Apple generally loves to spring new stuff upon an unsuspecting world on the second weekday, and this Tuesday promises to be no exception. But rather than a nifty new gadget that requires a trip to the Apple Store, the company has cleverly slipped a preview of an iTunes-related “exciting announcement” onto their website. What could it be?
Calling all novice guitar players! if you're armed with a guitar and an iPad or iPod touch, you most definitely want to check out our sister magazine Guitar World's Lick of the Day app, now available in the iTunes App Store!
Apple’s music-themed social network, Ping, has been something of a red-haired stepchild since its September 1 debut, but the feature is at least now available to iPad users at long last, no software update or app download required.
If there’s one thing that Apple fans love almost as much as their beloved Macs and iOS products, it’s hearing tales of CEO Steve Jobs from years past. The founder of music service CDBaby.com took to his blog to relate one such tale from 2003 which sheds some light on how iTunes embraced independent music.
If you create any kind of visual media but you can’t come close to carrying a tune, you’re probably always in search of music to complement your video creations. Tunepresto is now looking for innovators like you to test a new online musical creation platform.
A massive iTunes library is great for pumpin' up the jams at home, but what if you want to take those tunes out on the road with you? If you've got two main Macs, but only your desktop is loaded with all those awesome b-sides, maybe it's time to consider setting up a NAS to get your iTunes library synced across all your systems. While Apple does include a Home Sharing feature, it doesn't work when you're far away from your headquarters.
And that’s where MediaRover comes in: this little piece of software enables you to have your iTunes library sync across your entire home network. So, when you bring your MacBook home, MediaRover will automatically sync with any NAS device on your network.
If you’re a guitarist, Capo is the bionic upgrade you wish you could give your ears. Drag any track from your iTunes library into Capo, and it quickly displays the music as visual data--a spectrogram full of blue smears. Those smears represent notes in the recording; the smears near the top are the higher-pitched notes and the ones below are the lower pitches. Click the cursor on a spectro-smear to hear its corresponding MIDI note. If that note is part of the solo or chord you are trying to figure out, drag the cursor on it a bit and, like magic, a tablature number appears below, showing you exactly where to place your fingers on your guitar.
We’ve heard (and reported) rumors aplenty in recent months about Apple’s plans to extend the length of song samples in iTunes, and it appears that day may be forthcoming as Cupertino sends a letter to music labels announcing the change.
The other day I was working on my laptop at home while my wife was browsing the web from hers. Our son was in the living room chatting with his buddies and listening to something catchy I’d never heard before. When I asked him for a copy, it took him a while to locate a flash drive, search his library for the tune, load the file onto the drive, and hand it to me so I could add it to my iTunes library. A few minutes later, we had to repeat the process for my wife. I thought “Isn’t this 2010? Shouldn’t there be a better solution to this problem?”
If you happen to pop into a Starbucks today to grab some overpriced coffee and mooch some free Wi-Fi, you might notice something a little different -- the company has rolled out its own Starbucks Digital Network at more than 6,800 U.S. stores on Wednesday.