In our first The Best weekly column entry, we shine a light on SoundHound, a Shazam competitor that bests its better-known rival via speedier song recognition and the fantastic ability to ID tracks that you sing or hum.
Few would argue that Apple has made a significant impact on the music industry in recent years, and over the weekend the company’s late CEO was honored with a posthumous Special Merit Grammy Award recognizing those accomplishments.
Parents, you know how it goes: every time the kid wants to download an app from the iTunes Store, he has to bring you the phone so that you can type in the password. That sort of defeats the purpose of giving him the iPhone so that he's distracted. Fortunately, you can set up an iTunes allowance, which lets you specify a precise amount of cash that your kid can spend on apps without having to bug you each time he wants to try out a new iOS game. The allowance works just like an iTunes gift card, and can be used to purchase music, iOS apps, and Mac apps. It's easy to set up--we'll show you how!
Apple made a lot of music fans happy with its iTunes Match feature. For only $24.99 per year, the service scans and matches tracks a user’s library and makes it available from iCloud to other devices. But one group that may be even happier are the independent musicians using TuneCore to sell their music.
If you're a regular Spotify user, you probably know that you're favorite music service just got even better. It now features the inclusion of featured-filled apps! No longer will you have to to switch to your browser to find new music or listen to internet radio--apps make it possible to do all that from right within Spotify.
While the selection is still a little bare, we have to say the concept shows a lot of promise--apps really make Spotify the only music service you'll want to use. To add them to your account just browse through the apps section in your Spotify menu and hit "add." You won't want to miss out on these!
It seemed forever ago that Google announced their Music Beta service. Upload up to 20,000 songs (for free, albeit at a snail's crawl) to be streamed to and downloadable to any computer. Access to the service on iOS devices was limited, for a while, to a clunky HTML-5-based weblication. Eventually, third parties got in on the act.
A musician otherwise, I’m also a trained singer with decades of experience. I sight-read sheet music well enough to jump into something new on the fly. But I’m an absolute beginner when it comes to the guitar. Well, I was until I started learning and practicing with the Fretlight Guitar and software eight weeks ago. I’ve always thought of the guitar as that intimidating, too-beautiful woman--I’d never be able to connect, so I never approached. Could the Fretlight help me learn to play? Yes, but it’s a tumultuous romance.
It’s day two of the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and the new products just keep a-comin’! Among the most popular items at the show are music accessories and specifically headphones/earphones, which are present and accounted for in abundance. Thankfully, Moshi Audio is rising above the din of the crowd with a new set of earphones aimed at audiophiles.
The International Consumer Electronics Show kicks off Tuesday in Las Vegas, where a gaggle of new technology products have already been unleashed over the weekend. Computer music technology firm IK Multimedia decided to save their announcements for opening day, with a volley of iOS accessory hardware for DJs and musicians alike.
Yes, yes, we know the latest iOS splits up the iPod into Music and Video apps, but it'll always be the iPod to us! Of course, even though we have a default app for it, a few developers stepped up to create some iPod alternative apps for taming that wild beast of a music collection of yours. Here's a handful we found that are going for a cut rate. Grab 'em all and see which suits your fancy as today's apps are going for free.