Posted by Ellis Spice on August 27th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This time last year Spotify launched Connect: a feature that allows users to play their music through home speakers. It already works through 80 different speakers and home audio systems, and today it has been announced that more partners and devices are set to be added in the near future.
Bose, Panasonic, and Gramofon have partnered with Spotify for the Connect feature, meaning that some of their devices will soon work with the music service. For the first time a Smart TV will also able to connect with Spotify, with Phillips Smart TVs. Finally, multi-room set-ups are supported as well, meaning multiple users can listen to multiple pieces of music within the same household.
The Spotify app is available for free on the App Store now, although you will need a premium subscription of $9.99 a month in order to use Connect functionality.
Zivix has announced that their guitar-in-your-pocket, jamstik, is now available at select Apple retail stores and Apple’s Online Store.
jamstik is a portable digital instrument you can use to learn, play, and create music on the go. It serves as a MIDI-enabled controller for multiple apps like jamTutor, jamMix, and Garage Band, and jamstik uses real strings and frets to give musicians a realistic experience while playing. The controller connects to your Apple devices wirelessly, making it an ideal instrument to carry around with you.
You can buy jamstik for $299.99 on the Zivix site now.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on August 11th, 2014 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
New to the App Store is version 2.0 of Feed, an iPad app that allows you to create music from the sounds of the world around you.
The app offers an intuitive layout that means it’s easy to record, playback, loop, pitch shift, and modulate sounds – all gleaned from your iPad’s in-built microphone. Whether you’re walking through the countryside or taking your daily commute to the city, you should be able to grab some great sounds to use within Feed.
In honor of its significant update, Feed is currently on sale at 40% off, meaning it only costs $1.99 at the moment. Get in fast though as this is a time limited sale.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 17th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Soundwave, the music discovery app that tracks the music you listen to on a variety of platforms (YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, etc…), is getting a major update today. The app is receiving a fresh, new design and includes a Music Messenger feature allowing users to connect with their friends. Users can search for songs on the app and share them, private group chat, make group playlists with friends, and connect with other users that have a common music interests.
You can check out Soundwave for free on the app store.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on July 14th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
MuseAmi has just launched a new, social app based on the ability to take, edit and share video called Hook’d.
The app incorporates MuseAmi’s proprietary technologies, one of which is real-time audio processing, which allows for users to create and share content directly from an iOS device. MuseAmi also offers authentic backing tracks, including licensed music from Warner Music Group, and says it will announce additional licensing deals in the coming weeks.
MuseAmi chief Bob Taub mentions the partnership with Warner Music Group. “In Hook’d, we’ve created a fun, addictive and totally new way to capture moments through music, and share it with one person or with many,” he says. “We’re proud to have the support of Warner Music Group at launch. They’ve been a real champion of our technology, and their incredible catalog provides our users with authentic master recordings that make Hook’d like no other app on the planet.”
Hook’d is available for free (with optional in-app purchases) on the App Store.
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Trying to explain Monster Hunter Freedom Unite to someone unfamiliar with the series is always a challenge. There’s an almost unrivaled amount of satisfaction to be had the first time you best a Rathalos or when you complete an armor set . You might’ve spent hours hunting dozens of Diablos, to the point that you can do it in your sleep, but now you’ve got what you need and can finish your set and oh it looks so amazing you can’t wait to show it off to your friends! I suppose that’s actually the best way to explain Monster Hunter: you earn it. You earn everything. And it’s difficult not to be extremely proud of that. –Rob Rich
It was dark all around and there was frost in the ground when the Tigers broke free. And a good time was had by all. World of Tanks Blitz is a mobile take on World of Tanks, the PC-based online tank combat game from Wargaming.net. World of Tanks has been consistently popular since its North American and European release in 2011, so it’s surprising the game has taken this much time to get an official mobile release. Many imitators have sprung to life in the meantime – some of which are quite good – but unsurprisingly, the real deal is one of the best tank games available for mobile. –Nadia Oxford
I wouldn’t be pleased if monsters actually ate my birthday cake. How dare they snarf up the sugary confection I was poised to chow down on myself?! It’s a sentiment no doubt shared with the developers at Sleeping Ninja, who have crafted a satisfying twist on The Legend of Zelda-like puzzle-solving. Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake is a sweet treat for mobile gamers that serves up an excellent mix of puzzles, bright and colorful characters, and engaging content that rivals triple-A blockbusters in terms of unadulterated fun. When you get started you’ll find yourself swapping out characters in order to complete level-specific puzzles. Each level has characters with differently-assigned abilities, and each monster has its own loadout. In order to conquer the various obstacles scattered throughout each area, you’ll have to become acquainted with the monsters’ abilities while avoiding or eliminating enemies completely. –Brittany Vincent
