I know I loved the first Gangstar on my iPod. It was the first GTA lookalike, and it played a heck-lot like the original games by Rockstar. Though the official Grand Theft Auto made its debut a bit after, I still enjoyed Gangstar a whole lot more than it and
Sonorasaurus, a portable DJ app for the iPhone, has been upgraded for the iPad adding a few more features to the already slick looking interface. The original iPhone app offered two standalone decks with dedicated effects, pitch controls, and, of course, a crossfader. Sonorasaurus Rex [App Store, $12.99], the iPad version, adds beat-highlighted waveforms to help match beats and a beats per minute (BPM) tapper for easy BPM calculations, not to mention the much larger real estate to turn this app into a useful DJ tool.
The app comes pre-loaded with a few tracks to get you started, but features an option to upload tracks from your Mac or PC to the app. Just keep in mind that Sonorasaurus isn't advanced enough to be a pro DJ app, but it looks good enough for the casual DJ on the go.
Check out the video below!
if you're a guitarist and you have an iPhone, you need to check out this new product from Paul Reed Smith Cables called the Guitarbud. Simply put, it's a six foot cable that allows you to plug your guitar into your iPhone and record your riffs using virtually any recording app you have installed. PRS recommends you grab their Jam App for use with the Guitarbud, but you can even use the Voice Memo app that comes with the phone, allowing you to quickly send your latest creation to anyone in the world.
The Guitarbud also has a built-in headphone jack allowing you to keep your noise, or music, to yourself. Guitarbud is available now at most musician's stores for $29.95.
Ever wish you could record a song but lack the ability to actually play an instrument? WaveMachine Labs has an app for that! Voice Band [App Store, $2.99] lets you transform your voice into 10 different instruments and record it in real time! You can even lay down multiple instrument tracks to create an entire song. And for those who can't stay in key, Voice Band includes some auto-pitch assistance as well.
Check out a video of the app below!
With Apple's acquisition of Lala, some now believe Apple is preparing to take the iTunes store to the web browser. Now the Wall Street Journal says that's exactly what they're planning to do, according to "people familiar with the matter." The shift to storing music on the cloud would theoretically make downloading the iTunes software unnecessary.
Last week we learned that Apple had acquired music streaming service Lala. Now information is out saying how much they paid for it, and it was no small sum, to be sure. According to multiple sources, Apple paid no less than $80 million for their acquisition of Lala. The sum is less than half of what investors valued the company at in 2008, yet it's more than the $35 million Lala brought in during their existence.
Both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal have confirmed that rumors of Apple acquiring music streaming service Lala Media to be true. Lala media scans your hard drive and creates a mirror library in the cloud from their catalogue of 7 million songs, offering an incredibly easy way to stream songs you already own from anywhere with internet access. To listen to a song you didn't own an unlimited number of times would cost $0.10, or $0.79-$0.89 per song.
8 Track Mind is an innovative musical puzzle game where the goal is to reproduce the original music by engaging specific music samples. When you start, a track is played for you to remember. After the music has been played, you have a limited amount of time to reproduce each part by tapping on the sample pads. The great part is that you're not penalized for hitting the wrong pads, so you can listen to each one to figure out which fits with the original.
Shazam Entertainment today announced the availability of a paid version of their wildly successful Shazam application. For those who don't know, Shazam allows you to identify music as its playing using your iPhone or iPod touch's microphone. Shazam Encore [App Store, $4.99] includes several enhancements over the free version such as improved tagging speed, music recommendations, and search. One very cool new feature is the ability to see the top tracks being identified by Shazam.
The company also notes that they will continue to support the original free version of Shazam [App Store], although it will be limited to five tags per month. Current users of the free version will not have a limit.
Last month Real Networks announced that their Rhapsody music streaming service would be coming to the iPhone in the form of an iPhone app. Today the company has announced that the app is now available in the App Store [App Store, Free]. Rhapsody subscribers can download the app and immediately start enjoying their subscription on their iPhones. If you're not already a subscriber, you can sign up for a 7-day free trial, which includes full access to the service.