Music Software

Apple ignores its push notification rules again and promotes Apple Music

If you have an iPhone, you might've received some push notifications about Apple Music recently. The company offered an extra three months on a free trial last weekend and most recently alerted iPhone users to a chance to gift a friend a free month on the music platform.

If you tap the alert, you can send a referral to someone who doesn't use Apple Music. However, if you get a referral and you've already used your 3-month free trial, you'll... Read More »

Topics: iTunes & iPod Software , iOS Software , Apps And Software , Music Software

If you're using an ad blocker, Spotify will suspend or terminate your account

Spotify (download for iOS or Android) is cracking down on listeners using ad blockers on the free version of the app.

The music and podcast streaming service updated its user guidelines to say that as of March 1, any account using an ad blocker will be suspended or shut down.

Last March, Spotify found that two million users were using ad blockers on the free version of the app. The discovery happened before the company's planned... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Music Software

Are you tone deaf? This app can tell you

If you've ever wondered if you're the one in your friend group who is singing off-key, Harvard University's department of psychology might be able to tell you.

Researchers at the university have opened a new lab to study the science of music. The citizen science platform lets the general public take several music quizzes to contribute to research.

SEE: How the Listen music app for iOS works with gestures

Are you tone deaf?

The Tone-deafness Test takes about... Read More »

Topics: Apps And Software , Music Software , Educational Software

Here's what my Spotify Cosmic Playlist said about me

Spotify (download for iOS or Android) took the next step in music personalization and released playlists inspired by Zodiac signs. The 12 playlists were curated by astrologer Chani Nicholas and carry a theme for the month. Nicholas also includes a reading for the sign.

Of course, many people believe in horoscopes to varying degrees. Whether you believe or not, Spotify is offering a fun way to discover new music that might be tailored to you in way... Read More »

Topics: Astrology Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Music Software

You can finally mute artists on Spotify and here's how to do it

Instead of just giving a "thumbs down" on a song you don't like, Spotify (download for iOS or Android) is working on a feature that will allow you to block an artist.

The "don't play this artist" mute feature will appear in an upcoming update to Spotify's iOS app, Thurrott first reported.

Muting an artist will block their music on your personal library, playlists, Discover Weekly, Daily Mixes and more. You won't be able to manually... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Music Software

Dolby testing '234' music production app to compete against SoundCloud

Dolby is developing a music production app capable of measuring background noise before you begin recording and then eliminating it, according to TechCrunch.

App users can purchase audio effect packs to enhance their sound with multiple EQ settings. Artists can share their recordings with third-party apps like SoundCloud or Dolby's audio social network.

Dolby hopes the app -- codenamed '234' and formerly tested under the name Dolby Live -- will draw musicians and artists away from SoundCloud. The company... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Music Software

Spotify launching new Car View mode for simple music control while driving

Spotify (download for iOS or Android) is rolling out Car View, a simplified way to use the music streaming app while driving. The launch seems to be limited for now, showing up on Pixel 3 XLs only at this point, according to 9to5Google.

Car View presents a minimalist display of the artist's name and song title. You'll only have access to necessary controls like track changing, play, pause, favorite and shuffle. Here's how to tell if the... Read More »

Topics: Android , Apps And Software , Music Software

How the Listen music app for iOS works with gestures

Trying to control your music or podcast while you're cooking, exercising or driving can be frustrating and dangerous. Smart devices for your car and home are safer and easier ways to achieve hands-free control over what you're listening to, but not everyone can afford them.

Whether you don't want to stop your jumping jacks to swap playlists or you want a more minimalist music display, Listen: The Gesture Music Player app could what you need.

Listen runs on iPhone and iPad. The... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software , Apps And Software , Music Software , Lifestyle Software

YouTube's Android app adds 'show me' command to voice search

YouTube (download for iOS or Android) is rolling out a new feature for Android voice search. The app will prompt you once the feature is available on your device.

When you start a new search by tapping the magnifying glass in the upper right corner, YouTube will let you know that there are "new ways to search with your voice."

Tap the microphone icon to start a voice search.

SEE: How to erase your weird YouTube watch history

The... Read More »

Topics: Android , Apps And Software , Music Software

Harry Connick Jr. joins Playground Sessions music learning app to teach piano

Three-time Grammy award winner and actor Harry Connick Jr. is joining the Playground Sessions (download for iOS or Android) music learning app as a piano instructor and brand ambassador.

Playground Sessions, created by legendary musician Quincy Jones, teaches users how to play the piano. The program dives into keyboard skills, reading music, chords, advanced rhythm, how to play by ear and more.

Connick is a long-time advocate of music education.

"Music changed my life in every way... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Music Software , Educational Software