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Olive ONE: crowd-funded HD music player

One music player to rule them all? Are you searching for: ...The elegance of Bang and Olufsen without the exorbitant pricing? ...Apple-like user friendliness without a closed, proprietary system? ...The audio quality of HD music servers without the hefty hardware? Then you'll have to wait, but the Olive ONE promises to deliver all of that [...]

By | December 12th, 2012|iThing, Tech|

Drums XD: Editor’s Choice – best Drums for the iPad

Drums XD solves the problems of drums on the iPad The App Store is lousy with drum apps, most of them not worth the time they take to download.  There are a lot of challenges when playing drums on an iPad.  Drums XD solves the most common problems, and does so in the most musical [...]

By | October 24th, 2012|Drums, iThing|

iTunes Festival 2012: 30 nights of free music

Now Available on Apple TV It may not be the biggest music festival in the world, but it's probably the longest and most accessible.  From September 1 - 30, 2012, you can catch the iTunes Music Festival on your computer, iOS device -- and for the first time this year -- through an Apple TV [...]

By | September 3rd, 2012|Gig Bag, iThing|

Getting the most out of iTunes Match: Part 1

Get started: Set up iTunes Match and upgrade your audio files Wondering whether iTunes Match is worth $24.99 a year?  Assuming you have iTunes on your computer and a music library of several hundred or thousands of songs, ask yourself two questions: 1. Do you own an Android or iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod [...]

By | April 2nd, 2012|iThing, Tech|

MOG for iPad: best streaming music app for the new iPad?

MOG released their first iPad app today, and it's a good one. Purpose-built for the iPad and the new Retina display, it features smooth scrolling, intuitive navigation and controls, and dazzling full-screen album art.  Combine all this with Wi-Fi and AirPlay streaming at 320 kbps, and it's easy to see why Josh Constine at TechCrunch [...]

By | March 27th, 2012|iThing, Tech|

Want Logic Pro for $160? (or any app for 20% off…)

Best Buy is offering iTunes gift card at a 20% discount for a limited time (i.e., hurry up!).  In addition to music, videos, books, movies, and rentals, the digitally delivered cards can be used for software purchases in the Mac App Store.  Since Apple rarely discounts its products, here's a chance to save some money. [...]

By | January 8th, 2012|iThing, Tech|

Animoog: Editor’s Choice – Best Synthesizer App for the iPad

Capsule Review:  Buy it -- NOW! originally posted 10/19/2011 Christmas 2011 Update: Moog Music Inc. now offers Animoog for iPhone at an introductory price of $0.99, and has put the iPad version on sale for $9.99 (regularly $29.99). A year ago, we wrote about the mixed reviews for Moog's first iOS app: Filtatron.  Our main [...]

By | December 25th, 2011|iThing, Tech|

2011 Holiday gift guide for music & audio geeks (part 1)

Global Financial Crisis Edition - Gifts under $20 KORG iKaossilator - $9.99 (debut discount through November 30, 2011) Sure, you could spend $129 for a hardware Kaossilator, but times are tough.  So we suggest the iKaossilator, which brings all the fun of the original to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.  And brings it for [...]

By | November 12th, 2011|iThing, Tech|

I want my iCloud!: a step-by-step guide to iTunes in the Cloud

UPDATED for iTunes 10.5 and iOS 5 Thinking about iTunes Match? See Getting the Most out of iTunes Match Let's start out assuming you have an iPhone and a Mac or PC running iTunes.  Here's what you need to do: 1.  Upgrade to iTunes version 10.5 - Open iTunes and select iTunes > Check for Updates. [...]

By | November 11th, 2011|iThing, Tech|

11 tips for getting the most from MOG and Spotify

If you sign up for MOG or Spotify and leave everything at the default settings, you could be missing 50% or more of your music.  That's because Spotify defaults to ~96 kbps on mobile devices, and 160 kbps on the desktop. The settings outlined below will bring your Spotify mobile streams up to 160 kbps, [...]

By | September 19th, 2011|iThing, Tech|