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

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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.

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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 &raquo

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

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

VLC 2.0 brings Blu-ray playback, sleek new UI, more to Mac OS X

VLC (download), everyone's favorite Swiss-Army-like media player for Mac, is about to make the jump to version 2.0, and oh what a big jump it appears to be.

Apparently being rewritten from the ground up, the new and improved application is set to offer features like native full-screen mode in Mac OS X Lion and experimental Blu-ray playback support. It's also worth noting that the change log mentioned porting to Android and iOS platforms to be in the works... Read More &raquo

Tags: video , Mac , Media , player , multimedia

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

mSpot for Android adds Radio Spotter

Starting today, users of the mSpot app for Android get to enjoy Radio Spotter Beta, a new release that adds streaming radio to the app's usual cloud music service. Previously, mSpot was all about uploading, storing, and playing music that you already own. But now, with Radio Spotter Beta, users can mix in some spontaneity and variety via Internet Radio stations, mSpot Stations, Personal Stations (based on a song or artist of your choosing), or the innovative Suggested Stations.... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Android , apps , music , Windows software , Cloud , radio , player

3D sound and 3D snowboarding: iPhone apps of the week

A couple of days ago, some long-awaited iPhone hardware news finally hit the Web. No, it's not the iPhone 5 (which some are saying won't be released until fall). The big news out this week is that the white iPhone 4 will finally become available as soon as by the end of this month.

I have to admit that the white iPhone 4 looks pretty cool, but I can't imagine anyone waiting to take the plunge to buy an... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

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Paint with layers and defend the earth: iPhone apps of the week

Before I get to this week's apps, the folks over at Public Radio Exchange let me know there's a new version of Public Radio Tuner (which I've featured here before). Now called Public Radio Player, this new version has been redesigned from the ground up with a new interface, added station schedule information, and new On Demand radio shows you can stream. Past episodes of This American Life, Fresh Air, and many other popular public radio shows can... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

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