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Apple (Finally) Approves First DJ App

It’s been a long uphill battle for music app developers, with Apple leaving music apps in approval purgatory for loooong periods of time (with no official explanation) – a situation which sparked many music / tech blog posts and eventually led to a dj app petition.

Well.. who knows what finally prompted Apple to give Amidio Inc the green light but they have – and you can now buy the world’s first DJ app for iPhone / iPod touch – Touch DJ ($19.99). Now you can essentially go anywhere with no equipment in tow and no headphones and play dj.

Get the specs / more details on Touch DJ
Download it now from the app store

Posted 2830 days ago in Audio, Geek

Auto Tune :)

Auto Tune it the audio editing software that makes vocals sound robotic – you’ve heard it – yeah, it’s awesome. Watching this video (hilarious) convinced me to go to iTunes and grab the “I Am T-Pain” auto tune iphone app which makes me a huge dork but is also fun as hell.

thx to @SteveTalkowski for the video link :)

About the Photographer [Left]

BTW – the photographer from this post’s photo, Daniel Boud, is a fantastic live music photographer, who has been in SPIN, Rolling Stone, NME, Vanity Fair, etc.. He has a ton of concert sets on flickr, including White Lies, Wolfmother, etc.. check them out here.

He also wrote a great overview of everything an aspiring live music photographer might want to know for Digital Photographer magazine.. read that here.

Posted 2837 days ago in Audio

Mashup: 7 Minute Decade + TiltShift App

Just finished watching the “Newsweek Presents The Decade In Seven Minutes” video – loved it. Watch it here (on Laughing Squid).

On a completely unrelated note, I just downloaded the Tiltshift Generator iPhone App after seeing this image of Vegas (left), taken by Rob Sheridan.

Then @heideland sent me this cool tiltshift video – check it out:

Posted 2838 days ago in Geek, Visual

Train Brain: Local App Does Good

Minneapolis Light-Rail IPhone App, developed/designed by locals Andy Atkinson and Nate Kadlac is getting a lot of praise around town..

This $1.99 iPhone application is for Twin Cities Metro Transit light-rail riders. You can walk around with a paper schedule in your pocket or pull up a PDF of that schedule on your iPhone, but with a couple of taps, Train Brain can tell you when the next train is coming and how much the fare will cost as well as offer a countdown to the train’s arrival.

The only thing that came to mind after talking to Andy (Andy Atkinson, Train Brain Developer) was this: Metro Transit ought to buy this app and get behind it. With the continued rollout of light rail in the Twin Cities, and likely delays as the system expands, there is no question riders will need better tools to manage their ridership instead of just a PDF of a paper schedule or, God forbid, having to carry a schedule around in your pocket.”
SOURCE: MINNPOST

Visit TrainBrainApp.com
Download from ITunes

Posted 2895 days ago in Geek

tyrant alarm can ruin your life

This is a HILARIOUS idea – not sure why anyone would actually go so far as to use it, but i love that it exists :)

“The Tyrant Clock takes waking up into pure psychological warfare territory. The clock syncs up with your cell phone, randomly goes through your contact list, and then calls someone different every three minutes after your intended wake up time. It displays in a large size the name of the person who’s about to get their own wake up call from you. The potential for it to call someone and in some way completely ruin your life is huge. A disaster waiting to happen, which would make it the ideal alarm clock. ”

SOURCE: PICOCOOL

Posted 2903 days ago in Geek

Charge Gadgets with Pedal Power

Brilliant / Awesome .. This little box hooks up to your bike’s generator hub and converts your pedal power – plug in your cellphone / iPod / camera battery via the USB port and start charging.. (full charge takes three hours).

The BioLogic FreeCharge will go for just $100 when it ships next spring [March 2010]
SOURCE: WIRED

Posted 2906 days ago in Geek

Factron iPhone case with camera lenses

The Factron folks have been doing their custom case thing with various Apple products for some time now, but they’ve truly outdone themselves with their new iPhone case, which not only boasts some stylish, rangefinder camera-esque looks, but a complete set of interchangeable (presumably functional) lenses. Those include fish eye, wide-angle, and close-up lenses, which range in price from $15 to $55, while the case itself will set you back a full $200. Quite a bit to pay for a case, to be sure, but a veritable bargain compared to the $800 that some of the group’s previous cases have fetched.

SOURCE: itechnews

Posted 2955 days ago in Geek

zen bound

i’m not really a big fan of games that are played on electronic devices, but zen bound is different

unlike most games, played with guns and lasers, zen bound is played with stone, wood and rope – “A calm and meditative game of wrapping rope around wooden sculptures”… hmmm. sounds boring but it’s actually pretty addictive / relaxing, with it’s slow speed and meditative soundtrack (thx to ghost monkey)

it might even inspire me to get that swanky new reclaimed bamboo case ;)

