iPhone Life magazine

Apps: Music

Getting the Most Out of iTunes

Use these desktop add-ons to automatically download cover art and lyrics

The desktop version of iTunes is a great application, with features that I’m still learning to use. In addition, there’s a world of add-ons and programs out there that make iTunes even better! I’ve just begun exploring these and wanted to share my comments about some of the best. Some of them are available for both the Mac and Windows PC; others are available for one platform only. Some are freeware and others commercial apps.


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Misc news & roundup / guide updates (09/27/2009)

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I’ve updated several of my guides / bibles / roundups to reflect the latest changes. See the bottommost “UPDATE (09/27/2009)” section in each of them. The only news item I haven’t published in another article is the one describing the new Backgrounder version.

AppStore news:

Ever wanted to watch WMV (TV) streams on your iPhone? Now you can!: making Streamer compatible with all WMV streams; NetTV [Lite] news.


iConcertCal Review

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Seems everyone is talking about this new concert venue application, here on the blog anyway. iConcertCal is probably the easiest way I have ever found to find out about music appearances in your area. You can let it filter based on your loaded music, or you can simply go search through the available list of events. The location based services provide excellent coverage of large and small acts in your area. 



Never Miss Your Favorite Band Again!

For those of you who love live music, the iConcertCal app is for you.  I can't count how many times my husband and I have been out on Saturday night and he'd say "Let's go find somewhere that's playing music." and then we look at each other blankly.  This little app is well-worth the $2.99 price tag so that we never have to struggle with that question again.



The iPhone app for Music Lovers

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The iPhone is all about simplifying tasks. Now, with the help of the iConcertCal app, that is exactly what the iPhone does for concert goers and music lovers.

The iConcertCal app locates concerts in your area or anywhere else in the U.S. for that matter. It uses your iTunes library to learn which musicians you like and then displays when and where those artists are playing.

Once you find a concert you want to attend, you can buy tickets to the show right from your iPhone, email your friends to let them know about it, and get directions to the event.



Watch out ProTools!

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I wrote about the app 4Track in a print issue of iPhone Life. It’s an excellent, easy to use multi-track recorder with each track having volume, mute and solo controls. Audio files can be uploaded to your computer through WIFI. Even with using the built in microphone on the iPhone, it's been a handy tool.



Pandora Radio

Pandora Internet RadioThis iPhone app makes it easy to access the hugely popular Pandora Internet radio site. Once installed, open the app and create a Pandora account. (If you’ve already created an account on your desktop computer, you can log into it via your iPhone.) Then, simply tell Pandora your favorite song, recording artist, or composer. Pandora scans its database for similar music, based on a wide variety of attributes identified by the Music Genome Project (pandora.com/corporate/mgp). It uses this information to create a personalized “station” based on your favorite song.

Free app lets you access over 21,000 free music albums

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Jamendo, a free application released earlier this summer gives you streaming access to more than 21,000 free music albums and over 200,000 tracks. Jamendo is the top site in the world for free and legal music downloads, with all music made available under the Creative Commons licenses. This video gives a good overview of the application. The service offers five categories of music: Electro, Instrumental, Jazz, Lounge, and Pop.



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