Apple promotes Apple Music API for developers

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 28, 2016

Apple’s Affiliate Program Newsletter has started promoting a new Apple Music API, which the Cupertino company introduced alongside iOS 9.3. With it, third-party developers can implement in their apps interesting functionality for Apple Music subscribers, including playing tracks, adding songs to a user’s library and queuing up tracks for playback.

Supported apps can also see if a user is currently a member, in which country the users account is based and provide other features for members of Apple Music. Read More


Control your music from anywhere in iOS with TinyPlayer [jailbreak]

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 28, 2016

Music lovers, whether you’re using Apple’s stock music app or a third-party music app like Spotify or Pandora, you are probably used to either opening Control Center or the app you’re listening from to control your music.

If so, you can benefit from a new free jailbreak tweak called TinyPlayer Lite, which makes controlling your music a little easier. Read More


SongShift easily transfers your Spotify playlists to Apple Music

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 21, 2016

If you’re a Spotify user, or were, and are now deciding to make the move over to Apple Music, then you might want a quick and easy way to transfer your playlists from Spotify over to Apple Music.

A new app called SongShift now available in the App Store gives you the ability to import your Spotify music playlists right on over to Apple Music in a matter of moments.

It antiquates those desktop software apps that would typically take forever to complete the process and also require a tethered computer connection to work, and in this review, we’ll walk you through how the SongShift app works. Read More


Limiting kids’ access to apps and media to only those with age-appropriate ratings

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 20, 2016

With the handy Restrictions feature on the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV (and let’s not forget about Parental Controls on the Mac!), blocking or limiting certain capabilities and services on your Apple devices becomes a simple task.

Maybe you’re a parent to a kid who extensively uses your iOS hardware and other Apple gear?

Perhaps your colleagues at work, or potentially other people, have access to your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad? If that’s the case, you might want to consider restricting apps and media on your devices to only those with appropriate age-based ratings.

As always, iDownloadBlog comes to the rescue: step-by-step instructions in this tutorial will guide you through the process of restricting access to music, movies, television shows, digital books and apps on iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS platforms. Read More


New Apple Music ad has Taylor Swift singing along to Jimmy Eat World

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 18, 2016

Following an amusing Apple Music commercial earlier this month in which pop artist Taylor Swift can be seen wiping out on the treadmill, a brand new ad for Apple’s music service was posted Monday on the official Beats 1 Radio channel on YouTube.

In it, Swift is singing along to “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World from their album “Jimmy Eat World”. Read More


STAMP transfers your tracks & playlists across most streaming services

By iDB Deals on Apr 14, 2016

Music is now an all-access experience, with various premium services – Spotify to Apple Music and beyond – offering just about every tune you can possibly imagine for your streaming pleasure on a wide range of devices. The only catch to this new musical utopia is the challenge of transferring your favorite playlists and collections between services, a real headache for music lovers who like some variety in their music resources.

Finally, a service has arrived to bridge the channels of premium streaming: the STAMP Premium Music App lets you easily transfer all your favorite playlists to any premium service, automatically searching and importing your music for you. For a limited time, STAMP is available for 50% off. Read More


This tweak keeps music from resuming after hanging up a call on your iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 13, 2016

Anyone who uses their iPhone to pick up calls, whether they’re phone calls or FaceTime calls, knows that when music is playing, iOS will automatically pause the music until the phone call ends. When it does, iOS will resume the song where it left off.

Those who don’t like how the music resumes after a phone call really have no way to disable the feature on a stock iPhone; instead, you would have to go back to the app that is playing the music and pause it manually.

A new free jailbreak tweak called PauseAfterCall solves this problem. Read More


Apple Music posts anniversary playlist with 40 songs from Apple ads

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 5, 2016

On April 1, 2016, Apple turned 40. The company’s music streaming service, Apple Music, is celebrating the milestone with a special playlist, titled ‘Apple 40’, that includes forty songs from various Apple ads to “celebrate 40 years of ideas, innovation and culture.”

Some of the songs included in the playlist come from Steve Jobs’s favorite artists—Bob Dylan and The Beatles—in addition to other artists such as Coldplay, Gorillaz and more. Read More


Taylor Swift wipes out on the treadmill in latest commercial for Apple Music

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 1, 2016

Pop artist Taylor Swift, whose public critique of Apple Music not originally paying out royalties to artists for free trials did force Apple to change its stance, is now the star of the latest commercial for the subscription streaming-music service.

In a comical 60-second video, published this morning on Beats 1’s YouTube channel and aptly titled “Taylor vs. Treadmill”, the singer preps for a cardio workout.

She browses workout playlists on Apple Music and then sings along to a track by Drake and Future for a while before falling off the treadmill while still continuing to rap along, with the tagline describing Apple Music as “distractingly good”. Read More


SoundCloud launches ad-free $9.99 subscription service with offline playback

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 29, 2016

SoundCloud, a Berlin, Germany-based global online audio distribution platform, today pushed a major update to its free audio streaming application for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad which includes support for the company’s freshly announced paid subscription music service, dubbed Go.

