Thursday, October 27, 2011

With the introduction of the iMatch setting on iOS last week, Apple is getting ready to flip the switch on iMatch, the service that lets you store all of your music easily on iCloud and even upgrade songs purchased or ripped outside of iTunes. Rinse has been introduced from RealNetworks to clean those tracks up you may have ripped prior to GraceNote’s help or songs “gifted” from a friend. With Rinse, it will find the correct metadata, such as incorrectly spelled song titles or missing album art. Heck, if the MP3 is completely missing everything, then Rinse will still be able to use “fingerprint” technology to find a match and correct it. Cool? For $40, you can clean up your library now, too!

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Get ready for iTunes Match™ by cleaning up your music collection with Rinse from RealNetworks

Rinse music clean up product removes duplicates, fixes misspellings and identifies songs without titles so iTunes Match – and the Apple Siri™ digital assistant — works best

Seattle, WA—October 27, 2011—Users who plan to use Apple’s new iTunes Match music product to stream their matched songs from the cloud should consider using Rinse to clean up their music collections first, according to RealNetworks (Nasdaq:RNWK).

Rinse can fix misspellings of song title and artist names, identify songs without titles and remove duplicates, enabling the iTunes Match service to correctly identify songs in the user’s collection and allow streaming from the cloud.

“As cloud services like iTunes Match from Apple and other music services from Amazon and Google become popular, having an accurate music library will allow users to more easily sync and enjoy their music on all of their devices,” said Daniel Strickland, RealNetworks senior director and lead developer for Rinse. “Rinse is incredibly easy to use, so cleaning up a user’s music collection can be completed with just a few clicks.”

In addition, Strickland said Rinse will help the new Siri personal assistant, incorporated into the iPhone® 4S, be more effective for users. The Siri voice recognition software lets users verbally ask for a song to be played from iTunes. “Siri can play any song for you on request, but it works best if that song is correctly identified in your collection.”

RealNetworks also announced a new version of Rinse that incorporates advanced acoustic fingerprinting technology powered by Gracenote. Rinse can now identify and clean up songs without any titles or artist names — the “track 01″ songs that clutter a library — by listening to the audio data and identifying matches in an online database.

With Rinse, users can:
Remove duplicate songs in a music collection, even if the titles or artists are missing or misspelled.
Repair misspelled songs, artists and album details, making it easy to browse the collection without having to remember exact names. For example, users don’t have to remember that Steve Miller is actually “Steve Miller Band.”
Add missing album art to a music library. Rinse automatically finds high resolution album art so users can enjoy it on their computers, in iTunes®, on smart phones and other devices.
Identify a song even without titles or artists names. Rinse can identify a song’s “fingerprint” by examining just a few notes of a song and then matching it with its industry-leading, 100 million track database.
Edit entire collections at once or song by song — it’s the users’ choice.

Free Trial of Rinse
Rinse is a downloadable product available for $39 at www.rinsemymusic.com and is compatible with iTunes collections on both Windows and Macintosh. A free trial version is available that cleans up 50 songs in a user’s library.

Follow Rinse on Facebook: www.facebook.com/rinsemymusic

Follow Rinse on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/#!/rinsemymusic

Read the Rinse blog: www.rinsemymusic.com/blog

About RealNetworks
RealNetworks creates innovative applications and services that make it easy to connect with and enjoy digital media. RealNetworks invented the streaming media category and continues to connect consumers with their digital media both directly and through partners, aiming to support every network, device, media type and social network. RealNetorks corporate information is located at www.realnetworks.com/about-us

RealNetworks and Rinse are trademarks or registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc.

iTunes, iTunes Match, iPhone and Siri are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

All other trademarks, names of actual companies and products mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.



Thursday, March 10, 2011

IK Multimedia’s VocaLive

IK Multimedia is proud to announce that VocaLive™, the first professional performing and recording vocal processor app for the iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad®, is now available for download from the iTunes App Store.

