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.
So many of the little details surrounding Google Play Music for iOS suggest that the tech giant isn't so eager to win over iPhone owners as recent overtures might suggest. Never mind that six months passed before its iOS launch, but the in-app keyboard retains the design of iOS 6 and the skeuomorphic icon stands in stark contrast to its updated brethren. It's a shame, because there's a really well designed music app lying in store once you make it through such chaff.
If you appreciate the Beatles and John Lennon, you will simply adore this lavish, lovely app-based work of art devoted to the last truly creative period of Lennon’s life: the crafting of his final album, Double Fantasy. With truly innovative use of the iPad and iPhone as an entertainment consumption device, it’s one of the finest multimedia attempts we’ve experienced on the platform.