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

Tweak Playback Quality On Android With The Sleek Music Equalizer

Over the years, smartphones have vastly improved in pretty much every aspect. They now have better cameras, more vivid displays, sturdy yet aesthetically pleasing build quality, enhanced audio output and better connectivity options, in addition to more powerful processors and large amounts of RAM & storage. When it comes to audio, many people now use their smartphones to listen to music from cloud-based music streaming services like Spotify and Pandora. That said, smartphones have almost replaced dedicated portable audio players as well, that once used to dominate the market. While the sound quality varies from one device to device, and purportedly depends on how expensive your phone is, there are certain apps that can spice up the sound output through software equalization. One such free app for Android that we stumbled upon is Music Equalizer. The application is fairly powerful, and comes with quite a few different presets from various music genres. Read More

Discover New YouTube Music Videos By Taste With Kixar For iPhone

Rokker, Music Monster and plenty of other services have effectively demonstrated that YouTube-powered music services can gain popularity among users, since a lot of people go to YouTube to listen to their favorite songs anyway. Kixar is a bit different from other YouTube clients that focus on music streaming; this iPhone app is all about letting you discover music based on your preferences. You can use Kixar to browse through YouTube’s music collection based on what’s popular among users these days too, but the app shows its true colors when you start rating songs. Kixar generates song suggestions for you using these ratings, making the app a great music discovery tool. To top it all off, the app is pretty decent on the UI and playback fronts as well. Read More

Audials Light Is A Stunning, Skinnable Media Center With Radio, Music TV Streaming & More

Radio apps are available in all shapes and sizes on all major desktop and mobile platforms including Windows, OS X, Android, iOS and Windows Phone.  If you have been on the hunt for one that also lets you listen to podcasts and the music stored on your hard drive, try Audials Light. On the surface, it looks just like any other radio app that allows streaming a plethora of online stations, but deep down, you will find some really great features in addition to just that. For instance, it allows you to stream music TV channels, find and subscribe podcasts, search and stream music of your favorite artists, access your local music library and on top of that, it bundles it all in a great-looking UI. Read More

Discover Songs & Listen To Your Own Music Collection With Legato For iPhone

exfm and MusicBunk are great music discovery tools but a lot of effort goes into organizing and collecting songs in your local collection, and it seems a bit of a waste to rely solely on online streaming to get your daily dosage of music. Legato is a new iPhone app that is part music player, part music discovery tool. You can view a list of songs that have been played by your friends from their iPhone collection, or just let the world know what your favorite song is these days, simply by playing it in the Legato music player. The songs you discover using the app can be previewed and purchased, and users can also leave feedback on them, thanks to the Legato rating system. Read More

Google Play Music All Access: What It’s About & How It Works

Google finally unveiled its much anticipated music subscription service yesterday; while the service was still just a rumor, the general opinion about it was that it would give services like Spotify and Rdio a run for their money. The service is called Google Play Music All Access and as the name suggests, it has been built as a subscription-access component of the existing Google Play Music service, which has itself been revamped interface-wise as well. It’s currently available in the US only, and comes with a one month free trial, after which it'll cost $7.99 per month to those who sign up by June 30, and $9.99 per month after that. Subscribers will be able to listen to the thousands of songs available on Google Play without having to purchase individual tracks. Read More

Earbits Radio Mixes Local Music With Online Recommendations On Android

Music has been with mankind for as long as the recorded human history itself. Since music industry has grown into an incredible size, so has the ecosystem of apps and related services intertwined with it. For the past few years, services like Last.fm, Spotify, Pandora etc. have become among the top choices of most users for listening to streaming music on almost every mobile and desktop platform. Though that doesn't stop new entrants to hop onto the bandwagon and provide something fresh. Earbits Radio is an engaging music discovery app for Android and the web, and lets you listen to music that is stored on your local storage as well as stream it off the internet. The service is aimed at independent artists and labels who want to promote their music without much effort. It allows them to place bids and get discovered by users who use Earbits on the platform of their choice. More details after the jump. Read More

Get An Equalizer In The Stock iPhone Music App With ipEQ

It is no big deal for a third-party iOS music player to offer ton of options or let you apply filters to tracks in your personal collection, because most people end up sticking with stock apps on their iPhone since they are generally much easier to use and play nice with the entire system. So, it is always great if a way of enhancing existing iPhone apps comes along. This usually happens thanks to the Cydia store, since Apple is not likely to ever allow an App Store release to make changes to a native iOS feature or app. We have seen some pretty decent tweaks dealing with the stock Music app in the past, but ipEQ might be the most exciting of the lot. This new Cydia tweak adds a collection of sound filters to the iPhone Music app, letting you listen to your favorite songs with a twist. Read More

