Hands-On With The Official Xbox Music Apps For Android & iOS

With the release of iTunes Radio just around the corner, Microsoft has decided to takes its music streaming service to the next level. Xbox Music got a major overhaul back in June with the release of Windows 8.1’s developer preview, but now there is even bigger news regarding the service. Xbox Music has finally become available on the web for free, at least for the next six months, supported with ads. Even more importantly, we now also have official Xbox Music apps for iOS and Android. One can certainly understand Microsoft's logic behind initially launching Xbox Music as a Windows 8 & Windows Phone-exclusive, but the time has been ripe for the jump to other platforms for quite a while now. Thanks to the Xbox Music app, you can maintain and expand your song collection, manage playlists, or simply listen to any song you want. The service’s radio feature is also a part of Xbox Music for Android and iOS. Read More

Create Awesome Looping Tunes On Android With Music Maker Jam

Whether you're waiting at the subway for the next train, riding to work, jogging in the morning or chilling at home, music is one of the most entertaining ways to keep yourself relaxed. But where many of us simply like to listen music, some people want to actually get involved in its very creation. Fortunately, Google Play Store is full of apps that let you play around with beats and basses of your choice, and compose your favorite tunes from scratch without requiring any considerable digital composition knowledge or skill set. One such app that has recently landed on Android is Music Maker Jam. We reviewed the app back in 2012 when it was released for Windows 8, and it look equally promising on Google’s OS as well. Read on for our full review. Read More

How To Stream Songs To Any UPnP/DLNA Receiver Device From Google Music

Ever since Google revealed its $35 Chromecast dongle that lets users stream content from Netflix, Google Play Music, Google Play Movies & TV, and YouTube to their TV by simply plugging their device into it, many third-party developers have taken on the task of making it possible to stream content from many more sources to it. That said, some developers have also looked into hacking the Chromecast software support in the aforementioned apps to make them stream their media to devices other than the Chromecast itself. Cast To UPnP/DLNA for GMusic is one such free app that lets you stream music from Google Play Music to any UPnP/DLNA device by simply using its Chromecast streaming feature. Read More

SoundSeeder Brings Galaxy S4’s ‘Group Play’ Music Sharing To All Android Devices

Galaxy S4 caused quite a hullabaloo when it was unveiled back in March. Despite still being made chiefly from plastic and sporting a design not too different from its predecessor,  the phone’s primary reason for success lies in its powerful innards intertwined with some exciting software implementations. One of those features is dubbed Group Play that allows multiple S4 devices to connect together to play the same music track simultaneously on all of them. TuneMob brings the same Group Play feature to iOS, and works over Bluetooth. If you’re looking for something similar on Android that works on all devices rather than just the S4, SoundSeeder Music Player and SoundSeeder Speaker are worth giving a shot. The former of these acts as a server on the device that has the music, with the other acting as the client for the rest of the phones in the group. More details after the break. Read More

Tunester Is A Dead-Simple, Gesture-Based Music Player For Android

Even though Google supplies a barebones music player as part of vanilla, Play Store offers a lot more choices to satisfy your inner audiophile. Though, let’s just face it - finding the right music player in such variety can prove to be quite time-consuming. Tunester is a new music player for Android that sells itself as one with a fast and minimalistic, gesture-based UI. It’s a perfect choice for those who want fast and simple music player for the road. Details after the jump. Read More

Get Samsung Galaxy S4’s Group Play Feature On iPhone With TuneMob

Very few ideas are wholly original. Nine out of ten times, you take someone else’s idea, improve upon it, and add your own special flavor to it to make it an original creation. Even giants like Facebook, Google and Apple, and games like Call of Duty and Angry Birds etc. were inspired by other products. With that in mind, the developers of the app we are covering today – TuneMob – appear to have taken inspiration from Samsung Galaxy S 4’s Group Play feature, and that’s not a bad thing at all. Check it out after the jump. Read More

Torch Music For Android Is A Social Song Discovery App From The Torch Browser Team

Music discovery apps like Spotify, Grooveshark and Soundcloud are awesome for listening to latest music for free, but not any of them offer an option to stream music videos. If you’re looking for an app that fills the void, try Torch Music – the latest effort from the team behind the well-known Torch Browser. This web and Android app lets you stream your favorite music videos and curate personal playlists of your choice. It’s a social network in itself as well, that allows you to connect your Facebook account with it and once connected, you can easily share your music with your friends and follow other Torch Music users. That said, you can also search for tracks and artists directly, or listen to what’s popular right now. Read More

