Equalizer Frequencies & Settings On Music Players Explained

The best music players have music equalizer settings and  come with pre-sets to make the music you're listening to sound really good. These pre-sets are defined by the genre they're best suited for such as pop or rock (but never with a goth metal satanic screaming pre-set for some reason). But what are these mystery settings that claim to improve our listening experience? Are they even real or is it just something developers the world over have collectively conspired to add to music players for the sake of looking cool? The equalizer settings are 100% legit as is the claim that the right setting will improve the quality of music you hear, subject to what kind of speakers you have. We're going to take a look at what the equalizer is and just what each of those sliders mean. Read More

Until AM: Mix Music From Your Local Drive Or SoundCloud [Web]

Mixing music and experimenting with sounds isn't something as simple as creating a playlist (or a mix tape?). It's a lot of experimentation, it requires a good ear, and a pretty good idea of what you're doing. It also requires the use of complex and costly software which is worth investing if you know you're going to use it, and use it frequently. For anyone just curious about mixing music and trying their hand at being a DJ, there is Until AM, a simple web app that lets you mix any two songs either from your local drive or from SoundCloud. You can increase or decrease the playback speed, independently control the volume of each song, and manage the delay for each one. Read More

Hitlist: Create Playlists From Tracks Suggested By Your Facebook Friends [Android]

Ever have trouble trying to find music to play when you're together with your friends? Everyone has their own choice in music and catering to it all isn't easy. Hitlist is an Android app for getting music suggestions from your Facebook friends and adding them to a playlist. The app is a full fledged music player for your local files and you can create playlists, play songs on repeat and shuffle. To get suggestions from  your Facebook friends they need to have the app installed on their devices. You can pick who you want to receive a song suggestion from and then add it to your playlist. Read More

Shazam For Mac Identifies Music Playing On Your Desktop Or A Nearby Device

You know that feeling you get, when you want to track down some music you heard somewhere in the background? Well, if you have been using smartphones then you are already using apps like SoundHound and Yahoo! Music to achieve these goals, but there is just something about Shazam that makes it stand out from other apps that accomplish exactly that. Now, in this wonderful world of globalization in apps, Shazam comes to Mac OS X. Here is what we think about it. Read More

Musiex Adds A Gesture Based Banner With Controls For Playing Music [Jailbreak]

Music controls in the Control Center are possibly one of best things to ever come out of iOS 7. The Control Center itself is very popular because it negates the need to have a flash light app, serves as a way to launch the calculator, camera, and compass app. Of the many functions that Control Center gives easy access to, the Music controls are the only area where you could want more. Musiex is a Cydia tweak available in the Bigboss and Insanelyi repositories that adds a gesture based HUD for music being played. It lets you view the current track that's playing complete with album cover art, and lets you swipe to the next or previous track, pause/play it, jump ahead or back, and enable repeat and shuffle. The tweak also comes with a dark and light theme, as well as the option to create a custom theme. Read More

Sound Equalizer For Any And All Music Apps On Your iPhone [Jailbreak]

The same equalizer settings that make pop music sound good are never going to work for classic music but for some reason the equalizer on your iPhone is not only hard to access it also can't be accessed from the Music app itself. Instead, you have to go to the Settings app and select what kind of equalizer you want to use. Now, if you aren't too much of a music enthusiast this might not bother you but most people like to get the best out of their music library. EqualizerEverywhere is a Cydia tweak available in the BigBoss and Insanelyi repository that makes the equalizer accessible from any screen. Additionally, this equalizer works for every single music app on your device and not just the default Music app. Read More

Headset Menu Adds An App Switching Menu When Headset Are Plugged In [Android]

Music apps, as abundant as they are will offer a new interface, a new way to access your music library, perhaps some new features, smarter search, and more. What few apps think about is the most important accessory we use when listening to music, i.e. our headphones. Headset Menu is an Android application that takes your headphones into consideration. The app is triggered only when you plug your headphones in. This goes for both your ordinary earbuds and Bluetooth headsets  The app lets you access apps from the notification area and while you can add any app to it, it makes more sense to add music apps only. Read More

Volume+ Adds Music Controls & More To The Volume HUD [Jailbreak]

