PlayTask lets you play or pause a currently playing song from the App Switcher

By Alihassan Mahdi on Aug 29, 2014

The main purpose of the App Switcher is to display the apps running in the background as well as enable you to close them. PlayTask is a brand new tweak that makes the App Switcher a little more useful by allowing you to play or pause music.

Developed by TheJailPad, PlayTask allows users to play or pause the currently playing song by swiping down the Music app card in the App Switcher. The tweak not only works with the stock Music app but with other third-party apps as well such as Spotify. By default, when you swipe down a music app card in the App Switcher, nothing happens, but with PlayTask, the music will start to play from where you left it or it will pause. Read More

 

iTunes Festival and Showtime Anytime channels launch on Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2014

Two nice updates for Apple TV owners today. First, Apple has re-launched the iTunes Festival channel on the $99 media-streming box in time for the 2014 iTunes Festival, which kicks off on September 1 in London.

And second, the firm has also added the Showtime Anytime channel to the device.

Showtime is a premium cable network offering some free content to all users, in addition to live and on-demand shows and events to those who’ve subscribed to the network through a participating cable provider.

Additional content sources have been added to the Apple TV in select markets, as outlined after the jump. Read More

 

True iRadio allows you to stream music in iTunes Radio without restrictions

By Alihassan Mahdi on Aug 25, 2014

iTunes Radio is a a great new app that Apple introduced along iOS 7 but it comes with limitations that might put you off. For instance, it allows you to skip a maximum of 6 songs per station every hour. Despite the limitations, a new jailbreak tweak known as True iRadio debuted on Cydia recently and promises to get rid of such type of restrictions in order to provide a seamless music-listening experience.

True iRadio is quite similar to other iTunes Radio tweaks that you’ll find on Cydia, but it comes with additional new features that is exclusively offered by the tweak. It allows users to scrub through iTunes Radio songs on the Lock screen, in Control Center or inside the Music app. This means that you can easily scrub through songs both backward and forward and move to a specific point inside the song from anywhere on iOS. Read More

 

Spotify now lets you save whole albums to Your Music and access more album info

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2014

Spotify, arguably the most popular subscription-based music streaming service, on Monday refreshed its free iOS client with a few improvements.

In addition to adding Finnish language support that recently appeared in Spotify’s Android client, the updated software now makes it possible to save albums to Your Music, from any album page. Moreover, you can now easily check out album release dates and total play time, too. Read More

 

Google Play Music update improves music management, accessibility and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 21, 2014

A month and a half ago, the Internet giant Google pushed a nice update which added several useful enhancements to its Play Music for iOS client, including support for gapless playback, playlist downloading and other nice-to-haves.

Today, another Play Music update has dropped. Available free in the App Store, the new 1.3.2.2559 build brings out even more useful stuff like ability to remove cloud tracks on the go, improved playback and accessibility features and more… Read More

 

Lullaby lets you set a timer to automatically stop playing music via an Activator gesture

By Alihassan Mahdi on Aug 19, 2014

If you listen to music regularly before going to sleep, you should probably check out a new tweak called Lullaby. Brought to you by the same developer who created Hermes and Acute, Lullaby ensures that the music playing on your device stops automatically after a set amount of time. Lullaby can also be used for other purposes as well such as while exercising. Read More

 

Apple Stores shave 10 percent off Beats by Dr. Dre headphones until Saturday

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 17, 2014

Apple’s short-term strategy regarding the $3 billion buy of Beats Electronics and Beats Music is starting to take shape with each passing day.

Not only is it actively advertising and selling Beats products through its brick-and-mortar locations and online retail stores, but now the California firm has shaved a cool 10 percent off all Beats by Dr. Dre headphones and assorted accessories.

This is virtually an unheard-of move — the company rarely discounts its own products by more than a meager few percents.

I’d say that it’s kinda interesting seeing the maker of overpriced gadgets — as haters usually diss Apple — actually bring the overpriced Beats by Dr. Dre headphones to more bearable levels… Read More

 

Sony releases ‘Album of the Day’ for iPhone app

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2014

Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony today released a brand new iPhone app focused on daily deals on select iTunes music purchases.

