Apple is releasing the incredible-looking iOS 7 update today, with over 200 new features, including iTunes Radio, a free, streaming radio service. Historically, 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT has been their preferred timing for OS update releases, hopefully that will hold true for today. Very interested to see how iTunes Radio works, and how it compares with Spotify, Pandora, etc.CNET’s update preparation guide has some good tips for ensuring a smooth update… looking forward to this!
Apple now offers optional two-step verification for Apple ID, the key to an Apple account, which controls iOS devices, iCloud, iTunes and Apple Support. Google already has two-step verification, and this feature goes a long way toward making online accounts stronger in the current “threat landscape,” as security experts say. With the new Apple feature turned on, both a password and a four-digit verification code sent to an iOS device will be required to allow sign-in. All cloud storage services should follow suit. Read more:
ScoreCleaner Notes is a new iOS app that can record singing or playing and transcribe musical notation on the fly. It works with melody only (no harmony), and is a scaled-down version of the full-featured desktop program, ScoreCleaner. The app version can interpret pitch, time signature, rhythm & meter, and tempo directly from the audio input. I haven’t stepped into the studio yet to double-check whether or not Sibelius has any extensions for doing this, but I’m pretty sure I haven’t seen this before. I gave it a quick try, singing a major scale, and it easily got the pitch, notation and even tempo right. The app does require an internet connection, since the recording analysis is done in the cloud, similar to other apps such as Dragon Dictation. The list of features is impressive, and if you also have the full desktop version, the ScoreCleaner Cloud will keep the iOS app and the full version in sync.
Download – iTunes App Store
Website – scorecleaner.com
I am loving Intrepid Pursuits’ Timbre live music discovery app for iOS. It’s a really simple and intuitive tool for quickly looking up what shows are happening in your area tonight or in the coming week, and quickly hearing what the artists sound like. Music previews, if available, are pulled from the iTunes store and play immediately. Intrepid Pursuits’ founder Mark Kasdorf says “We want to be a service that lets you listen to a lot of music quickly. We don’t want you to not find any jazz, or any country, because you think you don’t like it…” and The New York Times calls it “radically simple…”
An Android version is expected by year’s end.