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

 

Scrub Radio allows users to get rid of iTunes Radio restrictions

By Alihassan Mahdi on Jul 28, 2014

iTunes Radio is a free music streaming service that brings together a number of radio stations for users to listen and discover new musics. However, there are certain restrictions set by Apple in iTunes Radio such as ads, inability to scrub through songs and more. ‘Scrub Radio’ is a new jailbreak tweak that gets rid of these limitations and gives you complete control over iTunes Radio.

With Scrub Radio, users have the freedom to scrub through songs both backward and forward and easily move to a specific point of the song.  Read More

 

Beats Music gains Tune Your Taste, Sentence History, Verified Badges and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2014

Beats Music, a music-streaming service that uses a combination of algorithms and good ol’ human curation to make it easy to enjoy music based on your location, activities and other criteria, has just been updated with several new features.

The free iPhone and iPad app, now sitting at version 2.2, has brought out the ability to further tailor music to your tastes by changing your favorite genres and artists.

And, folks can now view their most recently played songs from The Sentence. Also, avoiding fake profiles is easier than ever because the app now has verified profiles – just look for a new red checkmark indicating a profile has been “certified as legit by Beats”Read More

 

The best jailbreak tweaks for the Music app on iOS 7

By Alihassan Mahdi on Jul 26, 2014

If you’re a big fan of music, you might be interested in taking a look at a list of top jailbreak tweaks that will spice up your stock Music app and allow you to customize it. Although the Music app in iOS 7 has a sleek design and offers most of the features a user might want, there are many tweaks available in Cydia that give you more control over this stock app and enhance your music listening experience. This is why we have compiled a list of the best jailbreak tweaks that will boost your Music appRead More

 

EqualizerEverywhere makes it possible to adjust audio in any app

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 25, 2014

EqualizerEverywhere is a recently released jailbreak tweak that makes it possible to create and activate custom equalizer presets on the fly. If you’re someone who listens to a variety of different audio types on the iPhone, and you’re looking for a way to customize sound based on the type of audio, this is a tweak that you should definitely investigate.

We’ve taken EqualizerEverywhere for a spin, and we were pretty impressed by what we found. Have a look at our video walkthrough after the jump. Read More

 

How to to delete songs from the Music app

By Sébastien Page on Jul 23, 2014

It all started with a text message exchange with a friend who was asking how he could save storage space on his iPhone on the fly so he would have room to take more photos and videos. Deleting photos and videos from the device would usually be my first answer, but it wasn’t an option here since he wanted to keep his photos/videos, and actually add more.

The second option I gave him was to delete music from his iOS 7 device. How do you delete songs directly from the iPhone, he asked? A quick explanation followed by more questions made me realize that if my friend needed directions on how to delete music tracks from his iPhone, then he probably isn’t the only one.

In this post, I will show you several options to delete songs from iPhone and iPad to save up storage space. Read More

 

Apple announces London iTunes Festival featuring Pharrell, Beck and others

By Cody Lee on Jul 20, 2014

Apple this morning announced its eighth annual iTunes Festival in London. The 30-day event will feature over 60 acts, and once again take place at the legendary Roundhouse throughout the month of September.

Headlining this year’s Festival will be Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck and David Guetta, and Apple says that it will once again be streaming all of their performances to iOS devices, iTunes and the Apple TV for free… Read More

 

Celebrating 40 years of synthesizers, 8 Yamaha music apps go free

By Cody Lee on Jul 18, 2014

Good news for all of you aspiring musicians out there. In celebration of 40 years of Yamaha synthesizers, the company is offering a number of its iOS apps for free. This includes some smaller titles, like Set List Organizer, and more prominent ones like Cloud Audio Recorder.

We’ve listed 8 of the apps below (there may be others), which are normally priced between $1.99 and $15.99. Admittedly, many of them were built to compliment actual instruments, but some, like Mobile Music Sequencer, are fun to tinker with on their own as standalone apps… Read More

 

Novation Launchpad is a simple but powerful music maker

By Jake Underwood on Jul 18, 2014

Let’s cut to the chase: creating music on an iPhone or iPad isn’t as easy as it should be. The gold standard, GarageBand, almost requires some knowledge of an instrument, which drastically whittles down the amount of users that can create on the platform. However, the complexity of the music-making process isn’t specifically limited to GarageBand, as it is something music-creating apps have struggled with throughout the history of the App Store. Wouldn’t it be nice to just press buttons and watch a creation form in front of your very eyes?

