Link your Spotify account with Shazam to enable full song previews & more

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 8, 2016

The Shazam app for iOS comes with the ability to link your Spotify account so you can stream the music you tag via Spotify directly from the Shazam app itself. A recent update to the app included a complete rewrite for this feature, so it’s now more stable than ever before.

All you have to do is connect your Spotify account to the Shazam app, and the app will take care of the rest for you, allowing you to listen to full tracks in Shazam instead of just 30-second song previews.

In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to link your Spotify account to the Shazam app in iOS. Read More


Apple Music for Android now supports saving songs to SD cards

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 3, 2016

Apple released an update for the Apple Music app on the Android platform via the Google Play Store on Wednesday with a much-needed new feature: the ability to save songs from the app to your Android device’s removable SD card storage. Read More


Some Apple Music subscribers experiencing issues with music search feature on iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 1, 2016

Some Apple Music subscribers are experiencing issues with the music search feature this morning, as first noted by MacRumors. The issue appears to exhibit itself when searching for new music in the Music app on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices. At post time, the iCloud status webpage did not indicate there was a problem with Apple Music but Apple is usually slow to report problems with online services on that page. Read More


SpotAlarm tweak lets you play any Spotify track for an alarm

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 30, 2016

Spotify users: if you’ve ever wanted to use your favorite song on Spotify as an alarm for when you wake up in the morning, and you happen to have a jailbroken device, then you’re in luck!

With SpotAlarm, a new jailbreak tweak available free of cost in Cydia’s BigBoss repository, you can set any one song from Spotify to play when your alarm goes off in the morning – or whenever else you may want to have an alarm go off. Read More


iTunes Radio now requires Apple Music subscription

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2016

Keeping true to its promise, ad-supported iTunes Radio, which launched in 2013, is no longer available for free and now requires an Apple Music subscription, leaving Beats 1 as the lone free-to-stream radio service on iTunes.

Starting today, non-subscribers who attempt to access iTunes Radio on iOS or via iTunes for Mac or Windows are greeted with a “Get on Our Wavelength” prompts, asking them to subscribe to Apple Music in order to continue enjoying Apple’s selection of streaming radio stations. Read More


Tip: parents, disable explicit music and podcasts on your Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2016

Among other enhancements, yesterday’s tvOS 9.1.1 software update for the fourth-generation Apple TV has brought out podcasts to your living room experience via Apple’s Podcasts app.

If you have kids and everyone in your household is using the same Apple TV, it might be a good idea to prevent explicit content in Apple Music and Podcasts.

In this quick tutorial, we’re going to show you how to disable mature language for music and podcasts on the Apple TV by flipping a switch in Settings. Read More


Spotify’s iPhone app gaining video content from BBC, Maker Studios and ESPN next week

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2016

A Spotify-branded video-streaming service that should augment its music platform has been in the works since May 2015 and now the Swedish startup is poised to launch the new product, The Wall Street Journal said yesterday.

An update to Spotify’s iPhone and iPad application with support for ad-free video content for all users in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden is expected by the end of next week. Read More


Logic Pro X 10.2.1 brings tons of new features to Apple’s flagship music production app

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 21, 2016

Alongside the release of Music Memos and a significant update to GarageBand, Apple dropped a major new update to its flagship music production suite for OS X. Logic Pro X 10.2.2 brings tons of new features to the table, and a changelog that’s long enough to qualify as a light novel.

I’ve seen the idea that “Apple no longer cares about professionals” tossed around more often than it should. All you need to do is look at the Logic Pro X changelog to see that this couldn’t be further from the truth. Read More


Apple releases Music Memos for iPhone, an app that lets musicians capture songs ideas

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2016

Apple today announced the release of a brand new iPhone and iPod touch application aimed at musicians and songwriters: Music Memos. As its name suggests, Music Memos was designed to “make it easy for people to tap into their musical potential and create incredible music no matter where they are.”

With Music Memos, musicians and songwriters can capture, organize and develop their musical ideas on their iPhone. Read More


Spotify fans can now discover and save music playing overhead in U.S. Starbucks stores

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2016

Spotify and Starbucks on Tuesday announced a new partnership that permits visitors to identify music playing overhead in participating Starbucks stores.

The Sound of Starbucks, as it’s called, also lets music lovers save identified songs to a playlist on Spotify.

