September 4, 2013
As part of a continuing stream of updates, presumably related to the forthcoming iOS7 release, Apple has updated Garageband.
Apple describes the app as follows:
GarageBand turns your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go.
Use Multi-Touch gestures to play pianos, organs, guitars, drums, and basses. They sound and play like their counterparts, but let you do things you could never do on a real instrument.
Enjoy a range of Smart Instruments that make you sound like a pro — even if you’ve never played a note before.
Plug an electric guitar into your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch and play through classic amps and stompbox effects. Gather your friends to play and record like a real band with Jam Session.* Use the built-in microphone or a guitar to record or capture any performance. Then mix up to eight tracks to create a song you can share in email or send directly to Facebook, YouTube and SoundCloud.
To get help with using this app, click here.
April 9, 2013
Today, iMashup - Mashup Remix App is free. This app allows you to mix your music together in fun and unusual ways.
You can read about how to use iMash up here.
Create your own mashups and remixes. Experiment with your music collection see which songs are 100% harmonically-compatible.
iMashup lets you
✔ Use music from your iPhone or iPad
✔ Beatmatch everything together using a pro DJ algorithm
✔ Make 100% harmonic mashups with no key clashes
✔ Create loops
✔ Copy and paste segments of a song
✔ Adjust the loudness of melodies, hihats and basslines in your songs
✔ Split the song into segments and move them around
✔ Sync with iTunes to export high-quality WAV files
✔ Share your results on Facebook, or just email the saved mashup to yourself
If you are into mixing your music, try out this app.
May 2, 2012
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Today, Spotify released its iPad app. Spotify is a music streaming service that offers digitally restricted streaming of selected music from a range of major and independent record labels. Music can be browsed by artist, album, record label, genre or playlists. You can also search. Basically, the app allows you to access and stream music tracks from albums and artists.
The service is available for free for a period of time with a Facebook login but you can upgrade to the unlimited plan without ads for $4.99 or choose the Premium plan with offline listing for $9.99 a month. You can read more about it on this wikipedia page.
The service started in Europe a few years ago and has made its way to the United States.
The developer describes the app’s features as follows:
• Instant access to millions of tracks
• Stream online
• Listen offline – no mobile connection needed
• Share music with your friends
• Star your favourite tracks
• Wirelessly sync your own MP3s to your iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad
• Create and sync playlists
• Send the tracks you listen to direct to Last.fm & Facebook
January 11, 2012
Shazam Entertainment has launched Shazam Player. The company’s other app, Shazam for iPad, helped identify music you were listening to so you could buy and download it.
Now, according to the company:
“you can now see streaming lyrics, watch YouTube videos and read reviews of your favorite tracks and artists! Get to know your music with Shazam Player.
It’s your music. Shazam Player lets you do more with it.
• Bring your music to life with LyricPlay™. See streaming lyrics in time to the music – you’ll always have the words to your favorite songs with you.
• Share the soundtrack of your day on Facebook and Twitter
• Watch YouTube videos and concert clips
• Find tour dates for the bands and artists you’re into
• Manage your music – see your iTunes playlists and create new playlists on the fly
• Select your favorite tracks and hide ones you don’t want to hear
• Add to your music – buy new tracks on iTunes from within the app
• View music by artist/album/title and use the Track Tray to see all the great Shazam features available for each song
• Top tracks – a changing list of LyricPlay tracks – buy them straight from the app if you don’t already own them
• Identify new music you’re hearing by instantly launching the Shazam App
•LyricPlay is available on over 30,000 tracks and we’re adding more all the time
‘Shazam Player’ is a trademark of Shazam Entertainment Limited.”
FAQ concerning the product is here.
December 27, 2011
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Apple has now posted a video to help explain what iTunes Match is and does. The explanation provided is as follows:
iTunes determines which songs in your collection are available in the iTunes Store. Any music with a match is automatically added to iCloud for you to listen to anytime, on any device. Since there are more than 20 million songs in the iTunes Store, chances are your music is already in iCloud. And for the few songs that aren’t, iTunes uploads what it can’t match (which is much faster than uploading your entire music library).
Even better, all the music iTunes matches plays back from iCloud at 256-Kbps AAC DRM-free quality — even if your original copy was of lower quality. Once your music is in iCloud, you can stream it to any of your devices. Just browse the complete list of all your music stored in the cloud.
To listen to a song, tap the iCloud icon next to it and your song starts playing. You can store up to 25,000 songs in iCloud (more if songs are purchased from the iTunes Store), but only what you want to play is stored on your device. So you have immediate access to a huge music library without taking up storage space.
You subscribe to the service for $24.99 a year. This will allow you to keep not only songs you have purchased from iTunes but also to store songs you have imported from your CDs.
If you want to be able to access your music anywhere without having to manually sync the music between devices, this service may be for you.
October 20, 2011
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Apple has announced iTunes in the Cloud is now available. This feature allows you to download music to one device and have the music automatically appear on all of your devices. If you buy a song on your Mac, it will be on your iPad or iPhone. This feature will work over Wi-Fi of 3G. You will need to install the latest version of iTunes and iOS5 on your devices.
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You can also download past purchases made from iTunes. iCloud stores your purchase history so you can download what you want from any of your devices or choose not to download certain items.
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iTunes match is still “coming soon.” This feature, for a fee, will allow you to replace music you have imported into iTunes with items available in the iTunes store (if the items is there.)
Right now, Apple iTunes will allow you to stream, for free, on your computer, one new song every day until Coldplay’s newest album is released October 24.
March 29, 2011
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It appears Amazon is seeking to allow those with accounts to upload music to a cloud storage location and play the music from that location. Under Amazon’s system, you need to have an account and are given 5 GB of storage for free. In order to upload your music, you need to use the Amazon MP3 Uploader, a free helper application that finds your music and playlists and uploads it to the Cloud Drive.
You need to agree to certain terms and conditions and download the MP3 Uploader.
It does not appear that there is an app available for the iPad to upload or play the music. It will be interesting to see if uploaded music can be streamed to your iPad via a browser. Meanwhile, the service appears to be available to those running the Android system.
March 17, 2011
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If you have a large iTunes library on your Mac and don’t want to load your iPad (or iPhone, iPad2) up with all the music, you can use Apple’s Home Sharing to stream the files from your Mac to your iOS device. (You need to be on the same Wi-Fi network.) Here’s how…
First, you need to turn “Home Sharing” on your Mac in iTunes. Open iTunes and under the file menu Advanced > Turn on Home Sharing. Enter your information (iTunes Account name (Apple ID) and password).
After you enter the information correctly in iTunes, you will receive a message that Home Sharing is now on. You will need to use the same Apple ID or account when turning on Home Sharing on the other devices.
Next, you will need to turn on the sharing feature on your iOS device. The place to do that is on your iOS device. Choose Settings > iPod. You will need to enter the Apple ID and Password.
[ NOTE: iOS5 has modified the settings. You now need to select Music instead of iPod. ]
Last, you need to open the iPod App on your iOS device with iTunes open on your Mac.
When you do this, you should see “Library” on the top left. Tap once to pull up the “Home Sharing” libraries available.
Tap the library you want to stream to your iOS device. Then select and play the music. It will play on your iOS device as if you were in front of your Mac.
If you need to review the Apple Knowledge Base Article on this, you can do so here
Right now, it does not appear that you can stream videos from your Mac to your iOS device.