VocaLive provides vocalists with a suite of 12 real-time professional vocal effects along with a capable recorder for studio quality sound in a portable package. When used with the newly announced iRig Mic, VocaLive gives singers an easy-to-use but extremely powerful music creation tool that provides professional results previously achievable only with expensive hardware or complex computer software.

VocaLive includes 5 Vocal Effects – Pitch Fix (for tuning correction or stylized quantization FX), Choir (a 3-part harmonizer), Morph (an X-Y pitch and formant shifter that changes the tonal quality of the voice from subtle deepening to radical gender bending), De-Esser and Double (Double effect gets unlocked by registering) – along with 7 Studio Effects – Reverb, Delay, Parametric EQ, Compressor, Chorus, Phazer and Envelope Filter – that together create the perfect vocal processing solution. The effects can be combined into a chain of three processors and saved as presets. A collection of dozens of Presets is also included to get you up and running immediately.

VocaLive gives you the ability to record vocals or other instruments (single or multi-track) with effects, sing along with your favorite songs from your iTunes library (with a Voice Cancel feature for practicing over songs with existing vocals) and warm up your voice with the included Vocal Tools. VocaLive is an incredible professional vocal effects workstation that you can take with you anywhere.

For the best quality, use VocaLive on stage or in the studio with IK’s new iRig Mic. You can also have fun with it or record quick ideas using the built-in iPhone mic, or you can use VocaLive with earbuds that have a built-in mic.

With its 12 professional effects, Recorder and Vocal Tools, VocaLive is the most powerful vocal processing tool available on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad!

VocaLive features:
• Real-time vocal processor + recording app
• 3-processor vocal effects chain
• 12 professional studio quality vocal effects
• Single track Recorder expandable to a full 4-track studio available for in-app purchase
• Import and play songs from your iPod library or computer for use as backing tracks
• Voice Cancel feature lets you create sing-along backing tracks by removing the vocal track from existing recordings
• 50 Presets included with 4 Favorites for fast recall
• Includes metronome and vocal warm-up tools
• Low-latency for real-time vocal processing
• FREE version also available

Pricing and availability:

VocaLive is now available from the iTunes App Store at 19.99 / €15.99.

A Free, expandable version is also available that allows the user to purchase the individual effects a-la-carte inside the app. Vocal Effects cost $4.99 / €3.99 each, and Studio Effects cost $2.99 / €2.39 each. The 4-Track Recorder for both the Free and Full versions costs $4.99 / €3.99

For more information on VocaLive, audio and video demos, please visit:

www.ikmultimedia.com/vocalive
www.ikmultimedia.com/vocalive/videodemo

iRig Mic, the quality condenser microphone for iPhone/iPod touch/iPad to be used with VocaLive, costs $59.99/€49.99 (excluding taxes).
For more information: www.ikmultimedia.com/irigmic



Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Ringtone Remix

Electric Pocket today announces the launch of Ringtone Remix Pro for iOS, putting the power of a ringtone creation studio onto iPhone smartphones. With Ringtone Remix Pro, iPhone users can easily create their own free ringtones from the music they already own and connect with Dropbox to sync and share ringtones.

Ringtone Remix Pro, by the makers of popular iOS apps such as BugMe! Ink Notes, MailTones and Nag Timer, offers iPhone users a fun, attractive and simple-to-use interface for creating a free ringtone collection from the music they already own. Rather than paying for ringtones or settling for the beginnings of songs instead of their favorite lines or chorus, Ringtone Remix Pro lets users create ringtones from their own music collections and zoom in to clip their favorite section of each song.

With Ringtone Remix Pro, iPhone users can:

· Choose any song from a music collection to use as a ringtone for callers and calendar alerts
· Zoom in and choose their favorite part of the song to use as the tone
· Preview tones to hear how they will loop
· Choose to have the ringtone fade-in as an escalating tone

Ringtone Remix Pro offers the easiest ways to get ringtones from the iPhone into iTunes, including via email, Dropbox and iTunes File Sharing. Not only do these options make it simple to keep a ringtone collection current, they offer the best ways to share custom-created ringtones with friends.

