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How to Shuffle Playlist in Music on iPad or iPhone

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Let’s say you’ve made your music playlist and want to listen to it shuffled instead of the alphabetical order it appears on your iOS device, How can you do that?

Go to Music > Playlists and select the Playlist you have created either on your iOS device or transferred from your computer. The name of your playlist will appear in the center. Here, it is called “Apple Watch.”

With one finger, touch the screen in the area where the names of the songs appear and pull down.

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You will see Shuffle and the shuffle icon appear.

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Tap on the shuffle icon and listen to your shuffled playlist.


Posted in App, Review

Boom2 for Mac Released


This post has not a lot to do with an iPad. However, if you enjoy getting better sound out of your Mac, try Boom2. It is compatible with Yosemite. There is a 7 day trial period too.

As soon as it was installed, the difference in sound was apparent when playing music from iTunes.

You can review the features on the company page.

Another cool feature is the ability to run audio files through the app so they can play better on other devices like your iPad.

If you have a prior version of Boom, you can upgrade for a 50% discount. Compare the differences here.

Do yourself a favor and try the sound experience.

Posted in App

GarageBand Update

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Apple has released the latest update to GarageBand, an app with touch instruments and a full featured recording studio.

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The app allows you to play piano, guitar, drums or organ.

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Apple describes the app as follows:

Play your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch like a musical instrument
• Play musical instruments on the innovative Multi-Touch keyboard
• Tap out beats with an acoustic and electronic drum kit
• Record your voice using the built-in microphone and apply fun sound effects
• Recreate legendary guitar rigs with 9 amps and 10 stompbox effects*
• Use the Sampler to create an instrument from sounds you record, then play them on a keyboard*
• Record compatible third-party music apps right into GarageBand using Inter-App Audio in iOS 7

Sound like a virtuoso with Smart Instruments
• Conduct an entire string orchestra with just one finger using Smart Strings*
• Tap chords to instantly create keyboard grooves with the Smart Keyboard*
• Strum chords on an acoustic and electric Smart Guitar, trigger fingerpicking patterns for popular chords, or switch to Notes view to try your hand at the real thing
• Groove with a variety of Smart Basses using upright, electric, and synth sounds*
• Drag drum instruments onto a grid to create your own beats with Smart Drums*

Start a Jam Session with your friends
• Use your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to play or record live over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth with up to three of your friends
• Tempo, key, time signature, and chords automatically sync to the bandleader
• Jam with any Touch Instrument or live instruments like electric guitar or voice
• The bandleader automatically collects everyone’s recordings so they can be mixed as a song and shared

Create a song anywhere you go
• Arrange and mix your song with up to 32 tracks** using Touch Instruments, audio recordings, and loops
• Use the Note Editor to adjust or fine-tune any Touch Instrument recording
• Trim and place musical regions exactly where you want them to play
• Use the Mixer to fine-tune each track’s volume —solo or mute any track or adjust pan, reverb, and echo
• Choose from over 250 professionally prerecorded loops as a backing band to your song

Share your songs
• Keep your GarageBand songs up to date across all your iOS devices with iCloud
• Create custom ringtones and alerts for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch
• Share your songs directly to Facebook, YouTube, and SoundCloud
• Email songs right from GarageBand
• Export your song and add it to the iTunes library on your Mac or PC
• Share GarageBand projects directly between iOS devices using Airdrop for iOS

* Requires one-time in-app purchase for the complete collection of GarageBand instruments and sounds.
** 32 tracks available on iOS devices with the A7 chip. 16 tracks available on iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPad (4th generation), iPad (3rd generation), iPad 2, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation).

Posted in App

Garageband for iPad Updated

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.

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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.

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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.

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iMashup – Mashup Remix Free Today

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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.

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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.

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Spotify for iPad

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.

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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.

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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 & Facebook

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Shazam Player Debuts

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.”

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FAQ concerning the product is here.