Like similar tools, Freemake Music Box is supposed to search the Internet for free music, but unlike many of them, it actually works fairly well. It doesn't tell you where the tunes are coming from, though some obviously came from YouTube (skips, scratches, and spinning-record videos are dead giveaways) while others seem to be sourced from Internet radio. It finds plenty of duplicates, but it also found obscure tracks. Some results were mislabeled, though that might not be the program's fault. Tunes often took time to load and play in Freemake Music Box, and rapidly previewing results to … Read more
If I can just get my juvenile snickering out of the way right up front... Heh-heh, "Privates," heh-heh.
Now, then. I've featured a ton of Bluetooth speakers in this space, but surprisingly few Bluetooth headphones. All that changes starting...now!
For a limited time, you can get the Outdoor Tech Privates touch-control Bluetooth headphones for $79.95 shipped. That's $20 off the regular price -- and you can't even get these right now on Amazon, they're so popular.
The Privates are overon-the-ear headphones with swipe-able controls on the right earcup. You swipe up or … Read more
Now that your computer is your primary music source, it's time to do something about your audio toolkit. EArt Audio Editor can help you with that. It's an all-in-one audio solution: recorder, editor, converter, splitter, joiner, and player. It not only edits and converts files but also applies effects, filters, noise reduction, and other processing. Audio Editor runs in lots of Windows installations, too -- from NT and 98 to 8. You don't need a fancy sound card or other equipment to use this capable tool, unless you plan to record audio from an external source such … Read more
Five months after releasing its Cloud Player app for PCs, Amazon has gotten around to releasing a Cloud Player app for Macs. You can use it instead of bloated iTunes to play files stored locally on your Mac, and the app lets you stream music from the cloud and purchase music from Amazon.
After downloading and installing the app and logging into your account, you'll be greeted by the Cloud music view of the app, as opposed to the Computer view. You can toggle between the two views using the buttons in the upper-left corner. In the upper-right corner … Read more
Apple's iPod business has shrunk to the point where the company no longer even mentions it among its main product list at quarterly earnings. And while unveiling this year's latest iPhones last month, Apple rolled out a new iPod color without little fanfare.
Some way to treat a product that sold 26.4 million units in the past 12 months and helped pave the way to the company's current riches.
But as time goes by there's simply no arguing that the iPod has become a less important Apple product, especially because it generates less and less … Read more
Last weekend in NYC John La Grou was a keynote speaker at the Audio Engineering Society convention. He based some of his assumptions about how recorded music will evolve on Moore's Law, which states that the number of transistors squeezed onto integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years. That prediction was made in 1965, and if anything, Moore underestimated the cost savings we've enjoyed. La Grou rolled out statistic after statistic that painted a rosy future for music, gaming, and film tech advances in the coming decades.
La Grou believes that highly advanced gestural control and brain/machine … Read more
Simple UI: Most utilities are available from the main screen, with little need to jump menus and screens. This helps users maintain focus on their project while enabling access to tools that they need. The ability to increase and decrease spectrogram intensity on the fly via hot key also helps.
Useful features: Capo displays guitar chord diagrams as the song plays, which can be edited on the fly. The quick access to tempo and pitch change on the bottom-left corner helps you break down music at your own pace. Advanced users can take advantage of region selection tools, thanks … Read more
Word had it that Google was planning to launch a subscription music service for YouTube this past summer, but the summer came and went and no such service surfaced. Now, rumors are flying that the service could be launching before year's end.
The possible music service will sound a lot like Spotify but will also come with videos, according to Billboard. And, like Pandora, it's said to have both a free version and a paid premium version that will give users unlimited access to albums and artists. Those with the unlimited access are also said to get ad-free … Read more
The mellifluous sounds of the cello have been delighting ears since the 18th century, but the instrument's form has changed little over the centuries. Adhesives giant Bayer MaterialScience has a suggestion or two about that.
The manufacturer recently unveiled a futuristic redesign of the venerable stringed instrument, and has been showing it off at K 2013, a plastics and rubber trade show in Germany.
Apple's iDevices famously -- make that infamously -- rely on fixed storage. If you need more space, well, too bad.
Granted, you can try a utility like PhoneClean, which can reclaim some space, but that gets you only so far. For any kind of significant storage boost, you have little choice but to upgrade to a more capacious iPhone, iPod, or iPad.
Actually, you do have one other option. A growing number of devices give you extra space for music, movies, photos, documents, and other data, and some of them are surprisingly affordable.
I'm talking about wireless card … Read more