Ahh, geez. Can someone please give that kid something to play with? All these kids really want these days is a chance to creatively express themselves, right? Give them what they want: an iPad with musical instruments. On the flip side, those free instrument apps aren't just for kids who needs to keep their hands busy. There are a few that help us adults without idle hands actually put together a little tune, or learn to play an instrument. Here's a look at a few free music apps to either keep the kids busy or keep your mind in tune. See what I did there? (Maybe that pun didn't really work. Can't say I didn't try.)
As great as a streaming music service as Spotify is, it’s sometimes easy to get lost among all those tracks. How can you find songs you’re truly interested in? The company is making it a bit easier this week, announcing a new partnership with SoundHound to aid in your discovery of new tracks -- although for right now, it’s only for our friends across the pond.
Being jealous of Europeans is not something we Americans typically excel at. Maybe that’s why Spotify became something of a nerd cause célèbre -- watching longingly as friends in Europe shared favorite tracks and playlists on Facebook and Twitter led to too much fantasizing about all of the awesome musical riches that we’d share once American record labels finally stopped doing their head-in-the-sand routine. And at last, Spotify has landed on U.S. shores…but while we were waiting, another impressive option popped up, leaving us to wonder if Spotify was worth the wait.
Sometimes, dreams really do come true. For music lovers, one definitely became reality on Thursday with the arrival of Spotify’s streaming music service on American shores. After dominating the cloud music business throughout most of Europe in recent years, what’s with all the excitement for their U.S. debut? Let’s find out.
Not a big fan of Apple’s built-in iOS iPod app and wishing you could simply replace it with another one of your choosing? Apparently so was developer Clever & Son, who are planning to bring just such an offering to the App Store soon.
Mobile music tagging is so 2007! What the kids really want these days is to learn the words of the songs they’re tagging, which is why Shazam has announced its first corporate acquisition, bringing synchronized lyrics to its iOS apps -- well, at least the paid ones, anyway.
Apple sure has been keeping busy in the days leading up to WWDC 2011, leaking their own iCloud announcement in a press release, offering universal updates for their iWork apps and even updating iMovie and GarageBand for iOS with more output options and bug fixes.
Digital music lacks one important element from the analog days: romance. Contemplating album art and reading lyrics on jacket sleeves was a wonderfully tactile experience that only enhanced the listening. Aweditorium -- a free, iPad-specific app from global indie music community thesixtyone -- offers that with an online twist.