It seems like only yesterday that we were reporting that Apple had secured two of the four major music labels for its cloud music service -- and it was! Only 24 hours later, it appears that Sony makes three, with the lone holdout also close to a deal.
By now, it should be obvious that Apple has eyes on cloud-based media, particularly for iTunes music. After acquiring the iCloud.com domain and now reports that two of the big four music labels have signed up, along comes a new patent discovery dating back to late 2009 that starts to bring Cupertino’s plans into focus.
Are you ready for Apple’s entry into the cloud-based music business? Now that Amazon and Google have shown their hand, it appears they may have only done Apple a favor as the big music labels line up behind their savior once again.
So you always wanted to be in a band, but you have no musical talent whatsoever? Well, there’s an app for even that. GarageBand ($4.99) is perfect for making simple music on the iPad, and everything from guitar strums to drum fills is preprogrammed. But to make real music, dust off that guitar and plug in the iRig ($40, ikmultimedia.com). This bad boy’ll let you play real guitar and bass directly into your GarageBand project or the included Amplitude app. Take that, Smart Guitars!
Google’s annual I/O conference kicks off Tuesday, and with it comes rumors that the search giant will launch their cloud-based music service -- without the approval and support of the big music labels, or even a store to purchase tracks from.
If your iPod feels a little stale, Discovr might be a good way to freshen it up. Enter the name of any artist and their icon appears, surrounded by icons of six similar bands. Double-tap an icon to learn more about that artist; to spawn more bubbles of more artists, a single-tap will do (and honestly, that seems backwards -- we’d like it the other way around).
Americans have yet to be able to enjoy the spoils of Spotify, a European music streaming service that’s wildly popular across the pond. If the company wasn’t gunning for Apple before, they certainly are now -- with a new music download store, iPod syncing and mobile apps for free users.
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.
A new report from Reuters claims that Apple’s cloud-based “music locker” service is ready to go, after rumors have run rampant about it for months -- but the company is still working to seal a deal with major record labels so they don’t wind up going it alone like Amazon has already done.