Music Software

'Lirica' language app teaches you Spanish by engaging with mainstream Latin music

Learning a new language isn't easy. There are new sounds, pronunciations -- maybe even a new writing system -- and a seemingly endless list of rules and conjugations. Many of us struggle through the classes in school and quickly forget anything we learned afterward. Others want to learn another language but the idea seems daunting.

But learning a new language may be as easy as knowing the lyrics to a song. The Lirica app (iOS, Android) uses Latin... Read More »

Topics: Language Software , Language and Translators , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Music Software

How to identify songs on Snapchat with Shazam

The Shazam app (iOS, Android) became a fast favorite for music lovers on the go when it was released in 2008. By simply opening the app and tapping the "S," Shazam could tell you what song you were hearing and who was singing it.

In the spirit of economizing the number of apps on your smartphone, Snapchat (iOS, Android) and Shazam partnered in 2016.

Now, if you're about to take a Snap and hear a great song,... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Music Software

Spotify could soon let you import your own songs

Spotify (iOS, Android) has almost every song you could hope for--from new hits to old classics. Almost.

Not to fault the app, but expecting it to have every song you can think isn't realistic. There are lots of older tracks and independent music that aren't included. Fortunately, Spotify is testing the ability to let Android users import songs from their devices or PCs.

Tipster Jane Wong spotted the feature and posted it to Twitter. Wong found the... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Music Software

'Playlist' lets you listen to music and chat with your friends in real time

Back in the day, if you heard a good song and wanted to share it with a friend, you had a few options.

You could pop your headphones apart (yes you had to do that back then) and listen to the song together on your Walkman (yep) or CD player. You could put a cassette tape in and press record when the song comes on the radio.

Today people can share their favorite songs in Spotify playlists, YouTube links, or a new... Read More »

Topics: MP3 & Audio Software , Social Networking Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Music Software

How 'Audio Cardio' app can restore lost hearing by exercising your ears

A person's ability to hear is a fragile thing. Too many concerts spent standing next to the speakers or days blaring music in your headphones can take a toll. Exposure to gunfire at close range or explosions can cause damage to those in the military.

Even if you take the best care of your hearing, it can also deteriorate with age.

To combat hearing loss, veteran tech entrepreneur Chris Ellis and musicologist Sam Kwak created the Audio Cardio app... Read More »

Topics: Health & Fitness Software , iOS Software , Apps And Software , Music Software

Spotify is finally testing an app for the Apple Watch

You'll soon be able to listen to Spotify (iOS, Android) from your Apple Watch. And if you want to get a jump, you can now try out the Spotify beta through TestFlight.

Screenshots surfaced on Reddit from a few users participating in the program. Images showed Spotify's icon, playback controls, and the recently played list with the shuffle mode toggle.

One user said the beta is limited to controlling playback, so there's no offline support.

SEE:... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Music Software

Shazam now lets you share songs to Instagram Stories

For over ten years, the Shazam app has helped users identify catchy tunes they hear within seconds, giving people the chance to add good songs they hear outside to their own personal library.

Now, Shazam is upping the ante by allowing users to share songs they catch in Instagram Stories. In an announcement on Twitter yesterday, the company said they will add a share button to the app that will make it quick and easy to post a photo... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Music Software

How to share SoundCloud songs to your Instagram Stories

In the past, to share what you're listening to with your friends on Instagram (iOS, Android), a screenshot has been the only way to do it.

Now you can share your music discoveries on SoundCloud (iOS, Android) directly to Instagram, according to the SoundCloud blog.

"Scanning the New & Hot charts to find your next favorite song or artist is hard work - work that now delivers an immediate reward, because easily shared, means easily heard,"... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Music Software

20 songs that peak on Halloween according to YouTube

There are some movies and music that are a staple in the average Halloween experience. My family watches "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" while we carve pumpkins. There are usually multiple showings of "Hocus Pocus" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas" in October for us.

The soundtracks to some Halloween films are practically iconic. Almost everyone will recognize the "Ghostbusters" title song, "This is Halloween" from "The Nightmare Before Christmas," and the chilling theme to the "Halloween" slasher films.

SEE: 5 horror apps for Halloween

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7 apps to help you decorate for the holidays

People are precariously balanced on ladders stringing lights on the roof, putting red and green garlands on everything, dragging a pine tree inside, and arranging all the ornaments--decorating is taken pretty seriously around the holiday season.

Making your house look HGTV-worthy doesn't have to be difficult or expensive. These apps can help.

1. Pinterest

A great place to start is Pinterest (iOS, Android). Pinterest also has tons of DIY crafts and decoration ideas. You can grab some inspiration from other... Read More »

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