Music Center lets you view your entire music library from Notification Center

By Sébastien Page on Nov 24, 2014

If you’ve ever wanted to be able to browse your entire music library from Notification Center, then you should check out Music Center in the App Store. Developed by jailbreak alumni Akhil Tolani, Music Center is a great idea that is unfortunately handicapped by Apple’s restrictions on what you can do with Notification Center extensions. Read More

 

Chase offering card holders free iTunes music to try Apple Pay

By Cody Lee on Nov 21, 2014

Chase is launching a new promotion to entice its cardholders to try out Apple Pay. As noted by MacRumors, the bank is notifying customers that they’re giving away free iTunes music this weekend to anyone who adds their card to Apple’s payment service.

From November 21 to 23, those who add their Chase Visa card to Apple Pay will receive early access to David Guetta’s new album “Listen.” Once verified that their card has been added, users will receive an iTunes redemption code via the Chase mobile app. Read More

 

Billboard to begin incorporating streaming services in top 200 chart

By Cody Lee on Nov 20, 2014

On Wednesday, December 3, Billboard says it will premiere its biggest upgrade to its 200 chart in more than 23 years. The chart, which currently tracks the top 200 albums of the week by sales, will be the first to include on-demand streaming and digital track sales.

To do this, the chart will incorporate streaming service data measured by Nielsen Entertainment by way of a new algorithm. Billboard says it’s the “most substantial methodology update since 1991,” when Billboard began using point-of-sale data to measure album sales. Read More

 

FT: Apple to bundle Beats Music with iOS next year

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 19, 2014

As Apple continues to migrate Beats Music to iTunes servers ahead of a major service overhaul, The Financial Times newspaper is reporting that the iPhone maker is looking to bundle the subscription music service into its iOS mobile operating system “early next year”.

If true, Spotify will have plenty to worry about because Beats Music would become instantly available on hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads without requiring a download. Read More

 

‘Everest’ lets you control the Music app and Spotify using banner notifications

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 18, 2014

Everest is a recently released jailbreak tweak that allows you to control your music via banner notifications invoked by an Activator gesture. Along with the stock Music app, you can use Everest to control music from Spotify.

If you’re looking for an alternative to controlling your music with Control Center, then Everest is a legitimate option. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside to see what I mean. Read More

 

Shazam updated with support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

By Cody Lee on Nov 18, 2014

Audio identification service Shazam updated its iOS client today, bringing the app to version 8.1. The change log for the update is very short, but it does include one significant item: the app now officially supports the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

“Shazam now makes the most of the big, beautiful screens of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, so you can get the full glory of those extra pixels.” reads the text, which was posted by the developers in the App Store earlier today. “We get it, size matters.” Read More

 

Spotify could soon start serving podcasts

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2014

According to code strings that developer Ethan Lee uncovered from a beta version of the Spotify 2.0 app, podcasts may be coming soon to the world’s most popular streaming-music service hailing from Sweden.

Code strings directly reference podcast subscriptions, giving hope that users will be able to listen to the latest episode of their favorite podcast, in addition to streaming their music, right inside Spotify’s mobile and desktop app. Read More

 

YouTube app update adds new music homepage with YouTube Mix

By Cody Lee on Nov 13, 2014

Google updated its iOS YouTube client this morning, bringing the universal app to version 2.16.11441. The update is fairly minimal, but it does include a new music homepage and YouTube Mix integration, making the music listening experience on YouTube “better than ever.”

The new music homepage allows you to do things like play albums right from search, and it will now offer you song recommendations based on your previous listening habits. It also allows you to listen to an endless YouTube Mix playlist, built using your favorite songs and artists. Read More

 

Rdio lowers family subscription plans to $5 for each extra member

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 12, 2014

In a move designed to match Spotify, which last month launched all-new pricing scheme for family accounts, Rdio on Wednesday announced that up to four family members can be added to a single Rdio account at $5 per month per extra member.

Each additional Rdio listened on a Family Plan can stream more than 30 million songs and enjoy features like radio stations, You FM, playlists on a per-user basis and more.

The new pricing scheme for Rdio’s Family Plans goes in effect across the globe starting today, said the firm. Read More

 

YouTube unveils ad-free subscription service with background play, offline viewing and more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 12, 2014

Google-owned YouTube on Wednesday announced a long-rumored service which lets you stream ad-free music, play tracks in the background through mobile apps for iOS/Android and on YouTube.com, mark individual music videos and other clips for offline playback and much more, in exchange for a flat monthly fee of ten bucks per month.

Dubbed YouTube Music Key, it’s releasing in beta next week.

The service integrates with Google’s existing subscription music service called Play Music (formerly Google Play All Access), which includes more than 30 million songs. If you’ll be taking Music Key for a spin when it launches, Google will treat you to a promotional subscription fee of eight bucks per month. Read More

 

All Foo Fighters albums are currently on sale on iTunes

By Sébastien Page on Nov 11, 2014

To celebrate the release of their new album called Sonic Highways, all the Foo Fighters albums are currently on sale on iTunes, with most of them starting at just $6.99. If you want to complete your Foo Fighters collection, now is the right time to do so.

An old man like me tends to believe that the earlier Foo Fighters albums are the best, but the younger crowd might disagree. At any rates, these are some albums you should definitely consider. Read More

 

SoundHound gets iPhone 6 support and fresh new look for faster music discovery

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 11, 2014

SoundHound’s music-tagging iOS app has received a makeover Tuesday morning putting the software in line with the design aesthetic in iOS 7. New features are available for faster music discovery, with native display support for the new 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus display sizes and other goodies.

