Our weekly look at the hottest music apps available for your mobile device.
Khush, the developers behind the LaDiDa reverse-karaoke app, have introduced a new angle on their technology with a speech-to-song app called Songify. Whereas LaDiDa turned your singing into a song, Songify just asks you to speak regularly into an iPhone and the app generates a song out of it (complete with auto-tuning). The app was developed in conjunction with the Gregory Brothers (of Auto-Tune the News fame). Resulting songs can be shared with friends via Facebook, Twitter or email.
Belgian DJs Soulwax launched an app and related website called Radio Soulwax-featuring hours-long mixes that grow longer in time. It launched with six hour-long mixes (each with related visualizations), with another hour added each week for 18 weeks, until the app has 24-hours of nonstop music. It’s basically part album, part app, which Soulwax dubs a “musical film.” Users can either stream or download the songs
With the huge success of Songkick Concerts, Last.fm is trying to get a little event love itself with the launch of Last.fm Festivals. The app, based on a feature that’s been available on the web-based service for some time, simply analyzes the music users listen to via Last.fm and then recommends music festivals they might like. It draws on the services database of some 2 million events worldwide. It also shows what music festivals friends using the same app are attending.
MTV’s Push service, which spotlights a different emerging artist each week, is now a mobile app. The app will be updated regularly with a new artist, featuring music samples, interview clips, MTV News coverage, tour dates and links to buy music of the artist selected. The app also lets users navigate the entire MTV artist database, where they can browse artists trending on MTV.com, and a section featuring all MTV’s blogs, such as Hive, Buzzworthy and RapFix.
Qello, which maintains a large library of high-def concert films, introduced an app that lets users stream the concert films of their choice on Android smartphones and tablet computers. Concerts are listed by which those that are featured, those that are trending among users, and also by genre or artist. (about $5 each).