Created by Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH and dubbed ‘Album of the Day,’ the software is now available in key market globally as a free download from the App Store, following its soft-launch back in March in Germany.

The app offers daily deals on whole albums from the Sony label, with up to 70 percent off on popular artists… Read More

 

Shazam testing Beats Music integration

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 13, 2014

When Apple unleashes iOS 8 for public consumption come this Fall, music lovers will be invited to take advantage of Siri’s new and awesomely seamless Shazam integration which lets you identify songs playing nearby simply by asking “what’s playing”.

According to eagle-eyed reporters, it appears that Shazam has now added Beats Music integration to their free iPhone and iPad appRead More

 

Apple now promoting Beats Music to new iOS device owners

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 12, 2014

Back in September of last year, Apple started giving away its own iPhone and iPad apps to new iOS device owners.

To refresh your memory, the previously paid software such as Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie and iPhoto — along with Apple’s free apps like Remote, iBooks, GarageBand, Podcasts, Find My iPhone, Find My Friends and iTunes U — appears as an offer when the App Store is opened for the first time on a newly-purchased iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

You can now put Beats Music on this list as Apple has started to actively promote the on-demand streaming music service to iOS device owners… Read More

 

Blend Music Player brings a new music listening experience to the iPhone

By Lory Gil on Aug 6, 2014

Since the dawn of the App Store, developers have been creating new ways for us to visually enjoy a music-listening experience. Apple’s stock Music app may sound good, but it lacks the flare and beauty that third-party developers have been able to capitalize on.

Blend Music Player is one of those apps that looks good, sounds good, and offers a number of features that go above and beyond Apple’s Music app… Read More

 

Shazam launches new always-on menu bar app for Mac

By Cody Lee on Jul 31, 2014

Popular audio identification service Shazam launched a new application for the Mac this morning. It lives in the operating system’s menu bar, and offers a lot of the same features seen in its iOS counterpart, with a few new tricks.

Because it resides in the menu bar, Shazam for Mac is always-on and constantly running in the background listening for audio to identify. Once it recognizes a track, the app offers quick access to lyrics, song info and downloads… Read More

 

Apple reportedly laying off some Beats staff, transitioning Beats Music to iTunes servers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 30, 2014

Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats Music, a music-streaming service, and Beats Electronics, a highly lucrative premium headphone business, is nearing its completion.

Monday, the European Commission okayed the deal, saying it won’t stifle competition in Europe.

Though still pending regulatory approval in the United States, Apple is expecting to complete the purchase by the end of September.

Analyzing the inner workings of the Cupertino firm in the wake of the Beats acquisition, a reputable publication has shed more light on the transition phase and behind-the-scenes moves… Read More

 

Musiex provides system-wide access to music controls

By Alihassan Mahdi on Jul 29, 2014

Recently, we compiled a list of best jailbreak tweaks for the Music app on iOS 7 and you might want to check it out to discover new tweaks that you may find useful. This said, Musiex was among the list and we decided to take it for a spin. Read on to find out more about it.

Musiex allows users to access the media controls from anywhere within iOS and control the currently playing song without having to open the Music app. It can be launched by making use of an Activator gesture and swiping up the interface or pressing the Home button will close it. Once Musiex is activated, a neat interface appears at the top of the device’s screen, just like the notification banner, and displays information about the currently playing song such as the track name, artist and more. Additionally, the song’s artwork appears to the left of the interface and a progress bar is also available enabling users to scrub through songs and move to any specific point of a track… Read More

 

Spotify gains equalizers, revamped Artist page for iPad and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2014

Not to be outdone by soon-to-be-Apple’s Beats Music, which yesterday pushed an update adding new features like Tune Your Taste, Sentence History and Verified Badges, rival Spotify has moved to refresh its iOS client this morning.

Now sitting at version 1.5, the free Spotify for iOS has picked up several nice-to-haves such as brand-new audio equalizers accessible within the app’s settings interface, a much-revamped Artist page for iPad, now with latest release and merchandise, and more… Read More

 
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