Music

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Don’t Forget the Apple iTunes 12 Days of Christmas App

As every year, Apple has decided to have their 12 Days of Christmas from today and on. Make sure you download their app and check it every day for new free stuff (music, apps etc.).

First out today is Coldplay's live-EP, recorded live (no kidding!) during the iTunes festival in London this summer. Nobody but Apple knows what is going to be available tomorrow, but don't forget to open the app tomorrow and find out.

NOTE: This app is only available for European stores and as an addition this year, Canada. If you use the US iTunes Store, this app is not available for you.

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Song2Email

The iPhone, iPod touch and iPad all make great music players. You can sync music to them from your computer as well as download music directly from the iTunes store. You can now even stream music from your iTunes collection via iCloud/iTunes Match. While this is all great for getting music into the devices and listening to it, there really isn't a built-in way of getting music out of the devices. This is where Song2Email comes in. While I certainly don't advocate stealing or sharing music illegally, there are times where you may want to get a song from your iDevice to another system and you don't have access your iTunes library. 

Song2Email let's you email songs from your iDevice

Song2Email performs the basic task of letting you choose any of you songs and email them to any email address you want. You can choose one song or multiples songs and email them via WiFi or 3G (20 MB Limit). The App is Universal so it works on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. This is one of those Apps that has a simple function and it does it very well. I wish that there was more that I could go on and on about, but there isn't. It works!

You can get Song2Email for $0.99 here from the iTunes

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What’s That Song? SoundHound will tell you!

What's that song? Who sings that? Oh I remember that song, but was that the original artist? If you've ever uttered any of these phrases you need SoundHound! SoundHound is a music recognition App for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. While this App is known for the music recognition feature, there is so much more to it, making it a must have!

 

Bread and Butter

As I said, this App is known for it's music recognition. Say a song comes on the radio that you want to go home and download but you don't know the title. All you have to do is fire up SoundHound tap the large button in the middle that says "what's that song" and hold your phone within listening distance (usually if you can hear it, so can SoundHound) and within seconds it will tell you the song, the album, and the artist. It doesn't get much better than that. Sound hound has a very robust database of songs meaning that there aren't many songs that it won't know. I haven't found a song yet that it didn't know. 

Not a One Trick Pony

There are a couple of more features that SoundHound offers to help you with your music selection and identification. On the top left you can enter a song title or artist. Entering the first, will give album and artist info. Entering the latter will give you an album and a song list.  I love this! There are often times that I know the artist that I want to look up, but I don't know all of their album names, or I don't know all of the songs that they have put out. Sound hound lets me easily and quickly search this info.

The next feature is similar to the recognition App. You can tap on the button on the top right button and say either the name or artist name instead of typing it. This is really nice for times when you don't want to type it out or don't know how to spell an artist, song, or album name.

 

Conclusion

Sound hound is awesome. If you need/want to find song/artist/album information quickly and easily, this is the App for you.  There is a free version, and a paid version of this App. The paid version offers no ads, wiki links and other little features that I don't really care about so I have to suggest that you download the free version. There is no limit to the number of song look-ups with the free version so I can't see a reason for the added expense.  So for the quality and price, what do you have to lose! Click below and download it now!

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Magic Fiddle: Your Portable Fiddle

Magic Fiddle

When I saw this application in the AppStore, I knew I had to have it. As an organist and flutist, I like to try out these “real” music games that come out on the iPhone and iPad that not just requires you to push a button at the right time (like Guitar Hero). Instead, I like games that allow me some creative spirit.

Basic Game Idea & Learning how to play

The main idea with Magic Fiddle is that you are playing, well a magic fiddle, an instrument that sounds like a violin but that you play slightly differently. There is a storybook mode that is designed to help you learn playing the fiddle and I must say that they have done a very good job at that. Not only do you learn how the application functions but also the basics of music playing, applicable to almost every instrument.

Magic Fiddle - Smule

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