Nike+ Run Club gains new features ahead of tomorrow’s launch of Apple Watch Nike+

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 27, 2016

The Apple Watch Nike+ is arriving tomorrow in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and a number of other countries. The Series 2 comes with exclusive Nike-branded bands, watch faces and complications, plus the Nike+ Run Club app is built-in. Ahead of tomorrow’s launch, Nike+ Run Club for iOS was refreshed this morning with new features on the Apple Watch Series 2. Read More


How to download your entire music library to your iPhone or iPad

By Sébastien Page on Oct 27, 2016

I’ve cut the cord between my iPhone and iTunes a long time ago, and the rise of Apple Music has given me one less reason to plug my iPhone and sync it up with iTunes. After all, it offers virtually all the music in the world at your fingertips.

But what happens if you want to download your entire existing music collection for offline listening? In that case, well, you’re still going to have to rely on the good old cable to sync up with iTunes because Apple Music doesn’t offer an option to download everything at once.

In this tutorial, we will show you a trick that will allow you to download all your songs to your iPhone or iPad using Apple Music and iCloud Music Library. Read More


ArtworkUpNext queues songs in the Music app when you tap on its album artwork

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 26, 2016

Those who use Apple’s Music app to indulge in listening to their favorite tunes are probably familiar with the app’s Up Next feature, which lets you queue songs to play after the current song finishes playing.

A new free jailbreak tweak called ArtworkUpNext aims to build off of this feature by making it easier for you to queue a song to play Up Next from the Music app. Read More


Suge Knight sues Dr. Dre for alleged attempted murder over Beats money

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2016

Marion Hugh Knight Jr., better known as rap mogul Suge Knight or just Suge, is suing Apple employee Dr. Dre for $300 million, alleging Dre hired a hitman in an attempt to murder him after cutting Suge out of earnings for Beats. According to TMZ, Suge and his attorney are convinced that it was Dre who had him pumped with seven bullets in 2014 in a West Hollywood night club. Read More


Beats 1 Radio now has official Facebook page

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2016

Apple has created the official Facebook page for Beats 1, its 24/7 radio station that broadcasts in more than a hundred countries via the Internet. The new Facebook page is in addition to the service’s presence on other social media channels, like Twitter. Before today, Beats 1 Radio posts were published through Apple Music’s own Facebook page. Read More


Spotify for Apple TV should not be expected anytime soon

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 18, 2016

Have you been keeping your fingers crossed for Spotify for Apple TV? If so, you’ll be disappointed to learn that a Spotify tvOS app has been “down prioritized,” with a company executive stating that a release supporting tvOS should not be expected anytime soon. It’s unclear why the Swedish startup does not want to support the Apple TV, more so given its rivalry with Apple in the music-streaming space. Read More


How to optimize the Spotify app to use less cellular data

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 18, 2016

Spotify is one of the most popular alternatives to Apple Music on the iOS platform, but like all music streaming apps, it can really take a bite out of your cellular data if you’re not careful.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to configure your Spotify premium subscription responsibly so you can use it to your liking without blowing through all of your cellular data. Read More


Beats 1 Radio host Zane Love will talk music as a keynote speaker at 2017 SXSW

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 17, 2016

Zane Lowe, who used to be a host for BBC Radio for many years before moving to Beats 1 and Apple Music more than a year ago, has been announced as a keynote speaker for 2017’s South by Southwest (SXSW) music and film festival, Billboard reported Monday.

In addition to a keynote speech from Lowe, the annual confab in Austin will include keynotes from “Rogue One” filmmaker Gareth Edwards, author Adam Grant and Mount Everest photographer and climber Cory Richards. Read More


PlaylistAlarm lets you set your music playlists as alarm sounds on your iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 15, 2016

Although you’ve always been able to set music as the alarm sound for the alarms you wake up to every morning via your iPhone or iPad, you’ve never been able to set entire music playlists as your alarm sound.