The refreshed interface features swiping based navigation that tucks the Search button and other options under a left-side column revealed by swiping left.

You can also swipe right like you would in other iOS 7 apps to go back to the previous page and you’ll notice a new nicely animated listening screen as well.

SoundHound is free in the App Store. Read More

 

Artists now receiving more revenue from Spotify than iTunes in Europe

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 5, 2014

Spotify seems to have surpassed iTunes in Europe where royalty payments from the popular streaming-music service is now earning artists more revenue than Apple’s stagnant music store, which to this date continues to sell music downloads and does not offer all-you-can-eat subscriptions.

At least that’s the key takeaway from a survey conducted by Kobalt Music Publishing, which collects royalties on behalf of 6,000 songwriters and music makers in Europe.

According to the data cited Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal, Spotify in Europe brought artists an average of thirteen percent more revenue versus iTunes during the first quarter of 2014.

The data seems to corroborate recent findings by the Recording Industry Association of America which found that digital music sales on iTunes dropped between thirteen and fourteen percent globally since the start of this year, with Apple officially confirming the drop in its SEC filing. Read More

 

‘Unlimited iTunes Radio Skips 8′ does exactly what its name suggests

By Alihassan Mahdi on Nov 4, 2014

iTunes Radio is one of the popular features of the iOS Music app that many users appreciate. It allows you to seamlessly stream musics from various music stations, or even create your own. However, it comes with some limitations that might put you off. One such restriction is that it only allows a maximum of 6 skips per hour for each station.

There is a plethora of tweaks on Cydia that allow you to get rid of these limitations imposed in iTunes Radio. Unlimited iTunes Radio Skips 8 is one such tweak. As obvious as the name sounds, the tweak gives you the freedom to skip as many songs as you wish without any restriction. So you’ll no longer be forced to hear to a song that you don’t like after you’ve surpassed the skip limit imposed by Apple. Read More

 

Southwest Airlines brings free Beats Music streaming to in-flight entertainment service

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 3, 2014

Southwest Airlines on Monday announced an interesting partnership with Apple bringing Beats Music streaming music app to its in-flight entertainment service.

The subscription on-demand streaming music service, which Apple acquired as part of its $3 billion Beats buy in May of this year, is offered for free.

Beginning today, Beats Music is available onboard select Southwest Airlines WiFi-enabled aircraft featuring a library of hundreds of human-curated playlists. Read More

 

MusiXmatch brings the lyrics of your currently playing songs to Notification Center

By Sébastien Page on Nov 2, 2014

MusiXmatch isn’t a new application by any means, although I must admit I had never heard of it until this past week when I read about it on French blog iGen. The app has been around for quite some time but it was recently updated to bring its lyrics engine to Notification Center, where it displays the lyrics of your currently playing songs so you can sing along or just try to finally understand what the heck this song is all about once for all.

Assuming you have an internet connection, musiXmatch allows you to have direct access to the exact lyrics that are being sung in virtually any song in your library. This works from the musiXmatch app, or from its Notification Center widget.  Read More

 

Google optimizes Play Music for iPhone 6 screens

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 31, 2014

Another day, another high-profile app receives its iPhone 6 focused update. After Apple optimized the WWDC app for the bigger iPhone screens, the Internet giant Google on Friday refreshed its Play Music iOS client with native display support for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus screens. The refreshed application has additionally squashed several bugs and introduced “lots of little tweaks”.

Google Play Music is available free in the App Store. Read More

 

Spotify for iPad overhauled with dark UI, gains Your Music feature

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 30, 2014

Spotify, the leading music-streaming service hailing from Sweden, gave its iPad app on Thursday a little love. For starters, the team has crafted Skype for iPad’s user interface around an all-new dark look.

As a result, Spotify at last has consistent appearance on the iPad, iPhone and Mac — down to the same dark theme, precise typography and rounded iconography.

Moreover, the Your Music feature which debuted in the iPhone edition in April 2014 is now available on the iPad, too. Representing a better way to save, organize and browse your favorite songs, Your Music is a replacement to user-generated playlists. With Your Music, you can add tracks which sync across every device, without having to create playlists or use the starring feature that lumps all starred songs into a huge list.

Download Spotify free of charge in the App Store. Read More

 

Pandora, Spotify beating Apple’s Beats handsomely on App Store

By Jake Smith on Oct 29, 2014

Pandora and Spotify rank as the number one and number two music streaming apps in terms of downloads, analytics firm AppAnnie reports – no big surprise. However, where things become interesting is that Apple’s Beats Music, which the company purchased for $3 billion in May, is placed ninth, below iHeartRadio, SoundCloud and Apple’s GarageBand. Read More

 

Shazam updated for iOS 8 with Today widget for tagged music and more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 28, 2014

Shazam, a song-matching service that recently passed 100 million active users, on Tuesday released a major update to its free iPhone and iPad application.

Available free of charge in the App Store, the refreshed Shazam 8.0 has been optimized for iOS 8 and introduces a handy Today widget that lists tagged music recognized through the background-listening Auto Shazam feature.

A new Charts page in News Feed lists collates popular tracks other Shazam users have tagged and track lists now have a nicer looking layout. Read More

 
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