It seemed forever ago that Google announced their Music Beta service. Upload up to 20,000 songs (for free, albeit at a snail's crawl) to be streamed to and downloadable to any computer. Access to the service on iOS devices was limited, for a while, to a clunky HTML-5-based weblication. Eventually, third parties got in on the act.
A musician otherwise, I’m also a trained singer with decades of experience. I sight-read sheet music well enough to jump into something new on the fly. But I’m an absolute beginner when it comes to the guitar. Well, I was until I started learning and practicing with the Fretlight Guitar and software eight weeks ago. I’ve always thought of the guitar as that intimidating, too-beautiful woman--I’d never be able to connect, so I never approached. Could the Fretlight help me learn to play? Yes, but it’s a tumultuous romance.
It’s day two of the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and the new products just keep a-comin’! Among the most popular items at the show are music accessories and specifically headphones/earphones, which are present and accounted for in abundance. Thankfully, Moshi Audio is rising above the din of the crowd with a new set of earphones aimed at audiophiles.
The International Consumer Electronics Show kicks off Tuesday in Las Vegas, where a gaggle of new technology products have already been unleashed over the weekend. Computer music technology firm IK Multimedia decided to save their announcements for opening day, with a volley of iOS accessory hardware for DJs and musicians alike.
Yes, yes, we know the latest iOS splits up the iPod into Music and Video apps, but it'll always be the iPod to us! Of course, even though we have a default app for it, a few developers stepped up to create some iPod alternative apps for taming that wild beast of a music collection of yours. Here's a handful we found that are going for a cut rate. Grab 'em all and see which suits your fancy as today's apps are going for free.
iCloud finally arrived alongside iOS 5 and the iPhone 4S last month, but music lovers had to wait just a bit longer to spin their virtual platters via iTunes Match, Apple’s “one more thing” announced at WWDC 2011 back in June and now, finally available for anyone willing to part with $24.99 each year. Curious about how it works and why you might want it? Read on!
iTunes Match is out! This $25 a year service allows users to store music in the iCloud and stream (or download) it to any iOS or Mac devices. The best part is that Apple matches songs against a user's iTunes library and automatically delivers the best quality to your devices. The music in that library that doesn’t "match" will be uploaded and stored in the cloud for users to retrieve on their devices. Read on to find out how you can set up iTunes Match for your Mac and iOS device.
Originally announced for a late October release, iTunes Match is finally here, a couple of weeks late but no worse for the wear. The service requires iTunes 10.5.1, which went live on Monday and now allows users to “scan and match” their music library against iCloud for only $24.99 per year.
On Wednesday, we reported that a Polish newspaper had spilled the beans on the iTunes Music Store expanding to 10 additional countries in the European Union. As it turns out, Apple flipped the switch on those new stores later the same day, expanding it to all 12 remaining EU countries and also expanding their iBookstore presence internationally.
You’re sitting there and that commercial comes on. You know, the one with the cool indie music in the background. What is that song? Normally, this would be the moment you’d whip out your iPhone and Shazam that -- but wait, your friend pulls out her iPhone and fires up SoundHound. Who gets the song first? And more importantly, who gets it right?