Musicians use Next to record short videos of their music -- anywhere from 10 seconds to 3 minutes. Users then log on and watch 30-second excerpts of the songs, swiping left to dismiss and swiping right to like. If you find an artist you're interested in, you can follow them on the app or tap to share via SMS, email and Twitter.
Indie-developer Marco Arment launched his brand new podcast app today: Overcast. I've been playing around with it all morning and it's pretty great so far. Simple, cool features, nice podcast discovery section, and very easy to use. It's up on the App Store now and if you check it out don't forget to subscribe to the AP.net Podcast in it (searching for absolutepunk found it immediately for me, and the online page is here).
Capo Touch helps you learn the music in your iTunes library quickly. By slowing your music, automatically detecting chords, or changing key, this new iOS version of the award-winning Mac App Capo's capabilities let you learn to play your songs faster than ever.
Ever go to a show and have an LP or a shirt you'd really like to buy but don't because you don't want to hinder the concert going experience? That's an issue of the past now. Our dear friend, Eric Jones has created the Sidestep app so solve all your problems. Download the app, find the concert you're going to attend and you can see the band's complete merch table at your finger tips. Choose what you want, enter your payment info and then choose if you want it ready at the table when you leave or have it delivered to your house. Head to the replies to check out the full press release including a short video explaining the app in detail.
Apple is reportedly in the process of buying Beats for $3.2 billion, according to a new report from The Financial Times. The deal includes both the streaming music service, as well as the company that produces headphones and speakers. The move, which would be Apple’s largest acquisition, could be announced as soon as next week, the paper says.
The music extravaganza will be held in Austin from March 11th through the 15th, running alongside South by Southwest (SXSW). It's a much shorter run than in the past, but it will include a mix of well-known American and European artists
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.