We’ve been working extra hard lately searching for the latest and greatest music apps to share with you in our This Week In Music Apps series. In this installment, we have iOS, Android, and web apps.
Before diving in, take a look at some of our latest headlines from the world of digital music:
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- Rhapsody Rolls Out to LG, Panasonic, Samsung Smart TVs
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- Listen to Bon Iver Remix Winners on Spotify via Indaba
- Rdio Artist Program Pays $10 Per Fan; Snoop Lion Approves
- Eno and Chilvers Come Through Again with Deep, Immersive Scape App
BeatSpiral ($2): We’ve seen quite a few of apps for making beats, but BeatSpiral’s original interface sets it apart. With simple gestures, you can swipe, spin, and twirl the colored spiral to loop samples splices, edit samples, crossfade, and record tracks. The app comes with its own sample library, but you can also input your own samples from iTunes (MP3, WAV, AIFF and M4A file formats).
TuneMatch (Free): Perhaps the greatest mantra of the digital music explosion has been that “music is social” — and for good reason. After all, many of us can probably think of at least one great friendship that began with a shared favorite song or a really good concert. With TuneMatch, you can look for your next musical soulmate by comparing your iOS music library with those of your friends, whom you can invite via email, using a compatibility score. The app also lets you recommend music to each other and make playlists from shared songs.
Taiko Drums Free (Free): Capturing the power of a Taiko drum on a phone or tablet seems like an impossible task, but the developers behind Taiko Drums Free have done a great job. The app’s success lies in its sensitivity to your actual drumming. Case in point: the louder you hit the drums, the louder they sound. Just be careful not to hit too hard. The app also blends multiple strikes so you can create actual drum rolls instead of a succession of isolated hits, and it changes the pitch depending on where you strike. Check out this app if you want to create a big drum sound, or if you’re just looking for a fun way to pass the time.
TunePad ($1): Who said making music had to be difficult? With TunePad, you can create your own tracks with the touch of a finger. Simply draw patterns on the grid by swiping your finger, and there you go — you’re a musician. You can play with the intensity and speed of your tracks by changing the beats per minute (BPM). For those of you with loftier ambitions, download the TunePack using the in-app store to get more instruments.
Amanda Palmer (Free): On the heels of the release of her latest album “Theatre is Evil” comes the official Amanda Palmer app for Android (also available for iOS). Featuring tour dates, full-length songs, music videos, Twitter and blog updates, and photos, Amanda Palmer fans will definitely want to have this handy app. Although this app sticks to just the basic features typical of artist apps, the sheer fact that Amanda Palmer is active and innovative online means that you’ll always have access to cool stuff. (Note: this app will be replacing the Who Killed Amanda Palmer app. If you’ve been using that, you’ll want to switch over soon).
Joox.fm (Free): Joox.fm is a convenient web app allowing you to share and listen to music with your friends. To share music, create a playlist and invite your friends to listen to it on their own time. Alternatively, if you’re looking for new music, join someone else’s playlist. You can also start a “party” and actually listen to music with your friends in real time. Anyone can join a party provided they have a four digit access code. Guests can add songs to the playlist ensuring that everyone leaves the party happy.
Charts.fm (Free): If you’ve ever wanted to create your own music charts, now you can with Charts.fm. This web app lets you remix charts from 2,650 radio stations by choosing a specific time period and music genre, selecting radio stations you want to include, and defining how many entries your want on your chart. Once you’ve compiled your own chart, you can listen to it as a playlist.
Chirbit (Free): Chirbit offers a neat way to share audio recordings with your social networks quickly and painlessly. To use this app, simply upload a recording (MP3, M4A, OGG, MOV, AIFF, ARM, 3GP, WMA or WAV files are supported), and then you’re ready to share it on Twitter, Facebook, blogs, or through email. Although similar to SoundCloud, Chirbit works less as an end destination and more as a tool for sharing. You can also upload audio recordings, including voice memos, from your smartphone, or record on the Chirbit site using a microphone and/or webcam.
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