Apple iTunes Debuts In India, Songs From Rs. 7!!

Apple has finally opened the gates of iTunes Store to India. Apple customers in the India can now download, stream or store legal music and video content available in the digital store.

Songs can be bought individually for price ranging from 7 to 15 or can buy as a complete album, starting from 70. The store also offers ability to buy or rent the movies which comes in High Definition and standard version. HD versions of some latest bollywood flicks are available for purchase from 450, while renting the same will cost around 120. The iTunes Store will offer over 20 million songs including international tracks.

Apple has also included Indonesia into the list of iTunes Stores. Even though the company has launched its digital store in many parts of Asia in June, India and Indonesia were left out till now. The company will also offer ‘iTunes Match’ which allows users to store music purchased from sources other than iTunes in Apple’s icloud.

The Cupertino tech giant, which recently started more focusing towards India with its products and services, will face competition in the latest segment from Nokia’s Music Store and Flyte, the digital store from Flipkart.

According to a 2012 report on Media and Entertainment Industry, the Indian music industry achieved a 19% year-on-year decline in sales of physical music which was compensated by a significant jump of 24% year-on-year in digital music consumed last year. The country also has high levels of content piracy.


iTunes 11 rolled out Finally !!

After some delays along the way, Apple has released the latest version of its popular music software, iTunes. The updated version, iTunes 11, was scheduled for roll out last month, but Apple had delayed the release to “get a little extra time to get it right”.

The biggest change in iTunes 11 is the redesigned interface. The focus now shifts from Cover Flow to an album cover centric layout, where the song list and details flow out when you select the individual album. The sidebar has been done away with. The new iTunes is also tightly knit with iCloud allowing you to stream the purchased music on all iOS devices. The mini-player mode now offers more details about the contents of the library.

Along with the new iTunes update, the storefronts have been given a redesign as well, the idea being they should look similar across all devices. The store also gets the history feature. All albums and songs that you browse on the iTunes store will be available here with a single click. No more buying a Justin Beiber album secretly!

Apple had faced a lot of criticism that iTunes had become “cumbersome” and “bloated” over time. Apple seems to have taken that as feedback while developing iTunes 11, and the statement that the new version is “easier and smarter” than the predecessor goes a long way, possibly, in calming down the critics.

iTunes 11 update has been a long time coming. The last major update, iTunes 10 was released back in September 2010, and Ping was the most touted feature back then. There have been incremental updates along the way, but nothing major. In September 2012, Apple announced that there are over 400 million iTunes accounts registered, and set up with the 1-Click purchase option, with a linked credit card. The iTunes store currently sells from a range of 26 million songs.

You can download iTunes 11 for Mac and PC directly from Apple’s website, or via the Apple Software Update utility if you already have iTunes installed. Some of you may not see the new update just yet. Do keep trying, because updates will be rolled out gradually, depending on server capabilities and downloading queues.

Chevrolet Spark and Sonic/Aveo to get Siri Software!!

Chevrolet has announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show that by early next year, the US versions of the Chevrolet Spark and Sonic/Aveo will incorporate the Siri software. Through the cars’ standard Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, customers with a compatible iPhone (4S and newer) running iOS 6 can direct Siri to perform a number of tasks while they safely keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. To further minimise distraction, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further with an Eyes Free mode that enables users to interact with their iPhone using nothing more than their voice while keeping the device’s screen from lighting up.

Owners simply connect their iPhone with the MyLink radio via Bluetooth, pair with the system, and use the steering wheel voice activation button to begin and end sessions with Siri in Eyes Free mode.

In the U.S., Spark and Sonic RS, owners can use Siri in Eyes Free mode to:

* Make voice-activated, hands-free calls to Contacts on their iPhone

* Play songs in the iTunes library, and even switch music sources automatically from AM/FM/XM radio to iPod mode

* Listen to, and compose and send an iMessage or text message to a phone number or anyone in saved Contacts

* Access Calendar and add appointments

* Minimise distraction even more by keeping the screen of the iPhone from lighting up, even when Siri answers simple questions such as game scores or the dates of national holidays

* While in Eyes Free mode, Siri will not provide answers to complex questions that require displaying a web page.

“It says a lot about our commitment small-car customers that Chevrolet has announced that Siri Eyes Free capability will be available in the Spark and Sonic well before the luxury brands,” said Cristi Landy, Chevrolet marketing director for small cars. “Safe, easy, reliable and portable connectivity is a top priority for our customers, and Siri complements MyLink’s existing capabilities to help deliver an incredible driving experience.”

Apps that let you mix songs on your laptop!!

There was a time when being a DJ was cool. We’re not talking about some DJ Polly playing bhangra and Punjabi songs at some hotel onNew Year’s eve. What puts off people most about spinning tunes is they have to invest in a turntable, mixers and records. That can be costly. “It’s not hard to become a DJ,” saysPranav K of Logic and Madness Creative Labs, a sound-recording studio. “There are now multiple options on the web and app stores that allow you to be as good as the pros on your laptop or iPad. You can master sound mixing and DJing in three months on your iPad: the time you will spend learning a chord on the guitar.” Here are some options to mix tunes and channel your inner Daft Punk

Mix songs on the web
A great website to start spinning some tunes. has over 20 million songs you can mix. You can play two songs on two virtual turntables and sync the beats. In addition , the website has a virtual mixer where you can play with the BPM and the mixer. You can also loop certain sections of a song and add certain effects. The website also has a search function to search for songs to mix. Just don’t mix Crazy Frog, nobody likes that annoying thing anymore. 

Get visuals for your tunes
Ask any party goer, and they’ll tell you visuals are just as important as the sound. Thicket is a great iPad application if you’re a fan of trippy visuals. You can tap and drag on your tablet and your movements will give off corresponding visuals and sounds. The sounds are tiny loops which you can play in different ways depending on your mood. Sure you can’t play this to an entire party crowd but it will be a pretty fun party toy. 

DJ on your iPad like a pro
Apple products are musician’s best friend. iRig had come up with a device to plug in your guitar to a virtual amp and pedals on your iPhone and iPad, but they’ve also come up with a DJ app which allows you to mix songs from your collection on your iTunes.

iPad mini

iPad mini (Photo credit: patrick-allen)

They’ve also a sampler and a midi-controller app. It’s meant for those who want to take their DJing to a professional level and it does have all the features to allow you to be just as good as Tiesto. You can even “scratch” the discs when a song is playing from your iTunes collection. The DJ Rig also has a mixer you can buy just so that you can have your hands on something real too and syncs with the iPad app

Tap to create music
Native Instruments Maschine was a hit device among electronic musicians. The device had a pattern-based sequencers, sampler, multi-effect unit with very cheerful and colourful buttons . The idea was that you just need to press the buttons to create music and play around with samplers and effects. You can also programme the instrument to play various loops and samples while messing around with the faders and delays. It was logical that this tactile device be made an app for the iPad. The app has a dedicated community making loops and sections and upload their songs on Soundcloud.


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