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Growing up the in the 1990s meant that I came of age in an era before iPads, Pandora, and streaming cloud music, when Zunes and Walkman MP3 players weren't just shiny paperweights and the only way to get exposed to new music was either via MTV, the radio--and if you were really desperate, VH1 or the Disney Channel. Fortunately I was quick to embrace the Internet age with its promise of bringing people together; that is a great thing, but... Read More &raquo

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Garageband for iOS update adds Audiobus support

A new update to Apple's Garageband software on iOS adds compatibility with popular third-party audio app Audiobus.

As part of the change, users can play and record from Audiobus-supported apps back into Garageband. That includes iOS apps from Korg, along with Animoog, DM1 - The Drum Machine, Loopy, ThumbJam, and others.

Other changes include a fix for a feedback issue from the headphone jack, along with the... Read More &raquo

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: Apple , apps , music , audio , software , updates

VLC Beta hits Android

The good news is, VLC Beta was released today, giving Android users a long-awaited taste of do-it-all media player VLC. The bad news is, VLC's developers say the app is meant only for power users and hackers, meaning most of us should probably wait on downloading it.

Just like its bigger brothers on Mac and Windows, VLC is a free and open-source multimedia player that can open just about any media file out there. It offers an audio... Read More &raquo

Tags: Android , apps , video , audio , Media , player

Slacker Radio now streaming lifestyle advice

Popular streaming radio service Slacker Radio today launched a new category of stations that offers a different sort of listening experience to its users: lifestyle. Debuting as part of a partnership between Slacker and ABC Radio, the new stations offer curated talk radio content that includes advice and other stories dealing with the lifestyle interests of both men and women.

Related stories Slacker Radio announces live ESPN streams and more at CES Slacker brings back the slow jams Slacker Radio app... Read More &raquo

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , Android , apps , iOS , iPad , music , streaming , audio , radio , Media

VLC Media Player gets face-lift, new features

The Open Source VLC Media Player has been a longtime favorite here at, and a recent update gives the Mac app a complete overhaul to the interface.

VLC Media Player (Mac or Windows) made a name for itself as the open-source alternative to default players from both of today's major operating systems. On Windows users would grab VLC to play files not supported by Windows Media Player and for Mac users, it was often the only way to... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , Windows , video , Mac , Windows software , audio , Media , player , Files

Reviewed: Final Cut Pro X

As many probably know, Final Cut Pro X--Apple's professional video-editing software--was recently released to mixed reviews.

For our CNET review of Apple's Final Cut Pro X, we decided to try something different. Normally our staff reviews software from a consumer perspective. This time, we called in a pro user from our offices in New York. Our very own Wilson G. Tang is a CNET and CBS producer, who has directed, shot, and edited award-winning pieces. He also... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , video , audio , editing

Rdio hits Windows

Rdio, the popular on-demand music-streaming service with apps already available on most major platforms (Download: Mac | iPhone | Android), has just invaded Windows desktops. Now, desktop listeners can access their Rdio accounts without having to fire up a browser or log in. The new native app offers all of Rdio's basic listening and social discovery features, plus a couple of nice conveniences that you're sure to appreciate.

First, the new app can be controlled via media keys... Read More &raquo

Tags: Windows , apps , music , Windows software , streaming , audio , radio

Play by Yahoo mashes up other players' talents

Yahoo has just entered the mobile music app market with its newest release for the Android platform, Play by Yahoo Music. With this "full-featured music player," Yahoo claims to offer a one-of-a-kind listening experience thanks to a few patent-pending technologies.

Taking a page out of Shazam's book, Play by Yahoo Music uses its own proprietary audio fingerprinting technology to help identify songs you hear on the radio or anywhere else. The Identify feature can also be used in a continuous mode,... Read More &raquo

Tags: Android , apps , music , audio , Yahoo , player

Experience on your iPhone

Popular video enthusiast site does not have the same level of viewership as YouTube, but it's definitely a great place to find interesting user-made videos. Today, Vimeo released a free iPhone app that lets you bring the video site with you on the go, but it lacks one very important feature.

Vimeo for iPhone (free) lets you join up with the site or log in within the app so you can upload, edit, and view videos on your... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , iOS , video , streaming , audio , edit

First Take: GarageBand headed to iPad

Among all the exciting news at the iPad 2 event today, Apple announced that GarageBand will be coming to the iPad. Already a part of the Mac's iLife suite (latest update for Mac here), GarageBand lets you make music using prerecorded clips as well as your own real-time recordings to lay down multiple-track songs.

At the event, the director of music marketing for Apple, Xander Soren, gave a rundown of the main features for GarageBand on the iPad. It offers... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , apps , iOS , Mac , iPad , music , audio , app