Quickify gives Spotify users a way to save songs from anywhere in iOS

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 20, 2017

Spotify users who rock a jailbroken device on iOS 9 are going to love a new free jailbreak tweak called Quickify.

This tweak allows you to save any of the songs you listen to from the Spotify app via a new button that gets added to the Now Playing view of Control Center and the Lock screen. Read More

 

How to add music to your iPhone without iTunes using WALTR

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2017

Transferring music files to your iOS hardware is not for the faint-hearted, let alone for novice users, but I suppose you don’t need me to tell you that. Because third-party apps are not permitted to save songs to the music library on your device, the process officially sanctioned by Apple requires syncing your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with the bloated mess that is desktop iTunes.

Thankfully, specialized apps such as Softorino’s excellent WALTR 2 (free trial available – or $39.95) let you simply drag and drop media files on WALTR’s drop zone and rest assured they’ll be transcoded into iOS-friendly formats and saved into appropriate apps. In this brief tutorial, we’ll lay out the process of adding music to iPhone without iTunes, using the WALTR app. Read More

 

Apple updates GarageBand and Logic Pro X with pro-level features, including Touch Bar support

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2017

Apple today updated its GarageBand and Logic Pro X apps with new features designed to support music makers “from enthusiasts to pros.” GarageBand for iOS 2.2 now provides the creative synthesizer Alchemy and has a new browser for easier searching through instruments and patches.

Logic Pro X 10.3 has been refreshed with a modern interface and now includes features for pro audio production and support for Touch Bar shortcuts on the new MacBook Pro. Read More

 

CBS Sports Radio now available on Apple Music

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2017

CBS today announced that CBS Sports Radio is now available via a dedicated 24/7 radio channel for Apple Music members. This means that Apple Music subscribers can tune in to CBS’s popular sports channel via the Music app on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple TV, no desktop using iTunes for Mac and Windows, via the official Apple Music app for Android and on Sonos speakers. Read More

 

Jimmy Iovine: original TV series and movies part of Apple Music pop cultural experience

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2017

The Wall Street Journal thinks Apple wants to buy rights to original television shows and movies as another way of enticing users into choosing Apple Music over competitors like Spotify and Pandora. Monday, The Hollywood Reported published an interview with Apple executive Jimmy Iovine, who said that adding original video content to the music-streaming service is part of the plan to turn Apple Music into a pop cultural phenomenon. Read More

 

How to fix crackly audio with AirPods or Beats Solo3 headphones

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 13, 2017

New devices like Apple’s AirPods and Beats Solo3 headphones are among some of the simplest Bluetooth devices you can use with your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, thanks to the new pairing process that’s made possible by the proprietary W1 chip. But they’re not perfect.

As many of the early reviews have already pointed out, including the one published right here on iDB by my colleague Sebastien, AirPods are especially susceptible to what’s described as ‘cracking’ while audio is being streamed from your device to the receiver in the Bluetooth headphones. Read More

 

How to convert music tracks to Audiobook in iTunes

By Steffen Reich on Jan 12, 2017

Venturing into the depths of iTunes is no longer an activity for the faint-hearted, as Apple’s gold mine is famously becoming more convoluted with every update. It is by no means impossible to keep up with the changes, but staying on top of every small cosmetic shift does pose a decent challenge today.

As somebody very fond of the spoken word on iTunes, I can attest that this general rule holds true for audiobooks as well. So as I was fiddling around with some old school CDs the other day and trying to move audio files within my iTunes library to the Audiobooks tab, I noticed my old methods were already outdated again. If you’re not up to speed on iTunes (12.5.4), here’s a refresher on how to get your talking book to properly identify as Audiobooks inside the application, followed by an encore for CD enthusiasts with regard to joining tracks during import.

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Apple Music’s upcoming Carpool Karaoke show will feature a different host every episode

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 9, 2017

Apple’s upcoming show, Carpool Karaoke, will consist of sixteen half-hour episodes that will air on Apple Music and feature a different host every episode, Variety reported Monday.

Based on James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke viral segment during CBS’s Late Late Show, Apple’s version will use a format that is more of an interview series with outside-the-box pairings like Billy Eichner in the passenger seat, surrounded by the band Metallica, or former NFL star and talk show host Michael Strahan and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon. Read More

 

Testing the operating range of AirPods and Beats Solo3 vs non-W1 Beats headphones

By Steffen Reich on Jan 9, 2017

Much has been said about the virtues of the W1 chip Apple started baking into their latest wireless Beats line-up and of course the AirPods. By now we know for sure that W1 facilitates a much faster pairing process, as do we know that the chip significantly amplifies both battery life and conservation techniques. What’s less prominently talked about – at least from official sides – is the operating range of these wireless headphones and the presumed effect the W1 chip addition has had on that benchmark.

For I felt information on the internet was just a bit too murky to count on, I decided to take it upon myself and conduct a little experiment: I packed my rucksack with four headphones (two of which boast the new W1 chip) and headed to a nearby park in order to pit them against each other. Pairing them one after another and then slowly making a bee-line for the opposite direction, one thing quickly became clear: the results for the maximum distance obtainable aren’t surprising in terms of order, but they definitely are in their clarity. Read More

 

Incipio’s OX case lets you charge your iPhone 7 and listen to music simultaneously

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 5, 2017

Among the many things being unveiled at CES 2017, accessory maker Incipio has just unveiled a new case for both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus called OX that has a built-in 3.5mm headphone jack in addition to a Lightning port.

