Google Play Music arrives for iOS

CNET Update changes its tune:

In this episode of Update:

- Crank up Google Play Music on the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Google's streaming music service launched for Android over the summer, but the iOS version was delayed by months. The app stores 20,000 songs for free online and has custom radio stations, but paying $10 a month gives you access to a library of millions of songs to play on demand.

- Learn how the FCC is pushing carriers to unlock phones when a customer's contract is fulfilled.

- Check out the Lumia 2520, Nokia'… Read more

Google Play Music makes its debut in Apple's App Store

The mobile music war just hit a higher note.

Google on Friday launched its long-awaited Google Play Music application for Apple's iOS. The free application, which is available now in the Apple App Store, allows users to stream millions of songs and create custom radio stations. Unlike Apple's iTunes Radio and Pandora, there are no skip limits on Google Music.

Those who want to listen to their own libraries also can upload up to 20,000 of their own songs to Google's music cloud service and access those on other devices.

Google announced the Play Music app in May. … Read more

Get an Adapt Bluetooth Headphone Adapter for $24.95 shipped

When it comes to tuning out the world, nothing beats a good pair of headphones and your favorite playlist. Of course, any wired pair necessarily keeps you tethered to your smartphone or tablet, which can be a hassle. If only you could somehow endow them with the magic of Bluetooth.

Presto! For a limited time, you can get the Outdoor Tech Adapt Bluetooth Headphone Adapter for $24.95 shipped. There's no coupon code required; just use that special link to save $15 straight away. This is a Cheapskate exclusive, folks; you won't find this deal anywhere else.

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Get a Braven 570 portable Bluetooth speaker for $29.99

I first encountered the Braven brand a few months ago, when I reviewed the Braven 850 and found it to be one of the best Bluetooth speakers I'd ever used -- though a decidedly pricey one at $299.

I can't say with any certainty that all the company's speakers are that good, especially the lower-end models, but I know they make at least one damn fine product.

Today only, and while supplies last, Tech.Woot has the refurbished Braven 570 portable Bluetooth speaker for $29.99, plus $5 for shipping. Price if purchased new: $99.99.

Any … Read more

Bing amps up its music video search function

Bing is harnessing the vast collection of music videos on the Internet and aiming to make it easier for users to listen to their favorite artists and find new ones to pore over.

Microsoft announced Monday that it overhauled its music video search function for users to explore, discover, and browse more music on Bing. The search engine has brought in more than 1.7 million songs from 70,000 artists and 500,000 albums from all across the Web, including YouTube, Vimeo, MTV, Artist Direct, and more.

"Our new music video experience was designed with music lovers in … Read more

Review: MixPad Professional is feature loaded but suffers from a lack of direction

MixPad Professional offers a number of powerful tools for creating audio files on your Mac, but it lacks the design and organization that would make it more streamlined. The result is a tool that, for those who master it, offers a solid range of options; but that will be frustrating and messy for most casual users or those who are not used to this type of software.

When you open MixPad Professional, you can start editing tracks immediately. Almost everything you need is onscreen at the start, which is both useful and a bit overwhelming. Dragging and dropping tracks, loading … Read more

DDoS as dance: Anonymous hits the ballet

Hacker collective Anonymous is going to the ballet. Take that in; it's not often you'll see Anonymous and ballet in the same sentence.

The unusual pairing will take place November 15 and 16 at the Boston University Dance Theater, where the Juventas New Music Ensemble debuts "HackPolitik," a new contemporary ballet based on the hacktivist group's activities and personalities. The piece combines electroacoustic music, modern dance, and video projection to examine how the Internet impacts 21st century discourse and sometimes blurs the lines between activism and anarchy.

Instead of pastel tutus, expect to see dancers in black and white, with dramatic face paint that evokes Guy Fawkes masks. And erratic, sometimes militant movements instead of fluid pirouettes. … Read more

The Bunker: Brooklyn's hippest recording studio

The Bunker Studio is a 3,000-square-foot recording studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that's owned by a pair of musician/engineers, John Davis and Aaron Nevezie. I dropped by a few days ago as Nevezie was working with singer Rachel Platten, and watched her tune "Ask Me" take form.

Nevezie favors a mix of analog and digital gear to get the sounds he wants. Brad Williams played drums and added bass and deliciously weird electronic textures with an original analog Minimoog synthesizer. The vibe was relaxed, and Nevezie was open to exploring Platten's and Williams' ideas. The … Read more

Review: Convert many different audio formats with the free version of Switch

NCH's Switch Sound File Converter v4.47 has a lot going for it, including the ability to configure encoders and compatibility with a wide range of audio formats. It's a fast, no-nonsense, pro-level tool that extracts audio from CDs, videos, and other files, individually or in batches. It can normalize audio levels, adjust bit and sample rates, and convert audio streams.

Switch is a compact program that downloads and installs quickly. We could also download some extra tools with it, including WavePad, which we've used before and that the publisher recommends. A businesslike user interface makes Switch … Read more

Review: Find and play free music with Freemake Music Box

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