Star Apps: Midge Ure

"We came to dance. The piper calls out a different rhyme. He cracks the whip and we step in time." -- Ultravox

An electro-pop pioneer, singer-guitarist Midge Ure called early-'80s club-goers to the dance floor with Visage's "Fade to Grey and Ultravox's "Vienna," "Reap the Wild Wind," and "Dancing With Tears in My Eyes." He later morphed into a philanthropic powerhouse who raised millions for famine relief, co-producing Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" single and mega-concerts Live Aid... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: iOS , Mac , music , Windows software

Convert your audio collection to popular formats with Axara

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 »

Tags: video , music , iTunes , audio , converter

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 »

Topics: iOS Software

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

Tubalr: Spotify and YouTube rolled into one

Tubalr has been making a buzz among the Web community quite recently by bringing a service everyone has been asking for but has never been quite fulfilled until now. This simple Web app lets you create playlists from YouTube videos. Simply input a search term, select between 'only' and 'similar' depending on how much you want to narrow down your options, and Tubalr will auto-generate a video playlist according to your search. The 'only' function... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows , video , Mac , music , Windows software , YouTube , Webware

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 »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

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

Freeware Friday: Music to your ears

Over a decade ago, searching for legal ways to get music on the Internet was tiresome and downright tedious. Fast-forward to today and we're left with more music services than we have fingers, all touting free or affordable ways to listen to just about all the songs you could possibly listen to several lifetimes over. Record labels may still be bickering in court, but now is a pretty darn good time to be able to enjoy the freedom of listening... Read More »

Tags: freeware , music , MP3 , Internet Radio

Freeware Friday: Concert guides for Android

The concert season is finally upon us! Summer is a popular time to head out, soak up the sun, and, of course, plan concert trips to see your favorite bands and singers. Whether you're into Bieber or Jagger, these apps will help you track events and schedule concerts to see your faves perform.

OnTour On Tour lets you discover new artists and track concerts as well as read band bios. The app will generate a list of concert tour dates... Read More »

Topics: Android Software

Tags: Android , music

Freeware Friday: An arcade in your own home

Coin-ops are few and rare these days, but that doesn't mean that the memories and quarters spent are gone forever...well, maybe the quarters. In either case, this week's Freeware Friday involves dodging speeding tickets, pulling off 99-hit air combos, and dancing like it's a revolution. Sorry folks; accessories/fight sticks/steering wheels/dance pads not included.

Need for Speed World The Need for Speed series has been around for as long as I can remember. It's tackled just about every car racing scenario I could... Read More »

Tags: freeware , music , arcade , racing now playing on Android

After rocking the eardrums of countless listeners on the Web and iOS, fan-favorite music-streaming app has made its way onto the Android platform.

Related stories As expected, licenses songs from major labels How to get started with for iPhone Hey DJ, Play it Loud!

So far, for Android appears very much like its iOS counterpart, with its hypnotic, head-bobbing avatars, slick buttons, and familiar interface. It makes it easy to listen to tunes in one room... Read More »

Tags: Android , apps , music , streaming , radio , player

Breaking and entering just got groovier

Remember Vincent Cassel as the breakdancing burglar from the movie "Ocean's Twelve"? He played a classy art thief who weaved his way through security by dancing around a series of laser beams. His character blended the art of thievery with rhythmic precision. In no way do we at condone any sort of theft...outside the walls of Clockwork Mansion.

Beat Sneak Bandit trains players in the art of breaking in with breaking beats. Duke Clockface has stolen all the clocks, so... Read More »

Tags: music , puzzle