Archives For Audio

AudioPress is a new iOS app that lets you create audio playlists with podcasts and internet radio stations. There’s also a category for “AudioArticles,” with the latest news stories from The Associated Press and other news sources — but there’s currently no content available in the AudioArticles directory.

As a streaming podcast client, AudioPress works pretty well and couldn’t be much easier to set up. When you first launch the app, you simply select 3 categories from a list of 12 including News, TV and Movies, Science and Medicine, Technology, Comedy and others. AudioPress will create a playlist with popular podcasts from each of those categories. You can also manually add or remove podcasts from the playlist or create a new playlist altogether.

The app streams podcasts over the internet, so you don’t actually download the audio to your device until you’re ready to listen. Read the rest of this entry »

Early this summer, Sonos announced they’d expand upon their success with the iOS Sonos Controller by bring the experience to the Apple iPad.  Now, the free Sonos iPad Controller app is ready and I was lucky enough to give the new app a quick try this morning with my Sonos System.

The updated Sonos Controller UI was built specifically for the iPad to sensibly utilize the extra screen real estate. Using the controller you can view your zones, your music and what songs are playing – all at once.  All screens work in landscape or portrait mode. Searching for an artist and music with the virtual keyboard works well and browsing through your music collection and the online music choices is simple much like the iPhone and iPod Touch app before it.  You can also browse, search and drag and drop to create your playlist on the fly. Get a complete view of what’s playing in every zone, complete with full-color album art, elapsed time of a song, and more. Group your zones together or play different songs in different rooms – without interrupting music playback.

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Dave Zatz —  September 29, 2010 — Leave a comment

A periodic roundup of relevant news… from our other blogs:

Spotify Shows Up on IPTV Set-Tops
Motorola has been showing off its latest IPTV hardware and software out at IBC, and it looks like Spotify made its first on-screen appearance.

New Remote Controls at IBC
The big focus at IBC for Motorola was the introduction of multi-screen TV management solutions, but that doesn’t mean hardware completely took a back seat. In fact, Motorola introduced several new IPTV remote controls including a full-keyboard QWERTY remote!

Comcast’s TV Everywhere Service, 9 Months In

Comcast launched its TV Everywhere service last December amid heated debates over how cable providers could compete with existing over-the-top TV applications. Now called Xfinity Online TV, the service is set to emerge from beta next month.

How to Solve the TV Guide Problem
There is general industry-wide consensus that something must be done about the TV electronic program guide (EPG). Just like the printed TV Guide booklet that used to arrive at my house every week as a kid, the standard EPG format is now outdated thanks to huge linear content additions, new VOD libraries, and masses of interactive Internet applications that have set consumer expectations for video viewing.

TV Bookmarks, QWERTY Keyboards, and More
The concept of how Motorola’s Medios software can be implemented continues to evolve. In this video from IBC, watch exec Malcolm Latham demo different features of Motorola’s TV guide platform.

Apple has launched version 2.0 of its Remote app for iOS. In a nutshell, Apple Remote lets you use your iPhone or iPod touch  as a remote control for iTunes on your computer or an Apple TV set top box.

Version 2.0 adds support for the Retina display on the latest iPhone and iPod touch. It also supports the iPad. It also adds support for Shared Libraries, and compatibility with iTunes 10.

As you’d expect from a remote control app, Remote lets you pause, rewind, fast forward, shuffle, or adjust the volume of audio and video playback. It also whos album artwork while you’re viewing, and can even generate Genius playlists.

Apple Remote 2.0 is available as a free download from the App Store. It requires iOS 4.0 to work properly.

This post republished from Mobiputing.

Muziic is a music-on-demand app, but unlike services from GroovesharkMog, and most other mainstream music apps, Muziic doesn’t maintain its own music servers. Instead Muziic grabs audio from YouTube.

Here’s how it works. You enter an artist name or song title and Muziic searches YouTube. You can then either add the track to your playlist or tap the title to start playing the song. A new window opens with a still image from the YouTube video and the song will start to play. You can skip tracks or view progress on a timeline, but I didn’t find an easy way to fast forward or rewind within a song.

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Sonos announced an addition to their hardware lineup today in the form of a new wireless dock.

If you have a Sonos whole-home audio solution you probably already know that your iPhone and iPod touch can be used as a free remote control on your Sonos.  And you’ve been able to plug your iPod into a Sonos S5 (review) via the audio input to play back music on your Sonos speakers. Now, with the Sonos Wireless Dock (WD100) you can control and stream music from an iDevice (iPod touch, iPod classic, iPod nano, or iPhone) over your wireless Sonos mesh network.

The Sonos Wireless Dock is expected by the end of October and will retail for $119.

This post republished from GeekTonic.

Awareness ($5) is a new iPhone app that’s currently featured in the App Store and has been making the blogosphere rounds. The software works in conjunction with an iPhone’s mic and headphones to amplify any sounds in your environment that are louder than a specific threshold (which you set). Basically, background noise is ignored while anything unusual will be relayed:

Awareness! The Headphone App, allows you to listen to your music with complete peace of mind, knowing that important sounds (warnings, shouts, sirens, alarms or conversations) won’t be missed.

I’ve got a few co-workers who perpetually sport earbuds (“what did you say?”) that should probably expense Awareness. As for me, I’d prefer a true noise canceling app… freeing me to travel with one less accessory. Better yet, let’s see some of these features built directly into apps like Pandora and Slacker.