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AutoRap

Prepare to have fun, raptastic fun! AutoRap is the latest piece of exciting software from Smule that you have to download and try out.

We have all heard of autotune, the technology used by questionable music artists around the world, well AutoRap is the next step up from that, not only will it autotune your own voice but it will swap chop and change your lyrics to match the beat your choose.

And it works unbelievable well! Check this out!

There are 2 modes, Talk mode and Rap mode. In Talk mode simply talk into the app, choose the beat or even a song from artists such as Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Eminem (You have to purchase these as extra content) and let Autorap do its magic. it will rearrange slow down or speed up what you spoke into the app and mix it with the beat to produce an excellent rap!

Rap mode is for the pros, choose the song or beat you want then follow the rap on the screen as it scrolls past. AutoRap will auto correct the timing making your rap slick smooth.

Once you’ve layed down your beats and added your lyrics, AutoRap has excellent sharing options so you can pass the tunes on to you friends via facebook, twitter or good old email.

Take a look at the video below just to see how easy it is to lay down a rap! And have yourself a Rap Appy Monday!

 

 

 

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Oct/11

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Syncing Android with iTunes

Syncing your iTunes playlist with your Android device may have been considered somewhat of a painful process in the past, and as with many painful processes of the past… there’s an app for that: iSyncr!

iSYNCR

Figure 1: iSyncr layout

Along with apploximately 4.5 million others I bought into the iPod dream during its 4th generation back in 2005. In fact this bad boy still pumps out the tunes when required, albeit with the aid of a new hard drive and new battery. Naturally my desktop was installed with iTunes for the purpose of feeding this 60GB beast with a fair share of bopping beats. Since then iTunes has become my first preference music player around the house.

But it’s fair to say that the portable music landscape has changed since the heady days of the mid aughties. Smartphones with intergrated music players have now become the weapon of choice for the purpose of eardrum abuse. This presents somewhat of a conundrum for us ‘smart’ Android users. If that conundrum formed itself into a question it would present itslef a little like this: ‘How do I Sync my iTunes playlist with my Android device?’

The answer is iSyncr. An android application form the guys at JRT Studio which allows you to easily sync selected playlists from your iTunes library with your android mobile device. This app is extremely useful if you have started using your smartphone as a music player and wish to update the music on a regular basis. Also if you wish to limit the memory your music takes up on your device, a regular playlist sync will keep your music selection fresh.

Figure 2: iSyncer setup.

Here at Android Mobiles we found this app to be user friendly and the initial set-up is a breeze. Once the app is installed you will need to connect your device to a PC (as an external drive) and select which iTunes playlists you wish to have synced to the android device. After this initial and painless setup you are free to start syncing your existing iTunes playlists to your android device. Some of the neat features included with the paid version of this application include:

  • Ability to sync your ratings between iTunes and android device.
  • Sync songs downloaded to your android device back onto your PC.
  • Inclusion of album artwork with your synced music.

Another neat add-on is iSyncr Wi-Fi which allows wireless syncing with your playlists through your wireless LAN.

A free Lite version of iSyncr is available, but with limitations to its functionality. The lite version limitations include:

  • Each playlist can only include 20 songs.
  • Separate playlists must be synced one at a time.
  • Playcount syncing for smart playlists not included.

This is an easy to use application which solves an annoying problem. If you regularly update the music selection on your android device this application will be of great benefit.

At Android Mobiles we love to see simple applications which are reliable, easy to use and solve an annoying problem. Well done to the guys at JRT studio, keep up the good work.

Daniel

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Have you ever wanted to be able to listen to the whole music collection on your computer while you are away. Until now many of us had to pick our favorite music and load it into the SD card, but then we are limited to its size. And to be honest, most of us have from 2GB to 8GB memory cards and this is not enough for all the favorite tracks. SkyTunes is the solution to all your problems with this. In addition to the Android application, you have to install a server application on your computer, which is able to run on any platform thanks to the Adobe Air technology.

Once the server side is installed on your computer, you have to do some configuring. The application will auto-detect your private and public IPs and you have to pick a port (it is recommended to use some between 6000 and 8000). If you are behind a firewall or router, you have to permit the use of the chosen port. Once done, the only thing you have to do is to enter the public IP and the port into SkyTunes on your Android device and you are ready to listen to your music collection wherever you go. If you want to download Skytunes, visit their website at Skytunes.ca.

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