Music, sound, and volume profiles; we've covered tweaks for all of them ranging from those that let you manage the volume for all media channels, Activator gestures for the Music app, and even things like putting selective apps in silent mode. A lot of tweaks exist in popular repositories that let you manage sound either of your device or media playing on your device. Volume+ is the newest addition to this category of tweaks. It enriches the volume HUD and lets you see which song is playing, access the Music app, switch to the Messages app to send a new message, and access the camera. Read More

3 Ways To Use Google Chrome As A Music Player For Local Files

We often talk about how powerful web browsers have become; from simple programs that let you access HTML pages, they have turned into very powerful apps that support many other file formats. The modern browser can open images, play videos, and allow you to read PDF documents. So what's stopping us from taking advantage of the many file types that our browser can support? Case in point; what if you wanted to ditch your music player and use Chrome instead? With no additional apps or extensions installed, you can open an MP3 file in Chrome by dragging & dropping it on to a tab, or by using the Ctrl+O function and selecting it from your library and the file will play. But we want something better; a more feature rich player that supports our music library and here's three ways to get all that. Read More

Map of Metal Shows Genres Through The Decades With Playlists For Each One

History is boring unless you're reading about Westeros and if you're learning about the history of something interesting, like music, you will be surprised to learn that it can still be boring. Map of Metal is a web app that charts the history of Metal and its many sub-genres on a map. You can see the different genres that existed in the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and the 00s by panning through the map. Of course, it's not just a cleverly designed list of music genres; every genre that you click on, you get a description of what it is and a nice list of popular songs from that genre. You can click a song to play it on the site. The songs are played as embedded YouTube videos. Read More

Party Player Accepts Song Requests By SMS & Plays Them [Android]

If you’re hosting a party and would like to get your friends involved with choosing what music to play  during the party  then Party Player is a new music application that lets you do just that. Available for free at Google Play, Party Player enables your smartphone receive song requests via text messages and play them from a temporary playlist which automatically fills up as more requests are generated. The app is amazingly smart; if your friends text a song or a word that appears in the title of more than one song, the app will send a text message to them asking them which song they want to play. The text message will list all songs that match the word and your friend can simply reply with the song number in that list to tell the app which one they want. For everyone, this is a simple text message interaction and no one needs an internet connection to make it work. Read More

Bring Back The WP8 Music App To Windows Phone 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1 is a big overall improvement over its predecessor, but there are always bound to be some nostalgic users who miss the good, old times. While no one is likely to complain about the handy, new Action Center, or the beautiful way of managing the Start screen, there are some areas of WP8.1 that still need some improvements. For my part, the new look offered by the Music hub can get a little confusing at times. Even if you like it on the whole, it is hard to deny that you do need some time to adjust to its new scheme of options and screens. If you are really missing the Windows Phone 8 Music hub, but still want to keep hanging on to your WP8.1 update, there is now a fairly uncomplicated way of going about this. Music Hub Tile is a new release for WP8.1, and this app has the power to bring the abolished WP8 Music hub back from retirement. Read More

Lyrics Finder Finds Lyrics And Adds Them To Your MP3 Files

Software developers face many challenges during development of a new application, but perhaps the greatest challenge of all is figuring out how to make their work stand out from the crowd. Some developers try to accomplish this by including as many features as they can to their project, but if you don’t have many resources and man power to achieve the same, you may just focus on a single key function and make that just as good as it can be. Lyrics Finder is one such brilliant example. It’s a free program for Windows and Mac OS X that aims to perform just one task and does it fairly well. It allows you to find lyrics of music files stored on your computer and automatically adds them to the track’s metadata. How? Let’s find out! Read More

Musix Is A Gorgeous Music Player With ID3 Tags And Playlist Support

Music is a significant part of life for many people. It can make them feel happy or sad, help them block outside stimuli and work better, help them relax, or just help them bust out a move. While these days music can be streamed directly from the internet using services like YouTube and Spotify, the local media library on your computer is often consumed and managed by an offline music player such as WinAmp, JetAudio, Media Monkey and iTunes etc. If you’re looking for a desktop music application that flaunts gorgeous interface then Musix is worth giving a shot. Besides its eye candy UI, the application is focused on providing you all the basic functionality you’d have in other similar apps, such as ID3 tags support, playlists creation, and ability to play MP3 and FLAC files. Read More

