A new music control and performance instrument for iPad. Its multi-touch interface reconnects the musician’s actions directly with the music. Use Performer to play your Synth, operate your DAW, or anything that receives OSC or MIDI.
I’ve been playing with a few Apps for my new iPhone and there’s some nice stuff out there. Netvibes, Remote, Last.fm and Facebook are on my “keep” list and one of these will be next.
Shazam and Midomi have slightly different features sets but both use some very clever technologies to recognise music; and ask what to do with it if identified.
The camera work is shaky and this guy sounds pretty stoned but here’s Shazam in action.
This brave fella called Soldier Knows Best (great name) bust out his singing skills for a demo Midomi.
Both are free downloads, although Shazam only for a limited time. Maybe they’re both trying to get me hooked before they charge.
Some other thoughts of interest i’ve seen:
If Apple was smart, they would keep these music apps free. It is just another portal for people to purchase music from iTunes which of course, will make them a profit. If they start charging, they might as well start charging just to have the iTunes app on our computers.
I would think that Apple would be smart to negotiate a one-time fee, carry the cost themselves, and continue to reap the benefits.
Maybe Apple will look to buy-up one service to integrate and offer it as part of iTunes. Anyway, take a look.
Muxmaster is a wicked desktop app built with Adobe AIR that lets you stream music from Muxtape.com, and explore different mixes to find new music.
All my iTunes music is on an external HD which I often can’t be bothered carting about so this app is great if I’m travelling or streaming music around the house at the weekend.
We’re developing 2 AIR apps at glue at the moment and it’s clear that it’s sexy interfaces you can create and the cross-platform nature is really giving the desktop app / widget market a good kicking… but this is one of the best out there.
UPDATE: There’s seems to be a problem with the official app at the moment. You can’t get into your Facebook admin page to change the settings. They’ve also added an forced “is twitter:” prefix to the status. Not cool. An alternative is Twittersync, but i’m hoping Twitter sort out their official client sharpish.