Music theory is one of the trickier parts of learning to play a musical instrument. Learning how to read the musical notes and understand how they each sound different isn’t always that fun to figure out, either. This is where X BEATS hopes to buck that trend. It’s a puzzle game that relies upon musical notes to solve the challenges. Each level consists of a mostly empty grid. Players then have to fill up the grid based on the note values to reach a certain amount at the end. Predictably, early stages are pretty simple and easy enough to bluff through, although that’s not the point. They simply require matching up 4 beats and there are limited options to ensure you can’t go wrong. –Jennifer Allen
I would like to introduce readers to the new app, Lars and Friends: a charming storybook for young children that contains very special illustrations, making it really stand out among a sea of other apps within iTunes. Lars and Friends is the simple and sweet tale of a horse named Lars and his adventures with many different types of creatures, allowing children to become familiar with the unique names used to describe a group of specific animals such as a colony of ants, knot of frogs, or tower of giraffes. I have had a lot of fun with the different activities Lars engages in with different creatures large and small, creating whimsical images about some unlikely friendships that will stay with readers as well as teaching the sometimes odd name-groupings children of all ages and their adults will enjoy learning about. –Amy Solomon
When turned off in a well-lit room, the yantouch Diamond+ looks kind of like a slightly garish ball of nothing. When turned on in a dark room – especially when displaying colors based on the tempo of the being played through it – it’s more like staring into a technicolored Eye of Sauron. You know, if Sauron were actually a pretty cool guy and not bent on conquering/destroying the world. Setting up the Diamond+ is pretty easy, and there are a couple of options you can pick from. Initially I hooked it up to my computer via the included audio cable, then later via bluetooth. I’m not sure if it’s just my imagination but it actually sounded a little tinny when connected via the cable, but it sounds just fine via bluetooth. –Rob Rich
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Life is sweeter when it’s easy. When everything moves the way it should for as long as it should, one can’t complain. There isn’t any shame in appreciating that. With video games, we like reasonable levels of difficulty, but I think that deep down, we all really want an epic battle… something seemingly impossible to conquer. Basically, we love torture by pixel. Why else would games like Wave Wave be so addictive? We’ve known about this game for a while, and finally had a chance to take it for a spin. It is a twitch/reaction games, so it makes sense to go into it with a soothed state of mind. Simplistically explained, the playing area is an insane, jazzy splash of altering colors. A lined arrow travels through this playing area, and the base idea is to use the controls to avoid the quick-appearing obstacles that appear. –Tre Lawrence
I admit to being a bit surprised back when Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville was announced – a Powerpuff Girls Metroidvania, developed by Radiangames, known for their dual-stick shooters and puzzle games? And it released on Steam? I didn’t get around to playing it until now, when it surprisingly released on mobile recently, but it makes a lot more sense that it’s a Radiangames title – and it’s a unique, if imperfect, take on the open-world adventure genre of Metroidvanias. The game starts out with Mojo Jojo, famed villain of the Powerpuff Girls, having erased all of the girls’ memories, imprisoning Bubbles and Blossom, with only a flightless Buttercup around. Flight is the first power earned back by collecting in the world, and here’s where the game shows its original qualities. Many games in the Metroidvania vein restrict progress by restraining movement, but this game relies solely on the lack of certain powers necessary to progress. I feel like it’s almost fairer, because it’s kind of nice to not have things that are just out of short jumping reach. It’s more artificial, but it feels more natural in a weird way. –Tre Lawrence
First Strike is all about nukes. The crux of many an action movie nukes can be fun to throw around. First Strike contains all the fun of launching arrays of nuclear death without all that pesky fallout afterwards. First Strike throws diplomacy out the window. By the time of the game the world is already going to be bathed in nuclear fire. The only question is who will do most of the bathing? First Strike divides each nation up into sections and each section has a number of silos, the number of which is controlled by tech level. Each silo can have a particular kind of missile. There are cruise missiles which are used to intercept incoming nukes and ICBMs, which are used for nuking other nations. –Allan Curtis
And finally, 2014 is halfway through, so Pocket Gamer revealed its top-rated iOS, Android, Vita, and 3DS games of the year so far, and found 100 upcoming mobile games to look forward to. The guys also started documenting their adventures in bizarre art installment art MTN, took a look at Civilization Revolution 2, and produced a whopping great guide to Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake.
Posted by Ellis Spice on June 26th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
SNK has released their ‘Fighting x Music’ game The Rhythm of Fighters onto the App Store. Featuring tracks likely familiar to fans of SNK titles, such as The King of Fighters and Fatal Fury, the game challenges players to play to the rhythm of the music and unleash moves and combos on their opponent using a one-touch control system.
The Rhythm of Fighters is available on the App Store now for $0.99, with additional packs of tracks available for $2.99.
The app has been rebuilt from the ground up to include a Universal search – one of the most asked-for features for the app. Universal search allows users to search across all the music services available on the app, making it easier to find all the places where an artist’s work exists, including little known covers and remixes. Also included in this update are easier ways to explore music services and the ability to play full stereo sound from rear channel speakers in a home theatre set-up.
The Sonos Controller app is available now and is free.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 8th, 2014 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Music application and accessory heavyweight IK Multimedia has released yet another iOS music-inclined app. AmpliTude Orange is specifically geared toward iPads.