Use Gestures To Share Current Song Or Video Title From iPhone With I’m Listening

Many Cydia tweaks and widgets that deal with music playback offer scrobbling options almost as an afterthought. The previously covered Now Playing for NC had sharing options, but focused mainly on letting users control songs in an efficient manner. It’s a similar story for NCMusicGestures. The new I’m Listening, however, focuses on scrobbling only. Having said that, you won’t feel that the tweak lacks feature, as it has everything you are ever likely to need in order to share your musical taste with the world through social media. Not only will you find a bunch of social networks in the tweak’s sharing menu, there is also the possibility of defining custom messages for each destination. Another great thing about I’m Listening that is rarely present in other apps or tweaks of this kind is its compatibility with the stock Videos app. To make things absolutely perfect, there are multiple ways of invoking the tweak’s sharing menu, and some of them are gesture-based as well. Read More

Browse Twitter #music On Windows Phone & Download Track Previews As Ringtones With #trending

For some reason, Twitter chose to make their new #music service really tough to access, with iOS being the only smartphone platform having an official client for it. Even Android has been ignored so far, which means there is little chance of #music appearing in the WP Store for a long time. Apart from lack of support for various platforms, there are also a bunch of region restrictions that have so far limited the availability of #music to only a lucky few users when seen at a global scale. Despite all these adversities, a Windows Phone developer has somehow managed to bring an unofficial #music client to WP7 and WP8. #trending displays the latest charts from #music, keeping users in the loop regarding the tracks gaining popularity on Twitter. You can listen to a 30-second snippet of all the listed songs, and even download these samples as ringtones for your device. Read More

MRT Mixer Makes Audio Mixing A Breeze On Windows

If you enjoy listening to your local radio station at work, home or on the road, you might have noticed the constant genre switching on many channels every now and then. At one moment it’s playing jazz, and the other it starts sending high bass into your ears, and then suddenly, you begin hearing that boring radio ad while eagerly awaiting the next song. This constant shift of tracks is called audio mixing, which is considered an effective way of making radio more enjoyable to an audience with diverse tastes. Apart from radio, you might also find audio mixing across a multitude of other entertainment mediums. Today, we’re going to take a look at MRT Mixer - a desktop app that allows you to easily do your own audio mixing while listening to your favorite tracks. Let’s look at the things that make this app awesome. Read More

Nemp Is A Themable Music Player & Media Server With Cover Flow & Built-In Tag Editor

If you start counting the number of audio players available on Windows, you'll probably lose your count sooner than you can imagine. Even here at AddictiveTips, we've covered plenty of media player and music management apps for our readers such as Audacious, Xion Audio Player, and Winyl, just to name a few. If you’re on the hunt for a feature-rich, elegant looking media management application, try Nemp. Abbreviation of Noch ein MP3-Player, it's an open-source app that not only looks quite impressive on the surface, but also carries many advanced features under the hood. Apart from letting you listen to music from your local drive, the application can also act as a web server, enabling users to stream music remotely. In addition, it also allows connecting your Last.Fm account with it to stream music directly from there. Other nifty features include MP3 tag editor, supports for playlists, iTunes-inspired Cover Flow-like feature and more. Read More

Identify Songs With SoundHound, Shazam & More From Android Lock Screen

No mobile platform beats Android when it comes to customization; you can tweak every single bit of the operating system – from replacing the home screen interface or the look of your lock screen to flashing entirely different ROM, it gives users complete flexibility and control over their devices. In the 4.2 Jelly Bean update back in November last year, Google unleashed another great feature by allowing users to customize the lock screen of their Android device with various widgets. This feature further extended Androids customization abilities and apps like DashClock quickly emerged in the Google Play Store to take it to the next level. In case you don't already know about DashClock, it’s an awesome alternative to Android’s stock clock widget, but that's not all; it allows adding several extensions to it for all sorts of other information like weather, Feedly, calendar, Gmail and more. Today, we've got an amazing DashClock extension for you called Sound Search for DashClock  that brings Google’s ‘What’s this song?’ feature to the lock screen, with support for several other popular sound identification services as well. Read More

Add Seek Bar To iPhone Lock Screen Music Controls With LSScrubbing

As tweaks like Tempus and LSMusicGestures have shown in the past, the iOS lock screen has a lot of potential when it comes to controlling your phone’s music library on the go. An average iPhone user doesn't need access to their entire song collection from the lock screen, while gestures are only useful to a certain extent and might even become annoying if you have to remember too many of them. Personally, the only thing that has ever bothered me about the default lock screen controls for the stock Music app in iOS is the lack of a scrubber (seek bar). The lock screen controls do include a slider to control the volume of the playback, and you can forward/rewind the song to some extent using the two arrow icons presented there, but it’s not the same as having a proper seek bar, which forces a lot of users to launch the Music app whenever they want to skip to the favorite part of a song, thereby killing the whole purpose of lock screen controls for them. LSScrubbing is a new Cydia tweak that solves this problem by adding a seek bar to the lock screen music controls in iOS. Read More