Novation Launchpad sure would seem to think so. The app, created by developers Novation, is as simple as it can get, but the results don’t suffer from the ease-of-use. Read on for a full Novation Launchpad review… Read More

 

BookSong: make the Music app remember where you left off

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 15, 2014

BookSong is one of those jailbreak tweaks that sounds a bit silly in description, but turns out to be fairly interesting when you begin using it. It’s a tweak that allows you to automatically reestablish the spot where you left off on a song even if you kill the stock Music app or perform a respring.

Without this tweak, iOS will not remember where your song left off, regardless of where you were mid tune. With BookSong, iOS remembers exactly where you left off, and picks up the jams from that exact spot. Have a look at our video walkthrough after the break to see BookSong in action. Read More

 

OneThumb: a universal thumbs up/down tweak for Spotify, Pandora and iTunes Radio

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 11, 2014

OneThumb is a unique new jailbreak tweak that works with Spotify, Pandora, and iTunes Radio. It allows you to use a universal Activator gesture to input thumbs up or thumbs down ratings across all eligible apps.

Instead of having different manners and methods for curating radio stations, OneThumb brings it all under one umbrella. We’ve tested it out, and we can vouch that the tweak works exactly as it is described. Take a look at our video inside for all of the details. Read More

 

Apple caught cutting some iTunes song previews down to 30 seconds

By Cody Lee on Jul 11, 2014

A few years ago, Apple extended song previews in iTunes from 30 seconds to 90 seconds, for tracks longer than two and a half minutes. The move pleased users, as it enabled them to listen to a large chunk of the song before purchasing it.

It appears, however, that Apple has recently changed its policy regarding music samples, reverting some track preview times back to 30 seconds. The change has been reported by several users, on both mobile and desktop versions of iTunes… Read More

 

Capo touch review: learn to shred like the pros to your favorite tunes

By Lory Gil on Jul 10, 2014

Anyone who has tried to learn how to play their favorite Megadeth song on the guitar  knows how hard it is to hear every note of Dave Mustaine’s shredding solos. Even without the annoyances of rewinding and fast forwarding on tape, it will still make you want to pull out your well-maintained metal length hair.

Capo touch makes it possible for even the newest shredders to be able to get their licks down from their favorite songs. Slow down the music without changing the pitch, find out what chord is playing without having to look up tablatures, and make your cover band sound like the original. We’ve got a hands-on app review of Capo touch for you here… Read More

 

Rdio gains revamped station artwork and Station Pages

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2014

After receiving an update a little over a month ago that has enabled push notifications for various social activities going on in your stream, the popular Internet radio service Rdio today issued another minor update to its free iPhone and iPad client.

A pair of new features included in the new Rdio version 2.5.10 focus on improving the design of your radio stations: revamped station artwork for a cleaner look and all-new Pages for Rdio’s endless stations… Read More

 

Readdle updates Documents with background music, e-book reader, iPhone add-ons and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2014

Back in February, Ukrainian developer Readdle gave its Documents for iOS app a thorough makeover, adding features like a much polished iPad interface with iOS 7-friendly styling, in-app integration with other Readdle apps, a brand new file manager and much more.

Available today, the free Readdle Documents 5.1 download expands on the app’s features set with further improvements.

If you import audio files into Documents, the app now lets you play music in the background so you can, say, read a PDF document as the music plays. Speaking of PDFs, the new Documents at last includes a full-featured e-book reader… Read More

 

Google Play Music now supports gapless playback, playlist downloading and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2014

Google’s Play Music client for the iPhone and iPod touch recently picked up some useful new capabilities such as the ability to filter Downloaded Only tracks, edit playlists on the go, Shuffle Artist and more. Today, Google has pushed another update making the application even more useful than before.

The new Google Play Music version 1.3.0.2190 includes a few bug fixes and improvements, as well as three new features. For starters, you can at last enjoy albums such as Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” precisely the way they were meant to be heard – with gapless playback… Read More

 

n7player is a music player with an interesting twist

By Lory Gil on Jul 5, 2014

There is no short supply of third-party music players for iPhone and iPad. Considering most of them do little more than just look good while playing your music, it is always nice to see one that does something different.

n7Player Music Player specializes in offering a unique looking design, but it also features a few cool EQ controls and playback features to add to your music listening experience. It has been available for Android since 2012. This past week, it finally made its way to the App Store… Read More

 
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