aTunes Is A Music Manager With Support For Lyrics, & Online Radio Streaming

Apple’s marquee iTunes application has earned a lot of reputation as well as notoriety, depending on your requirements and stance on bloatware. The app works great with iOS devices but for most others, alternatives like MediaMonkey and Winamp are still among the top choices. Recently, I reviewed a light-weight music player for Windows called GOMAudio that is built with minimalism on mind but today, I have a feature-laden audio manager for music enthusiasts called aTunes. No, it's not another iTunes rip off, but the application does look cool. This open-source cross-platform program holds tons of features under the hood, boasting incredible skin customization options and stellar playback performance, streaming & support, automatic lyrics downloading, syncing with portable media players, and a lot more. Let's take a look at the player and its features in detail after the jump. Read More

Download Songs From SHOUTcast Stations With ESFSoft Radio Downloader

Many of us listen to online music streams while doing several other activities like work, exercise, commuting and what not. While there are countless streaming services available that offer something for everyone's taste, a times you just need the music to be available offline in order to listen to it on the go, especially in areas where you don't have wireless broadband, or just to cut down on your data connection bills. Also, at times you are listening to a radio station and on comes a song that you like instantly. You keep waiting for the presenter to call out the name of the song and artist at the end but it doesn't happen, and you are left wondering which song that was. You can search for it using different methods such as Googling its lyrics, but that in itself can be a bit too much trouble, especially in case of less-known indie music. ESFSoft Radio Downloader helps you with that by allowing you to download radio streams from and automatically save them to your computer. The application downloads each song in a different file, letting you easily create a complete playlist. Read More

YouVue For Windows 8 Aggregates YouTube Music Videos By Genre & Shows Their Lyrics

Websites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Metacafe and Dailymotion have achieved their popularity due to their ability to host thousands of videos uploaded by users and let others view and comment on them without having to pay anything. Other than a huge number of casual users, these websites are also used by major content providers like TV channels, blogs, musicians and educators to host demonstration videos, tutorials, music videos, news coverage and pretty much anything you can think of. Due to the huge number of music videos available on YouTube, a lot of people use it to listen to music. If most of your YouTube access revolves around viewing and listening to music videos, we have a Windows 8 and RT app that lets you avoid having to browse YouTube for music videos by providing you with an interface focused entirely on them. YouVue allows you to watch music videos from different genres and gives you access to top music charts from different countries. You can create playlists, add videos to a favorite list, and view your history to listen to a track again. Read More

resonicplayer Is A Minimal Music Player With A Built-In File Browser

Having a playlist of your favorite music playing in the background while working on the computer is a regular habit of a lot of computer users. However, most major media players such as Windows Media Player and several third-party alternatives have flashy interfaces and too many options that can easily distract a person from their actual work. Moreover, having so many options is useless for someone who just wants to listen to some music in the background. Some days ago, we covered the newly released GOM Audio by the developers of GOM Player that boasted a compact design and impressive features. However, if you are looking for a lightweight music player that does not put much stress on the system, does not have a lot of flashy options, and offers a simply way to play music from your audio collection, try resonicplayer. It is an audio player currently available only for Windows that provides you with a simple and user-friendly interface. Moreover, you can set a timer on the application to perform a number of operations after a certain time, making it useful for people who like to go to sleep while listening to music. Read More

Play Songs That Match Your Mood Or The Weather With Smart Music For Windows 8

As different people, we all have varied tastes in music. While rock lovers consider it to be the king of all musical genres, trance enthusiasts and those in love with other genres, tend to disagree. Other than the people who are faithful to only one music genre, many (like me) like to listen to different genres, depending on their mood. For instance, I might listen to rock or trance while I am driving, but choose an ambient playlist before going to sleep. In order to listen to music according to your mood, you need to have pre-made playlists. If you have a huge music collection, creating a different playlist for each mood can be a tedious task, while just randomly playing songs from your collection can even have a negative effect on your mood. Currently, there are a lot of web services as well as Android and iOS apps that allow you to listen to music according to your mood. Today, we present to you an app for Windows 8 called Smart Music that does the same for Microsoft's latest desktop and tablet OS. It features readymade playlists for different types of moods, and provides you with a built-in player to stream the songs directly to your Windows 8 device. Read More

