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Apple wraps up 12 Days of Gifts with Rolling Stones mini album

Apple's 12 Days of Gifts promo ends today with a mini album from rock legends The Rolling Stones. The mini album contains selections from the band's "Sweet Summer Sun – Hyde Park Live" concert, recorded at London's Hyde Park in July 2013. This...

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iPhone gets Auto Shazam update, now it's always listening

Song-identification app Shazam is already an App Store favorite, but today's update makes the iPhone version even more useful. Adding a feature called Auto Shazam (which has been available on the iPad edition for a short while already), the app can...

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Wren Sound Systems goes Bluetooth with the fabulous V5BT speaker

When it comes to accessory speakers for iOS devices, no product impressed me more than the Wren Sound Systems V5AP AirPlay speaker that I reviewed back in June. This is a gorgeous piece of equipment with sound quality to match, but it surprised me...

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Target won't sell Beyoncé CD due to iTunes-exclusive launch

Superstar Beyoncé's self-titled album is breaking all sorts of records thanks to incredible marketing on the Apple iTunes store, but that has retailer Target a bit miffed. The company has reported that it won't sell the CD version because...

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The 12 Days of iMas, Day 6: Play that funky music, iPad boy

Today is the sixth day of a 12-day feature where we'll show you the strangest Apple-flavored gifts we can find. Check out the previous days here: Day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Day 6: An iPad jukebox Many of the gifts we've discovered so far are too strange...

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Beyonce surprise releases new album, available exclusively via iTunes

Beyonce late on Thursday evening surprised fans when she released a completely new "visual album" available exclusively on iTunes. Self-titled Beyonce, the album features 14 brand-new tracks and features musical heavy hitters such as Drake, Frank...

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Motion made music: AUUG Motion Synth nearing Kickstarter goal

Imagine being able to play notes and alter sounds through the motion of your hand and arm, using an iPhone or iPod touch. That's the idea behind the AUUG Motion Synth, a unique musical instrument and controller that is getting close to its...

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Spotify ups its game, plans to offer free on-demand music for mobile

Spotify is looking to give users an added incentive to choose its streaming-music service over the droves of competitors by offering free on-demand music via its mobile app. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the new option will be offered...

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TUAW's Black Friday Mega-Giveaway

During the course of writing our reviews for TUAW, we traditionally give away the review products. Sometimes we get items that we just never get around to reviewing, and sometimes we'll end up not getting a reply from a winner... so the products...

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Trent Reznor uses iPhone to FaceTime friend during concert

AppleInsider directs us to a great video of a Nine Inch Nails concert where NIN frontman Trent Reznor takes a break in the action to FaceTime with photojournalist Andrew Youssef. According to a report by music site Consequence of Sound, Youssef...

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Apple Stores create beautiful iPhone 5c-themed window display

If you've been to an Apple Store lately, chances are good that you've seen the incredible window display that was created for the iPhone 5c introduction in September. It's a series of one-inch plastic balls in the five bright iPhone 5c colors,...

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Turn your iPhone into a touchless musical instrument with Theremin I/O

The theremin is one of the strangest musical instruments ever devised -- it detects the movements and position of your hands in open space and produces sounds in return -- so it was just a matter of time before the iPhone received an amazing app...

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Google Play Music now available for iPhone

Hold onto your hats, music lovers, 'cause things just got a little crazy out there. Google just released Google Play Music for iPhone (free), an app that lets you "discover, play and share the music you love, anywhere." It actually surprises me a...

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Pokemon X and Y soundtrack appears on iTunes

The Pokémon series is known for many things, including the ridiculously hummable original tunes that accompany each game. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y hit store shelves just over a month ago, and now you can enjoy the musical...

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Rhapsody takes major hit as music services slowly cannibalize each other

I could probably name close to a dozen subscription music services off the top of my head, which means one thing: There are far too many subscription music services. Now, just days since Pandora declared that it would do just fine in the wake of...

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Capo for Mac gets a feature update, makes learning music even easier

A couple years ago I took an in-depth look at Capo, the music-learning app designed to reverse engineer music on your Mac, making music easier to hear, and therefore easier to learn to play. Capo has seen a major update since then to 3.0, bringing...

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