By Lory Gil on Aug 31, 2014
You may recall that I fancy myself a bit of a musician. I’ve been forcing my friends to listen to a variety of my musical endeavors for nearly two decades now. I’m sure they are bored with my stage antics by now. One piece of equipment that is almost as important to a musician as the instrument itself is a songbook.
There are a variety of ways to keep track of songs you’ve written or want to cover, and chords you need to practice, or want to perfect. The dawn of the mobile device has made it even easier than ever to carry your songbook with you through apps specifically designed for musicians. We’ve compiled a list of what we think are the best guitar tabs and chords apps for iPhone and iPad. Read More
By Alihassan Mahdi on Aug 30, 2014
If you’ve been following iDB, you’ll remember that Jeff reviewed a status bar tweak a few months ago known as #PlayMe. The same developer has now released #PlayMe2 which is a more stable version of its predecessor with fewer bugs, but it serves the same purpose.
#PlayMe2 makes your Status Bar more informative by displaying the name of the currently playing song along with the artist name in the Status Bar. The tweak will rotate between the time, song name and artist name in the Status Bar. This allows you to take a quick peek at what music is playing in the background without opening the music app or Control Center. Read More
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
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
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
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
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 188.8.131.529 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
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
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
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
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 app… Read More
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
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
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
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