Auto-Sort Your Music Library Into Folders According To Song Meta Tags

These days, hard disks are able to contain several terabytes of data. This means you can now store thousands of files in your computer without worrying about running out of space. However, if your files are not properly organized, it is very difficult to find what you are looking for in that huge pile of data. Sometimes, we save a file in a folder and forget where we put it. If you can't remember its exact location, you can use the built-in search function to look for the file, but in order to take full advantage of this function, you need the files to be properly tagged, as it helps Windows identify exactly what you are looking for. Today, we found a portable tool called Tag 2 Folders that extends the usability of metadata and allows you to sort your locally saved audio files according to their tags. For instance, you can put all the songs related to one genre or a particular artist in a single folder. If you do the same activity manually, creating folders and moving files into them will take up a lot of your time. Read More

Shazam For iPhone Now Tags Songs While Offline To Identify Them Later

Shazam is the most popular music recognition service out there, and people love using it on their smartphones. If your iOS device is always connected to the internet, you might not have wished for an offline mode in Shazam. Those who often suffer from bad reception or loss of connectivity on the other hand, are sure to appreciate the latest update of the app. The song recognition itself will still require internet access, of course, but the song will not be lost forever when you're offline; you will just have to wait till the next time your internet connection is active, and Shazam will get to work on it. For all the Google+ users on iOS, Shazam offers a new sharing button on the tag menu. Since all your past discoveries are kept saved within Shazam, the new search feature in the ‘My Tags’ section is pretty useful too. Read More

[Giveaway] Hypegram: Stream Unlimited Songs Gathered From Music Blogs

A big music appetite is hard to satisfy, but if your taste in music isn't particular to a specific genre, or you  find online radio stations from services like Pandora or Grooveshark aren't picking the right kind of music, try Hypegram. Hypegram is a  $4.99 Mac and Windows app that allows you to search for and listen to unlimited music. The app is essentially a client for music blog aggregation and discovery service Hype Machine. It allows you to follow blogs and view music selections from them. The app differs from other online music services because the music is selected by people and instead of following radio stations for a particular artist, you can follow music blogs. This gives you a larger variety of music to listen to. You aren't restricted to a particular genre, and you can refresh the app to get a new playlist each time. Songs can be favorited and purchased on iTunes. Read More

Discover New Music On iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch With eMusic Infinite Explorations

eMusic might not be the only iTunes alternative out there if you want to purchase songs for your iOS devices, but the music discovery features offered by this service certainly have no match. The just-released eMusic Infinite Exploration app doesn’t have much to do with eMusic’s song purchase service, but that doesn’t make it any less useful. Infinite Exploration is all about discovering new songs by searching for different keywords and just browsing through the staff recommendations. The app even lets you stream previews of each track, and if you have an eMusic account, it is possible to add your discoveries to an existing music collection. As the name suggests, the suggestions served up by Infinite Exploration are presented in an endless stream of thumbnails. The relevance to your searched keyword will keep diminishing as you go down the list, but the overall interface really makes the app a fun way of discovering obscure but interesting music. Read More

