A Quick Look At The New Music App In iOS 8.4

iOS 8.4 has been released and the big news about this update is that it brings Apple Music to all supported devices. What those not interested in Apple News may not know is that it also means a fresh and very different look for the Music app. We're taking a quick look at the UI improvements that have been made to the app and will only be touching on Apple Music as part of the UI and not how great/terrible a service it is. Read More

Look Up What Song Was Playing During A Scene In A Movie Or TV Show

Music plays a very important part in both movies and TV shows. It is so important that it has its very own category at the Oscars. Often, the music score or the tracks included are the only redeemable quality for some movies and TV productions, and at other times, many tracks rise from obscurity to mainstream music solely because they were part of a popular motion production. TuneFind is a crowd sourced service that lists songs that were played during a movie or an episode of a TV show. The songs are listed with a brief description of what scene they were played during, and users can authenticate or question a listing, as well as submit a new one. Read More

How To Add Album Art & Update ID3 Tags For Music In Windows

Managing a music library takes time and effort. Unless you start out with the mindset to keep things organized, you will eventually end up with some cleaning up to do later on. The clean-up might be time-consuming if you need to update the ID3 tags or it might be simple like finding album art and adding it to your music files. If you use Windows Media Player or the Music app (Windows 8 & 10), here's how you can add album art to a music file and update its ID3 information without needing any extra apps. Read More

Get Alerts For Upcoming Concerts And Find Festivals In Your Area

If you love music festivals or concerts you might be looking for an easy way to find them or learn about upcoming events. Maybe instead of searching for an upcoming festival or concert, it would be nice if they found you. Concert With Me is a very smart web app that finds concerts and gigs in your area. You can import your music preferences from Facebook or Deezer. Alternatively you can enter your favorite artists' names and get an email alert when they are on tour. It's also a good tool, with plenty of customization options, for finding a music event that you can enjoy. Read More

Compare Music Prices On Amazon And iTunes To Find The Better Deal

iTunes changed the way music was bought and sold. The revolution it brought around had a major impact but with the passage of time we've seen several large companies enter the fold, all aiming to make it easier for people to buy, and artists to sell their music online. Noteworthy among the new names are Google, Amazon, and Spotify. That said, we now not only have a simple way to buy cheap music, we also have choice when it comes to where or who we buy it from. Services compete for users now and if you're in the market for some new music, Tunemiser is a little tool that you can use to see whether Amazon or iTunes has a better deal on an album or a track. Read More

Control Music Library From iPhone Notification Center

I've never considered replacing the default Music app on my iPhone with a third-party one. You may or may not agree that the app is perfect but it gets the job done. You can still find a lot of music apps in the App Store and some of them are exceptionally popular. That said, even if you're perfectly satisfied with the default music app, you might want to give Musica - Widget Player a try. It's a free iOS app that, as its name implies is first and foremost a widget. The logical question to be asked is, do we need a music widget in the Notification Center when we can already play/pause songs, skip to the next or previous ones, and control volume from the lock screen and control center. The answer is yes because this widget-app puts your entire music library, all your playlists, and the shuffle and repeat song controls in the Notification Center. Before iOS 8, you could only get something like this on your iPhone if your device had been jailbroken. Read More

Add Genre, Composer, Or Compilation Tabs To The iOS Music App

The albums tab on the Music app on my iPhone is useless for me. I don't remember album names. I mostly jump between the songs list and the artists' list to find a song to play. What would make it easier for me to select songs is if I can jump straight to the Genre list and listen to the kind of music I'm in the mood for. It isn't impossible to do; just tap the more button at the bottom right of the Music app and select Genre. If like me, you find Genre, (or Composer, or Compilation) are tabs that would be far more useful to you on the app's main screen instead of hidden away behind the More button, here's how you can sweep one of those tabs with the default ones. Read More

Play Music From Any Folder Or Your Music Library In Firefox

A good while back we did a post on how you can play local music in Google Chrome. Music files are just one of the many file types that can be opened, in this case played, in your browser without needing any plug-ins. Browsers aren't the most feature rich media players though so queuing files or creating playlists isn't possible. That's where add-ons come in. Local Music Player is a Firefox add-on that can read all music files in any folder or library, and queue the files to play. You can play a single track, or have the add-on play them all. The player itself is very basic and lacking loop and shuffle features. Read More

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