Digital music lacks one important element from the analog days: romance. Contemplating album art and reading lyrics on jacket sleeves was a wonderfully tactile experience that only enhanced the listening. Aweditorium -- a free, iPad-specific app from global indie music community thesixtyone -- offers that with an online twist.
Around the house, room by room, we break down some of the best apps to assist you in the kitchen, get you working in the garage, organizing the den, and even playing in the bedroom
Life on the road is better with an iPhone. Life on public transport improves exponentially with the powerful portable device and apps numbering in the bajillions (according to the latest audits). Your business life is probably faster and more efficient than ever before (as well as being more 24-hours-a-day, if you let it).
How does the GarageBand that we know and love work on the iPad? Simple. It doesn’t. Instead of futilely attempting to replicate the experience of the Mac version, GarageBand for iPad plays to its touchscreen strengths and ultimately feels more accessible and less demanding. Is it stripped down? Definitely. Dumbed down? Anything but. Make no mistake -- GarageBand for iPad is not an inferior wannabe version.
There's an app for that. And an app for that. And an app for that. And pretty soon your iPad is packed with apps that do just one thing really well. Take e-readers. Kindle is good, if you buy their format exclusively, but it’s not so hot for anything else. Stanza handles most e-books, but CBR- and CBZ-formatted e-books are a bit blurry, and PDFs lack decent controls. GoodReader is brilliant for PDFs and several other formats, but EPUB files don’t make the cut. And you could say the same for other media.
If only there were one VLC-style, Swiss Army knife app for all digital media. Well, Zen Viewer HD aims to be that app.
For everyone who cares about music, it’s the burning question -- when will iTunes finally move into the cloud? While we wait to see if that’ll ever happen, several competitors are diving into iTunes’ gaping void by providing services that let you both stream music and sync it to your iDevices. In fact, these subscription-based, on-demand music services are the latest evolution in digital music. And while they bring their own strengths and weaknesses, they’re still more alike than different. Each service lets you stream music to your Mac or iOS device, buy tracks, sync tracks to an iOS device for offline playback, and create playlists or enjoy custom radio stations. This means success comes down to execution. A streaming service demands a greater investment of time for users than a simple download store, so it better be a nice place to visit -- and have exactly what you want to hear.
If you’re a musician, you need GarageBand for iPad. But--unlike iMovie--GarageBand is a very advanced tool, capable of making everything from exquisite music to obnoxious noise. Whether you’re Mozart incarnate or musically impaired, our expert advice will help you make GarageBand for iPad your favorite instrument.
Imagine a mashup of podcasting, Twitter, and YouTube for audio files, and you’ll have an idea of what SoundCloud is all about. It’s a social media service that lets you share original music, rambling diatribes, drunken party chatter, and other sound recordings with eavesdroppers across the globe. It’s a cool idea, but SoundCloud’s desktop Mac application lets users in on only half the fun.
Self-described "vocal instrument" ImproVox is designed to bring the complexity of recording-studio equipment to iOS devices wrapped in a very simple and friendly interface. Compared to what you would expect from studio hardware, ImproVox is as far from intimidating as you can possibly get.