Creating ringtones with Ringtone Remix Pro is easy. Users simply pick a track from their music collection, select the section they want from the real music waveform, then save the tone. Ringtone Remix Pro offers a zoomable waveform showing the selected music track. To pick the exact piece of the track, the user simply slides the start and end sliders into position and presses the “Save” button.

Ringtone Remix uniquely features an automatic ringtone selector – pressing the “Magic Wand” button in the app quickly analyses the selected track and chooses a section of the track to use as a ringtone, skipping very quiet introductions for best effect.

Ringtone Remix Pro is available for an introductory price of only US$.99 in the iTunes App Store.
A free Lite version is also available.

For more information, visit www.electricpocket.com.



SuperSync

SuperSync today announced availability of SuperSync 4.0, the industry leading iTunes sync utility that enables users to visually compare, access, sync, and merge iTunes libraries including music, audio files, podcasts, and video, across multiple Macintosh and Windows PCs, iPhones, iPads, and iPods.

“Users now have an ALL ACCESS PASS to their iTunes content,” explained SuperSync president Brad Lowe. “SuperSync 4.0 is your music collection’s central hub to retrieve, organize, explore, and merge all your iTunes content.”

SuperSync 4.0 is available for purchase online for as little as $29 for a 2-Pak, $39 for a 5-Pak, and $49 for 10-Pak. SuperSync 4.0 is a free upgrade for all current SuperSync owners. SuperSync 4.0 can be purchased at http://supersync.com/purchase.php.

“SuperSync simplifies managing music libraries on multiple computers and mobile devices,” says Lowe. “With SuperSync, you can easily compare any two libraries and merge the content at will.”

With SuperSync’s built-in client/server software, users can instantly retrieve a song left on your laptop, play a song on your home computer while using your office PC, or copy your entire iTunes library on to a new computer.

SuperSync 4.0 updates include:

- A brand new GUI that features larger toolbar icons and graphics throughout the application that vastly improves navigation and ability to display two libraries at once.

- A complete rewrite of the SuperSync core to improve performance an extensibility

- Compare and import tracks from another user¹s iTunes Library on the same computer with read only privileges.

- Easy duplicate elimination

- One-key Internet search on any track to find out more about any artist, movie, or song on popular web sites including on iTunes Store, YouTube, Google, Amazon, last.fm, LyricsFly and other sites.

- Improved support for connecting Apple Mobile Devices for quicker access between Macs or PCs and iPods, iPhones, and iPads.

“We’ve rebuilt SuperSync 4.0 from the ground up to make it much faster and easier to use,” says Lowe. “SuperSync 4.0 now features even faster access to multiple iTunes libraries and devices.”

By placing a copy of SuperSync 4.0 on each Mac or PC, users can easily compare and merge two iTunes libraries to see what tracks are missing, select them, and click “Synchronize” to begin merging the two libraries. SuperSync 4.0 includes a basic audio player so you can organize, sync-up, and play all of your songs directly from SuperSync, with no external player required for MP3/M4A music files.

Additionally, SuperSync 4.0 now enables users to sync music libraries from other user accounts (with at least Read Only privileges) by connecting the music libraries to eliminate duplicates; perfect for families with multiple iTunes libraries.

SuperSync lets you transfer specific tracks or all of your iTunes/iPod content to any other Mac or PC running SuperSync. SuperSync helps families reduce the likelihood of purchasing the same music or videos from the Apple Store more than once. M4B files (protected by Apple’s DRM technology) can be transferred by SuperSync but need to be played on an authorized iTunes or iPod as SuperSync DOES NOT alter or remove any iTunes Music Store DRM copyright protection.)

SuperSync 4.0 includes a web browser interface that lets you browse and view your music collection over a web server‹within a local network, or from anywhere on the Internet. Now you can play your MP3 and MP4 files from any modern web browser‹including Safari on an iPhone.

SuperSync 4.0 offers complete back-up functionality that lets users quickly and easily create a ³master library² with other computers in the house or office having a subset or mirror image. SuperSync can also recover the contents from most Apple iPods, iPhones, and iPads that are paired with an unavailable computer.