According to the app information, AmpliTube Orange was developed with careful guidance from the tone gurus at Orange to ensure the authenticity of the sound. Derived from the award-winning desktop recording studio version, AmpliTube Orange for iPad lets you choose from 6 Orange amp models and 3 stompbox models.
Amplitube Orange is available on the App Store for $14.99.
- Real-time guitar and bass mobile + recording app
- Full rig with 4 simultaneous stompboxes + amp with effects + cabinet + mic
- Inter-App Audio support (available on iOS 7 only)
- Audiobus compatible: works in any of the 3 Audiobus “slots”
- 4 stompbox models — Highway Drive, The Shaker, Echo Trip (by registering), and Noise filter
- 6 Orange amps with matching Cabinets — OR50™, Rockerverb 50™, Thunderverb 200™, Tiny Terror™, AD 30™, AD 200 Bass MK3™
- Dynamic + condenser mic models
- Ultra-realistic tones derived from the AmpliTube Orange™ Mac/PC software
- Single track recorder (with re-amping and preroll) expandable to 8-track studio with master effects through in-app purchase
- AutoFreeze allows for separate, tweakable effects per track on the multitrack recorder
- Import songs/backing tracks directly from your Music library on your device or from your computer
- Export via E-mail, SoundCloud, FTP or File Sharing
- NO VOICE feature removes the lead vocal or guitar solo from imported songs
- Change the tempo (-50% to +200%) of imported songs without affecting their pitch
- Digital audio in/out
- MIDI controllable
- Powerful preset system
- Includes tuner and metronome
- Low-latency for real time playing
- Can be incorporated into AmpliTube 3 for iPad app via in-app purchase.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on March 28th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
AutoRap, the fun app that is able transcribe words into auto-tuned rap music using beats from popular musicians from Smule, is getting a sizable update.
The update includes a full re-design of the app. One big feature added is integration with Smule Nation, the developer’s own social community; this allows users to collaborate with each other. There is also a Rab Battle feature that allows AutoRap users to challenge others, and the ability to use the app to generate a Mixtape.
AutoRap is available for free (with optional paid in-app content) on the App Store.
Posted by Stephen Hall on March 18th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Music is a great way of expressing yourself, and doing so on social media just got a lot easier with a new app called Snippit. Essentially, the app lets you upload photos and share them to followers much like Instagram and other photo-sharing apps, but also gives you the option of attaching a 4-10 second song clip for truly showing the world the meaning of that moment.
The app allows you to upload an unlimited number of photos, much like its competitors, and lets you seamlessly share these posts on both Twitter and Facebook. In addition, the photo app can be used standalone, letting you fin and follow friends directly. In the latest version of the app you’ll find larger photo sizes, as well as the ability to use iTunes 30-second previews to make your ‘snippit.’
Posted by Stephen Hall on March 10th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Countless social networks hit the App Store all the time, but it’s not every day that you see a new app completely dedicated to making your music-listening experience a little more social and fun. Caktus, a new app from Caktus Media, was announced at SXSW in Austin, Texas last weekend, and it aims to do just that.
Caktus really, really wants you to listen to the music on your iOS device through their app rather than Apple’s standard Music.app. Why? Because Caktus wants to share everything you’re listening to with your friends in real-time. In return, if you have friends who also use Caktus, you’ll be able to see what they’re listening to as well. The app also lets you see what music is being played among those physically near you, as well as see what music is trending amongst your friends.
You can grab Caktus on the App Store for free right now.
Posted by Rob Rich on January 21st, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Beats Music is a new music streaming service featuring over 20 million songs, sharing, and a search function that will let users browse songs and playlists by curator, genre, or activity. Why activity? Because it’s one of the main criteria in the app’s ‘The Sentence’ function.
The Sentence gives users the option to generate a continuous playlist based on their current location, activity, genre preference, and surroundings. Just answer a few questions and Beats Music does the rest. It’s available now as a free download with a $9.99/month subscription (with a 7 day free trial, of course).
StudioConnect HD is the newest audio toy from Griffin Technology; allowing users to record multiple tracks in HD to both iOS or Mac OS X at the same time. It accommodates microphones, guitars, keyboards, and bases, as well as acting as a charging platform for your iPad. Which iPad? Any of them, really. It comes with both a 30-pin and lightning connector (plus a USB port to connect to your Mac).
- Auria (iOS)
- GarageBand (iOS and OS X)
- Logic Pro X (OS X)
- JamUp / BIAS (iOS)
- Two ¼”/XLR combo inputs with individual Gain control, Pad switch, 48v Phantom Power and Signal/Clip LED indicator
- USB MIDI and 5-pin MIDI support
- TRS 1/4” balanced out for monitors
- Dedicated Monitor and Headphones volume controls
- Compatibility with iOS (30 pin & Lightning) and OS X (USB)
- Conveniently holds and charges iPad
Crazy Dave has a crazy new product for you: Plants vs Zombie Headphones. Skullcandy has partnered with Popcap Games to create a pair of stylish headphones to surround you in the sounds of zombies groaning and exploding in all their glory. The headphones come equipped with silicone gel tips in interchangeable sizes for a more comfortable fit, along with […]