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Audio Defence: Zombie Arena

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lee Hamlet on November 26th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DRAGS ITS FEET
From the makers of Papa Sangre comes a defense game that forces players to listen carefully; unless they want to hear the sound of zombies feasting on their flesh, that is.
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Overcast: Podcast Player Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Campbell Bird on July 18th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: FEATURE RICH
Overcast compiles an impressive set of features and a super simple transfer process that makes it a very attractive proposition for most podcast enthusiasts.
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NewsRunner Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 6th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SHALLOW NEWS REPORTING
Being able to listen to news headlines is handy, but NewsRunner feels restrictive and limited in scope.
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Sharebrands Stereo Headphones Hardware Review

By Rob Rich on April 30th, 2014
Sharebrands' Stereo Headphones are a fairly affordable and comfy set of headphones.
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Beats Music Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Charlie Miller on March 10th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: THE BEAT IS STRONG
Beats Music is a new streaming music service that offers some sweet deals.
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Jam Plus Wireless Speaker Review

By Jeff Scott on December 20th, 2013
Great sound for a tiny device at this price point.
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Jam Fusion Wireless Stereo Headphones Review

By Jeff Scott on December 19th, 2013
A decent budget set of Bluetooth headphones with an innovative feature that allows two pairs to listen to the same source. The build quality, comfort, and sound quality are just not quite there though.
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Uberbuds - Awesome Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds Review

By Jeff Scott on December 18th, 2013
If users need to go wireless and love earbuds, this is a compact and great option. The sound is good and the battery life is better than expected given the overall size. Earbud size may be a problem for some.
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The Walk Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Lee Hamlet on December 16th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
With a captivating storyline and accurate pedometer recordings, The Walk turns every commute or casual stroll into a cause for excitement.
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Sleepora Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on December 11th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SLEEP BETTER
Sleepora is a sleep program designed to help iOS users sleep better and relax, but its steep price tag may be an immediate turn off for most.
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Vanished Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lee Hamlet on September 30th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BE AFRAID OF THE DARK
Vanished puts a spooky spin on the audio-only gaming genre by putting players into an underworld of darkness, demons, and distorted reality.
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Phorus App Allows Users to Stream Their iOS Device to the New Phorus Speaker and Receiver For In-Home Audio Control

Posted by Andrew Stevens on September 27th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Phorus has become available on the App Store, allowing users to stream audio from their iOS devices to the new Phorus PS1 speaker and PR1 receiver. This provides them with easy access and full control to a perfectly synced whole-home listening experience through the use of their iOS device.

“We are honored to be selected by RadioShack to help them further build out their wireless audio category, especially given the focus on audio in RadioShack’s new store formats,” said Dannie Lau, general manager at Phorus, in a press release. “The PS1 Speaker and PR1 Receiver are the perfect solution for RadioShack customers looking for an unmatched whole-home listening experience at an affordable price point, especially going into the holiday season.”

Sleep Genius: Natural Health Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Angela LaFollette on August 22nd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: NO WHITE NOISE NEEDED
Sleep Genius doesn’t use white noise or monitor users’ sleep patterns. Instead, it utilizes neuroscience to help users sleep faster and deeper.
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SessionBand - Piano Edition Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on July 25th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PIANO FUN
Create professional studio quality music with real piano backing tracks and over 7,000 chord-based piano loops.
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How To: Listen to Lossless Music

Posted by Carter Dotson on June 17th, 2013

Most digital music nowadays sounds slightly worse than it does on CD, thanks to audio compression. This is great for quickly downloading music, but not best for audio quality. If you want to listen to music on your iOS device without that pesky compression, and are willing to give up some additional storage space to do so, we have just the guide to do so.

The easiest way to listen to lossless audio on your iOS device is to use the Apple Lossless Audio Codec. ALAC files can be played by the built-in Music app, providing the best support, and the format can be handled by iTunes.

Now, FLAC exists as another alternative. It’s the most popular lossless music distribution format on the internet largely thanks to its open source nature, though ALAC is now open source as well. Bandcamp artists frequently offer music in FLAC format, though ALAC is also an option.

Converters exist for going from FLAC to ALAC - as both codecs are lossless, there’s no degradation in quality in converting, but for using FLAC, a third-party app with iTunes file transfer must be used. The only real difference between the two is at a technical level. I’ll let the audiophile super-nerds fight this one out, but for iOS users’ convenience, ALAC is the better choice here.

Now, you’re going to want to start with your music in a lossless format. This means ripping from a CD, or finding FLAC/ALAC files. Converting from a compressed format to lossless is just pointless.

If you already have ALAC files, then just drop them in iTunes, and put them on your device. ALAC is natively supported.

If you have a CD (they still make those) that you want to make into ALAC files, just load the CD onto your computer and open it up in iTunes. Go to Preferences, and Import Settings on that first page. Set the Import Using dropdown to Apple Lossless Encoder. Now import the CD. It will be added to your library, which you can then add to your iOS device the same way that any other lossless audio file can be added.

If you have FLAC files that you want converted to ALAC, there are plenty of conversion software titles out there. Consider XLD for Mac, which has a drag-and-drop interface, and the cross-platform fre:ac.

If you just want to play the FLAC files on your device directly (such as if you have a large collection you don’t want to convert), then there are plenty of apps that will play FLAC files. Some free options: FLAC Player+, TuneShell, and MoliPlayer.

You should now be on your way to enjoying your music exactly how the creators intended it to be heard!