SuperSync¹s lets you back up your playlists, ratings, played counts; Plus movies, TV shows, podcasts, other audio files, and other iTunes content.



djay for iPad

algoriddim, creators of the award-winning software djay for Mac, today announced its djay for iPad App is now available on the App Store. The app takes advantage of the enhanced audio capabilities of iOS 4.2 and leverages iPad’s innovative Multi Touch interface to bring users ever closer to the experience of mixing on real turntables.

Since its release, DJ’s and audiophiles have viewed iPad as the next frontier for creating and mixing their favorite music. djay for iPad delivers the audio capabilities and interface necessary to stretch the limits of any music maker’s creativity to make this vision a reality. The app directly links the user to their iTunes music library providing easy access to their favorite tracks, enabling them to get spinning and making music right away.

Helping to blur the line even further between touchscreen and vinyl is djay for iPad’s remarkably low latency, providing an ultra-responsive and realistic scratching experience. Furthermore, the app offers eye-popping waveforms that allow users to mix their songs visually as well as automatic detection of a song’s tempo and rhythm for easy synchronization and seamless, beat-matched transitions between songs.

“djay for iPad takes the idea of iPad as a portable sound system to a whole new level,” said Karim Morsy, CEO of algoriddim. “By combining direct access to a user’s iTunes music library with our intuitive dual-turntable and mixer set-up designed exclusively for iPad, the djay App lets users of any skill level explore the world of DJing. From Automix to live performance, djay for iPad was designed to be the ultimate solution for aspiring DJs and professionals alike.”

With one of the most realistic dual-turntable interfaces currently available and algoriddim’s cutting-edge audio technology powering a host of new features, djay for iPad will keep even the most seasoned spinner engaged for hours. Professionals can tactilely spin records the way they would when utilizing professional equipment, adding an entirely new tier of user interaction with iPad’s large, high-resolution display and innovative Multi Touch interface. djay for iPad follows the highly-acclaimed releases of djay 3 for Mac, the Vestax Spin controller, and djay Remote for iPhone and iPod touch.

Feature Highlights:

* Direct Access to a User’s iTunes Music Library: Browse your entire music library and easily select, play, mix and scratch your favorite songs;
* Automix Mode: One of djay’s most popular features now incorporated for iPad. Automix blends an iTunes music playlist into a continuous mix with automatic transitions;
* Live Recording: Capture your mix in pristine audio quality to share with the rest of the world;
* Seamless AirPlay Audio Integration: Stream your mix wirelessly to Apple TV, AirPort Express station, or any AirPlay-supported speaker dock, AV receiver, and stereo system;
* Visual Mixing with Waveforms: Mix music visually, using stunning overview and detail to seamlessly cue to specific points;
* BPM Sync: djay’s automatic beat and tempo detection allows users to easily match the playback speed of two songs for a perfect transition with the click of a button;
* Pre-Cueing: Preview and prepare the next song with headphones (requires optional split output adapter);
* Auto-Cut Scratching: Lets you scratch in sync with the song’s beat and rhythm while djay operates the crossfader automatically;
* Multi-Tasking: Run djay in Automix mode and listen to a continuous mix running in the background while you surf the web or play games.

Pricing & Availability:
The djay for iPad App is available for $19.99 from the App Store on iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore.
For more information on djay for iPad or any of algoriddim’s award-winning products, please visit www.algoriddim.com.



Monday, October 4, 2010
Betterment for iPhone and iPod touch on the iTunes App Store

Betterment.com, the smart online investing service for anyone seeking better ways to manage their savings, today announced a new suite of products including an iPhone application and an online auto-savings plan. These features make the already easy-to-use service even more accessible, helping anyone from novice investors to active traders grow and preserve their savings with smart investing decisions.

“With the overload of investing information out there, people frequently make bad decisions that lead to underperformance, or choose not to invest at all,” said Jon Stein, CEO and co-founder of Betterment.com. “From my years of experience in the financial services industry, the need for a conservative, straightforward, high-yield investing account was clear. Betterment offers everyone from traditional savers to sophisticated investors a hybrid investment that delivers the financial performance of a diverse, conservative stock and bond portfolio with the ease of use and liquidity of an online banking account. There’s no other product or service quite like it.”