DJ Player Brings Filters, Effects & Great Music Mixing Tools To iOS

Garage Band pretty much kills the competition when it comes to apps that can be used to create new music using iOS devices, but even Apple’s famous music app might not be enough if you actually want to DJ a party. There are a few nice apps available in the App Store for that purpose, but most of them don’t offer tools that come anywhere near professional music mixing software. Even when they do, either the price tag is too high, or there are restrictions on using tracks from your own iPhone’s library. DJ Player is an app that comes with a slew of music effects, sound filters and a full suite of mixing tools, all at the unbeatable price tag of free for a limited time. There are a couple of decks for making remixes, meaning you can run two songs side by side and apply the effects of your choice to each one separately. Apart from all the music mixing stuff, the app also has some extra awesomeness like gyro-based controls and intelligent background themes that change automatically based on the time of the day. Read More

easyMute: Pause Music Playback On Android By Covering Proximity Sensor

We have previously covered a lot of Android apps that bring your device’s proximity sensor into play to help you easily accomplish various tasks. For instance, ShakeCall lets you receive and hang up calls by shaking your device, SpeakerProximity is capable of determining when to switch calls between your device’s earpiece and speaker, whereas Wave Control supports various gestures to let you control music playback totally hands-free. New to the Play Store, easyMute is yet another handy addition to the list of apps from this genre. Just like Wave Control,  this particular app can prove to be a godsend for music enthusiasts who are looking for a viable solution to temporarily pause music on their devices without having to unlock them. easyMute uses your device’s proximity sensor to automatically pause music once the sensor is covered. That’s not all; it also presents you with the option to set a volume level to which your music should automatically be shifted after you cover the sensor. Read More

ShoutOut Radio For iPhone Lets You Share & Stream Music On Facebook

Every once in a while, you are bound to come across a song that really hits the spot. It's at times like these that you feel the need the share. ShoutOut Radio is a new iPhone app that lets its users scrobble songs from their own library or through This app uses your Facebook account to send public and private messages to your friends regarding the songs you are listening to. There are plenty of radio streaming services available for iOS, and a lot of apps offer scrobbling, but ShoutOut Radio combines the two in a perfect meld. Even if none of your friends are on ShoutOut Radio, they can still stream the music you share with them right from their Facebook Walls. You can also create personalized radio stations of your choice by letting the app know of your taste in songs and artists. Read More

How To Improve Audio Output & Experience In Windows 8

One of the things most people do after upgrading to Windows 8 is to check whether their devices are in working condition. In most cases, some drivers might be required. While some devices (like Audio) apparently start working without drivers, some might require drivers to be installed before they’re functional. But did you know that Audio is one of the things that require proper drivers in order to perform efficiently? Would you like to know how you can enhance the audio output on your Windows 8 computer? In what follows, we’re going to show you how you can make sure it delivers the best audio experience! Read More

GOM Audio Is A Light Music Player With Themes & Web Radio Streaming

If you love testing out media players like me, then the name GOM Player would probably have crossed your path. It’s an excellent multimedia application that proudly stands amongst the likes of VLC Player, KMPlayer and Media Player Classic, to a certain extent. The folks behind GOM Player have recently released another media player labeled GOM Audio that, as its name suggests, is targetted targeted towards audiophiles. Although it’s not as feature-laden as other audio players (none have pulled me away from Winamp or iTunes so far) it’s a nice, lightweight package with a compact design and some really impressive features. For instance, features like multiple skins, internet radio streaming, A-B repeat, varying playback speeds, plugins support and a comprehensive equalizer are nothing short of praiseworthy. Does it fair well against rivaling apps? Read on to find out! Read More

Spotify Introduces Web Player For Streaming Music & Radio Online

Most online services start out with a web interface and work their way up to desktop and mobile apps. Spotify did the exact opposite; it started out with desktop and mobile apps and has just introduced a web player that is slowing being rolled out to different Spotify accounts. Regardless whether or not you have a paid subscription to the service or just a free one, you should be able use the web interface which lets you play music, listen to and create different radio stations, and manage playlists. The interface is stunning yet simple although it might be a little crowded if you use it on a smaller screen. The web player consists of four sections; a section bar at the far left that allows you to move to your playlists, the radio, or check out what’s new, the section to its left shows additional controls for the tab you’re in whereas the last two larger ones list your music and showcase the music player. The web player and the new web interface bear little resemblance to its desktop app. Read More

