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Get your guitar rocking with AmpliTube UA app and iRig UA

Who says you need to spend a fortune to make your guitar sound extra good? Of course you need talent to begin with, but with the right gear, you can make yourself sound even better. At least, that's what this new app wants to happen with you, your guitar, and the soon-to-arrive iRig UA. The AmpliTube UA app turns your Android smartphone into a professional-sounding guitar and bass amp multi-effects processor, much like what a physical guitar rig would actually sound like.

Slacker Radio revamps look, adds ringtone option (for Verizon only)

In case you've forgotten that it exists, in the wake of Spotify, Pandora, and even Jay-Z's attempt at music streaming (Tidal), Slacker Radio is still alive and kicking, and apparently, not slacking off. They have just updated their Android app with a newly-refreshed look, and with some new features to boot. It's about time for a revamp in order to keep up with the competition and also differentiate itself from the others.

Rithm to challenge music streaming with cheaper price, messaging

The battle of the music streaming services just got even more interesting (and no, we're not talking about Jay Z's Tidal) with the arrival of another new challenger to the throne. Rithm has been in beta for some time now, but finally they're ready to take on the world, with a price tag that might attract those hold-outs for a paying service and a built-in messaging service that encourages sharing music with your friends.

EDM powerhouse Beatport now has Android mobile app

For electonic music fans, having an app dedicated to your favorite genre is a dream come true, especially if it's created by an EDM powerhouse like Beatport. The new mobile app will now let you have unlimited music streaming on your smartphone or tablet, as well as give you all the latest events, concerts, and performances from SFX Entertainment, owner of Beatport and all other related events to the genre.

UltraTuner for Android is the app for all your music tuning needs

You may have heard of IK Multimedia before, they’re the makers of what will go down in history as the most popular guitar-to-iPhone-to-amp effects processing unit, the famous iRig. Just recently, IK made the popular guitar accessory available for Android users where it was once an iOS-only proposition. Cue rejoicing everywhere. They’re back with another Android app to complement your guitar needs – the UltraTuner.

Gramophone is your music player materially designed

Because music streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, etc are all the craze right now, we sometimes forget that people also still store actual music on their mobile devices. For those who prefer the "old school" way of listening to music, they usually use their phone or tablet's native music player. But if you have the option, why not go for music apps that may be able to give you much more. Gramophone is presenting itself to you as a likely candidate for your next music player.

Universal asks Spotify to “strongly urge” users to switch to premium

While there is no doubt that digital music and music streaming services has totally revolutionized the way we listen to and consume music, what is still up for debate is how artists and music label are "properly compensated". The freemium business model, headed up by the biggest of them all, Spotify, has been causing a lot of friction in the industry. Now, even one of the stakeholders of the service is dissatisfied with how they are monetizing from users who have almost unlimited access to their catalog.

iRig 2 now shipping with Android support

Back during CES in January, we got eyes on the new iRig 2 at the show. This is the updated version of the original iRig, which is a mobile guitar interface that allows you use your Android smartphone or tablet as an amplifier for playing on the go. One thing we didn't know about the iRig 2 during CES is exactly when it would ship.

Coming soon: day pass ad-free music from Pandora

You have some friends over at your new pad, and you're all just sitting around, drinking wine, chilling to your music, when suddenly, an annoying ad interrupts everyone's conversation. Oopps, now everyone knows that you're using the free version of Pandora. While it's not really something to be embarrassed about (we're pretty sure most of your guests probably use free music streaming too), it does put a bit of a damper on your party when ads keep popping out every once in a while.
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