So, uh, Beyoncé just dropped her fifth studio album, a self-titled effort, with no fanfare or buzz on iTunes. Not only does Beyoncé contain fourteen new songs but each song has a video accompaniment. Bow down to the Queen.
It's a deceptively simple app. You have eight buttons, each of which can record a short sound clip. To create a clip you sing, scream, beatbox and spit into your iPhone's microphone. You mix and match the samples over one another, using the loops like a drum machine to create killer beats and melodies. A slider on-screen allows you to delete or undo individual clips.
9to5Mac is reporting that Owl City was behind many of the new iOS 7 ringtones. Kinda feel like they should have gone for Ben Gibbard and left Owl City to Samsung ... but what can you do?
According to his discography page, Owl City founder and singer Adam Young is the creator of iOS 7′s sounds. While the visual design changes are most evident in the new operating system, another noticeable change is how most of the regular sounds are revamped and a slew of new ring and text tones are included.
Apple has an event today (starting in just a few minutes) where they're rumored to unveil the new iPhone 5S and colored iPhone 5C. I've also seen rumors that the iPod Classic will finally be retired. You can check out more in the official thread.
Apple has released Logic Pro X. It's available now on the Mac App Store for $199. Along with the new version of Logic, comes Logic Remote for iPad, a free app the extends the functionality of the software onto an iPad.
Bastille's "Pompeii" is iTunes single of the week which you can download for free. Remember, the band just released their new EP, Haunt on Tuesday, which you can also purchase on iTunes. Also, the band's show at the Troubadour in California sold out in three hours last week.
UK emo band Moose Blood have released a new, two-song single, Boston/Orlando, on iTunes via Venn Records (Gallows). I recommend checking it out. To accompany the release, a limited edition shirt is available here.
Mosh Pit is a bit of mix of game, music platform and a virtual world entertainment device. The game angle is you set off your characters to create a 'total mosh'; meaning you get your 'moshnoids' to complete their routines which include stage diving, crowd surfing, jump in, circle pit, wall to wall as I call it, then finally a quick free style before jumping out.
Apple has announced that music fans have purchased and downloaded more than 25 billion songs from the iTunes Store. Kind of related: yesterday I was trying to find stats about iTunes charts when I was writing up this commentary, and found this cool site that lets you search for songs that have been on the charts and get all kinds of information about them.
Slospeak Records (a small Christian Indie Label) has released a Christmas compilation on iTunes. The album features songs from House of Heroes, Reliant K, Deas Veil, Matt Shelton of the Wedding, Sons, Pioneer, and Ravenhill featuring David Curtis from Run Kid Run/Side Walk Slam.