Ever said to yourself, “I’d like to be like Johnny and battle the devil for a fiddle of gold”, but never quite had enough cash to purchase the fiddle and for the 1-on-1 lessons to make your dream come true? Well stop day dreaming because it’s now a reality for only $2.99 (and of course the hundreds of dollars you’ve already spent on your iPad).
Smule, the creators of Ocarina – one of Apple’s “All-time top 20 Apps” — along with other popular ones including Glee Karaoke and Magic Piano bring you Magic Fiddle for the iPad. Learn basic and advanced fiddle techniques in Story Book mode, perform from a list of 20 songs, earn medals for your performance, and compete with other fiddle players from around the world in online leaderboards (Satan may or may not be a competitor). So if you’ve ever had aspirations of learning how to play yet another instrument on your iDevice, Magic Fiddle is another unique musical app from Smule that shouldn’t be missed. Check out the video demo after the gap.
Smule, Magic Fiddle, 16.04MB – $2.99
Shortly after Apple posted their App Review Guidelines to Developers, we started to see apps that have previously been denied make their way into the App Store. First came Google Voice apps like GV Connect and GV Mobile +. Now, custom ringtone apps have followed suit and one of the more promising ones appears to be RingtoneMaker Pro ($0.99). The app even allows users to apply pitch-shifting and time-scaling for some real wacky and original sounds. Here are the features for the Pro version:
- Select a song from your iPod library for editing.
- Select the starting time and ending time with a maximum length of 30 seconds.
- Apply advanced effects – pitch shifting and time scaling.
- Preview the ringtone and save it.
- Ringtones could be exported via iTunes file sharing.
RingtoneMaker also comes as a Free download, without the advanced effects and it has a limit of 20 secs per ringtone. If you’re looking to create your own Beiber ringtones on your iPhone without dropping a dime, this is definitely the way to go. There are some device requirements however. The app will only run on iPhone 3GS/iPhone 4 and you’ll need to be on iOS 4.0 or later. Video on how to “install” created ringtones back into your iPhone after the break. (thanks to Apple’s app restrictions)
With yesterday’s iPad VLC release and now Napster, iOS devices are receiving a fair amount of big, multimedia press. Of course, this isn’t the Napster you grew up with as a shifty-eyed teenager at the end of the 90′s. Napster was bought by Best Buy back in 2008 in one of the better ironic moments in history. Anyway, it’s back, and evidently, it’s out to turn up the sleeves of rental P2P music sharing – if you’re in the US of A, that is. And if you can stomach the “awful” sound quality. Napster reckon they stream both new and old tracks in 128kbps (a number that still carries the stigma of poor sound), but its customers reckon that music sounds like the radio. If Nappy wants to get its mojo on, it’s gonna have to dish out at least 128kpbs sounding files in a music app! But then, what’s Napster without complaints from audiophiles?
For the uninitiated:
Some of the things you can do with Napster plus mobile access:
• Save songs, albums, and playlists to play even when you’re offline
• Kick back with playlists, recommendations, and Billboard® charts dating back to 1955
• Create your own playlists for a customized listening experience
• Save your last 100 songs played so you can easily replay favorites
• Automix your favorite song to create an instant playlist blending similar artists
Napster LLC, a Best Buy company, Napster®, 1.85MB – Free
Full details after the gap:
Apple seems to be on a roll of late with App Store app lists. First came The Best Games You’ve Never Played, a roundup of hidden gems that haven’t quite burned up the app charts. Now they’ve released the Awesome iOS 4 Apps list, a collection of apps and games that have been updated to take advantage of iOS 4′s new features, like support for the Retina Display and Multitasking/Fast App Switching. Here are some notable that have made the list:
- Apple Inc. , iMovie – $4.99
- Element Collection , The Elements for iPhone 4 – $9.99
- Software Cellular Network Ltd, Truphone – Free
- PopCap Games, Plants vs. Zombies (TMA Review) – $2.99
- PopCap Games, Bejeweled 2 + Blitz – $2.99
- Steve Sprang, Brushes – iPhone Edition – $4.99
- Marco Arment, Instapaper (TMA Review) – $4.99
- TomTom , TomTom U.S.A. – $49.99
- Sophia Teutschler, Articles – $2.99
- Gogo Apps, Inc., Tap Tap Revenge 3 – Free
Now I haven’t tried all 42 apps on the list, but I don’t think I’d consider all of them to be awesome. I suppose it’s all a matter of personal preference and interests (and of course, apps that actually have been updated for iOS 4 already). The entire Apple roundup can be found right here on iTunes.
So you never got ’round to learning how to play a real instrument…but you do have an iPhone. With so many great music apps available at the App Store, you don’t really have to pick up a guitar or play the piano in order to create awesome tunes. We’ve already seen Guiz belt out several songs as a one-man band. More recently, apple002 on youtube performed Poker Face using not one, but 4 iPhones. Equipped with apps like I Am T-Pain and Beatmaker, this cute Asian diva showcases her vocal and musical talents. Considering that the song was done using nothing but iPhones and apps, this rendition of Poker Face could very well make Lady Gaga proud.
Wait! That’s not all. apple002 also gives Beyonce’s Irreplaceable an iPhone makeover (which features some sweet vocals). Video after the gap!
Sweet news from Line 6. The MIDI Memo Recorder is a free piece of software which saves custom midi interface settings and records sessions to the iDevice. This ain’t another class lecture interface, it is a professional touring/recording software/hardware interface for musicians. MIDI has been a longtime standard in effects mastering and creation for many musicians. The best part now, however, is that it goes mobile and even works as a backup settings organiser in case of gear breakage. While the software can be downloaded now, the MIDI Mobilizer hardware attachment won’t be available till “Spring 2010″ – gotcha…
Line 6, MIDI Memo Recorder – Free
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Following the creative success of GravSynth, Kayac have levelled up their iDevice skills with SynthProbe. Like its precursor, SynthProbe still amalgamates music and gravity, but SynthProbe adds many finger-friendly options that weren’t previously available for synthesiser fans. The effect? A more complete, if meticulous experience.
The 2010 Vancouver Olympics are still a few weeks off, but Canadian recording engineer and long-time TMA buddy (though I prefer to call him ‘mate’), Stephen Heidinga is already pushing for gold. Musician Stephan Moccio’s ‘I Believe‘, is sung by Nikki Yanofsky and has exploded all over the CTV and Canada’s largest news organisations. But TouchMyApp’s centrefold is Stephen Heidinga, the talented and kind long-time friend of TouchMyApps’ founders.
Humbly surprised, the 190cm giant says: “I could never have expected this. The craziest part is that I’m JUST 2 years out of school and I’ve been a part of two gold records and now the Olympic theme song.”
The two gold records now under his belt are:
Congrats Stephen and Go Canada! Of course, for you Olympic sporting buffs, a post like this isn’t complete without an app: Winter Olympics – Vancouver 2010. CXI Gaming’s app is an up-to-date news app which is 100% made in Canada.
At the end of 2009, I was caught listening different. TapTunes had me shuffling albums in new ways and enjoying the cleverness of my index finger whilst bopping out to Ice Cube. Its author, Dave Blundell was kind enough to shed light on his vision of the iDevice, the App Store, and a lot more goodness.
All the goodness after the gap:
If you have an iPhone, you are probably familiar with the app called iPod and if you have an iPod touch, Music. And if neither is good enough for your tailored preferences, David Blundell has created a great front end for Apple’s apps called TapTunes. For 1.99$, it allows you to search, play and shuffle in ways which haven’t been possible before all while discovering albums you forgot you had!