Apple Unveils GarageBand Live Loops for iPhone and iPad

2:35 PM, Jan. 20th, 2016 · · iObserver

GarageBand's Live Loops for iPhone and iPad

Apple ramped up its music creation efforts for the iPhone and iPad on Wednesday with the introduction of Live Loops for mobile GarageBand. The loops are included with the GarageBand 2.1 update and include rock, electronic dance music, house, and electro funk, and more.

Apple Releases ‘Music Memos’ for Quickly Capturing Song Ideas on iOS

1:07 PM, Jan. 20th, 2016 · · iObserver

Apple's Music Memos Screenshot

Apple released an iOS app called Music Memos on Wednesday. It allows you to record song ideas, hear those ideas played with auto-generated bass and/or drum accompaniment, view the chords, and add lyrics. Artists can then share them via Apple Music Connect or import them directly into GarageBand or Logic Pro X for further development.

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Bryan Chaffin thinks this app is just what the doctor ordered.

Apple Music Closing iTunes Radio Ad-Supported Stations to Focus on Beats 1

8:17 PM, Jan. 15th, 2016 · · iObserver

Beats 1 Splash Screen

Apple told customers on Friday that ad-supported stations on iTunes Radio will go dark on January 28th and 29th, 2016, and that Beats 1 will be the sole free streaming radio service available to those who don't subscribe to Apple Music. iTunes Radio was launched in 2013 as part of iOS 7, but it has been replaced by Apple Music, which launched in June of 2014.

iOS 9.3: How to Enable Night Shift Mode

3:58 PM, Jan. 15th, 2016 · · iObserver

How to enable and use iOS 9.3's Night Shift mode

The iOS 9.3 public beta is out and it includes a cool new feature called Night Shift. No, it isn't an evening job; instead, it's an option to cut down on our iOS device's blue light cast at night to help reduce the impact screen viewing has on our circadian rhythm.

Apple Releases iOS 9.3 Public Beta

9:26 AM, Jan. 15th, 2016 · · iObserver

iOS 9.3 made the jump to public beta

Developers got their hands on iOS 9.3 a couple days ago, and now public beta participants can do the same. The update (build 13E5181f) includes several new features such as Night Shift, and multi-user support for iPads in schools.

Why iTunes Must Die!

2:50 PM, Jan. 13th, 2016 · · iObserver

Why iTunes Must Die!

It’s no secret that Dr. Mac doesn't care much for recent versions of iTunes. Find out why in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #158, also known as, "Why iTunes Must Die!"

Apple Denies Agreeing to Make iOS-to-Android Migration Tool under Pressure from EU

6:01 PM, Jan. 12th, 2016 · · iObserver

Apple in Europe

London newspaper The Telegraph reported Tuesday that Apple was working on a "simple tool" that would make it easy for iOS users to move their contacts, music, and photos to Android. The newspaper said Apple had agreed to do so under pressure from the European Commission (EC), but Re/code then reported that Apple flatly denied the story. Bryan Chaffin walks us through what it all means.