This functionality and in-store overhead music experience is available starting today at select Starbucks location. The feature requires the latest version of the mobile Starbucks app and permission to use location services. Read More


Spotify links up with Genius to annotate your music

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 12, 2016

Spotify today announced it is partnering with Genius (not to be confused with iTunes Genius), to annotate your music. Genius is the crowdsourced musical knowledge startup that annotates music lyrics and other online content and Spotify is betting that this new feature will help retain its competitive edge over other music-streaming services.

Available at launch via a limited number of tracks through special playlists—called Behind the Lyrics and curated by Spotify and Genius—this feature adds backstory and commentary which pops up as you play tracks on Spotify. Read More


Apple Music hits important milestone as it reportedly passes 10 million paying subscribers

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 10, 2016

Newsflash: Apple Music is not the failure that naysayers were rooting for it to become. Citing people familiar with the matter, The Financial Times newspaper reported today that Apple Music has passed ten million paying subscribers after just six months in existence.

If true, the service, which launched in more than a hundred countries in June of 2015, now has half as many paying customers as Spotify, which has been in the streaming-music game for years now. Read More


Controller review: a mini player for Mac that doesn’t get in the way

By Lory Gil on Jan 7, 2016

When you are blasting beats on your Mac, sometimes it is helpful to have easy access to playback features right on your desktop without having to open the root music player. It is also nice to be able to see the name of the song and artist that is currently playing at a glance.

Controller is a mini player for Mac that works with iTunes and Spotify to display the current track and provide playback controls. We’ve got a hands-on app review of Controller for you below. Read More


How to see what you recently listened to on Apple Music, Beats 1 Radio and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 31, 2015

Both iTunes and iOS’s Music app include a handy feature called Up Next, basically a queue of all of the songs that you’ve selected for your listening sessions. You can queue hundreds of songs in Up Next, play other songs while preserving the queue, reorder and move items around and much more.

As a cool bonus, Up Next also keeps track of your play history, allowing you to easily find that awesome song your heard on Apple Music yesterday.

By following a few simple steps laid out in this tutorial, you will learn how to access not just a list of tracks you recently enjoyed on Apple Music, but also those heard on Beats 1 Radio and other radio stations. Read More


Apple files trademark applications for Beats 2, 3, 4 and 5 radio stations

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 28, 2015

Apple’s streaming music deals include permissions for additional Beats stations and now it’s come to light that the Cupertino firm back in November filed trademark applications for Beats 2, Beats 3, Beats 4 and Beats 5 stations with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

As first reported by the French blog Consomac, all four trademark applications are assigned to “Beats Electronics, LLC” and the word marks look just like the existing logo for the Beats 1 radio station. Read More


How to queue ‘Up Next’ tracks in the stock Music app using 3D Touch [jailbreak]

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 24, 2015

A promising new jailbreak tweak called Cabbage is now available for download on the Creatix beta repo. Cabbage is a tweak that allows you to use 3D Touch to queue tracks for Up Next playback in the stock Music app. It takes an action that normally takes two gestures, and simplifies it down to a single 3D Touch gesture. Read More


Apple Music to begin streaming The Beatles catalog on Christmas Eve

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 23, 2015

It’s official: the entire catalog of the famous English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960, will be available for streaming on Apple Music, Spotify and a few other services beginning tomorrow, December 24, at 12:01 local time.

In addition to Apple Music and Spotify, The Beatles catalog will also be available for streaming worldwide via Deezer, Google Play, Microsoft Groove, Amazon Prime, Rhapsody, Slacker and Tidal (Pandora is a notable holdout). Read More


Our favorite music and movies to celebrate the holidays

By Lory Gil on Dec 22, 2015

As the holidays approach, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite holiday traditions. In addition to guzzling eggnog and mixing up hot toddies, we like to settle in with our families, watching classic Christmas movies and spinning our top choices for hall-decking tunes.

Hopefully, these recommendations will spark inspiration for you and give you something to fill the cold winter nights with friends and family as you celebrate the holiday season. Feel free to let us know what your favorites are so other iDB readers (and us, too) can add them to our yearly traditions. Read More


Rumor: high-fidelity Apple Music streaming due in 2016

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 21, 2015

For years, Apple has been rumored to be working on high-resolution audio formats for iTunes, but we’re yet to see concrete evidence of those efforts. Still, the rumor persists. On Monday, the reliable Japanese blog Macotakara reported that high-resolution streaming is coming to Apple Music in 2016.

Citing industry sources who spoke to the publication at the Portable Audio Festival in Tokyo, where some of Apple’s products were exhibited, the report states that Apple will offer better-than-CD quality music.

In addition, high-end audio equipment makers are allegedly planning to add audio cables for Lightning to their lineups. Read More

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