayFire Facebook!

10 Apple Commercials Worth Remembering

Besides being the world’s most popular fruit-named anything and having some of the most innovative products in the history of, well, life, Apple is also pretty darn good at creating effective marketing. Not to say every Apple commercial is a hit, but for the most part Apple has a good sense of what their consumers need to see, hear and feel while watching their commercials.

That being said, here is the absolutely definitive list of the 10 best Apple commercials ever, pre-new iPad.

10. “Sad Song” 2008

There are a handful of these Mac vs PC commercials that could easily make up the top 10 alone (and several that did!). After all, this campaign was so successful that 66 total spots were made, plus an unreleased spot that also made this list. This terrible PC country song lands at number 10 for the forced drama and hilariously woeful country lyrics. The ending to the :90 second commercial is even funnier now that we all know Control+Alt+Delete was a complete mistake!

9. “Cheese” 2012

One thing that Apple does really well in their advertising is to focus on one specific feature of their product and demonstrate just how useful it can be. In this 2012 “Cheese” commercial, Apple demonstrates the new panorama feature in a very relatable way: the classic group picture! Consider the fact that this group is a bunch of cute kids dressed up for Halloween and we’re sold.

8. “Big and Small” 2003

The “Odd Couple” routine may feel extremely played out old, but this 2003 Apple commercial with Yao Ming, Verne Troyer and a couple of ironically sized PowerBooks teaches us that going all the way with a cliche can be a good thing. We also learned that Yao has enough length to fiddle in the overhead without standing. Whoa.

7. “Hello” 2007

Considering the framework for this commercial recently got jacked for the new Samsung smart watch spot, I’d have to say Apple did something right. Apple’s “Hello” commercial in 2007 was the first television spot for their staple iPhone. The commercial comes in at number 7 because of how it sets up, and then completely shakes up, what we expect out of a phone. When watching this commercial, keep in mind the iPhone launched only on AT&T. Prophetic?

6. “Life” 2012

Of all the commercials which highlight Siri and feature actor John Malkovich, this one is definitely the best. Apple would catch a considerable amount of false advertising flak after these ads aired but that doesn’t make them any less enjoyable to watch.

5. “Broken Promises” 2009

The second of three Mac vs PC commercials on our top 10 list is the classic “Broken Promises” ad from 2009 featuring a time traveling John Hodgman and Justin Long. Is this number 5 mainly because of the Hodgman cut at :23? Maybe. Apple has always had a knack for getting under Microsoft’s skin. This, of all 66 Mac vs PC commercials, stings the most.

4. “Here’s to the Crazy Ones” 1997

The “Here’s to the Crazy Ones” Apple commercial from 1997 is in fact the oldest Apple commercial on this list and also one of the most inspiring. Apple has always positioned itself as being at the highest echelon of innovation and aligning their brand with all the most brilliant minds over the last century was a solid way to restart the company at a time when things weren’t all sunshine and catchy jingles. Very bold.

3. “Intel Processors for Mac” 2006

This Apple commercial from 2006 put Intel in a very uncomfortable spot and sent Mac fans into a frenzy! And even though it’s been called out time and time again for ripping from the Postal Service’s “Such Great Heights” music video, Apple’s brass keeps it in the top 3. Anyway, Apple has since gotten their’s (remember number 7?).

2. Unreleased “Get a Mac” 2009

This ad never aired on television. It was only shown one time at the World Wide Developers Conference in 2009 and lives on for eternity on YouTube. This :70 second spot is the funniest Mac vs PC commercial and quite possibly of Apple’s whole archive. One of the biggest reasons the Mac vs PC campaign worked for so long was its versatility. On this list alone we have a country song, a :30 second commercial and a hilarious keynote! Clearly, this is the best Apple campaign to ever run.

But that’s not enough to be the best Apple commercial ever…

1. “We Believe” 2011

“We Believe” gets the nod as the best Apple commercial of all-time because it is the most “Appley” of all the iPhone, iPad or iAnything commercials to ever air. Whereas most Apple ads tend to focus on features and what makes the product so practical, this :30 second commercial gets to the bare bones of it: Apple is connecting you to other people more efficiently than ever. It’s a positioning statement. And aside from the occasionally mind blowing upgrades on each year’s model (120 frames-per-second, anyone?) the real reason we love our smartphones is because of how they connect us.

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