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Apple gives Beats a big ol' public hug

Anyone with even a casual interest in the tech world, Apple products, or personal audio knows that Apple and Beats are BFFs now, but for everyone else, Tim Cook and company have now made it official with what the kids would call a public display of affection. A new page on Apple's site is devoted...

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The Bernhoft Islander app could be the future for iOS music releases

Jarle Bernhoft, a Norwegian singer and composer with a following in the U.S. and Europe, has released a rather groundbreaking "album" as an iOS app titled Bernhoft Islander. It's US$20.00, similar in price to a high resolution audio-only download. Billed as the "world's first HD audio visual album...

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Spotify CEO thinks Apple's Beats deal is more about branding than streaming music

Apple's US$3 billion acquisition of Beats this past May sparked a myriad of different conversations about what the company was trying to accomplish with the deal. While many, including myself, believe that Apple is primarily interested in Beats' subscription music service (the hardware business is...

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UE Boom for iOS, Mac is a superb and portable Bluetooth speaker

The UE Boom (US$199) by Ultimate Ears is a portable, Bluetooth-enabled wireless speaker compatible with Mac and iOS devices. If you've ever grown tired of the limited quality of your MacBook, iPhone or iPad's speaker (and let's face it, who hasn't?), the UE Boom is designed to bring high-quality,...

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IK Multimedia iKlip Xpand: Versatile mic stand support for iPad

iPads are a great musician's tool, but it's difficult to figure out ways to mount the iPad on a microphone stand. Some musicians I know just used a regular music stand, but there's always the concern that swiping the screen may make the iPad slide off. Sure, you can always grab a roll of gaffer's...

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ROY G BIV turns colors into music

ROY G BIV (a mnemonic for the colors of the spectrum -- red, orange, yellow, blue, green, indigo and violet) is a US$0.99 app that lets you point your iDevice anywhere, and the app averages the colors and synthesizes some notes based on the hues. The keyboard covers one octave, from C to C. The...

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Apogee Duet and Quartet audio interfaces for Mac and iOS

Apogee's Duet (US$495) and Quartet ($1395) are the respective steps up from Apogee's ONE, a single input interface with a built-in condenser mic. You can check out the review of the ONE here, but suffice to say it's a high-quality interface for those looking for a compact and portable recording...

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Apogee ONE: An audio interface and microphone for Mac and iOS

Apogee's revamped ONE (US$349) is a 2 IN 2 OUT USB audio interface with a built-in microphone for Mac and now iOS, too. This means you can plug the interface into your Mac or straight into your iPhone or iPad (via Apple's newer Lightning connector or the legacy 30-pin dock connector) to record...

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Trap Studio helps you create your own music on any iOS device

Trap Studio (US$2.99) is a music creation app that includes more than 350 samples created by Prime Loops. Along with that, the app features dual Oxford Synthesizer Company (OSC) Synthesizers, and you can import samples and apply many effects to them to create a unique sound. Sounds from Prime Loops...

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iRig Voice and EZ Voice app want to make you a star

IK Multimedia hit the market with the iRig Mic three years ago, a mic for podcasting and recording that plugged into the headphone port of your favorite iOS device and allowed for real-time monitoring. At the time, I wasn't impressed with the device; there were some issues with shielding and the...

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When Apple in 2000 quickly shifted its focus to music

If you pay attention to the cynics out there, Apple's $3.2 billion acquisition of Beats reeks of desperation. Apple, the argument goes, completely missed the boat on streaming music and is now just grasping at straws with Beats in a last ditch effort to reclaim musical relevancy. Some even take...

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Apple's Beats acquisition may prove to be a huge money maker

Let's be honest: Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics isn't a sexy acquisition. The deal doesn't provide nearly as much room for speculation and intrigue as would exist if Apple purchased a company like, say, Nest or Netflix. But the more I look at the deal and the overall...

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Apple managers reportedly ignored Spotify, even as engineers preferred it over iTunes

A recently published Buzzfeed article sheds some light on the circumstances that led to Apple's recent US$3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics. As the story goes, even Apple engineers working on iTunes preferred using services like Spotify while the higher-ups at Apple were somewhat...

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Which iPod is your all-time favorite?

iPods come and iPods go, and there's no portable media player with more history than Apple's icon little music machine. We all have a favorite, and while some were discontinued before their time, they'll always hold a special place in our hearts. Personally, I'm partial to the 3rd gen iPod nano....

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WSJ adds financial details to Apple's $3 billion purchase of Beats; streaming service valued at $500 million

Though Apple's acquisition of Beats, by most accounts, appears to be a play for the company's music subscription service, the Wall Street Journal reports that the $3 billion purchase price was weighted more heavily towards the company's hardware business. According to the Journal, Apple valued...

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