‘Gauss’ spices up the Music app with impressive blur effects

By Jeff Benjamin on May 26, 2015

Gauss—which is named after German mathematician Karl Gauss, from which the Gaussian Blur derives its name—is a jailbreak tweak that adds blur, tint color, and text color effects to the stock Music app. Gauss lets you change up the blur radius, saturation, and more. You can even preview the look of the changes via the tweak’s preferences. Read More

 

How to AirPlay music from your Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on May 24, 2015

We recently discussed transferring songs from an iPhone to your Apple Watch to enjoy music from your wrist when your phone is out of Bluetooth range or unavailable.

When you actually stored the music on your Apple Watch, you’ll need Bluetooth headphones because the wearable gizmo doesn’t support playing songs through its built-in speaker.

Thankfully, Apple has implemented AirPlay in Watch OS so you can easily send audio to another device. Read More

 

Marvis Music Player redesigns your music experience on iOS

By Lory Gil on May 23, 2015

Around here, we love music players. It’s especially nice when they have a smooth look and plenty of added features. If you are going to use something other than Apple’s stock Music app, there had better be a reason for it.

Marvis Music Player has a nice design and plenty of unique user interface features that are customizable so listening to music is more than just a good-looking playback experience. Read More

 

Take a sneak peek at Spotify’s new experience with Running, activity-based playlists and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 22, 2015

An iDownloadBlog reader has sent in a number of gorgeous screenshots of Spotify’s major iPhone revamp. The software was just released to Spotify’s beta testers a few hours ago ahead of its impending public release.

You may have heard Spotify stepped on Apple’s toes with the announcement of new media types like news, video and podcasts, along with a flurry of feature additions like activity-based playlists, a cool Running feature and more.

With that in mind, we urge you to take a look at the screenshots included below and see for yourself how the new Spotify experience on mobile looks like. Read More

 

Apple said to be planning early international rollout of streaming music service

By Cody Lee on May 20, 2015

Russia is going to be among the first countries where Apple will launch its revamped Beats Music service, according to Billboard. The publication points to a report from local outlet Vedomosti, who cites several sources claiming that the company is in negotiations with Russian record labels regarding the service.

The fact that Apple is eyeing Russia for an early streaming music launch isn’t alone significant—its slowing economy and struggling ruble have deterred other services like Spotify from entering the countries—but what is interesting is that it sounds like the company is planning on a quick international rollout. Read More

 

Spotify rolls out podcasts, video, news, Running feature, activity-based playlists and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 20, 2015

Spotify is determined to give Apple’s vertically integrated iTunes ecosystem a run for its money. At a media event in New York City, the Swedish streaming-music startup has moved into video, as previously suspected.

The service will now host video podcasts and other types of video content like news, much like Apple’s iTunes. According to TechCrunch, Spotify will also serve up playlists that are more personalized and relevant to what you’re doing at the time.

Apple-owned Beats Music also features activity-based playlists, mostly human curated, so this is another shot across Apple’s bow. Read More

 

Helius 2 adds a fresh coat of paint to the Lock screen music controls

By Jeff Benjamin on May 19, 2015

Helius 2 is the follow-up to the popular tweak that redesigned iOS Lock screen media controls. In a nice gesture to owners of the original, developers s1ris and Phillip Tennen have rewritten the tweak from scratch and are providing it as a free upgrade to previous owners of Helius.

In case you’ve forgotten, or in case you’ve never used the original version, Helius is a tweak that takes your default media controls on the Lock screen, and provides them with a fresh coat of paint. Have a look at our video walkthrough for more information on how this tweak works. Read More

 

How to display the now playing app in the iOS media controls

By Jeff Benjamin on May 19, 2015

Have you ever glanced at your Control Center or Lock screen media controls, and wondered what app was responsible for playing the now playing song? This tends to happen if you have several music apps installed on your iPhone.

The problem stems from the fact that iOS doesn’t display the app responsible for a song’s audio output. But a new jailbreak tweak, called PlayingLabel, promises to solve this issue. Read More

 

Spotify and Starbucks sign multi-year streaming music partnership, should Apple be worried?

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2015

How times change. It used to be that Starbucks would partner with Apple on any relevant music-focused initiative. But as the balance of power has slowly but surely shifted from music downloads to streaming, Apple is no longer the preferred partner.

Announced Tuesday, a potentially far-reaching partnership between the U.S.-based coffeehouse chain and Spotify, the world’s leading streaming-music service hailing from Sweden, will see Starbucks promote premium Spotify subscription tiers while granting Spotify users access to Starbucks’ rewards program. Read More

 

How to sync playlists and listen to music on Apple Watch without iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2015

The Apple Watch has eight gigabytes of onboard storage, of which up to two gigabytes can be used to keep music files on the device. You can sync a playlist to your Apple Watch to listen to music when the iPhone is out of range, remove songs from the device at any time and more.

In this post, I’m going to teach you how to make a dedicated Apple Watch playlist and sync it to the wearable device through the companion app on your iPhone, find the playlist on your wrist and enjoy your synced track through wireless headphones or speakers. Read More

 

SoundCloud for Apple Watch is here

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2015

An update Monday to SoundCloud’s free of charge iPhone and iPad application has added an Apple Watch component allowing you to listen to user-submitted music and audio right from your wrist, identify songs playing from your iPhone and more.

