iPhone Life magazine

Apps: Music

Internet Radio on Your iPhone

Thanks to the iPhone's high-speed connectivity and some great apps, you can listen to Internet radio wherever you are!

 The iPhone is an ideal platform for listening to online radio stations. In this article, I give you an overview of the best radio apps available and provide you with information on how you can gain access to several online radio stations.

Note that streaming media for an extended length of time can drain your iPhone's battery. To help minimize this, please try the tips in the sidebar titled, "Reduce Battery Drain Associated With Streaming Media."


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Become a Rock Star–Record Your Own Music

Using the iPhone or iPod Touch to record and mix your own music

Since my very first generation iPod, I've wished for a way to integrate my favorite music player with my hobby—recording my own music. When the iPhone and its accessories exploded onto the scene, the ability to record directly on the device was finally realized. But how well does it compare to more traditional recording methods?



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iPhone Music Apps

A variety of inexpensive apps for the professional, hobyist, or student musician

Please excuse me for changing the song's lyrics but, "What a difference a year makes." Since my article in the second edition of iPhone Life, the App Store continues to grow with a wide range of offerings that could be useful to musicians of all stripes. During a recent music education and technology conference hosted by TI:ME (ti-me.org), I presented a session on mobile music making. When I saw another session being offered by music teacher, Matthew Harrington, focusing on iPhone/iPod touch music apps, I was concerned that we'd be covering the same titles. Surprisingly, we only overlapped on one app! For me, it illustrated the sheer number of apps available and the great work being done in the development community.



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AirStash

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I've had my AirStash ($99) for several days now after the delay of nearly a month due to some streaming difficulty in the first model, I've got to say I'm happy but hmmmm.  Let me explain.



25 things you can control remotely with your iPhone

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One of the most surprising things about the iPhone is all the incredible variety of things it's being used for. And one of those things is as a remote control. A very helpful article/slide how on Business Insider, entitled "25 Things You Can Remote Control With Your iPhone," gives you a good picture of the possibilities, from controlling your DVR to the Boxee media center software. Pictured is the ProRemote ($99) software that lets you control pro audio editing software.



Pianist plays Flight of the Bumblebee on an iPad

This is another "you-gotta-see-this" video. At an orchestral concert the guest pianist plays Flight of the Bumblebee on an iPad.



Review Wrap-up: Sonos ZonePlayer S5 Part 3

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Well, my review time is almost up on the Sonos S5 ZonePlayer. I had a mixed experience with the setup, but I am impressed with the S5. Nothing I have seen does everything this player does.



Everyday Looper — you've got to see this to believe it!

Everyday Looper is an app that lets you record bits of audio and then loops it so that you can record on top of it.



Streaming Democracy

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What do you do if you’re a person who likes to keep up with news but the source of the broadcasts is Windows Media Player?

This is all too common a situation for people like me who like to follow what is happening in their state Legislature, in my case Maine. Take my situation; working in health care, I like to keep up with what is happing, particularly with Bills being debated in Health and Human Services and Appropriations.  Many states which broadcast their Legislatures use WMP which creates an unintended barrier for iPhone users since the iPhone won’t stream .wma or .wmv files.  Or can it?

I want to share with our readers a couple of work arounds, the first described in my colleague Werner’s blog. I’ve been using Streamer (Free) myself because it has video and it is indeed very good, albeit with more bells and whistles than I need. The video is a bit jerkey too.

The other option is FStream (Free) and can have you up and running those pesky .asx streams. The set up is  fairlyeasy, though be prepared to do a little digging to get the correct URL, if you have Safari, you'll need to go to View then down to View Source and look for the media player and file.  If you have Firefox you’ll be able to right click (press Control then click) on the Media Player, open Properties and you’ll see the URL.  

Of course if the web administrators just posted that URL under the player for everyone who doesn’t use WMP - that would open up Democracy a bit more.

I would encourage you to do your part and point out to web administrators for state or local governments that their broadcasts would reach more citizens if the URLs for audio and video broadcasts were posted. Now it is entirely possible, there’s a simpler way to do all this, if so give a shout and post your workflow. I love to hear from readers!



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