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Like a DJ in your pocket, Splyce is a beautiful music player that lets you select songs and order the playlist before mixing the beats, displaying visual effects, creating a light show and more. All it takes is just some basic instruction from you, and Splyce will get the party started.

Use the app as an everyday music player, at get-togethers with friends, or while you’re at the gym. The app displays the beats per minute for every song, so you can take that into consideration when crafting your playlist. Hit the jump and I’ll show you how it works. (more…)

A few months ago I reviewed #nwplyng, a social network designed to share your favorite music and discover new music. Overall, I found the app to be well suited for its intended use, even if it’s not all that great at helping you find new users to follow. Some time before that I reviewed a predecessor in the social music discovery app space, Soundtracking, which shares a number of similarities to #nwplyng, but has a very different philosophy.

While both apps are work as described, the social network aspect may not be very appealing for everyone. Soundwave Music Discovery (referred to simply as “Soundwave” going forward) offers a different approach by providing a socially aggregated music discovery service without many common social network features. Does this twist create the ultimate social music discovery experience? Find out after the jump. (more…)

There are some apps that are simply the best-in-class for their category. Letterpress is the best word game available on the app store. Vine is still the best social video app, despite Instagram’s entry in the category. Reeder is the best RSS client for iPhone, and Limelight is the best social movie app available on the platform. That being said, there are some categories that are so filled with strong contenders it’s hard to find a best-in-class app for them.

I’ve been playing guitar for over a decade now, and if there’s one thing I can tell you with absolute certainty, it’s that there are more apps for guitar players in the App Store than we could ever cover at AppStorm. That being said, I’m certain I’ve got the best-in-class app for most guitarists’ needs with GuitarToolkit. Read on to find out what makes GuitarToolkit a must-have app for any aspiring string musician. (more…)

Little-known fact about me: Back in my high school days, I used to be the frontman for a hard rock band. The band fell apart, as most high school rock bands do, shortly after we all started going to university and college. I didn’t play guitar for a while, but I’ve been flirting with the idea of starting up a solo indie project with just me and my acoustic. The real problem, apart from no possibility of success and the utter likelihood of failure, is that I often have trouble cracking down the whip and writing music.

Jamn aims to fix that problem. I’ve tried a lot of apps meant to help floundering musicians, but none of them work on either a visual or musical level. Most of them are ripoffs sold based on empty promises. Initially, I was worried Jamn would be the same way. I was wrong. Read on to see what makes this app so compelling for musicians. (more…)

Guitar!, a new mobile music game from accomplished iOS app powerhouse Smule offers the musically inclined mobile gamer a new twist on the virtual virtuoso theme. Playing along with popular hits using the iPhone (or iPad and iPod Touch — Guitar! is a universal app) touchscreen isn’t revolutionary.

Many past apps, including some of Smule’s own (Ocarina, anyone?) have been built around this functionality. But Guitar! stands out from the crowd, because it offers another layer of interactivity. Let’s dig into it after the jump.  (more…)

As someone that loves music I’m often searching for new artists and songs to love, as well as new methods of accomplishing this task. Twitter #music, a new music discovery service released in April, had a lot of promise but ultimately fell out of the limelight rather quickly. As a recommendation service, I found Twitter #music to be lacking in terms of how recommendations were offered, as well as not giving users a means to offer recommendations.

By comparison, #nwplyng offers a full music sharing experience with one major caveat: Instead of piggybacking on a major social network, #nwplyng is it’s own social network. Between Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Vine and countless others to keep tabs of, is it plausible to find room for another social network in your life? (more…)

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 iPod Touch to begin with in the early days. Over the years though, there have been a lot of changes to the app. 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. (more…)

I have to tune my ukulele constantly. That’s what I get for buying the blue one with the dolphin on it, right? It looks pretty, but it’s not the best instrument, and it needs constant upkeep or it starts sounding like I’m playing a tree branch.

I have a little device to tune it, a physical thing I have to lug around with me, and while it’s not all that big, it’s one more thing I need to keep on me at all times. Tunable can fix all that. It’s a great little app for tuning, and it can do a whole lot more. But can it replace the tuner I use everyday? (more…)

In the ’90s, there were few better gifts that I could receive than a fresh brick of blank cassette tapes. These 90-minutes canvases held such potential, waiting for me to put together my themed compilations made for road trips, studying and, most importantly, as gifts for friends. But with the prevalence of CD burners, and most listeners relying on digital files, MP3 players and streaming, the craft of making a true mixtape has all but died.

Enter MiTapes, a nostalgia-inducing app. With MiTapes, users can create their own playlists that can be “played back” on a cassette — at least visually, as your iPhone screen becomes a tape deck with two spools winding away. Can this throwback novelty re-ignite your love for the original form of peer-to-peer file sharing? Find out more about it after the jump. (more…)

Hot off the presses, Twitter #music has finally gone public, and we can all stop hating Wiz Khalifa and Alt-J just a little bit for getting there before we did. With Twitter charts based on trending music and recommendations sourced from your follows, Twitter #music aims to reinvent music discovery.

Is it everything we’ve been waiting for and just as good as all the famous music people have been saying? We’ll try it out! (more…)

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