If there was any clear loser during Apple's earnings call this week, it was the once mighty iPod. After the news broke that only 6 million units of the portable music device had been sold--around half as many from the same time last year--pundits across the Internet hopped on their soapboxes to declare the iPod dead. But not so fast, 9to5Mac says--evidence suggests that Apple might have big plans for the device yet.
Music discovery continues to be a conundrum in an era of homogenized radio, the disappearance of music on so-called music television stations, and a seemingly endless array of new artists to fit every taste. Streaming music services have attempted to fill the void with increasingly impressive recommendation algorithms, and Beats Music — which features the branding of the popular Dr. Dre-backed headphones — is the latest such offering, serving up more than 20 million tracks with a heaping helping of music expertise on the side.
Song Blaster is an arcade-style shooter that loosely incorporates your personal music library into gameplay. The concept has been done before by games like Beat Hazard and Audiosurf, but rarely has it been this playful. You won’t find in-depth strategy or demanding tests of reflex with the free-to-play Song Blaster, but what you do get is a fun, stimulating way to virtually interact with your favorite tracks.
With something of a cult following in the Android world, Caustic comes into the iOS universe with real pedigree – a rare event. But just moments after launching the app, it’s hard not to become an instant believer in this truly potent, fully featured sonic monster, and the almost overwhelming number of excellent-sounding ingredients it offers up for cooking up tasty riffs and compositions. Caustic delivers an array of synthesizers, effects, and MIDI recording tools, featuring both depth and excellent sound quality, plus a vast variety of useful presets for each and every one of its many components.
Ever since Apple revolutionized digital music with the iPod, we've been looking for faster ways to navigate our ever-expanding music libraries. Even with its iOS 7 overhaul, Apple's Music app still offers fairly basic controls, forcing us to focus on the screen and tap tiny buttons when we're on the road or out for a run. The aptly named Listen thinks it has tapped into a better method. With a buttonless interface that eschews digital controls in favor of simple gestures, the music player looks to change the way we listen to music on our iPhones by relying less on our eyes.
If you're one of the folks who's still roaming around with a cassette tape player in your vehicle, you'll love hearing about what Ion Audio announced today at CES 2014. As MacRumors reports, it's a Bluetooth-powered cassette adapter that lets you play music and other media on your car's stereo as long as it's connected to a Bluetooth-enabled device such as an iPhone or an iPad.
Our iPhones have turned us all into amateur musicians. Whether we're composing rock ballads with GarageBand or dropping beats with djay, the apps we tap and swipe have given us the ability to make beautiful music without suffering through hours of lessons. Keezy is not one of these apps. With a ridiculously minimal interface that's as fun as it is frustrating, Keezy turns your phone into a capable eight-track sampler — but you'll have to bring your own beats.
2013 is winding down (and quickly!), so we can expect to see an awful lot of "best of" lists making the rounds over the next two weeks -- and Apple is getting a jump on that tradition with one of its own.
If you visited the iTunes store over the weekend, you might have noticed that there's something very ... Beyonce about it. You can't escape it, really; the entire carousel at the top features ads for the singer's self-titled album that released exclusively on iTunes by surprise last Thursday. But as ABC News reports, that exclusivity paid out big for both iTunes and Beyonce herself.
It seems like it was only yesterday that Apple made a big splash about obtaining the rights to carry the Beatles' music on iTunes, and now the folks over in Cupertino are planning to honor that access with the release of 59 rare and unheard recordings under the name of The Beatles' Bootleg Recordings 1963. And you don't even have to wait that long. According to CNN Money, the so-called "bootleg album" will pop up on the iTunes store as early as tomorrow morning.