Winamp For Android Update Includes Wireless Sync With Mac And Pro Bundle

by Justin Routhier on
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The latest Winamp for Android update has been released and it’s packed with a bunch of new features including “Winamp for Mac Beta,” which supports the same quick wireless syncing of music and video, previously limited only to Windows users. The update also offers an ad-free Pro Bundle for $4.99 with a 10-band graphic equalizer, customizable home screen and more.

More New Features:

  • Unlock premium features with the Pro Bundle (via in-app purchase)
  • Touch sensitive album art gesturing
  • Access to more free music downloads in Spinner
  • More albums available in CDLP (free streaming)
  • Headset optimizations

More Pro Bundle Features

  • Browse by Folder
  • Crossfade
  • Gapless playback
  • Support for FLAC playback in Folders View (lossless audio playback)
  • Replay Gain
  • Personalized station recommendations
  • Play any streaming audio URL (supported formats only)

Hit the break for a link or QR code to this app in the Android Market.

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Google Looking to Kickoff MP3 Store Afterall?

by Mitch Wright on
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Hopping into the Android Market nowadays is a good bit different than it was when in it was in its early stages. Casting aside the massive UI changes that the Market has undertaken, the main difference is what’s available. Users are greeted no more by just apps installable on their Android devices, but also by movie rentals and downloadable books and periodicals. Google is striving to make their devices not just functional PDAs, but portable entertainment hubs, and it shows. Noticeably missing from this destiny of media kingship however is an integrated music store, and Google is apparently looking to change this.
Readers with long memories and keen eyes may remember similar Google cloud-based music store rumblings beginning around the end of last year, rumblings that ultimately ended in the culmination of Google Music Beta. Unfortunately, while Google Music Beta is a great experience, it’s less than the full service that Google had intended, and relies on users already having their own music at the ready. From what it seems, this was mostly due to negotiations with music labels falling through.  In comparison, competitors Amazon and Apple offer seamless experiences in music storage and an easy place to get said music. Why are you going to download music from Amazon, then deal with the time-consuning process of uploading that music to Google, when you can just purchase the music from Amazon and listen to it on their servers directly without ever having to leave the app? According to several unnamed music executives, Google is still trying to get the store side of their music offering off the ground, and supposedly before Apple launches their new iTunes Match, set to debut at the end of October. While such a near date seems a bit too much to hope for, we can indeed hope. With the infrastructure for Google Music Beta already in place, a store added to the product would be a huge boon.

What do you guys think? If Google offered a store, would you use it, or would you stick to Amazon or less legal methods? Let us know in the comments!

[via new york times]

Stream your home music collection with Jamcast Player for Android

by Robert Nazarian on
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For those of you looking for another cloud based music player, you might want to check out a brand new offering called Jamcast Player, which enables digital audio streaming from your home PC to Android devices. This is more like Subsonic Music Streamer or Audiogalaxy, rather than Google Music, which stores your music. With Jamcast Player your music stays on your home or office internet connected computer, and the PC based software will allow your music to stream to your Android 2.1+ device.

You will be able to browse, search, and stream your entire music library over 3G/4G or Wi-Fi. it is compatible with FLAC/FLAC-HD, OGG, MP3, WMA, ALAC, and AAC/AAC+

“Jamcast is for consumers seeking anytime access to their digital music collection from anywhere without syncing or consuming storage space on the device,” said Scott Streaker, President and CEO of Software Development Solutions, Inc. “This is smart, simple software designed with the advanced listener in mind.”

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Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman listed as ‘Coming Soon’ for Three U.K.

by Robert Nazarian on
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About a month ago Sony Ericsson announced they would bring the Walkman brand back from the dead with the Live with Walkman. For those of you in the U.K. we have good news. Three U.K. has it listed under its “Coming soon” category for this month.

Features:

  • Dedicated Walkman key
  • xLOUD speaker
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 5 megapixel camera with flash and HD video recording & playback
  • VGA frong facing camera
  • 3.2″ display with Mobile BRAVIA™ Engine
  • microSD for up to 32GB, 2GB card included
  • 1,200mAh battery
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, DLNA
  • Free 1-month trial of Entertainment Unlimited

This looks like a really nice device for those of you that want a PMP style device. The only issue I have is that it comes with only 2GB of storage. Sure, you can upgrade it, but this is a music and video device, and 2GB is far from enough. They should have provided at least 16GB.