Looking at the bright side, however, a new free jailbreak tweak dubbed PlaylistAlarm changes that. Read More


Playtopia is a mini music player that shrinks to a tiny size

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 15, 2016

Many folks who love using their iPhones to listen to music seem to take a liking to mini player-like jailbreak tweaks, and a new release called Playtopia is the latest to join the lineup of mini player competition. Read More


SmallVolumeStep lets you set a custom number of volume steps

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 14, 2016

Normal behavior for the volume level in iOS is for it to adjust one step at a time, up or down, depending on the button you press on the side, but a new free jailbreak tweak called SmallVolumeStep can change that Read More


Pandora refreshes its brand identity ahead of on-demand music streaming service launch

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2016

Whether you listen to ad-supported Pandora or Pandora Plus, an improved version of its $5 per month Pandora One offering, you’ll be enjoying Pandora’s new logo and brand identity which the company unveiled in a blog post today. As Pandora Plus is now available to everyone, Pandora has decided to celebrate that milestone by unveiling “a new brand to enhance your Pandora experience and help bring your music to life. Read More


Jimmy Iovine discusses Apple Music’s “hybrid” future in new Billboard interview

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2016

Billboard yesterday published a wide-ranging interview with Apple executive and music industry mogul Jimmy Iovine, who dropped hints of Apple Music’s “hybrid” future. He also discussed the difference between the engineer culture in Silicon Valley and the creative culture in Hollywood and underscored the importance of technology in popular culture and other tidbits. Here are some choice quotes from that interview. Read More


Amazon Music Unlimited launches: $9.99 per month, $3.99 for Echo-only streaming

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2016

Amazon today announced its long-rumored music streaming service to better compete with the likes of Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, Tidal and others. The service is called Amazon Music Unlimited and starts at $9.99 per month for individual accounts or $14.99 per month for a family of six, which is the standard pricing offered by Apple Music and others.

However, Amazon has undercut Apple Music with a $7.99 per month tier for members of its $99 per year Prime service. And if you want to only stream music to your Echo wireless speaker, Amazon Music Unlimited is just $3.99 per month. Read More


How to manage and optimize downloaded music storage on your iPhone or iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 11, 2016

Subscribed to Apple Music? If so, you probably download a bunch of songs to your iOS device so you can listen to your favorite tunes on the go, without an Internet connection. Of course, offline music cache takes up your device’s precious storage and some folks forget that they’ve downloaded songs in the first place.

You can, of course, manually remove any offline tracks stored on the device or have iOS limit music storage on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch—just like on the Apple Watch. This tutorial will teach you how to manage music storage on your iOS device, manually delete offline songs, change settings to your liking and more. Read More


First user-created music remixes about to launch on Apple Music and Spotify

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 7, 2016

Unofficial remixes of songs are launching on both Apple Music and Spotify thanks to a partnership with a company called Dubset Media Holdings. Apple signed a deal with Dubset in March 2016, while Spotify cut a similar deal of its own in May.

Remixes and DJ mix sets, typically distributed through services like YouTube and SoundCloud, should start appearing on Apple Music and Spotify.

Dubset’s proprietary scan-and-match technology will ensure that artists get paid fairly for musical remixes, TechCrunch said Friday. Read More


Lightify gives the Spotify music app a white makeover

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 6, 2016

Those of you who use Spotify to stream their favorite music online are probably accustomed to the app’s dark interface, but if you think you might enjoy a lighter app makeover, then you may like a new free jailbreak tweak called Lightify. Read More


Identifying songs inside iOS 10 Messages with Shazam’s new iMessage app

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 5, 2016

Shazam, a music identification service that’s integrated into iOS (“Hey Siri, what song is this?”), recently celebrated a billionth download of its popular mobile app. Today, the company pushed a sweet little update to Shazam and Shazam Encore iOS apps in the App Store. Bumped to version 10.1, the refresh software packs in a brand new iMessage app with support for music detection within iOS 10’s stock Messages app, here’s how to use it. Read More


I hate to Love songs on Apple Music

By Sébastien Page on Sep 29, 2016

While Apple likes to put emphasis on the human curation that goes behind the scenes, Apple Music is still largely powered by algorithms that learn about your music tastes by looking at your own library, but also by looking at your recent activity, including the songs you Love.

The more you play a song, the more the algorithm understands you like that song, and maybe by extension that band. If you Love a song, you’re also signaling that this is a tune you particularly enjoy. Algorithms then crunch data based on your behavior to improve music suggestions for you.

For the past year, my favorite way to train Apple Music’s algorithms was to actively Love songs. It was a quick and simple way for me to tell Apple “hey, I really like that, please play this more often and also play more songs similar to that one.”

But the big, bold, confusing mess of a redesign that happened with iOS 10 has changed a lot of things, including how you now Love songs on Apple Music. Read More


Spotify expands in the Japanese market

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2016

Spotify, the top music streaming service, today launched in Japan, the world’s third-largest economy by nominal GDP and home to population of 127 million people. The company announced at a press event in Tokyo that the service is currently available to music lovers in Japan on an invite-only basis before opening to all users. The service launched on mobile, tablet, desktop and PlayStation consoles. Read More

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