My Mixtapez Reimagines Music Playlists On Android

Mixtapes were the predecessors of today’s playlists back when audio cassettes were still relevant and you could use a pencil for something other than writing. Mixtapes died with the cassette tape itself, and we've taken to listening to or watching playlists online, on services like Spotify, YouTube and more. My Mixtapez is an Android app that lets you browse for these modern mixtapes i.e. playlists. You can listen to them online, or download them to your device for offline playback. The app also lets you watch trending videos. However, it does not have a built-in video player, and you get to watch them in your browser. Read More

rithm Brings The Concept Of Personalized Song Messaging To iPhone

iOS already has a lot of apps that can be used for sharing music and telling your social circle what you are currently listening to. There are some full-blown social networks aimed just at music lovers, while apps like MusicBunk do a similar job across multiple platforms. The new rithm app, however, is anything but a social network. Sure, the app is aimed at letting users share music with their friends, but rather than providing you with a public forum for scrobbling, this app acts more like a messenger that can be used to send snippets of your favorite songs to your friends. To make the whole experience even more interesting, rithm lets you associate photos, short videos and animations with tracks before you send them to someone. Read More

OpenMusicPlayer Is A Feature-Rich, Open-Source Media Player With Lyrics, Radio & Themes

Remember the good ‘ol days when our living rooms were full of audio cassette and CD racks of our favorite artists? Fast forward to the present day, and almost everyone keeps their entire music collection on their computer, smartphone or even the cloud. Time has changed pretty quickly and with it, so has the way we listen to music. Although most people tend to listen to music using the default player that comes with their OS (like Windows Media Player, iTunes etc.), it’s not unusual to download third-party programs for the purpose, which usually provide a variety of additional features other than those included in stock media players. OpenMediaPlayer (or OMP) is one such open-source desktop application for Windows that lets you enjoy your music and video under one interface. While its video playback capabilities aren't all that impressive, it’s the audio side of the app that really shines. Read More

BZR Is A Sleek Portable Music Player With Support For 480 Formats

Almost everybody likes listening to music, and that’s why OS vendors ship a media player bundled with their operating systems, just like Windows Media Player comes with Microsoft Windows out of the box to let you quickly play your local music library. But truth be told, audiophiles usually turn to third-party apps like Foobar, Music Monkey or WinAmp etc., as these come with a bevy of features not found in a basic media management app like WMP. If you’re not satisfied with the number of music formats supported by your current music player, try BZR Player. This portable Windows application boasts support for an impressive number of formats and is a must-have for those with music in a variety of formats. As of this writing, the application supports a staggering 480 playable formats including MP3, OGG, Amiga MOD, FLAC, Atari YM, Nintendo NSF and many many more. That’s the most extensive music format support I've seen so far in any media player. Read More

JellyNote Is A Sharing Portal & Database Of Per-Instrument Sheet Music

Finding song covers, instrumental or vocal, isn't hard; you can go to YouTube or SoundCloud and find some excellent covers for pretty much any song. They have great entertainment value but if you're learning to play a new instrument, or would like to learn to play one of your favorite songs, you need something that can be much harder to find: sheet music. JellyNote is a web service that gives you just that. Not only does it allow musicians to upload music, but also their sheet music, and that too for multiple instruments that were used to create the each song. You can get sheet music for any one of the instruments and listen to the instrumental track for that as well. Read More

HomeDisplay Adds Date, Weather & Music Info Below iPhone Status Bar

There are often multiple ways of doing something, but the key to success is finding the way that balances efficiency and convenience in perfect measure. There are already Cydia tweaks available for iPhone that can be used to add additional information to the status bar. WeatherIcon used to have a status bar option prior to iOS 6, while adding information of the currently playing song to the status bar has been possible for users of the NowPlaying tweak. HomeDisplay is a new release that combines both these features, but without cluttering the default status bar of your iPhone. The bar, after all, is pretty narrow to begin with, and if you are using a custom carrier name or logo, things can get a bit too messy. HomeDisplay solves this problem by adding a new status bar just below the existing one. The second status bar is reserved just for information like the current date, the name of the song you that is being played and the current temperature in your area. Read More

Hands-On With The Windows 8.1 Xbox Music App: New UI, Better Syncing & Free Radio Streaming

Pandora and Spotify have reigned over the online music streaming scene for a long, but it seems that the big boys have finally turned their attention to the niche. Xbox Music, iTunes Radio, Google Play Music All Access and Twitter’s #Music all came out in quick succession. While none of these services are perfect for now, the teams behind them are constantly striving for improvement. With the big Windows 8.1 reveal, Microsoft did not forget to throw some attention the way of Xbox Music. As can be expected after the announcement of iTunes Radio, the changes in Xbox Music have a lot to do with the service’s free radio stations. You can now influence the radio’s song selection by picking music that is already in your personal collection, and initiating a radio station from there. That is not all, however; the app also features a revamped interface, and better syncing of collection and playlists. Read More

