Android 3.1 Now Supports Lossless FLAC Audio Format


*+-In addition to some of the more publicized features of the Android 3.1 OS update announced by Google at I/O and the OS’s support for hardware-accelerated Adobe Flash 10.2 videos, the new version of Honeycomb will also bear support for FLAC. FLAC, which stands for free Lossless Audio Codec, is an audio file format, similar […]

Google I/O 2011 Day One Announcement Roundup

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*+-In case you were unaware, Google has been extremely busy during the  first day of their Google I/O event at the Moscone Center in San Francisco announcing everything from a new cloud music service to the company’s latest software. Here is a  rundown of the major announcements that Google made today: Google Music Beta One […]

Google Music Player 3.0 Hits the Android Market

Google Music Player

*+-Google Music Player 3.0 has hit the Android Market which means that the software that will allow Android users to sync up to Google’s new Music Beta service is now available for download. Earlier today at its Google I/O event in San Francisco, Google announced the beta version of its new Music service which will […]

iPhone to Android Switch Part Two – Playing Media

Playing Media on an Android

*+-When I bought an Android phone my first thought was how good it would be for playing music. I’ve been using iPods for years and my foray into iOS began with the iPod Touch the spring before the iPhone 3GS was released. I assumed that Android would not be as good as iOS for playing […]

Google Music Beta Announced by Invite Only for Now (video)

Google Music Beta

*+-Google is following on the heels of Amazon and beating Apple to the cloud music storage arena with its new Google Music Beta service. For now it is in closed beta requiring an invitation. Users can sign up for an invite now. When they finally get an invite, users can begin to sync their audio […]

Apple Targeting Audiophiles with Latest Hire


*+-According to a Twitter message, Apple may have hired Tomlinson Holman, a University of Southern California audio professor and the brains behind sound-house THX. The move would help Apple compete better against other computing and mobile computing brands that have better acoustics integration, like HTC and Nokia smartphones with Dolby sound, Lenovo computers with Dolby […]

Apple’s iTunes Digital Cloud Storage Won’t be Free


*+-Early speculations about Apple’s digital cloud storage plans suggest that the service will launch for free initially, but that the iPhone-maker would eventually charge users a small annual fee for the service much like what it does with its cloud-based Mobile Me offering. According to Billboard, Apple may charge users around $20 a year for […]

Rumor: iTunes for the Desktop to Become Web App


*+-According to Three Guys and a Podcast, the desktop version of Apple’s iTunes software used to manage, play, and synchronize your multimedia library will soon disappear as a standalone app. The site claims that Apple will be moving iTunes from a standalone software to become an in-browser Web app–which is ironic as Apple had shifted […]

Mougg Provides Free Digital Locker to Store and Stream Music


*+-Users who are awaiting Apple to announce the rumored iTunes streaming service, which would purported allow users to store their iTunes-purchased content inside Apple’s servers and have the media content be streamable with an Internet connection from the cloud on demand, can now look for towards Mougg for a free solution in the interim as […]

Reggie Watts: Another Great Musical iPhone 4 Performance

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*+-The band Atomic Tom got a lot of attention when its members swapped their instruments for iPhones. Reggie Watts, a musician and comedian, is now in on the iPhone act and put together a nice demonstration of how the iPhone can be used as a performance and content creation device. In a live appearance on […]

iPhone Apps Used in Atomic Tom Subway Video


*+-Atomic Tom pulled off a very successful marketing stunt by performing on a Subway with iPhones in place of their instruments. Some of my friends and family members asked me what applications they’d need to buy to replicate Atomic Tom’s Take me Out performance. Here’s a list of the apps with links to the Apple […]

Amazing iPhone 4 Band Performance on the Subway

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*+-Atomic Tom performed live on a New York city subway using just the instrument apps on their iPhones and an amplifier.  Though the iPhone apps might not be as ‘pure’ as  real instruments, this shows that people with creativity and talent don’t have to limit themselves to just one instrument. Of course, iPhones are a […]

iPad Street Musicians a New Trend?

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*+-Where there are tourists there are street musicians. Some are incredibly talented and belong on much bigger and quieter stages, while others rely on schticks to get tourists to throw spare change their way. This iPad-sitar playing hippie chick with a raccoon tail hanging between her legs is one musician that falls into the later […]

AirTurn Bluetooth page-turning foot pedal coming to iPad


*+-Seems our old friend Hugh Sung, professional pianist and tablet enthusiast, isn’t sitting down when it comes to the next wave of tablets, specifically the iPad. Or rather, he’s committed to sitting down with them with new Bluetooth version of his AirTurn foot pedal page-turner.

Google Begins Roll Out of Music Search

*+-Google is starting a gradual roll out of a new search service for music that should put a tune in your heart. No, Google is not getting into the music biz. The idea is this, if you search for a song title, lyric, artist, album name, etc… you’ll be presented with results that include links […]

Frustrated with Messed Up Music Libraries in iTunes?


*+-One of the biggest headaches with importing music, audio books, etc is having to mess with all the track information. I spent hours over Christmas importing audio books, getting track numbers right, etc – needless to say, it was not how I intended to spend Christmas Day. That is where TuneUp comes in. TuneUp is […]