Neiru Keyboard by Miselu Is Powered By Android, Ready To Help You With That Next Phat Beat

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With the latest technology in both hardware and software, it seems like anyone today can be a superstar in the music industry.  With phat beats and sounds being produced on tablets and smartphones, the digital music production era is well under way.  Silicon Valley start up, Miselu, is looking to up the game a bit with their new all-in-one web enabled Android-powered keyboard.  The device is dubbed “Neiru” and comes with a 25-key, multitouch display that shows off various applications that aspiring musicians can use to gain access to an array of useful apps.  Developer Retronyms will be offering a cool collection of music learning and centric apps that will allow you to produce your own fine quality tunes.

And since the device is built with Android, Retronyms is banking on a number of developers and users to concoct their own custom applications for the device too.  In addition to having Android on-board running the device, Miselu will use Yamaha’s Audio Engine series NSX-1 sound chip which supposedly renders sounds as good as the instruments they’re attempting to replicate.  The device will also house ports for two MIDI’s, an RCA in/out, two USB ports, an HDMI out and an SD card slot.  There’s no word yet on pricing and availability but we’re working on it for you, so stay tuned. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.  In the meantime, check out the promotional video below along with a quick gallery of renderings of the cool keyboard.   » Read the rest

Google Play Looks Like It Will Include Audiobooks, Magazines And Newspapers

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With the recent launch of Google Play to replace the Android Market, it seems clear that Google is planning some major moves, likely to compete with its most obvious competitor, Apple’s iTunes and iBooks. This doesn’t require much explanation as to why, since it would be a vital move for Google to expand its services in order to remain in a contending position.  It seems that in addition to offering apps, movies, music and e-books, Google is planning to offer audiobooks, magazines and newspapers as well.

The initial sighting was in the in the Google Play Help Center by Google news site Google Operating System, with empty pages for “Audio Books” and “Magazines and Journals”. Also noted is Google’s registration of several place holder domains such as googleplaymagazines.com, googleplaynewspapers.com, googleplaynewsstand.com and googleplaytv.com among various other iterations of these themes. Looks to me like Google is planning another major update to its services, and I for one will welcome them with open arms when they’re released some time in the future.

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Google Music Adoption Lower Than Expected

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Google Music has been around for a few months now, and according to a CNET exclusive, Google told music labels that customer adoption and revenue are below what they expected. Since the service is still pretty new, no one at Google is too worried. They still haven’t marketed Google Music as aggressively as they could, and Google told the record companies that certain issues are still being worked on. But that’s little comfort for some folks in the music industry, sources said.

Potential
When Google Music launched in November, there was a potential customer base of over 200 million users of Android devices. That’s a big enough audience to make Google’s answer to iTunes a music powerhouse. Converting just 10% of the user base would equate to 20 million customers. The potential is there, but is Google’s strategy too dated?

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Amazon MP3 App Receives Update, Brings UI Overhaul and Tablet Optimization

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For those of you who still refuse to use Google Music as your one stop place for streaming/purchasing/storing of your tunes, I guess Amazon MP3 would be your next best choice. The Amazon MP3 app has just received an needed update that brings a revamped, better looking UI, tablet optimization and a couple other minor adjustments. While I still feel that Google Music is much more appealing, this is definitely a step in the right direction.

The MP3 app and MP3 Store were updated to look more similar to that of the newly updated Amazon Appstore and the kindle application. The new look is now adorned with white text on a grey backdrop with orange highlights as to better match the other Amazon apps. It appears this was an attempt to appeal new Kindle Fire owners, and a way to tidy up shop. Although I am still a Google fan through and through, I must admit it looks seemingly better after the update. To check it out for yourself, hit up the market link below.

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Last Call for $.49 Songs and $5 Albums From the Android Market, Sale Ends Today

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Last month Google started offering millions of songs for just $.49 and full albums for only $5 following the 10 billion apps downloaded announcement and the launch of the new music store. If you have yet to take advantage of the deal you might want to start grabbing your selections right now because Google just announced that the sale is ending today. There is over 10 million singles available and a few good albums as well. Head straight to the Android Market because who knows when a sale of this magnitude will happen again.

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Qello App Brings Concert Experience To Google TV

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Qello has long been a popular app among Android users. Music aficionados have been able to watch concerts and documentaries of popular music artists in all their glory on Android phones and tablets. While the ability to watch on the Android handsets has no doubt been great, isn’t it just a wee bit better if we could watch content on a High Definition screen instead? Well friends, the Qello app is now available with Google TV. That means you’ll finally be able to see the music content right from the space of your living room or bedroom and rock out to Devo or enjoy that Diddy documentary using that shiny new HDTV you got for Christmas. Happy days for all music fans— especially those who have Google TV.