Songza Brings Its Occasion-Based Music Playlists To Windows 8 & RT

Although apps like Smart Music offer similar features, Songza is probably the most popular music streaming service that recommends playlists based on your mood, the time of the day or any activity you might be engaged in. We covered the iOS app for Songza quite a while back, and it seems it has since become quite popular in the App Store, as has its Android variant. As the Microsoft Build conference is in full flow, the service has chosen this opportunity to make its way to Windows 8. The new Modern app of Songza looks absolutely gorgeous, and comes with all the features that have made it such a success on other platforms. Songza for Windows 8 is pretty smart, and with a little help from you, can suggest some great playlists that match your mood and the time of the day. You can also choose to customize the app’s filters if you don’t like the playlists recommended for your current situation. Read More

Let’s Loop: Social Music Discovery Powered By Almost All Popular Streaming Services

Online radio and music discovery services try to be social, allowing you to share your favorite music with your friends and at the same time, gauge just what kind of music you like. Most services start out first as online radio stations and add the social factor later on. Let’s Loop does it differently; it is social network for music in itself that lets you connect your Facebook and Twitter account with it. You can find music you like by becoming a fan of your favorite artists and follow users who share your taste in music.The service finds music from a large number of other services including YouTube, Spotify, SoundCloud, iTunes, Rdio, Vimeo, last.fm and more. It features top charts by tracks and artists, allows you to interact with other users much like you do with people on Twitter, and also helps you find events happening close to where you live. Read More

MPme Radio Now On Android; Lets You Find Live Radio Stations By Genre, Artist & Song

Radio apps and services are beginning to look as common as file sharing services but with music, it’s always a question of taste and whether or not an app can give you what you like. For me, Pandora has no parallel as far as online radio stations are concerned and I've found great music there. Though that doesn't mean there aren't any other worthwhile options around. MPme Radio lets you listen to music from radio stations grouped by genres, and while initially launched as an iOS app, it has now made its way to Android as well. You can either search for the right station by picking your favorite genre, or browse the ‘On Air’ radio stations to find what you like. Artists and radio stations you ‘favorite’ can then be quickly accessed and played any time from the ‘Favorites’ tab. In case of your favorite artists, the app searches for stations that are playing songs by them and automatically redirects you to them. From our tests, it appears that some stations have ads while others don’t. Listeners can share songs and also buy the ones they like from Google Play Store for offline playback. Read More

Have Firefox Pause Other Streaming Songs & Videos When A New One Is Played

Music is the backdrop of most of the work that I do and it's probably that way for a lot of people. Some listen to music saved on their computers, mobile devices or iPods, while others use online streaming and radio services. I favor Pandora and have it running most days in an obscure tab, but then there will almost always come a time when I unwisely open a YouTube link and have the video playback mix with the music playing on Pandora, thus creating some of the most horrible remixes I've ever heard. Be Quiet is a Firefox extension that can help anyone with the same problem avoid this whole situation. It automatically pauses any song or video streaming on another site when a new media streaming link is opened. For example, it will pause Pandora, Last.fm or any other service that has an HTML5 based music player, when a YouTube link is opened and vice versa. Pausing said video or closing the tab will automatically resume the music from where it was paused. Read More

DI Radio Player Is An Internet Radio Streaming App On A Diet

Radio apps come in a variety of shapes and sizes for almost every mobile and desktop platform. But how many of them actually offer a way to access multiple radio broadcasters under one interface? Not many I guess. Should you have been looking for one, try DI Radio Player – a desktop application for Windows that gives you access to four renowned radio broadcasting services and allows you to access their radio channels. The list of services includes Digitally Imported, JazzRadio, RockRadio and SKY.FM. You can explore and listen to thousands of radio stations, music genres & artists, and switch between the supported services on the fly. The application even allows you to log in to these online radio services from within the app, and boasts features like user-customizable hotkeys, visualizers and a software equalizer. Read More

Schedule Encrypted Backups On Android & Save To Dropbox With truBackup

A timely data backup can save you a lot of hassle. Android users have long been using NANDROID backups to make a ditto copy of their phone’s system and data storage to the device’s internal or external sdcard. These backups prove very useful in case you need to revert back to previous working state of your phone, especially if something goes wrong. However, NANDROID backups don’t let you store separate copies of each category of items, which means you cannot specifically backup or restore only your SMS, photos or applications separately. There are many solutions out there for this, Titanium Backup being the most famous, and truBackup is the latest one that you might like to give a try. This Android app works perfectly as advertised and lets you create as many backups as you want, allowing you to backup only the type of files you want, be it contacts, SMS, apps, or media files. Besides letting you store backups on internal/external storage, the app can save files straight to your Dropbox account as well. Read More