Tag - Music
Apple has folded its iTunes radio stations into Apple Music, preventing free users from being able to play the stations. Just as announced in an email by Apple earlier this month, the "Radio" section of iTunes is now only accessible to subscribers, and will no longer air any advertising messages as part of streams, with free users now being prompted to subscribe to Apple Music if they want to continue using the feature.
Following the release of the first e-book volume of MacNN Pointers, we are offering another, shorter publication intended to help users -- a free PDF file called iTunes: More Than Just Your Music, a guide to exploring the various free and paid options for streaming music available through iTunes on OS X and through some third-party programs. The guide focuses on the differences between the built-in and free Internet Radio guide, the currently-free iTunes Radio feature (which will soon be folded into the subscription Apple Music section), Apple's flagship Beats 1 station, and of course the paid Apple Music services iTunes Match and Apple Music.
In case you missed the news, Apple recently released a brand new iOS app aimed specifically at the songwriting community. Known as Music Memos, Apple's new app builds upon the the existing Voice Memos app by working in a number of features that can help any musician. The question now is, can this app actually help songwriters jot down their moments of inspiration? We have spent a few days with the app, and are now ready to share our thoughts with you.
Back in the long-ago time of the early 2000s, Apple consciously made the iPod simpler and better to use than any other MP3 music player of the day. It worked out well. Now iPods are all but forgotten, and often it seems that so is this idea of simplicity. While rival MP3 players were complicated just because they were bad, Apple's offerings have become complicated primarily because they do so much.
Apple has released a number of updates for iOS devices revolving around music creation. GarageBand 2.1 for iOS adds in a new Live Loops feature for quickly laying down tracks, as well as introducing the Drummer from the Mac version of GarageBand, while Music Memos is a new app inspired by Voice Memos that adds in musician-friendly features to help with songwriting and developing tracks from an iPhone.
Recently, we ran a new story about the folding of iTunes Radio into the paid Apple Music service that caused confusion among some readers, and in hindsight its easy to guess why -- there is widespread confusion (particularly outside the two countries that ever had iTunes Radio, the US and Australia) about that it actually is, and what it isn't. This Pointers column will thus take a look at the various different audio services under the iTunes roof, what's free, what's not, what's changing, and what isn't -- and most importantly, what features are being seriously underused.
From the makers of Audio Hijack comes another tool that is for audio users -- and the more professional your needs, the more Loopback 1.0.1 is a solution for you. It's a tool for taking the sound from one app and passing it through to another. That's all -- but it's a lot.
In an email announcement late on Friday, Apple has informed iTunes users that the "Radio" section of iTunes (not to be confused with the "Internet Radio" section of iTunes) will be made part of the paid Apple Music subscription service, and will no longer offer ads. The move appears to be part of the same philosophy that prompted the company to divest itself of its iAd mobile advertising system, and the stations formerly available for free will be part of the paid service, beginning January 29.
Everyone likes getting something for nothing, especially when there's no or relatively few catches, and after spending too much over the holiday. Freebie Friday is the post where the MacNN staff find stuff you can make use of this weekend and afterwards, including a fitness app to help keep to your New Year's resolution to get fitter, an app to keep your Mac fighting fit as well, an extremely difficult iOS game, and a Jeff Buckley album.
A little over a year ago, we wrote a rave review of Blue Microphones' first-ever headphones, called the Mo-Fi. A year later, we are still loving them. They are amplified headphones of the sort that has since become very popular with music lovers, and what I liked best about them was that they had a great fit and a very "flat" sound that gave you nothing but the music, as purely as possible. Now Blue have added a second headphone, dubbed Lola, that follows in its footsteps. How does it compare to the Mo-Fi, or competition like Apple's own Beats? Find out in our full review.