Wednesday, 9 December 2009

My new iPhone - Music to my ears

"I don't know why you are so smug. You just bought your iPhone, you didn't invent it!"

Ge Wang playing Star Wars theme
using Ocarina on his iPhone

Originally uploaded by Steve Rhodes
...And yet, I remain smug. Sorry.

Here are some of the music apps that I've been playing with.

First up, is the app and the Spotify app - listen to your favourite streamed music on the move. Both are applications that I used for a long time before I got my iPhone and both work just as you would expect. And talking of streaming music, there are a bucket load of "radio" apps out there. The first one I tried (and so far I've stuck with) is Streamitall - streamed radio stations from around the world that cover pretty much any musical genre you can think of.

So much for listening to other people's music. What about creating your own? Two apps I've enjoyed playing with are:
  • Dog Piano Jr - A piano keyboard that woofs! Singing dogs. Excellent! Comes with three different woof sounds. It drives my family daft and our spaniel Colin looks confused when I play with it. Great fun!
  • DigiDrummer Lite - Unleash your inner Neil Peart! I tried a few free drum apps and I liked this one the best. Nice big drum pads that are easy to hit and a record function even on the free version.
And to finish, two apps that are just great fun.
  • Shazam - Various people recommended this app and at first I wasn't convinced - I couldn't see the point. Then I tried it and was hooked. The idea is that you hear some music, say on the radio, and want to know what it is. So, you fire up the app, let it record a few seconds of audio which it then sends off to a database (AI system?) somewhere and within seconds it comes back with the name of the track, links to where you can buy it, a discography of the artist, a biography of the artist and a link to YouTube so you can watch the video. Stunningly brilliant. In my initial testing, it coped with everything Rock Radio threw at it!
  • Tap Tap Revenge 2 - This is simply a fantastic game and what makes it even more impressive is that it is free! It's a bit like Guitar Hero - you have to tap different areas on the screen as markers fly past in time to the music. Different levels and extra tunes for download - loads to keep you going. Best of all, a two player game where the two people play, at the same time, on the same screen - one at either side of the device - literally head to head! Probably my favourite game at the moment.
What are your favourite music apps? Also, I've deliberately only listed free music apps but are there any that are worth paying money for?


bearockr said...

Oh that's really a fun app that virtual drums you had posted... I was seriously looking for some free drum apps and this one was really good. Though i am not aware of many such apps, but I have used an app that actually converts your PC into a guitar processor ! You just plug in your guitar into the mic section of your CPU, and run that software,which has many nice effects, and its really nice(don't remember the name though)

David said...

Hello bearock

I use Garageband on a Mac to do that but I don't know what would do it on a Windows machine.

Glad you liked the drum machine too.