One of my personal favorite bands, The 88 [iTunes Store], recently recorded an entire single using nothing but an iPhone and their instruments. The app they used is called FourTrack [our review] and the song is called "Love Is the Thing" [iTunes]. We could honestly go on and on about how cool it is that they published a song recorded entirely on the iPhone to iTunes, but it may be more succinctly explained in the video below. Enjoy!
Simplify Media has released Simplify Music 2.0 to the App Store today. Simplify Music lets you stream non-DRM music from your iTunes library on your desktop to your iPhone or iPod touch over Wi-Fi, Edge or 3G (respectively), as well as music from libraries of up to 30 friends. The new version adds search features, favorites, playlists, and a "scrub bar". Video after the break.
Not long after it's unveiling at CES for the Blackberry, Slacker Radio has been released in the US App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The app offers both personalized internet radio stations based on similar concepts to Pandora Radio, and pre-programmed stations.
Pandora is a great application that can complement your musical tastes with its music rating system, and the application received an update today. Pandora 2.0 [iTunes] adds a myriad of new features including CoverFlow to browse music history.
American Idol winner David Cook is releasing his latest single "Light On" as part of a $1.99 iPhone app featuring a virtual lighter. Described as a "power ballad", the song starts to play when the lighter is flicked on. It uses the same controls in the iPhone's iPod app controls popup. Those of you not interested in buying yet another lighter app just for a song can get the track for $0.99 in the iTunes Music Store [link]. [via USA Today]
Apple is threatening to close down it's massively popular iTunes Music Store pending a ruling this Thursday by the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, D.C. The National Music Publishers Association is demanding that Apple raise their rates from $0.09 per track to $0.15, a 66% increase. However, Apple refuses to raise the price for consumers, and rather than absorb the cost and operate at a loss, they would simply close the store down.
Rumor has it that Apple is getting ready to release a killer new iPhone app that will serve as an interactive album application, delivering lyrics, artwork, behind-the-music photos and other bonus content to supplement the lack of a physical CD. Little about the alleged app is known, but it is suspected to offer a new interface for the digital booklets that some albums come with in iTunes.
XM first announced that they were creating an official XM Radio client for the iPhone and iPod touch back in June, but little was heard from the company since then on an official app. More recently, however, information was leaked that GeeksToolBox is working on an app called StarPlayr as part of the StreamSmart project. It is suspected that it is in partnership with NiceMac because of their audio streaming Mac app by the same name.
Far Out Labs just released two apps for purchase to the App Store: ProRemote and ProRemote Light Edition. ProRemote lets you control ProTools and Apple's Logic Music production systems running on a Mac over an existing wireless network. The full version includes a dedicated transport view that lets the user perform advanced audio scrubbing/shuttling, set markers, and control several advanced aspects of the transport, as well as the basic play, record and return to zero functions.
For those of you who aren't familiar, Midomi.com is a website that can listen to a song you hum into a microphone and guess what it is. Now they have launched a native iPhone application that uses their database of songs so you can find out the name of that song stuck in your head no matter where you are just by humming into your iPhone. Gizmodo gave it a try humming a little-known tune by Rick Astley into it and it guessed the app after just 48 seconds. You can download the app in the App Store.