The standard Music app on my iPhone has always been one of my favourite iPhone apps. It does what it does really well. Let’s be honest, for many of us, it was likely the reason we got an iPhone or an iPod Touch to begin with in the early days. Over the years though, there have been a lot of changes to the app. With the iPad, we really saw some huge changes. When the iPad 2 dropped, the iPad’s Music interface was rejiggered again and there was a huge outcry. With iOS 6, Apple gave the Music app a huge visual overhaul with a lot of chrome (which, for the record, looks terrible on anything smaller than the iPhone 5’s taller display). But there’s not a lot of new functionality to go with it.
iTunes for Mac, on the other hand, got a ton of new functionality last year. There’s absolutely no comparison. For all of its flaws, iTunes is still the best music player I know of for OS X. It’s a powerful jukebox. One of my favourite features from last year’s massive update was Up Next, a feature that lets you add any song and play it next before returning to your current playlist. I can’t tell you how handy this feature has been at my house parties. The iOS Music app still doesn’t have this feature (or many others). Party Monster aims to fix that.
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Who’d have thought that when the iPad was released back in 2010 that you’d be able to create music on it using friendly monsters? Well, that’s what the developers of MonsterMusic, BubbaMoney Studios have managed to create, who we’d like to thank for kindly sponsoring iPad.AppStorm this week!
Hey bedroom musicians out there, do you ever feel limited whilst you’re writing songs because you don’t have anybody to work out ideas with? I know I do, and I recently took an interest in creating a bigger sound through looping. But every piece of gear that I found out there for doing so was out of my hobby budget.
That’s how I found Loopy — an iOS app for recording and looping multiple tracks in real time. It’s a pretty cool tool for any musician out there interested in easily creating a number of layers to play around with. Want to check it out? Then read on after the break.
The iPad continues to flex its musical muscles, with many developers and composers coming to terms with the fact that it can be a legitimate and powerful studio tool. But as exciting as it is to have a fully featured audio workstation in your bag wherever you go, sometimes it’s nice to scale things back to the basics.
Propellerhead is well known for its famously integrated music software, Reason, which is designed to be as streamlined as possible. It’s no surprise then that their latest iOS venture is an app designed to be fun, accessible, and mobile. Figure is a delightful musical sketchpad, and we’re eager to take it for a spin…
Sometimes, an app comes along that fits a small niche in a really interesting but kind of absurd way. How many people really need an app that combines ambient music with police radio? And out of those who think they need that app, how many are willing to actually pay for it? Any development time is a gambling risk as wasted time spent developing an app that doesn’t work out is potentially wasted money, or so the saying goes (don’t ask me — I’m still trying to earn pennies by saving them so I fall for these scams all the time). Regardless of this, somebody did put this app together and it’s called La Vue. It’s a universal app and it’s available on the App Store for the low price of just 99 cents.
There’s no denying that the concept is pretty cool however cool concepts with weak implementations are never any good. The real question that I had going into this review isn’t why anybody would bother putting this together — rather it’s such an original and cool idea that the real question is why somebody wouldn’t. But I did wonder if the design was any good, if the app matched or exceeded its value and who could really use an app like this. My answers actually surprised me.
In this day and age, there are many different ways to discover new music. However, finding your new favorite band is a task of its own. Often, music services find bands and artists that record labels want you to hear but not what actually what suits your music tastes, and this can make finding quality new music a pain.
That is where Discovr Music comes into the picture. While it’s definitely not a new app on the market, Discovr Music is one that every music lover truly appreciates. Essentially, it offers a means to find new music you would like in a matter of seconds. Read more about it after the break.
To the music making world, few companies are as recognized and revered as Native Instruments. The German group have been at the heart of the electronic music production and DJ scene for years, and while their contributions to the iOS world have been few, they are always an event worth waiting for.
Their latest unveiling is Traktor DJ, a powerful performance-focused companion to their industry-leading Traktor line of products and a remarkably intuitive tool for new and experienced DJs alike. Is it worthy of the Native Instruments brand? Find the answer with me after the jump.
Apple’s mobile empire is wide-ranging, both in terms of products, and in terms of units sold. It’s worth remembering, though, that devices such as the iPad and the iPhone wouldn’t exist without Apple’s long-standing commitment to music. The iPad, however, has been somewhat neglected when it comes to audio.
Presumably, this state of affairs is something that developer, Clever and Son, wants to address with the release of their hot-off-the-press app, Couch Music Player. Described as “the music playback app your iPad has been crying out for,” Couch Player aims to improve on the somewhat clunky usability of the inbuilt iOS Music app. But is Couch Player anything more than a shiny new wrapper?
Let’s be honest: When it comes to finding new music in iTunes, Apple could be doing a better job. Their curators for the iTunes store are good, but unless you live indie rock or pop music, you’re not likely to find more than a couple new artists every year. And for some people, that average isn’t high enough. Beyond that, Apple doesn’t promote too many small independent artists. (When I was in a rock band, I didn’t have a hope of Apple promoting me.)
That being said, the great thing about the App Store is that there’s definitely an app for that (or, in this case, several apps). One of my favourites is Band of the Day — a great free universal app that helps you find upcoming independent artists and a few who are starting to break into the scene, with a new group or individual appearing every day. These guys are great curators, but an app is about more than an iTunes link — it’s also about content and presentation. (more…)
There are several problems with traditional radio. One is that there is a limited number of frequencies available, and this limits the number of stations that you are able to pick up. It is something that has been addressed to some extent by digital radio, but it has not solved things completely.
Then, of course, there is Internet radio. This opened up a whole new world of listening opportunities and if you want to avoid having to navigate from one station’s web site to another, you’re going to need a dedicated app. This is exactly what TuneIn Radio is. (more…)