If you use the music ID app, Shazam, on your iOS device and use the Rdio music service then you can now get identified songs from Shazam delivered straight to your Rdio account. All the songs you identify using the latest version of Shazam will be added to a special playlist called 'My Shazam Tracks'.
Commenting on the latest version, Shazam said, "the company's latest update for its iOS apps seamlessly integrates with Rdio's music streaming service, making it easy for Rdio users to listen to all of their Shazamed songs inside the Rdio app."
These days digital music isn't just about using audio-only download sources like the iTunes Store or Amazon MP3. Similarly, for music discovery, streaming audio-only services such as Spotify, MOG, Rhapsody, etc aren't the only ways to discover new music. Many people now use video services like YouTube to explore millions of songs in video form.
But, downloading and playing music videos in the right format that suits your particular device doesn't always go to plan. Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate is one such software tool that promises a quick and simple way for you to choose the right format and resolution by simply selecting the make and model of your device.
With support for over 150 different formats, a DVD burning engine, streaming video conversion, and more, we decided to review Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate to see if it's as good as it sounds.
Social analytics company, Topsy, has now been acquired by Apple for a reported $200 million. But, the big question is why is Apple so interested in Twitter trends? One theory pointed out by a CNET article is possibly integrating it into iTunes Radio.
Apple (and Topsy) are being tight-lipped about their latest deal, and what it all means -- only confirming to the effect, "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."
This link to social media could help Apple to focus on important trends in the music world not only for iTunes Radio, but perhaps the iTunes Store too.
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A recent code tear-down by Android Police on version 5.3 of the YouTube app has added fuel to the rumor that Google are close to launching a new music subscription service. According to the report, several strings in the code suggest new features relating to streaming music -- such as: Music Pass, offline playback, take your music everywhere, and others.
There's already been widespread talk of Google launching a new music service on YouTube (apparently called Music Pass from the hidden code), but the big question is, "will it be a freemium service or paid-for only?"
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You may have used the iTunes software for a number of years in order to create your own compilations on compact disc (CD) and to backup your entire library. However, if you've upgraded to iTunes 11 you may be wondering where this burning facility is -- or even if it still works like it used to.
The good news is it's still in there, but you wouldn't think so at first glance. There's no option in iTunes' preferences as in previous versions for configuring the type of disc to burn. And there's definitely no burn button anywhere to be seen.
If you find this facility useful and miss it now you've upgraded, then follow our tutorial on how to burn music to CD / DVD in iTunes 11. It explains how you can burn audio CDs (playable on most audio equipment), MP3 CDs, and data discs (both CD and DVD).
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If you've been waiting for an iOS version of the Google Music app, then the long wait is now over. Google has now officially launched the app enabling you to access Google Play Music using your Apple device. As a bonus, Google are currently offering a free month's trial of their All Access streaming music service (normally $9.99 per month).
As well as their free standard service, which includes upload space to store up to 20,000 of your own tracks, the new app has the facility to use Google's All Access paid-for subscription service.
There are plenty of options when it comes to backing up and sharing your digital music in the cloud. Popular online services such as DropBox, ADrive, and SkyDrive for example have a range of plans to suite just about any size of media library that you want stored on the Web. However, what if you don't want to risk this sole reliance on public virtual storage and want a more private (and flexible) way?
NTI Corporation who are the developers of products such as Backup Now, Media Maker, and Shadow think they have the answer in the form of NTI MiST. It's a service that you can use for directly streaming your digital music and videos to mobile devices (like smartphones and tablets) using your own private cloud.
For more information and to see what we thought of it, take a look at our full review of NTI MiST.
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In a press release (download PDF) by the Deezer streaming music service, the company has revealed buoyant figures -- especially for current paying subscribers. Deezer says that they are now at the 5 million mark which is impressive to say the least considering that subscriber levels were less than half this 12 months ago.
Commenting on Deezer's subscriber upturn, Axel Dauchez who is the CEO, said, "Doubling the number of paid subscribers in 12 months sends a hugely encouraging signal that music streaming's time is now. One year ago we pledged to launch Deezer worldwide because we felt music deserved to be truly global. One year on, we are proud to say that we have over-delivered on our promises, with more than 5 million subscribers across more than 180 countries and a team of expert editors around the world sharing their love and passion for music. But we're not content to simply keep up with the world; we want to lead the charge."
Deezer has also announced its music catalog has now topped 30 millions tracks and a new Deezer app for the Mac which enables you to automatically sync your iTunes library with Deezer.
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The equalizer (EQ) in iTunes 11 is a stellar tool for tweaking frequency ranges in order to optimize sound for your particular set up. However, there have been EQ issues in the past that have caused users to experience problems like sound distortion. With the latest version (11.1.3) of iTunes, Apple has announced a fix along with a set of other improvements.
According to Apple's knowledge base on version 11.1.3, "This version of iTunes resolves an issue where the equalizer may not work as expected and improves performance when switching views in large iTunes libraries. This update also includes additional minor bug fixes."
It's interesting to note that Apple have also fixed the speed issue when switching view modes in iTunes 11 when dealing with a large music library. If you're experiencing both problems, then upgrading could be the answer.
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Owners of the Pandora Radio music service, Pandora Media, Inc., say that since the launch of Apple's iTunes Radio service, their market share has actually increased. In a report by Bloomberg, Pandora Radio's share of U.S. radio listening increased from 7.77 percent in September to 8.06 percent in October. This increase coincides with the launch of iTunes radio which some thought would have a negative impact on Pandora Radio's business.
Commenting on the increase, Michael Herring who is Pandora's CFO said, "October data was in line with our expectations and showed the resilience of our business."