Music

The new Apple CarPlay apps coming in iOS 12

Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) brought the surprise announcement that Apple is opening up CarPlay to more third-party developers, and the company even teased Google Maps (iOS, Android) and Waze (iOS, Android).

Here's everything we know about the new apps coming to CarPlay.

SEE: How to get Google Maps in Apple CarPlay

Google Maps goes up against a refreshed Apple Maps

Apple Maps has long been a pain point for CarPlay users. It doesn't catalog as many roads as... Read More &raquo

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iOS , music , Google Maps

Streaming music and video you can enjoy offline

Netflix recently -- and just in time for your holiday travels -- added the ability to download movies and shows to your phone or tablet. It's not the first streaming service to offer offline viewing, for those times when you don't have Wi-Fi and don't want to blow through your data limits. The following apps let you watch and listen offline, so you can catch up on Luke Cage, watch Kung Fu Panda 3, experience the latest Lady Gaga album,... Read More &raquo

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: music , streaming , movies

Discounts for college students

College students head back to campus soon, and tuition is not the only expense they face. Books, electronics, school supplies, and even entertainment can be a big chunk of a back-to-school budget. But many tech companies, online services, and other businesses offer student discounts. To participate, you often have to confirm that you're enrolled in a school, either with an .edu email account or through a validation service such as SheerID or Unidays.

Tech deals

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Tags: Apple , music , Microsoft , Amazon

Share music over Spotify

Word of mouth is still the best way to discover new music, and Spotify offers many means for you to find and share your favorites. You can evangelize artists, songs, albums, and playlists on Spotify by posting them publicly or by sharing to a friend's Spotify inbox.

How to share music with followers on Spotify

On a Mac, click Share and then Post to Followers. Now you and your followers will see this info under Activity in the left... Read More &raquo

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Tags: music , streaming , sharing

Make Spotify private

Spotify makes your plays, posts, and playlists public by default, so everyone can see that you're totally into Carly Rae Jepsen, Wham, or any number of bands that your fellow music fans might not find respectable. And if you're connected via Facebook, Spotify can share your musical business over social media, too. Don't give up those guilty pleasures -- avoid public humiliation by changing your Spotify settings.

Note: Some info can't be hidden, including your Spotify username, your Facebook... Read More &raquo

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: music

Apple Music versus Google Play Music

Apple and Google were so late to the streaming-music party that we wondered why they bothered to show up. Apple Music launched in June 2015, and Google Play Music relaunched in its current form in October 2015, long after brands like Spotify and Pandora had polished their products and built a loyal fanbase. We weren't alone in that thought: Some analysts even decried that "Apple Music is doomed."

But now that Apple Music and Google Play Music have had... Read More &raquo

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Tags: Apple , Google , music

Chrome extension turns YouTube into your own personal radio station

There is no shortage of Internet radio services. From freeware like Pandora and Rdio to premium services like Spotify and Google Music, you can listen to all the songs you want, when you want them. Streamus allows you to search for songs by tapping into the world's largest music database, YouTube.

Just download and install the extension and start listening to your favorite tune. You can search directly from the Omnibox (the address/search... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows , Google , video , Mac , Chrome , music , extension , Windows software , YouTube , streaming , radio

Download's merriest music apps

Your in-laws are criticizing your carving skills, Grandma Edith's guzzling the port, and the tree's catching fire. Yes, Christmas can feel so predictable. Take a break from the melodrama with Download's favorite festive music apps.

Bjork: Solstice (iOS)

Bjork is far out, and that's why we love her. Based on the track "Solstice" from the Icelandic singer's "Biophilia" album, this free app allows you to pull rays out of a sun to create harp strings that are then plucked... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: music , Windows software

The 10 best Christmas songs of the last 40 years

It'll be more of a blue Christmas than a holly jolly holiday if you're stuck suffering through the same old songs that your parents have been playing on the gramophone for as long as you can remember. So spice up your next holiday get-together with Download.com's list of our 10 all-time favorite holiday hits from the last 40 years.

Some of our picks, such as "Frosty the Snowman" and "We Three Kings," are perennial classics that have been reinvented... Read More &raquo

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