Betterment helps customers invest in the right stock and bond allocation for their individual needs, uses insights from behavioral finance and psychology, and sets intelligent defaults to help people make better investing decisions while protecting them from costly investing mistakes. People can have the confidence knowing that their money is working for them without having to actively manage day-to-day trading.

Smarter Investing On the Go
The new Betterment iPhone app gives users access to their account on the go. Once a user creates a Betterment account through the website, they simply download the free iPhone app from iTunes, which enables:
− Account balance, composition and returns updates in real-time
− Deposits and withdrawals
− Changes to stock and bond allocation
− Access to full account and transaction history

Automatic Savings: Set, Forget and Grow
The new automatic savings plan allows customized, recurring automatic deposits. This further simplifies the Betterment investing process, allowing users to take control of their financial futures and reach their savings goals faster by establishing a long-term savings plan in a matter of seconds.

In addition, the dollar-cost-averaging enabled by the automatic savings plan is a lower-risk and higher-return path to growth, which gives people confidence and peace of mind in periods of high volatility, like today.

Availability
Signing up for Betterment takes just minutes at www.betterment.com. People can download the new Betterment iPhone app at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/betterment/id393156562?mt=8.



Thursday, April 29, 2010

Steve Jobs loves to flaunt Apple’s amazing breakthroughs to the world and why shouldn’t he? Between the Macintosh, iMac, iPod, iPhone, and the now the iPad, to name a few, he has a pretty strong record for bringing to the world some amazing products. But no one’s prefect and things can be forgotten. Thats why I love the capitalist market. This allows others to better someone else’s idea and push the originator to greater heights.

Wi-Fi Sync is a great example of a missing feature answered. Wi-Fi Sync, an iPhone application, allows you to wirelessly sync your iPhone or iPod touch with iTunes…without a white cable attached to your Dock Connector port on your phone. The video demonstrates how the iPhone syncs your music, podcasts, pictures – everything – wirelessly. iTunes syncs away as if your iPhone was sitting in a dock. Brilliant!

I’ve been requesting wireless sync from Apple since the third-generation iPod. To sync my iPod, while still sitting in my vehicle in the garage, would be excellent. To be able to sync my iPhone from the backyard or in my bedroom because an update to a podcast didn’t make it to my phone from a morning sync would be fantastic.

So, now the sad part of this great news. Ross French, the developer, has submitted Wi-Fi Sync to Apple for release, but many are speculating, as I am, that Apple will deny it. This is an obvious feature lacking from the phone that Apple could have easily included long ago and has chosen not to. Why it thinks wirelessly syncing its “hobby”, a.k.a. Apple TV, to iTunes is fine but not the number one selling device for Apple, I do not understand. I’ll chalk it up to a Steve Jobs thing. For what ever reason, he probably doesn’t want it and so there, it’s not available. Since the App Store has no true guidelines for developers to work with, this will be an easy one for Jobs’ cronies to dismiss with a vague response to the developers.

I’ve wanted this wireless sync ability for a long time. So long that I’d pay good money for this app. If Apple gives it the veto, I hope to find it available for jail-broken iPhones. Wi-Fi Sync will be the greatest reason for me to jail-break my phone for the first time ever.



Saturday, March 20, 2010
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Music fans can now improve their music collection quickly and easily with lyrics and automatically label tracks with all available song information. equinux introduces SongGenie 2, the new version of its software for improving digital music libraries. SongGenie 2 automatically searches online for lyrics, which can be displayed on your iPod or iPhone. Using an acoustic fingerprint for each song, SongGenie recognizes incorrect or mis-labeled titles and artists, and searches for available song information.

The design of the Dark Flow user interface has been optimized through several iterations, helping to meet the needs of music lovers. With an index card system, the user can scroll through their music, view a preview of the found lyrics and apply titles with the click of a button.

