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…)
Some keys to a successful outdoor party are well-proven. You need good food, good drinks, good tunes and, naturally, good friends. Fortunately, there are apps to help you out with at least three of those (and maybe all four?). Of course, fun entertainment also can’t hurt.
And because you and the other partygoers will be having such a great time, you’ll want to take lots of cool photos that you can edit, jazz up and share with everyone. Here, we present a few top picks that cover all these bases and more. Check them out after the jump. (more…)
Well, here we are, a few days later, and we can officially announce our winners of the promo codes for Beat Music Player. They are:
All of the winners have been notified via Twitter DM, so check your inboxes. Thanks to all those that entered, and be on the lookout for more contests soon! (more…)
The iPhone gave us the ability to have our music and our phone in one convenient location: our pocket. No longer did we have to juggle a cell phone and an iPod, it was all in one unit. But what about that Music app, huh? Not so great. It’s one of the weak links in the iOS ecosystem, if only because it’s just so clunky and awkward to use. If only there was a cool app that could take Music’s place. If only …
Let me introduce you to Beat Music Player. First off, it’s just a buck, so it’s not pricey. Second, it’s beautiful — and I don’t say that lightly. The app not only has a great collection of clean and simple fonts, but every song plays against a spectacular etherial background. Oh, and there’s the cool touch interface, too.
But let me back up a minute so I can give Beat its due. Let’s say that you want to listen to an album on your iPhone, but you’re driving so you don’t want to have to check it all the time to switch tracks. Open up Beat Music Player, start the album and let the car ride begin. When you want to skip tracks, albums, playlists or any number of different tasks, just swipe the phone with your thumb to navigate through the various elements. And if you have your iPhone propped up on the dash, you can pick between a number of pretty backgrounds that won’t distract you like album art might, but still provide a nice look. It’s safer, better looking and easier to use than the stock Music app. That’s good enough for me.
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We do a lot of weekly sponsorships here, but there’s something you should probably know. We don’t just do these reviews for everyone who wants one; we hand pick every one to make sure it fits our standards. That’s why you should know that we picked Beat Music Player because it serves a function: play music on your iPhone, but do it better, cleaner and prettier than the stock app. Not only does it do it well, but so much so that it became my new primary music app.
If there’s higher praise than that, I can’t think of what it could be. There’s no better way for you to spend a buck.
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…)
Sometimes, an app comes along that fits a small niche in a really interesting, kind of absurd way. How many people really need an app that combines ambient music with police radio? And out of the people who think they need that app, how many are willing to pay for it? Any development time is a gambling risk; wasted time 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, somebody put this app together. It’s called La Vue, it’s a universal app and it’s on the App Store for $0.99.
There’s no denying the concept is pretty cool, but cool concepts with weak implementations are never any good. The real question I had going into this isn’t why anybody would bother putting this together; 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 surprised me. (more…)
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…)
I’ve never tried a secondary music app. The iOS Music app has always been enough for me, but I started to wonder if maybe there could be something better out there. Something different, cooler, that would make me give up the default Music app for good.
There’s gotta be something pretty special going on to make me turn my head, and that’s what in:play is — pretty special. Fancy gestures and a minimalist interface make for a pretty sweet experience. Will all that really make for an experience to rival what I can get right out of the iOS box, though? (more…)