Don't-Miss Audio Stories
The second iteration of Apogee's versatile portable audio interface adds support for iOS devices and multi-source recording. Chris Breen generally likes what he hears.
If you're looking for a great headphone--great sound, great looks, and great fit--the XS is tough to beat among on-ear models. That's why it earns a coveted spot among the Gear We Love.
This week's Gear We Love features IK Multimedia's versatile iLoud speaker, which should appeal to both audio buffs and on-the-go musicians.
There's no getting around the idea that AirPlay Recorder was designed for the purpose of capturing music you don't own. If you're okay with that, it works as advertised.
CanOpener works well to improve the sound of older tracks playing on you iPhone or iPad.
Blue Microphones' Spark Digital microphone captures sound well and supports both computer and iOS recording. But its stand makes it more difficult to work with than it should be.
Muse is a terrific utility for those who love Pandora, and it may help improve the relationship with those who have yet to fall in love with the service.
If you're trying to figure out how to play a song that's in your iTunes library, Capo 3 makes it fun and easy.
GarageBand 1.0 for iOS was great. Version 2.0 is even better, thanks to several strategic improvements.
GarageBand 10 could easily have been named Logic Light, given its acquisition of some of its more powerful sibling's finest musical features. But podcasters will regret the loss of some favorite features.
At long last, Amazon has brought a desktop version of its Cloud Player app to the Mac. You'd think that's a good thing. And you'd be wrong.
If you miss being able to open playlists in their own windows, as you could in older versions of iTunes, Playlist Assist is worth a look.