“The new app makes it even easier for you to hear the freshest tracks when you’re out and about, from your daily to commute to going out for a run,” Germand developers noted. Read More

 

Music labels ostensibly applying pressure on Spotify to ditch free service for 3-month trial

By Christian Zibreg on May 15, 2015

In another sign that Apple may have conspired with major record labels to kill free music streaming, Digital Music News is now reporting that both Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment are pressuring Spotify, the leading subscription streaming-music service, to end its free, ad-supported service and instead limit music lovers to a three-month free trial.

As previously reported, Apple’s alleged backing of these efforts have prompted scrutiny from the United States Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and the European Union’s Competition Commission into Apple’s business practices in the music space. Read More

 

Try before you buy: Apple’s new music service to offer lengthy trial periods and free song samples

By Cody Lee on May 8, 2015

Apple’s new music service could include multiple ways to listen for free, Recode reported on Friday. Citing sources familiar with the project, the site says that while the service won’t include a typical ‘free version,’ Apple is hoping to offer a lengthy trial period and free song samples.

The trial period could range anywhere from one to three months, depending on the outcome of Apple’s current negotiations with record labels, which would give users a lengthy look at the service. It may also allow music owners to upload a sampling of songs that others could listen to. Read More

 

How to transfer your iTunes library to a new computer using iTunes Match

By Sébastien Page on May 8, 2015

iTunes Match is a paid service from Apple that allows you to store all your music in iCloud, regardless of where it originated from. For example, it could be music imported from CDs, downloaded from online music stores, or even music that was downloaded in ways that go against copyright laws. In short, iTunes Match matches or uploads all your music to iCloud so you can stream or download it from any of your Apple devices, including Mac, iPhone, and Apple TV.

With that said, iTunes Match offers an easy way to move your iTunes library to a new computer without having to deal with transferring files from one hard drive to the other. In this post, I will show you how to transfer your iTunes library to a new computer using iTunes Match. Read More

 

Spotify could move into video later this month as Apple targets streaming music

By Christian Zibreg on May 8, 2015

Spotify, the world’s leading music-streaming service with sixty million listeners on a free tier and fifteen million accounts on its $9.99 per month tier, could start integrating video into its service as early as this month, according to a report published Friday by The Wall Street Journal.

A video-streaming service should complement Spotify’s music platform. The company reportedly has the likes of Facebook and YouTube in its sight, the latter working on a paid subscription service of its own.

Google’s Music Key allows Play Music subscribers to watch ad-free music videos on YouTube and Jay Z’s Tidal includes access to music videos in its subscription and will soon live-stream concerts and related events to users. Rdio briefly experimented with video, too, but pulled that service over lack of interest.

Earlier today, the privately owned Swedish startup sent out invites for a May 20 press event in New York City ahead of Apple’s Beats Music relaunch at WWDC next month.

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iTunes has a number of great hip-hop albums on sale right now

By Cody Lee on May 6, 2015

If you’re a fan of rap music, or just like to listen to a little bit of everything, you’ll want to check out these deals Apple is offering in iTunes right now. For a limited time, more than 200 hip-hop albums are on sale for $5.99.

The albums come from a wide variety of artists, ranging from newer faces like Kendrick Lamar, to old school legends like Big Daddy Kane. There’s even some from mainstream heavyweights like Eminem, Jay-Z and Ludacris. Read More

 

FTC also probing Apple’s upcoming music service over deals with record labels

By Christian Zibreg on May 6, 2015

Increasingly, Apple is finding itself in hot water with regulators over its rumored subscription-based music service. Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reported that the United States Federal Trade Commission is now probing Apple’s efforts to line up deals with record labels.

The agency is reportedly taking a closer look at the possible misuse of the iPhone maker’s dominant market position as the largest seller of music downloads to put rival music services such as Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, YouTube and others at a disadvantage. Read More

 

Aspectus brings a Music control interface to Reachability

By Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2015

If you’re not a big proponent of Reachability, then perhaps this new jailbreak tweak will at least convince you to use it, even if it’s not the way that Apple intended it to be used. Aspectus is a recently released jailbreak tweak that brings a beautiful music control interface to the iPhone’s Reachability view.

Even if you’re using a device that doesn’t support Reachability, Aspectus will work with Activator in order to provide access to the tweak. Read our walkthrough for more details as to how it looks and how it works. Read More

 

Muswitch: a jailbreak tweak that places music controls in the App Switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2015

App Switcher tweaks seem to be all the rage these days, so it’s not surprising to see a tweak like Muswitch pop up on Cydia. Muswitch, as its name hints to, allows you to place music controls in the iOS 8 App Switcher.

These Music controls replace the contact shortcuts that normally reside above the cards found in the App Switcher. Watch our video walkthrough for more details. Read More

 

Apple still missing key licensing deals ahead of rumored Beats Music relaunch

By Cody Lee on May 5, 2015

Apple is really cutting it close if it wants to relaunch Beats Music at its developer conference next month. Citing sources familiar with the company’s plans, Billboard reports that it is still missing a number of key licensing deals it would need to secure to unveil a new streaming music service.

“A June launch is still attainable,” one source tells Billboard. “If any company can do it, they can.” However, another source at a major record label tells the publication that there is no way Apple will be able to pull off a June launch for the new service, saying simply that “the deals aren’t done.” Read More

 
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