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Updated Android Market with Google Music Already Rolling Out

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Last night during my usual late night Android Market browsing session I surprisingly experienced a sudden force close – the app suddenly went dark for a moment and took me back to my home screen. After I reopened it I was delighted to see that I had just witnessed a quick refresh of the Market app that now features the new “Music” section. I have also been hearing from a couple of friends that they too are seeing the new music store so it looks like Google has begun to push the update to many devices.

Once you receive the new Music store you will notice the added orange “Music” section amidst the usual suspects, apps, games, movies and books. Once you open the section you see the featured page which highlights various artists and recommendations, this is also where you will find the free song of the day. If you scroll the page to the left you are presented with over 20 genres and to the right you will find the top songs and albums. You can even go directly to the music app right from within the stores menu by pressing “My Music”. Pretty fancy Google!

If you are not seeing the updated market (version number hasn’t changed) you can try clearing the app’s cache and data by going to: Settings–> Applications–> Manage Applications–> Android Market–> Clear Data. Try rebooting and see if that helps any, if not I’m sure it will only be a short while until all devices get the update.

Google Music Store Screen Shots Surface, Will Offer Free Song Of The Day And More

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We could be one step closer to seeing the unveiling of Google’s long awaited music service on Nov 16th, thanks to an author at TecnoDroidVe who recently uncovered some promising screen shots (after the break).  And after catching that Google Music landing page last month, it’s only a matter of time until the masses can begin enjoying things like Song Of The Day, recommended artists and more.  Based on the screen shots, the app still appears to be a work in progress but nevertheless, promising.  The author somehow managed to view the store on his HTC Inspire 4G, which is unclear as to how at the moment.  And though the music store isn’t fully functional (can’t download songs yet) the UI looks extremely streamlined.  So, here’s to hoping that Google puts the final touches on this service and hand delivers it on the 16th when we’ll all be watching live.  The service will most likely be going head to head with Amazon’s MP3 app store and Cloud Player.  Any thoughts?   » Read the rest

Talk Android Kids: Listen To Great Tunes With Radio Disney App

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Talk Android kiddies (and your parents especially) listen up– take a look at the Radio Disney app. This kid-friendly app allows you to stream Radio Disney no matter what time of the day or where you may be. That means you can rock out in the middle of the night during slumber parties or sleepovers. You can also be interactive with the app by requesting songs, sending shout-outs to your friends/family, see recently played songs, and even listen to your local Radio Disney station. The app, similar to other streaming apps such as Pandora or Slacker will also allow you the ability to run it in the background. The app is free and will make a great addition to kids’ Android phones or tablets. Hit the break for the download link, QR code, and some screenshots taken from my own phone of the cool app. » Read the rest

Stream Playlists Of Videos, Pictures And Music To DLNA Devices With Eye-C Taglists

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Eye-C Taglists has made its way to the Android platform and offers users an endless stream of music, photos and TV in a personalized channel customized just for you.

Download Eye-C Taglists for free, and your timeline becomes your own personal TV channel, music player, or photo gallery. At any point, just push play, and the feed comes to life – on your phone, TV, Apple TV (even from an Android phone), PC and more. Add a hashtag (#tag) to any video, song or picture to build a taglist – a playlist that combines items from multiple sources – YouTube, Picasa, Facebook, or even your personal music library (see below for tech specs). More sources are coming every month, so play tags – it’s easy and free.

Here’s How It Works:

Step 1 – Find videos, pictures and music you think are interesting in YouTube, Facebook, Picasa, and now SoundCloud.
Step 2 – Play your picks on your mobile phone, connected TV, Apple TV or other Airplay and DLNA devices.
Step 3 – Play content individually or as taglists. These lists can come from your friends, or they can come from users tagging a video with a certain term, like #startaparty.
Step 4 – Easily add another video, song, or picture to that list, by tagging it #startaparty – and watch your playlist change and grow as people interact with it.

So if you’ve been looking for an app to supply an endless stream of content from multiple users and platforms like YouTube, Picasa, Facebook and your own personal music playstist, Eye-C Taglists can deliver.  The application will work on most Android devices but can also play on hansets supporting DLNA (wireless push content).  You can download the application from our popular apps database where you’ll also find a QR Code available or you can download it from the Android Market.  The application is free and will work on devices manufactured by “Pioneer, Denon, Yamaha, Sony and more, connected TVs from Samsung, LG, and Panasonic, set top boxes including WD (Western Digital) and Popcorn Hour, as well as Xbox 360 (with Windows Media Player)” You can check out the full press release after the break.   » Read the rest