The case intends to do away with the convoluted process of charging your device and listening to music at the same time even when you don’t have a pair of expensive wireless headphones to solve this problem for you. Read More

 

CasualAlarm uses random songs from your music library for alarm sounds

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 4, 2017

Tons of people use their iPhone as a means of waking up every morning thanks to the built-in alarm feature, and while there are a number of alarm tones to pick from and despite being able to choose any local song on your device as an alarm sound, there is very little diversity whenever you choose either of these methods.

A new free jailbreak tweak called CasualAlarm aims to spice things up by randomizing whatever your alarm might be when it’s time to wake up in the morning, and it does this by shuffling through your very own music library. With it, you will have something different to listen to each morning when it’s time to wake up. Read More

 

Apple posts new ‘Best of 2016’ video

By Cody Lee on Jan 3, 2017

Apple has shared a new video on its YouTube channel entitled ‘Best of 2016.’ As the name implies, the 53-second clip is a recap of some of Apple’s favorite music, apps, movies and games from last year.

Set to an upbeat soundtrack, the video features several picks from Apple’s Best of iTunes lists it released last month. including Drake’s song Hotline Bling, the movie Deadpool and the photo app Prisma.

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Spotify for Mac gains Touch Bar shortcuts

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 23, 2016

Spotify for Mac was updated this morning with support for Touch Bar shortcuts on the new MacBook Pro models, German outlet Giga.de reported. A few handy music-playback controls are now available in Spotify’s Mac app directly from the Touch Bar, including common controls such as transport and search, as well as persistent Now Playing buttons like play, pause, shuffle, repeat and the volume slider. Read More

 

djay Pro for iPhone is out: 4-deck mixing, waveform haptics, 3D Touch cue points & more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 21, 2016

German developer Algoriddim today completed its lineup of apps for DJs by releasing djay Pro for iPhone following the launch of djay Pro for iPad a year ago and djay Pro for Mac two years ago.

The app puts the complete djay experience in the palm of your hand and provides some iPhone 7-specific features, like unique haptic feedback that lets you literally feel the beats while scratching and scrubbing the music, support for 3D Touch so you can quickly set a cue point by pressing and more.

djay Pro for iPhone is available on the App Store at the introductory sale price of $4.99. Read More

 

Documentary about Roland’s legendary drum machine now available on Apple Music

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2016

Are you an Apple Music subscriber? If not, you’re missing out on some cool documentaries about music produced exclusively for Apple Music fans. As promised, Apple Music subscribers can now watch DJ Zane Lowe-narrated “808: The Movie”, marking the Cupertino company’s first original documentary.

Created by You Know Films in association with Atlantic Films, “808: The Movie” is all about the legendary programmable drum machine from Roland that’s largely responsible for the recognizable rhythms and sounds of the 1980s and 1990s. Read More

 

Dejavu prevents you from adding duplicate songs to Apple Music playlists

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 8, 2016

A great feature of the Music app is the ability to create song playlists so you can listen to specific jams depending on how you’re feeling and what you’re doing at a particular point in time.

On the other hand, sometimes you might inadvertently add the same song to a playlist more than once, which means you’ll have duplicate songs in the same playlist. As annoying as this can be when you’re in the middle of listening to it and hear the same song more than once, a new jailbreak tweak dubbed Dejavu aims to fix the problem. Read More

 

Pandora’s subscription service in testing, “redefines what premium could and should be”

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 7, 2016

After recently refreshing its brand identity, the popular Internet radio service Pandora today officially announced its upcoming on-demand music service, simply called Premium, which the company says is going to redefine what “premium” could and should be.

Pandora Premium, “an effortless and flexible experience for all subscribers,” includes features that tune into each listener’s individuality while leveraging its deep knowledge of musical data. Read More

 

Spotty brings album artwork illustrations to Spotify’s playlist view

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 5, 2016

The Spotify app doesn’t normally show album artwork illustrations beside your songs in playlist view, but with a new free jailbreak tweak called Spotty, you can force it to.

Not only does it look better after the fact, but it helps make it a lot easier to recognize your music at a glance. Read More

 

iHeartRadio launches two on-demand subscription tiers in beta

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2016

iHeartRadio started out in April 2008 as a simple Internet radio service at the website iheartmusic.com before becoming both a music recommendations system and a radio network that aggregates content from hundreds of local radio stations across the U.S. On Thursday, the company stepped into on-demand streaming with a pair of subscription tiers, launching in beta, that let listeners create playlists from tracks, listen to music offline, play songs in any order, skip tracks and more. Read More

 

Spotify could finally turn a profit in 2017, expand to China, Russia & South Korea

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2016

Apple Music rival Spotify could finally turn a profit in 2107, one of its board members told the media Thursday. Asked if the Swedish music service could become profitable soon, Par-Jorgen Parson, one of Spotify’s first investors, told Reuters that it was “absolutely” the case.

Spotify currently operates in 60 markets and has more than 40 million paid subscribers. Apple Music is available in 115 markets and has 17 million paying customers and over 30 million songs in its catalog. Read More

 
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