[via three uk]

MIUI’s music player for any ROM you like

by Jim Farmer on
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I’m sure there are many of you reading this that are avid users of the MIUI ROM. Personally, I bounce between the CyanogenMod7 ROM and the OMFGB ROM. So, for those of you running a different ROM like me, maybe you have a friend using MIUI and maybe you really like the music player that comes along with it. If that’s the case, this news is for you! MIUI’s music player has recently been extracted, courtesy of DroidUniverse. Many argue that the music player is MIUI’s greatest native app and I agree it has a pretty nice look. Granted, I’ve come to rely pretty heavily on stream oriented apps like Google Music Beta and Spotify, but if you use primarily local files, you may want that extra polished look achieved by the MIUI player. Give it a try by downloading the apk from one of the links below.  Hit the break to snag the QR codes for download.   » Read the rest

HTC teams up with Dr. Dre and his Beats (video)

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HTC recently announced their first NFC device and now have also officially partnered with Beats by Dre. This is certainly good news as anything to help set them apart from the competition is a good thing. Here’s a quick blurb:

Today marks an incredible day for sound and Beats by Dr. Dre. We are announcing a partnership with HTC, one of the world’s leading wireless manufacturers. With this announcement, our two brands are coming together to redefine the smart phone category and redefine the way that sound is heard.

Over the past year, Beats by Dr. Dre has continued to evolve from a headphone company to a cultural movement that is redefining the way sound is heard. We have strived to take studio-quality music into the hands of you, our consumers, across the globe. This partnership with HTC represents the next phase of our vision, placing the utmost importance on giving smart phone fans the opportunity to hear the highest-quality of sound possible. The Beats team, still led by Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine, will continue to manage Beats autonomously.

There will be a lot more exciting news to come and we will continue to keep you on top of all of the wonderful things happening within the Beats World. This is truly an incredible chapter for Beats and we are proud to have you with us. Let’s Go!

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Quick Look at Today’s Free Amazon App: Guitar Hero 5 [Hands on Video]

by Robert Nazarian on
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Guitar hero has been one of the most popular franchises for game consoles, and now we can play it on Android, but does it make sense. Guitar Hero is about holding a guitar or playing the drums, and tapping a phone just doesn’t cut it.

Guitar Hero 5 is featured today on Amazon as the free app of the day. It is regularly $7.99m, and I am not sure how they could get that price because the UI is not very good. The game play itself it decent, but the menus are horrible. Check it out yourself in our hands on look.

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From The Dev That Brought You LauncherPro: The Skinnable UberMusic Player

by Andrew Greenfield on
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We here at TA are very much in love with customizing our phone. An easy way for root users and non root users alike is using an alternative home launcher. There are so many to choose from, but my personal favorite alternative is LauncherPro. The developer is easy to talk to, he listens to suggestions, and he really takes in criticisms from the community. So when I heard that he was releasing a music player naturally I was quite excited. The player ships with the Zune like MetroUI theme, but third parties can theme it however they want. The app is currently selling for $3.49 on the Android Market now, but the developer has reported that a free, ad-supported version may be in the works as well.

[via engadget]

Subsonic: The Music Streamer You Didn’t Even Know You Needed [Part 1]

by Ryan Brooks on
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Have you ever loved something so much that you would donate a limb for it? Well fine, neither have I. But Subsonic comes pretty damn close.

While not exclusively an Android application, Subsonic is by and far the most comprehensive, reliable, and easy to use music streamer this writer has ever come across. And this writer has tested A LOT of music streamers (Orb, Audiogalaxy, Google Music, Apple’s Airplay, Doubletwist, not to mention your online radio like Pandora and Last.fm). Subsonic is different in the sense that it is not a hosted solution. You stream your own, personal library of music with a very high level of quality and compatibility, and only you have control of it.

While initial screenshots may leave one disconcerted, what Subsonic lacks in flair, it makes up for in features.

What features, you may ask? How about 320kbps streaming directly to your phone over wifi or 3g/4g? Local caching to minimize data charges and “buffering”? Support for Scrobbling, sharing, and podcasts? Transcoding on-the-fly of nearly any file to an easily playable mp3 format? Support for video to your phone?

Are you sold yet? Of course you are. Lucky for you, Sindre, Subsonic’s developer, has provided us with a great demo to test the web interface here. Now on to the fun part.

Subsonic’s BIGGEST disadvantage is its semi-technical setup. While not hard to those that are experienced in the field, your average PC user is going to dismiss the job before even trying to attempt it.

Never fear. I am going to walk you guys through setting it up on your own network, and provide some support in the comments. Check with us tomorrow for the full guide here!

[via subsonic]