Play Music Easily While You Drive With Gesture Based Traveling Tunes App [iOS]

Our phones have replaced a lot of everyday things such as cameras, music players, the radio, the need to ask strangers for directions, and more but they now command a lot of attention from us. No doubt you've heard that iPads are soon to be integrated in cars and many people already connect their iPhones and iPods to their vehicles so they can listen to the music in their iTunes library. Depending on how the device is hooked up to your car, it may or may not be convenient to switch between tracks, pause/play music, and manage the volume. Traveling Tunes is an iOS app that plays your iTunes music. It's a simple gesture based music playing app that makes it easy to switch to the next/previous track, pause/play music, and manage volume all with simple hand gestures. It also has special settings that will increase the volume the faster you drive, dim the display when it's night time or just invert the colors at night. The app has a free ad supported version and a paid ad-free version that costs $1.99. Read More

Quickly Access & Adjust Sound Settings With Floating Equalizer For Android

I must confess I’m a die-hard music fan and the avid music listener inside me only loves hearing the crisp sounds from top notch hardware equipment. Sometimes, however, poor optimization on the software side can lead to an abysmal listening experience; some of the sound quality may be lost and other times the distorted audio so badly that it's not even worth listening to at all. Luckily, the Google Play Store has some really nice equalizers that improve sound quality and clarity of songs in a snap. Floating Equalizer is one such free app that lets you adjust different sound equalization settings. Read More

Spin Reimagines The iPhone Lock Screen Music Controls

Tweaks that let users customize the iOS lock screen are abundant in the Cydia store, but Spin is the kind of release that just refuses to get lost in the crowd. With Spin, you get a complete revamp of the  lock screen music view. Instead of a square containing the album art of the current song, Spin displays a radial frame in the middle of the lock screen. The current status of the track is depicted by a knob around the border of the album art. Spin doesn’t stop at just changing the album art; it also affects the playback controls and the overall layout of the lock screen, including the status bar clock and the wallpaper. Read More

Hands-On With Samsung’s Milk Music Streaming Service For Android

Compact discs haven’t died yet and the iTunes store will probably live on, but lately the massive popularity of music streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, iTunes Radio and Rdio have ignited a new interest in audiophiles. The latest to enter the arena is Milk Music by Samsung. It’s available as an Android app on the Google Play Store, aimed at the company’s Galaxy smartphone lineup and only available in the US as of this writing. Milk Music will let you stream from a gargantuan library of 13 million songs and over 200 different radio stations. Read More

‘Don’t Pause’ For Android Automatically Mutes Notifications While You’re Listening To Music

Being an audiophile, I spend a large chunk of time listening to songs on my Android phone, but after trying out a boatload of music players, both paid and free, on the Play Store, I’m yet to come across one that let me mute those darn notification sounds during my favorite parts of a song. For those new to the platform, on Android, if you get a text message or email while you're listening to music, the OS automatically pauses it for a few seconds, plays the notification sound. and then resumes audio playback. Though it you don't miss an alert, it isn’t ideal for uninterrupted music playback. Today, I stumbled upon an app called Don’t Pause that happens to be quite a great workaround for this problem. Don’t Pause is a free app that can automatically put your phone on vibrate mode when you’re playing music, and back to normal settings when you have stopped the playback. In can be enabled and disable on the fly, and boasts a dead simple interface. Continue reading past the jump for more details. Read More

Muzeit Is A YouTube Music Player For Chrome With Social Discovery Features

YouTube is by far the most popular video sharing service out there, and a huge chunk of users still use it on their desktops. If you spend a lot of time streaming song videos there, then it seems counter-intuitive having to visit the site every time you want to check out which songs are running popular. We've already seen Streamus for Chrome provide a solution in the form of a music player that allows you to browse, discover and play YouTube music videos without actually visiting the site itself. Currently in beta, Muzeit is a similar Chrome extension with a focus on social sharing and discovery. It lets you search for and discover YouTube song videos, import all your YouTube playlists or create new ones, and share your favorite music with other Muzeit users and your friends over at Facebook. Details to follow. Read More