Dance Away With The Ministry Of Sound Official App For Windows 8

If you are a fan of trance music, or anything related to the genre, Ministry of Sound (MoS) is not something you would be unfamiliar with. It is one of the biggest names in the industry where collaborations happen from renowned artists, such as Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Deadmau5, and Markus Schulz. Started in 1991 in London just as a club specifically for the house music genre, it has grown to become an international brand boasting several franchises, its own radio station and a record label. Keeping pace with the modern world, it also has its own website where people can listen to recorded music, watch videos, listen to the radio station, and follow news of their favorite DJs from around the world. The Ministry of Sound Group has an official app for Windows 8 that allows you to easily follow all their activities. It provides you with free and paid music, lets you buy tickets to their sessions, listen to radio stations, watch videos, read news articles, and view photos from different Ministry of Sound events around the world. Read More

Music Identification App Shazam Comes To Windows 8

Listening to songs on the radio is a great way to find out new tracks that you might like. However, sometimes it happens that you miss the name of the song when the DJ says it. One way to look up the name of a song, is to search its lyrics on Google (a method I personally use quite regularly). However, some tracks (of the trance genre, for instance) do not have a lot of lyrics to identify the song with, and you can only recognize the song if you hear it somewhere again. If you are not a fan of using the lyrics method, you may use music detection services to you to identify the artist and name of a song by listening to a small sample of the whole track. Shazam is a particularly famous music identification service that, other than fetching the artist and song name of a song being played nearby, also provides additional info, such as lyrics, album reviews, recommendations for similar songs, links to its YouTube videos, etc. The service has had apps on popular mobile platforms (iOS, Android & Windows Phone 7) for a while now, and is now available on Windows 8 and RT as well. Read More

Stream Google Drive MP3 Songs On Android With Music Drive

In Google Drive and Google Music, the folks over at Mountain View have offered their users two truly competent and reliable universal cloud storage and online music storage & streaming services, respectively. However, to the dismay of a considerable majority of users, there is currently no way to link both services together to access your Google Drive music files from Google’s dedicated music service, and vice versa. This ultimately means that you can’t stream your Google Drive music files from the Google Play Music app. With the Google Music service currently available in only select parts of the world, most regular Google Drive users can only wish that the service’s companion app for Android would let them stream their favorite music tracks on the go. As it currently stands, the official Google Drive Android client doesn’t support this feature, and there aren’t many solutions available on the Google Play Store in this regard either. Enter Music Drive, a simple, free Android app that allows live streaming and seamless playback of MP3 files in your Google Drive storage on your Android device. Read More

PlayMood For iPhone Uses The Camera To Detect Your Mood & Plays Matching Songs

Whenever you take out your iPod or launch a music player on your iPhone, Mac or PC, what is it that tells you to pick a particular song from the playlist? It's your mood; what you feel like listening to is usually connected to what you're feeling. Wouldn't it be great if your music player could automatically judge what you're feeling and pick appropriate songs to match your mood? PlayMood is an app for the iPhone and iPod touch that detects your mood using the front-facing camera and plays songs that match it. It can also be set to work in conjunction with PlayMood Remote, a desktop app available for both Mac OS X and Windows. The iPhone app allows you to manually mark songs in your library as either happy, neutral or sad. The desktop client simply uses your webcam to detect your mood, and remotely controls the iPhone app to play songs that you associated with it. Read More

Easily Create Your Own Jazz, Dubstep & Tech House Tracks With Music Maker Jam For Windows 8

Listening to different genres of music has different effects on people, but the purpose behind it largely remains the same - recreation. Creating your own music, on the other hand, is no walk in the park. Even digital music composition requires a considerable level of skill and creativity, in terms of what instruments you choose and how comfortable you are with the technicalities behind the software. However, if all you want is a track that you can call your own without having to go through rigorous training, you should try Music Maker Jam, a simple Windows 8 app that lets you easily create audio tracks by putting together a variety of pre-recorded sequences played with instruments widely used in Jazz, Dubstep and Tech House music genres. Read More