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Those of us with large music libraries know how much of a pain it can be to choose what to listen to. Sometimes there’s no time to make a decent playlist; other times you simply don’t even know where to start. While the basic music app on the iPhone is efficient and easily sorts your music, it doesn’t do a good job presenting your music to you when you don’t know what to listen to.

However, in all the areas the default music app is lacking, Groove 2 shines. Featuring intuitive gesture controls and a robust playlist generator, it’s an excellent choice for any music enthusiast. (more…)

I never got into the Draw Something craze. Something between a lack of skill and large fingers on a tiny screen meant that I was lucky if I won against a three-year-old. Fortunately, my dignity could be redeemed with the introduction of a new app, named Song Pop.

When Song Pop showed up in the App Store, I am pretty sure music lovers everywhere cheered with joy. Now they could show off not only their song knowledge but also their artist knowledge, in a five question multi-round music quiz where you are pitted against other music fans. A combination of fast answer times and correct answers in music genres including ’90′s Alternative and Modern Rap is what it takes to show you are the Song Pop queen or king. (more…)

Music has been a factor which has helped move forward the technology industry. The ability to listen to music while on the go, gave Apple the desire to make a better portable music player. Today, music is leaning toward streaming. This makes more sense in today’s time. A lot of users probably already use Rdio or Spotify to satisfy their streaming needs, but there are times when I do not want to do the work. Sometimes I don’t feel like building a playlist or constantly searching for the next song to listen to. For times like these, I rely on Songza.

Songza is a music streaming service but with a twist. You cannot search for a specific song and play it, and you cannot build a playlist, but you can tell the service what type of mood you are in and it will play the most appropriate music. Go download Songza, select reading as an activity and enjoy the rest of this post with some accompanying reading music. (more…)

Whenever someone talks about Apple, it’s almost unavoidable that the conversation will turn to Microsoft at one point or the other. Usually, features and benefits are compared and the design aspects of the Redwood company are being stacked unfavorably against Apple aesthetics. Being an Apple fangirl, I have to admit that I also wasn’t too impressed when one of my colleagues showed me the new Metro interface on his smartphone.

But then something made me reconsider: an app that suddenly appeared on the App Store, named Track 8. Just another music player, I thought. But when I saw the interface, I just had to try it. I mean, how often do you get the chance to run a Metro styled app on your iPhone or iPad? (more…)

Producing music nowadays is becoming easier and easier as developers try and simplify their software’s UI to become more user friendly. It’s not a wonder there are some great and easy-to-use apps to compose music for recreation or actual studio-quality records. I’m a producer myself, so I’m always on the lookout for some innovative ways to use my iPhone as a production tool.

There are a number of composition apps available for the iPhone, but I’m going to highlight the noteworthy and more user friendly apps in order to maximise your experience with composing on your iPhone.  Whether you’re a serious musician or just looking to test the waters, these apps are accessible to all skill levels. (more…)

The way in which we listen to music in vehicles has changed quite a bit over the past 60 years. For the longest time, radio was the only way of to jam to your favorite tunes, but the invention of the 8-track, cassette and compact disc revolutionized people’s ability to listen to music they wanted to on-demand. Nowadays, the majority of new cars feature an auxiliary port (or USB port) that allows you to connect your iPhone (or other music playing device) so that you can listen to any of the hundreds or thousands of songs you have saved.

However, one of the big dangers of using your iPhone to play music while driving is the distraction it causes by making you focus on your device instead of on the road. To help make it a bit safer to drive and control your tunes at the same time, developer Ryan Oksenhorn created CarTunes, a gesture based music player for your iPhone. Find out more after the jump.

AppStorm does not condone any activity that distracts a driver from the responsibilities of operating a motor vehicle. While CarTunes does aim to make it safer to control your iPhone while driving, it’s important that you always follow state laws when using your cell phone while driving.

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Think back to when you got your first iPhone. What were initial 10 apps you downloaded? I bet most of you downloaded Twitter, Angry Birds, Pandora, Doodle Jump and/or Evernote. What do each of these apps have in common? They were initial inductees into Apple’s App Store Hall of Fame in 2010.

Another app you probably downloaded, and was also an initial Hall of Fame inductee, is Shazam. Since its release in July 2008, Shazam has been a must-have app, granting users the ability to easily identify songs and artists. Shazam recently released version 5.0, which included some new features that are sure to delight its millions of users. Join me after the jump as I take a closer look at these new features (and more). (more…)

Last June, our own Marie Look introduced readers to Songkick, an app that lets you “create a personalized concert calendar for you, based on your music and your city, and tracks your favorite artists so you never miss an opportunity to see them perform live.” As a longtime user of Songkick, I can attest that the app lives up to that description and has done a good job of helping me find, and notifying me of, nearby concerts.

Songkick has remained nearly unopposed in this category of app since it’s release last June, that is until this past February when Samuel Vermette released Shows. It’s been said that competition breeds excellence, and “excellence” is one word I’d use to describe this app. Find out what other words I’ll use after the jump. (more…)

One of the flagship features on these iDevices is the music-playing capabilities. Of course, if you listen to music as much as I do, you will be on the constant search for some new tunes. This is where Discovr Music comes into the picture. This nifty little application allows you to find new music literally in a tap.

Let’s dive into it after the jump. (more…)

Years ago, the iPod won the digital media player wars. It wasn’t really a fair fight; the iPod had Apple and the record companies behind it, pushing for people to purchase music and providing a smooth, streamlined way to do so. The iPod’s dominance continued for years, and when Steve Jobs announced the first iPhone, he also said that it was the finest iPod that the company had ever made.

Now the iPhone is a product category unto itself, and it’s left the iPod’s legacy in the dust. While you can still listen to music with your iPhone, you can now do something that no iPod ever could: create music. While there are many apps out there that make this possible, my favorite is GarageBand, sold directly through Apple. (more…)

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