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Music (built-in app)

Apple Announces iTunes Radio at WWDC

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While the upcoming release of iOS 7 was perhaps the biggest news at Apple's keynote at WWDC 2013 today, the company also announced the fall release of iTunes Radio, a long-rumored streaming music service similar to Pandora. The new service, which will be free for U.S. users with text and audio ads, and free without ads for iTunes Match subscribers, boasts access to the entire iTunes catalog, which includes over 26 million tracks. 



Bring a Bag of Rhythm to Your Next Jammin' Party this Summer

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Phil Spector gave us the Wall of Sound. Julie Andrews gave us the Sound of Music. Now, Bob Marley's family wants to give us the Bag of Rhythm. I've written about the House of Marley before, and their commitment to both quality audio equipment and charitable efforts through their 1love foundation, named after Bob Marley's classic song.



We jammin with House of Marley headphones #CES

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At a certain point, probably around $100, any set of headphones is going to be just fine for the majority of listeners. So at that point, it comes down to quality, comfort, style, colors, and branding. And if the House of Marley, founded by the legendary Bob Marley's family, has anything to say about it, a manufacturer's ecological footprint and philanthropic efforts should also be considered.



IK Multimedia Review Extravaganza

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IK Multimedia has been a company on a roll lately, with a slew of hardware and software products tailored for amateur and prosumer musicians. Whether its stands and clips for iPhones and iPads or multitrack recording and sampling software for the iOS platform, IK has been expanding their catalog at a prodigious rate. Their latest releases include a MIDI hardware connector for the iOS platform, a sound sampler app and a iPad version of their popular VocaLive software. This review will take a closer look at each.

iRig MIDI



PodPlayer Review

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The apps that Apple bundles on their iOS devices are slick, polished and almost perfect. But for those power users who need just a bit more tweaking to attain an even higher level of perfection, they have to turn to Apple's App Store to seek out programs that scratch that particular itch.



Headphonies make it fun to share tunes

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"Awesome!" and "Adorable!" and similar pronouncements were shouted when I displayed the Headphonies® "Stryker" Portable Micro Speaker to my kids!  At first, they thought it was a cute little toy like their plethora of figurines from Disney and Hello Kitty, but when I showed them that it was a portable speaker, that actually performed a useful function, they were really into it.



VoiceDJ revolutionizes speech recognition

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There are a lot of apps that claim to do speech recognition. In reality, what those apps typically do is record your speech and upload that recording to a server that does all the heavy lifting. Examples include the very popular Dragon Dictation, Vlingo and most importantly, Siri, which was actually acquired by Apple. This method can be effective when you have a fast network connection but the Holy Grail of speech recognition needs to be performed in-app.



How to Enjoy Music More With Your iOS Device

Whether you are a sophisticated musical aficionado or a novice, you have some significant audio power in your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Of course, I'm not talking about the ghastly built-in speakers or earphones that come with the iPhone and iPod, though that might suffice for some uses. You'll have to buy a pair of earphones for the iPad anyway (buying better ones for the iPhone/iPod is also recommended). However, in addition to good headphones, there are several ways you can liberate music from your device and improve your listening experience.


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How do I customize iPod/Music audio settings?

The iPod/Music apps have a few features you can customize. To see these, open Settings >iPod on your iPhone or iPad, or Settings >Music on your iPod touch. Here's what you can do:

  • Audio SettingsShake to Shuffle: (iPhone and iPod touch only): As covered earlier, this feature uses the device's motion sensor to switch songs randomly every time you shake it. You can turn the feature ON and OFF from here.
  • Sound Check: Since every music track is recorded at different sound levels, this feature lets you play all tracks at the same base sound level.

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