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.
Many OS X plugins and iOS amps offer software-modeled versions of guitar amplifiers, but Bias - Amps! — an iPad-only app from Positive Grid — is the most impressive and totally realistic one we’ve ever heard. It’s so good, you might be tempted to sell your heavy old Fender Super Twin Reverb on eBay and buy a dedicated iPad to run it. And if you’re the kind of six-string slinger who’s not afraid to get under the hood, you can fine-tune your tone in ways we’ve never seen in software.
Let's face it: Apple's U.S. customers are used to having the home field advantage. We're the first ones to get Cupertino's latest products and services, with one curious exception that seems to have vanished this year.
To its great credit, Pandora refuses to go gentle into that good night despite the recent competition from iTunes Radio (not to mention other competitors such as Google Play Music). To that end, the venerable streaming music site updated its iOS app today to support using Pandora stations as alarm clocks rather than the default tones you get with the iPhone.
Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride creator Halfbrick takes on publishing duties for Band Stars, a charming but shallow game by Six Foot Kid that lets you climb the charts and conquer the music world. It takes after Kairosoft’s (Game Dev Story, Dungeon Village) unique flavor of management simulation, with compulsively simple mechanics that have you calling the shots on combinations of genre, lyrics, and musicians — all in search of a viral hit that will launch your band into ever more illustrious levels of stardom, rising from local to national and ultimately global success.
Like it or not, it's the time of the year when holiday music fills the air, and Apple has a special treat in store for those who particularly enjoy the Christmas variety. If you have the Apple Store app installed on your iDevice, you'll find a menu option on the front page for "Holiday Cheer" that grants you access to eight free songs.