On YouTube, a lot of the legwork has already been done for you. There are playlists galore available for seemingly any interest. But if the user whose playlists you've come to rely on deactivates his or her account, deletes the playlist, changes privacy settings, or otherwise disappears from YouTube, you're out of luck. Instead of recreating other users' playlists, there is a handy Web app from Amit Agarwal of Digital Inspirations that lets you copy them to your account.
Disco XT is an audio playback application for Windows. It's not a media player, though it can play, mix, and manage your music collection. It's not a recording tool, though it can record and export high-quality audio; nor is it a DJ console, though with five decks, mixing, effects, sampling, and more, it's ready for both the dance floor and studio. Disco XT is a bit of each, but unlike tools that try to be too many things at once, it succeeds. Disco XT is free to try, though the Demo stops audio playback every 30 minutes … Read more
Xbox Music for iPhone is Microsoft's streaming-music service that's taking aim at services like Spotify and Slacker Radio, but isn't quite up to speed just yet. The interface is mostly intuitive and the app is smooth and responsive, but it lacks features found in other services, making it hard to recommend to those who don't own an Xbox. With that said, if you do have an Xbox at home (preferably one that's hooked up to your whole entertainment system), it's definitely worth a look.
Getting started To get started, you'll need an Xbox … Read more
Google began a slow rollout on Monday of a major update to its YouTube app for Android, with other mobile YouTube app updates coming later.
A Google representative told CNET that the slow rollout was intentional and not a leak of the app's installer file, or APK.
YouTube 5.0 for Android includes several features to make the app more like watching YouTube on the Web and, in some cases, surpass the Web experience. Google confirmed that the updated YouTube app is expected to reach the Google Play store sometime Tuesday morning. YouTube for iOS is also expected to … Read more
A future version of Apple's iTunes Radio could let you reveal why you liked or disliked a certain song in your playlist.
Published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, an Apple patent application called "Playlist Configuration and Preview," describes some handy ways to customize and manage your playlist of streaming songs.
Most streaming music services let you vote thumb's up or thumb's down on a certain song to gauge your musical tastes. But they don't give you the ability to explain why you voted the way you did.
The service described … Read more
Making good on its promise to make new music easier to discover, Spotify announced Tuesday that it has rolled out its Discover page to the public.
With this new feature, Spotify users can get personalized recommendations, see related music, find touring dates for favorite artists, and more.
"We've made your listening experience more personal, more social, and more current," Spotify Chief Product Officer Gustav Soderstrom said in a statement.
The Discover page originally was announced in December and has been in beta until now. In addition to giving users personalized recommendations based on listening history, the streaming … Read more
Watch out, Pandora. Google's new Google Music "all access" subscription service just painted a target on your back.
Launched at Google's annual I/O developer conference in San Francisco, the $9.99-per-month Google Music All Access adds new streaming options in the form of radio algorithms and curated playlists, on top of the existing (free) Google Music app.
This puts Google in direct competition with other popular streaming services such as Pandora, Spotify, Slacker Radio, and -- if the rumors are correct -- Apple, if the company's talks with music labels lead to its own … Read more
A triumvirate of companies have come together to deliver a new way of handling playlists, both in the browser and through Spotify.
Microsoft, Spotify, and a "music intelligence" start-up named The Echo Nest announced yesterday the launch of a visual playlist tool called MixShape. The feature allows users to toss their Spotify playlists of up to 300 tracks into MixShape and come away with a finely tuned playlist, complete with visual display. MixShape analyzes the tracks and creates a mix for the "optimal flow between songs." That flow depends on the "mood" the user … Read more
I'm too lazy to make playlists. Plus, I like to experience albums in their entirety. For times when I want to listen to a mix of songs, I typically pick a genre in my iTunes library and hit shuffle (or use Pandora or Spotify's radio feature). Given my playlist aversion, I was excited to put Couch Music Player to the test, a new music app for the iPad whose chief purpose is to make the playlist creation process so easy that even lazy people like me will undertake it.
Couch Music Player costs $1.99. It features a … Read more