Posted 3013 days ago in Geek

broadcast yourself with audioboo

if you’re unfamiliar with the world of podcasting, it’s like “social audio” sharing.. you create audio files and people can listen to them on their computer or phone

think of it as your own radio show.. where you can offer interviews, your band’s music, social / political rants, product reviews, tutorials… whatever – you create it and folks can then subscribe to your “station”

audioboo has made creating and listening to podcasts insanely simple – and now you can do it with your iphone ;)

iphone app | audioboo site | audioboo video tutorial

Posted 3015 days ago in Audio, Geek

rip music from your ipod

the ability to easily rip your ipod to a computer is the number one feature request by ipod users – but – it’s not going to happen, since apple has to play nice with the content providers. okay, piracy is very real concern but there are other, perfectly legit reasons you may need to do this…

if you’re on a mac, simply download senuti and follow the instructions (free 30 trial). all of the songs on the ipod will be auto added to your itunes music folder and your itunes playlist (so they’ll be loaded on the next ipod you sync)

if you’re on a pc it’s not quite so simple but still possible – you can use winamp along with it’s ipod plugins or just do this:
-Connect your iPod to your computer
-Run iTunes if it doesn’t automatically
-Go to Edit – Preferences
-Select “Manually manage songs and playlists”. This also opens up “disk use”
-Open My Computer from your desktop
-Go to the Tools menu, now select “Folder Options”
-Go to the View tab
-Click the radial button that says: “Show hidden files and folders”
- Now click OK on the Folder Options window
- In My Computer locate the iPod storage device (opened via disk use)
-Open the iPod_Control folder
-Inside you’ll find the Music folder..

there you go :)

Posted 3027 days ago in Audio, Geek

i ♥ to find new music

finally, the internet has caught up with my need to find new music.. easily. here are my personal top three for it:

blip.fm [website]
blip is freakin awesome and is my new #1 source for new music. simply create an account and click “play” to start listening to songs as they show up (every 5 seconds) in your browser.. to customize it (and get music you’re most likely to like) start searching for songs and play/favorite them and/or start following (i.e. “favorite” on blip) djs that play music you like.. best bet is to do this and then allow their app that suggests djs you’ll like.. amazingly effective way to find new music you love
you can also give/recieve props.. and (if you keep playing music) will start to get a bunch of “listeners” – which..well who cares – the primary use is to find new music

we are hunted [website]
We Are Hunted is an Online Music Chart – they “.. aggregate social networks, forums, music blogs, Torrents, P2P Networks and Twitter to develop a daily chart of the 99 most popular songs online.”… brilliant! why no one thought of this earlier is a mystery.. but thank god someone finally did. just click on the song to play.. like it? click to buy it n itunes or whatever.. or dig it on blip to save for later

shazam [iphone/blackberry app]
oh this is my number one most favorite app that was ever created on earth.. simply click the app & point in the general direction of any music source in the vicinity and it will tell you 1) artists/song title and 2) a link to buy it.. i can’t even begin to tell you how strongly i feel about this app..
now it occasionally cannot find the music you’re hearing – usually this is because 1) the song isn’t on the internet (ie it’s something your friend created with garageband), 2) the clip isn’t long enough (the app needs like 30 sec of a song to process) or 3) there is too much interference (people talking over it or whatnot).. but honestly i don’t get that much – about 90% of the time i get a successful result. try it with CSI NY for great new music

enjoy ;)

Posted 3040 days ago in Audio, Geek

i ♥ my iphone apps

pandora
Pandora Radio is your own FREE personalized radio that streams music on your Phone. start with the name of one of a favorite artists, songs or classical composers and Pandora creates a “station” that plays their music and more music like it. .

shazam
With Shazam your phone “listens” to the music playing wherever you are and identifies the track/artist + gives you a link to buy it..

vlingo
true voice recognition – not only can you speak your twitter/facebook updates (rather than type) you can also : initiate calls to anyone in your address book, Search for anything through Yahoo! or Google or Look up and map local listings.. all by just “asking” your phone to do so..

g-park
i have waited my whole life for this… while i’m creeped out by some of the gps apps, this one is dear to my heart – i park my car and tap “Park Me” – on the way back, i hit “Where Did I Park” for turn-by-turn directions back

speakeasy
unlike most recording apps, speakeasy records clearly and has no time limit – i’m a terrible note-taker, so this is my answer for any client meeting. import the recordings directly into itunes (and make ringtones if you like)

snaptell
When you see a book, CD, DVD, or game at a friend’s house you want to look up, use snapTell Explorer to take a photo of it – it looks up your item and gives you links to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Wikipedia, and straight-up search engines so you can compare prices and find out more about it

quad camera
The most sold camera app in Japan. This application changes your iphone to the fun lomo camera and allows for allowing 4-8 serial (rapid fire, continuous shooting) shots – then use quad-animator to make animated gifs

goodguide
go green – view product “green” ratings and see what’s behind the label of your favorite brands. Quickly check products or browse the top rated products in a category while you’re in the store , Create personalized shopping lists, get product recommendations based on the companies “green rating” and customer reviews

things to look forward to:

Xumii’s free social networking address book
bring Facebook, Google Talk, Flickr and other contacts all in one place – this app sounds unbelievable (so i guess i’ll believe it when i see it)

Flexible Computer Screens
okay this isn’t an iphone app – but i am soooo looking forward to it that i had to mention it

simplify media
this app promises “Access all of your Simplify Media music from your iPhone & iPod Touch” ie stream your entire collection (sans itune purchases – there goes half of mine) from your machine without taking up a ton of (non-existent) space on your phone.. in reality, it takes forever to snag the songs and the plaback is dodgy (lots of pauses) so – useless. but this apps assures us that they’re working on it and we want to believe

Posted 3095 days ago in Audio

g3 iphone :)

hooray! i almost bought one awhile back but my friend warned me this was coming … now i can get it for half the price (and with twice the internet connection speed & GPS)

thanks nate :)

Posted 3358 days ago in Geek

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