Priced at $12.99 per month through Apple’s In-App Purchase mechanism or $9.99 on the web, Go offers SoundCloud listeners an expanded catalog of tracks, as well as new features and new functionality in the app.

Go is now available in the U.S. via the updated SoundCloud app and on the web. Read More


Apple is making a TV show about app economy starring

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 24, 2016

Apple has recently been the subject of speculation that it’s plunging into TV show production and today the company has confirmed that its first foray into original TV is a brand new series about app economy starring music artist

In an interview with The New York Times, Apple’s Vice President of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, said that its working with rap artist and TV executives Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens on the nonscripted series about apps. Read More


How to delete all music on your iPhone at once

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 24, 2016

With Apple Music being one of the main ways to enjoy musical content on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad at this day and age, the days of storing your own music locally on your devices are slowly coming to a halt.

If you’re finding yourself using Apple Music to stream songs more often than you ever thought you would, and you’d like to remove all the local songs stored on your device in one fell swoop, then you’ve come to the right place.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to remove all of your locally-stored music with juts a few taps, rather than having to use iTunes or remove the songs one-by-one via the Music app. Read More


Apple Music and Vice release new ‘The Score’ docu-series about local music scenes

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 23, 2016

Apple has extended its partnership with cultural news network Vice to release a new docu-series on local music scenes around the world, TechCrunch reported Wednesday. The six-episode series will be called “The Score,” with the first episode taking a look at a techno scene in South Africa and hip hop coming straight out of Minnesota’s Native American nations.

Subsequent episodes will cover local music scene in Brazil, Iceland, Vietnam and other countries, with accompanying playlist for each episode being promoted on Apple Music. Read More


Deezer Music launches Apple Watch app

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 16, 2016

Deezer, a cross-platform music streaming service, is now available on your Apple Watch as a native app.

The new watchOS 2 app lets you access your favorite music, use Deezer’s Flow feature, see the latest hits and access Deezer’s personalized mixes, all with the flick of your wrist.

On iOS devices, Deezer now provides lots of new recommendations to your Flow feed and lets users unlink devices connected to their Deezer account using the mobile app. Read More


Beats 1 to debut new show by artist ‘deadmau5’

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 15, 2016

Apple yesterday announced via the official Beats 1 Twitter handle that the service will debut a new show by Joel Thomas Zimmerman, the popular music producer and performer also known under his stage name ‘deadmau5’.

The upcoming show is named “Mau5trap Presents” and is scheduled to debut on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio station this coming Friday, March 18, at 3pm PST / 6pm ET. Read More


Apple Music to stream previously unlicensed remixes and DJ mixes

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 15, 2016

Billboard reported Tuesday that Apple Music has become the first streaming music service to include DJ remixes and mashups that had previously been absent from licensed services due to copyright issues.

“Thousands upon thousands cool mash-ups and hour-long mixes have effectively been pulled out of the underground and placed onto the world’s second-largest music subscription service,” reads the report. Read More


Apple Music Radio tab enhanced with live schedule, show details and other new features

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2016

Apple has refreshed the Radio tab within the stock Music app on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with a dynamically updated Beats 1 banner along with live schedule, show details, host biographies, show artwork and other perks.

As first noted by 9to5Mac, the Beats 1 banner in the Radio section now updates automatically to show the currently-airing live radio show along with information like the show’s airing location and artwork. Read More


The best 3D Touch gestures in Music app

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2016

The stock Music app in iOS 9 supports 3D Touch Peek and Pop gestures within the app and various Quick Actions on the Home screen.

With 3D Touch, the Music app speeds up common user actions, from tuning in to Beats 1 radio to running a search on your music, previewing the contents of albums and playlists, adding For You playlists (for those who are subscribed to Apple Music) and more.

With 3D Touch, owners of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will have an easier time navigating the Music app’s somewhat overwhelming interface while discovering they can accomplish more with fewer taps.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use 3D Touch in the Music app like a pro. Read More


‘Seeker’ is a feature-filled extension of Apple’s native audio scrubbing

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 24, 2016

The music controls from the Lock screen and Control Center leave a lot to be desired, which is why iOS jailbreak tweak developer Ron Thakrar has launched an excellent extension for the music controls.

Dubbed Seeker, this extension for jailbroken devices brings an array of new features to the music controls in the aforementioned interfaces and can be had from Cydia’s BigBoss repository for the price of $2.99. Read More


How to cancel your Spotify Premium subscription

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 22, 2016

If you’ve been a loyal Spotify subscriber who has decided it’s time to move on and embrace Apple Music, you should first stop your recurring subscription on the service.

Doing so ensures that Spotify will no longer charge your credit card a subscription fee every month and will also revert your account to the free level. Don’t worry, you’ll be able to upgrade to the paid service at any time, in case you change your mind.

In this quick tutorial, we’ll guide you step by step through the process of canceling your Spotify Premium subscription and degrading your account to the free Spotify service. Read More

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