When apps like Songify
were first released, the novelty factor played a big part in their success. Now however, the concept of converting speech into songs is not very new, and an app in this genre needs to have something really special to garner a following of its own. Jam for iPhone
seems to have this extra bit of flair. The app offers a lot of styles, rather than concentrating on just hip-hop or pop. You get to decide the category of your song, and Jam processes the singing accordingly. You can even adjust the level of auto-tune you want to add to your singing, while the ‘beats per minute’ factor can be customized as well. Like most apps of this type, Jam has a comprehensive sharing network where all the publicly recorded songs are available for everyone's listening pleasure.
Being an avid music enthusiast, you might have already known about SoundCloud. It is an online audio distribution platform that allows collaboration, promotion and distribution of audio recordings by both amateur and professional artists. As SoundCloud lets you upload any kind of audio file and share it with other folks, it has gained a lot of popularity among the people. Sadly, SoundCloud service only has a web portal, and you need to open your browser every time you want to access the music. Previously, we covered a few different applications that allow to easily download music from SoundCloud, for instance SoundCloud Downloader, a desktop application for Windows
and a user script called SoundCloud Super +2 that provides song recommendation and download facility
. However, we didn't quite see a promising application that allows users to access SoundCloud without opening their browser, up until we came across CloudDeck
. CloudDeck is a third party Adobe AIR based application that simply allows you to login to your SoundCloud account and access the musical database right from your desktop, akin to various desktop clients of other major websites. It enables you to search for music, create playlists, bookmark songs to playlist, download it if the uploader has enabled it eand so on. Keep reading to find out more about CloudDeck after a short break.
Chrome is a web browser (and sometimes it tries to be an operating system), and while its speed and clean interface is what comes to mind when you ask what makes it so good but there are more features to it that developers love taking advantage of like the built-in desktop notifications. There are a ton of extensions available that will notify if you have new email in Gmail, if you a new song is played on Pandora or if one of your Google contacts signs in. Now Playing Pop-up For YouTube
is a tiny but handy extension for Google Chrome that notifies you every time a new song on YouTube is changed. The title of the song, along with the artist’s name, is displayed as a desktop notification. So, whenever you're listening to a playlist or channel and working online at the same time, you will be able to view the song and artist’s name in a pop-up. The nice thing is that the notifications are displayed even when you're visiting a different site or the Chrome window is minimized. With it, you can always keep track of the songs that you're listening to, and if you don’t really like a song, you can quickly change it by looking at the title instead of waiting for it to start.
We’ve covered desktop apps for downloading music from SoundCloud for Windows 7
, and we also featured a browser script
that lets you do the same. SoundCloud Downloader
, as common as the name is, is a downloader app for Mac, which allows you to search for a song from the said service, download it, and add it automatically to your iTunes folder. The app doesn’t have a music player, which means you cannot preview a song before downloading it, and will only know if you’ve got the right one once download is complete. The app downloads songs in MP3 format.
When searching for your favorite artists or songs, do you ever wish to see the entire list of albums and songs produced by them? AllSongsBy
is a web service that provides the entire discography for any artist. Songs and other details are all fetched from YouTube’s massive music collection, and then neatly displayed as interactive lists. AllSongBy has a slick interface that lets you search for music by Artist, Album or Song. Furthermore, it also lets you view the most popular artists, and you don’t have to go to YouTube or anywhere else to play your videos. In addition to that, if you’re interested in buying a song, you can simply purchase it through iTunes. AllSongsBy displays detailed information about each song, such as Name, Video, Views, Previews, Artist and Price.
SciLor’s Grooveshark Downloader
was a desktop tool we covered a while back, which essentially lets you search for songs to download from Grooveshark. GrooveDown
is a similar tool with one additional song information feature and a better interface. It lets you search and download multiple songs at once, you can define how and where the song(s) will be saved and check song information by right clicking a song from the list which SciLor’s Grooveshark Downloader didn’t.
Alright, not a single click, but with maybe three clicks you can easily export your iTunes playlist and listen to your music on any other player. iExporter is a free portable opensource tool that lets you export your iTunes playlist instantly. Even a five year old can export the playlist using this tool, seriously.
Note for those who don’t know what exporting means: When you export the playlist, you are in fact exporting the mp3 files which you can play on any other media player. Read More
Did you just download a song from YouTube or any other online video site? Now suppose you want to listen to this song on your iPod or any other mp3 device, or maybe you want to add it to your music playlist. The best way to do this would be to convert this music video in flash format (flv) into mp3 format. There is a nifty little free tool called Hash FLV to MP3 Converter
that can do this job.
Run the program, click Add files button or press Ctrl+A to add flash music videos to the list.
Everyone knows that iTunes can’t be controlled with keyboard. There are many apps that add keyboard control functionality but they suffer from poor interface. iControl is a free, simple, and easy-to-use remote control for Apple’s iTunes that uses Global keyboard shortcuts to control it. It is still under development and the version available for download is Beta.
Surprisingly it worked very well on my system running Windows Vista. Just run iControl.exe and it will load iTunes instantly. Once iTunes is loaded, press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+F12 to bring iControl settings window. Read More
In my last post I discussed about downloading specific files from inside zip or rar archive with LoadScout. Another useful feature of this app is that it lets you download and play a small portion of any mp3 or avi file for free.
Suppose you want to download a high quality audio podcast in mp3 format that is of 100mb. You can download and play a small portion of this podcast and decide whether you like it or not. If you like it then you can go ahead and download the whole podcast or just find the next podcast. In similar way, suppose you want to download a video(in avi format), instead of downloading the whole video, you can download a small portion and play it to see if it’s the right video for you. Read More