Add lyrics to your music

SongGenie 2 checks freely accessible web archives for lyrics and saves them directly in the music file. In addition, users can browse through a fully configurable web search which they can use to look up rare lyrics. SongGenie detects passages of text on various websites and can apply the found text with a single mouse click. Users can even check the found lyrics by listening to the song in SongGenie itself.

Get more from your music

SongGenie creates an acoustic fingerprint to help find out more information about a piece of music: in addition to title, artist and album name, you can specify the song genre, the year of publication and the track number. All other song information can be edited easily with the sleek user interface. SongGenie automatically recognizes over 80 percent of songs in an average music library.

See what’s missing from your collection

SongGenie contains sophisticated algorithms to analyze the state of song information labels and can display the status of the entire collection. With the improved interface users can sort all songs by the quality of song labels and and cover art resolution, as well as the availability of lyrics. SongGenie supports iTunes-compatible music formats MP3, AAC, MP4, Apple Lossless, WAV, and AIFF to be able to identify and label songs. SongGenie works independently of iTunes, and regardless of where the music is stored.

Pricing and availability

SongGenie 2 is available immediately for $29.95 or €24.95 (incl. German VAT) on the equinux Online Store. Registered users can upgrade SongGenie for a discount using the equinux License Manager. A boxed version will soon be available in Apple retail stores. Users who have bought SongGenie in the last four weeks will receive a free upgrade to SongGenie. SongGenie is translated into German and English, and a French version will soon follow.



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Readers of SvenOnTech will know just how much we love the Sonos Multi-room Music System (review). Anyone that steps into our office or home is always shown or Sonos set-up as part of the tour and most go away with promises of getting a Sonos for themselves. The only con we can ever find with Sonos is cost.

Well, Santa Barbra-based Sonos has just announced the ZonePlayer S5, an all-in-one unit that drives cost down to a price point anyone can get excited about. By including the brains behind Sonos into a box filled with speakers, all one needs to do is plug the power, pull out an iPhone or iPod touch, and connect to a ZoneBridge and you’re jamming to some tunes (view demo). Like the other ZonePlayers, the S5 gives you a full-featured experience with access to your entire iTunes DRM-free library, Internet Radio, as well as services such as Napster and Pandora. You control all this from the free app available at the iTunes AppStore from the palm of your hand.

Now are you ready for the price? $399. Ya, just $400! Remember, you are getting, essentially, a Sonos ZonePlayer and killer sounding speakers. This is less than those Bose systems that does less and in our opinion has lost sight of its audiophile roots. Speaking of roots, the guys that started Sonos came from a loudspeaker background so you KNOW these things kick and trust us, they haven’t forgot their roots!

The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 will be available at the end of the month and we know it’ll be all treat and no trick.



Monday, January 5, 2009
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Untitled and incorrect music titles in your iTunes library are now history. Today equinux released SongGenie, a software application designed to analyze, detect and label music data. SongGenie constructs an acoustic fingerprint of each track and, based on specific characteristics, detects the appropriate artist name, song title and album title.

SongGenie automatically identifies tracks containing incomplete or incorrect information. It even detects music titles for tracks with no artist, album or song title information; titles that were digitalized without extra information and are therefore called, for example, “Title 01″ and additional characters that suggest incorrect names like an underline.

Using an acoustic fingerprint, SongGenie determines which track to work on and intuitively inserts the correct information in its user interface. With just a click, the appropriate description text is transferred to the track in question.

“SongGenie taps the full potential of the iPhone, iPod and iTunes: The Genius function in iTunes 8 profits particularly well from a complete music library, ” said equinux CEO Till Schadde. “It doesn’t get easier to care for one’s music archive than with SongGenie and CoverScout.”

Price and Availability

SongGenie is now available for USD 29.95 (24,95 Euro) in the equinux Online Store and will soon be available from Apple resellers. Moreover, SongGenie is also available in a bundle with CoverScout 3 for USD 54.90 (49,95 Euro) in the Online Store. SongGenie is localized in English, German and French.