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Recently, I reviewed an niche social networking app called Oink, which let’s you share the things you love with friends. Mainly, Oink is used to share a specific item, such as a Big Mac at McDonald’s or your favorite cup of coffee at the local diner. While Oink fills this particular niche nicely, other apps are available in the App Store that fill the roll other social niches. Instagram, for example, allows users to share photographs, and a little-known but highly usable app called Peepapp allows you to share the apps you’ve installed on your iPhone.

While food, photos and apps (especially apps) are great to share with friends, music is often one the most shared topics of discussion. Enter SoundTracking, the nifty little app that helps you “share the soundtrack of your life.”

The iPhone already has enough features to make it the music player of choice for many people; through iTunes they have access to the world’s largest collection of music, with each song at an affordable price and tons of content available. With features like iTunes Match being added to the spectrum, it would appear that iTunes is the be-all end-all of getting music legally — but it isn’t.

Instead, today I’d like to look at Rdio, a streaming service that is jam-packed with features and is a worthy alternative to iTunes and other streaming options.


It’s safe to say there’s no shortage of music apps in the market, and even the native client is very capable and suitable for most — so why would anyone want this app? In short, there are two reasons: beauty and simplicity.

Audium is an exceptionally elegant music player that gets rid of complex options like playlists and even individual song lists, instead focusing on the albums. Head past the break to check it out.


I realized one day as I was driving in my car that I started to get a little tired of always listening to music. Then I remembered that I could download podcasts on iTunes to listen to on my iPhone. So when I got home, I went into iTunes and downloaded a bunch of podcasts. Needless to say, after a week of getting my podcasts this way, I was left with wanting something better than what I was currently doing.

Ironically, as I was listening to a podcast on my iPhone, I heard about Instacast, and these guys that were talking about it were raving about how much they loved using it. So, it was at that point that I decided to give it a try myself.  The more I used it, the more I started to fall in love and with many features being added over time, this has definitely been my go-to app for podcasts.

A few weeks ago, I covered the new (and as one commenter reminded me, US-only) social music web service It’s a fantastic social listening service that aggregates users into digital performances spaces where they can take turns spinning tracks and showing off their impeccable taste.

The folks behind released an iPhone app that lets you connect to the service from your mobile device. Notably, you connect to the same service that a web app user uses, which means that you can interact with users on desktop computers, and instead of showing a Windows or Mac machine when you’re at the DJ table, the audience will see that you’re connected from an iPhone. Unfortunately, like the web app, the iPhone app is only available in US App Store for the time being. Let’s break this thing down after the jump.


Do you have a vast music collection but find you’re sometimes indecisive as to what to listen to? Or maybe you’d just love to have a personal DJ who can read your mind and play all the right songs all the time? Moodagent is an app that creates genius playlists from your iPhone’s music library by categorizing each song’s qualities.

The results are Moodagent playlists tailored perfectly to match whatever mood you’re in, and which can be adjusted on the fly, saved and replayed and shared via social media. Plus, Moodagent’s unique technology enables the app to give you song recommendations based on the musical profile of whatever song you’re listening to — then you can buy the tracks right off of iTunes and incorporate them into your playlists. Hit the jump and I’ll show you how it works.


Now you can finally become that friend in the group who always knows about a live show first. Able to scan your iPhone’s music library within seconds, Songkick creates 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.

And although Songkick has 100,000-plus concerts in its database, you can make use of the app’s alerts and other customizable features to ensure you’re being fed information on only those artists and venues you love the most. Want to see how it works? Hit the jump and I’ll show you. (more…)

If you’re a fan of music, then you should be a fan of satellite radio. That’s because it offers over 140 sports, talk and music stations, most of which are commercial free. Currently, the big leader in the market is SiriusXM, the combo pack made up of both Sirius and XM Radio. It used to be that to enjoy their offerings you needed a special receiver connected to a branded radio at your home or in your car, but now all you need is your iPhone or iPod Touch.

Now you might be thinking, “I remember the Sirius app coming out a long time ago. Why should I get excited about it this time around?” Well, the app has been refreshed but more importantly, so has the content. So what makes it so special? Hit the jump and we’ll work it out.


Today’s iOS devices are direct descendants of Apple’s original iPod line, and the iPhone is perhaps the most popular iPod ever. iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad are all great for playing back music and videos. The only problem is, many of us store much more audio on our Macs and PCs than could fit on a standard iPhone or iPod Touch. Then, streaming audio from Flash-powered sites won’t play back on iOS, no matter how much storage you have. Apple has tried to make a solution with their AirPort Express, but most of us don’t want to pay $99 for a new device just to stream music around your house.

But isn’t your iPhone an internet-connected smart device with a speaker? Seems like you could use it to stream audio from your PC, doesn’t it? There’s no way to do it by default, but thanks to the new WiFi2HiFi app, you can use your iPhone for yet another crazy thing: streaming audio! Paired with a set of speakers or a HiFi dock, you’ve got a full wireless speaker system with just a $0.99 app. Keep reading to see how WiFi2HiFi works and if it’s the app you need to free audio from your computer!

Those of us who aren’t living in a country lucky enough to have Spotify are still on the lookout for the ideal streaming radio app. Most services that let you have any say in the songs that play charge you a monthly fee. Others, like Pandora, merely let you guide the stream in a vague direction based on your personal interests.

Jelli is a new player in this category with a novel idea: vote-driven live radio. Keep reading to see what exactly this is, how it works and whether you should try it.

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