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Piano Mania Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Jennifer Allen on March 18th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: LEARNING IS FUN
Learning to play the piano has never been quite so fun, or as simple.
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Snippit Lets You Attach Your Favorite Songs to Life Moments, Share Them with Friends

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.'

You can get Snippit on the App Store for free.

Caktus is a New Social Music Listening Experience for the iPhone

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.

Circuits Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Mike Deneen on March 4th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MUSICAL MEMORY
Trying to remember much of anything in a day is hard enough, but try piecing together parts of a song to make a whole, just from memory?
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Chicago Avenue Moon Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 10th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PERSONAL SOUNDTRACK
Proving quite innovative, Chicago Avenue Moon is a personal soundtrack for anyone's regular walk.
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Beats Music Creates a Personalized Playlist Based on the Time of Day, Location, Preferences, and Other Clues

Posted by Rob Rich on January 21st, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: THE BEAT IS STRONG :: Read Review »

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).

CES 2014 - StudioConnect HD Lets You Record Multiple Music Tracks Simultaneously in HD

Posted by Rob Rich on January 6th, 2014

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).

The StudioConnect HD will be available from Griffin Technology's website soon (Fall 2014) for $199.99.

Compatible With
- Auria (iOS)
- GarageBand (iOS and OS X)
- Logic Pro X (OS X)
- JamUp / BIAS (iOS)

Features
- 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

Castro - High Fidelity Podcasts Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 17th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: CLOSE
Castro is an elegant-looking podcast app, but does it have what it takes to dethrone de facto standards like Downcast and Instacast?
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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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StarComposer - Festive Mashup Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Stacy Barnes on December 9th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: CRAZY CHRISTMAS KARAOKE
Rock around the Christmas tree with StarComposer - Festive Mashup. Create original, wacky renditions of Jingle Bells or Auld Lang Syne to celebrate the season with snazz!
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Sonos Play:1 Review - Top Streaming Music System Gets Affordable and Maintains Amazing Sound

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jeff Scott on November 21st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar ::
The Sonos system is the number one choice for music playing in the home. It's super flexible, sounds great, and can go in any room in the house.
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Pulse Racer Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on November 6th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: FAST PACED
Pulse Racer is a rhythm-based game where players fly along generated courses to collect notes that are synchronized to the music that plays.
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CoverMusic Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Arron Hirst on November 1st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: NEEDS iCLOUD SUPPORT
CoverMusic strips back the music listening experience to its foundations while offering the user a highly visual way to browse their music library.
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Get Ready to Mix and Share Your Own Tunes with Zya

Posted by Rob Rich on October 25th, 2013

Whether someone is musically inclined or not, there's a good chance they've dabbled in its creation at least once in their lifetime. Of course it's never easy to put something that sounds good together when you have zero experience, but Chillingo's new freemium social music creation/sharing game, Zya is looking to change that. I had the pleasure of checking out a hands-off demo at EA's recent Holiday Showcase, and I have to say I came away impressed despite my initial skepticism.

Each song you can create is made up of different parts - such as a guitar, drums, vocals, and background vocals for example. You can tweak each section to your liking by selecting various band members who each produce a unique sound, giving them different instruments which also produce unique sounds, then choosing to either use the default samples or create your own. If you decide to create your own you can tap out drum beats or even record your own vocals, then add effects until they sound just right. It's worth noting that there are different characters for different musical genres, and it's entirely possible (and even encouraged) to mix them all up to create some truly unique tunes. It's all cloud-based too, so new game content such as extra songs and characters can be dropped in almost instantly.

You'll have access to a single genre pack of your choosing (pop, rock, etc) from the start, and can purchase additional characters, instruments, microphones, and so on using points earned through creating songs and sharing your tracks with the world. It's even possible to have Zya create and post a YouTube video of your performance. Licensed music is also available, and can be altered just as much as everything else, but require an in-app purchase to unlock. Not surprising given that it's licensed music, really. Still, being able to remix popular songs and share them so easily is a pretty cool concept.

Zya will be out this December.

iOS 7: Slacker Radio Redesigns to Compete with iTunes Radio; Adds My Vibe

Posted by Jeff Scott on September 18th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Slacker has redesigned their iOS app to better fit with iOS 7. Included is a whole new design focused on making navigation of their millions of songs faster and more intuitive. A new feature called My Vibe allows users to find songs that fit any mood or event quickly and easily from a list of playlists hand-curated by Slacker Radio music programmers.