Music discovery continues to be a conundrum in an era of homogenized radio, the disappearance of music on so-called music television stations, and a seemingly endless array of new artists to fit every taste. Streaming music services have attempted to fill the void with increasingly impressive recommendation algorithms, and Beats Music — which features the branding of the popular Dr. Dre-backed headphones — is the latest such offering, serving up more than 20 million tracks with a heaping helping of music expertise on the side.
Google Play Music finally made its way to the iPhone after an long wait last last year (and you can read my review here), and now it looks as though Apple's rival has finally followed up that offering with its Google Play Movies & TV for iOS. Similar to Google Play Music, the app lets you playback and stream content bought through Google Play or on an Android device.
It's been an exciting year for Apple TV, and Apple just proved it isn't over with the announcement of an impressive holiday gift. As MacRumors reports, the folks over at Cupertino expanded the diminutive entertainment device's offerings to include channels for ABC, Bloomberg, Crackle, and the Korean channel KORTV. With such a step, Apple seems to be "rounding out" the activities provided by the service as the channels somewhat focus on more serious pursuits than the primarily entertainment-related channels we've seen before.
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.
It's a good year to be a music lover. Earlier this year Apple gave us iTunes Radio as a worthy alternative to popular services like Pandora and Spotify, and today Google finally released its native Google Play Music app for iOS. Whereas Apple's design for iTunes Radio seems to mimic Pandora, Google Play takes a tack that's more reminiscent of Spotify, but with the welcome option to add all the music files from your computer and play them in the Cloud.
RealPlayer Cloud allows iOS users to upload videos and watch or share them from anywhere. The universal app is free with 2GB of available storage, with up to 1.5GB of bonus space available in 250MB increments after the first upload, share, or each device installation (up to four). Featuring a clean, easy to navigate UI perfectly matched with iOS 7, tabs sort content by Recent, My Videos, Collections, Sharing, and Web Videos, where Real’s Daily Top 5 and videos from Facebook friends appear.
If you're the sort who follows eSports, Blizzard Entertainment's got a nice surprise for you. Ahead of the StarCraft II World Championship Series (WCS), the Irvine, California company best known for its Starcraft, Warcraft, and Diablo franchises has released an iOS app that will stream both live and archived videos of matches throughout the weekend.
Apple's done a lot to make Apple TV better over the last couple of months--offering everything from new services like HBO Go and a new "Conference Room" mode for the upcoming iOS 7 release--and now it's making the diminutive device more palatable by slashing the price. Well, kind of. Effective immediately, as AppleInsider reports, you can acquire a refurbished unit of your own for only $75.