Monday, 10 January 2011

ooTunes vs Tunein Radio



ooTunes



Spec

FREEDOM OF CHOICE
It is yours. Like Reggae? Listen to seven reggae stations in Jamaica. Classical? How about WFMT in Chicago, WGBH in Boston, Minnesota Public Radio, Radio Swiss in Bern or classical stations from Melbourne to Montreal, Strasbourg to Sydney?

Choose by genre (150 of them): Blues to Bollywood, Rap to Ragtime, Salsa to SKA, Talk to Techno. Find by country or cities of the world. Eavesdrop all over the world on local discussions, news and talk: even police calls. Left or right, listen to either side blather! Whether local or pro, catch the big game live, wherever you are.

TOTAL LISTENING PLEASURE
As your favorite songs play, savor full-screen album art* sing along with the lyrics*, bookmark for later, or pop over to watch it on YouTube, right in the app! Search and buy it right from iTunes. Automatic recording lets you hear it again and again!

INNOVATIVE RADIO EXPLORATION
Radio RooLette: See what's playing on 100's of stations at once. Tap to listen. It's that easy. A great way to skip commercials, find new stations, or sample a variety of music.

FEATURE RICH
Want to wake up to bedtime music from China? Set an alarm. Fall asleep listening, with a sleep timer. Record what you hear for a trip with no internet access. Find a song you hear on YouTube, all within one app. Are you a music junkie? Check out the ooTunes Server** to get your 50,000 track iTunes library on your 8 gb iPhone. No other radio app has it all!



Tunein Radio



Spec

NEW FOR iOS 4
• Play all stations, podcasts and recordings in the background on your iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, 3rd Gen iPod touch (32/64 GB), 4th Gen iPod touch, and iPad
• Control audio playback with the built-in music controls, Apple headphone controls and most dock controls
• Stream audio to an AirPlay compatible receiver (requires iOS 4.2)

KEY FEATURES
• Record any station for playback later (on demand or with record timer)
• Alarm Clock
• Play MP3 and AAC stations in the background in Safari on non-multitasking capable devices
• RadioTime directory featuring 40,000+ radio stations and thousands of radio shows
• Simple, quick, and easy-to-use interface
• Browse or search for your favorite shows and find out what stations they're currently available on
• Browse local stations with GPS or WiFi location
• Search for stations by keyword
• Browse stations by genre or location
• Pause live streams for up to 30 minutes
• Rewind and fast forward within last 30 minutes streamed (skip directly to the beginning of songs when listening to stations with song information)
• Listen to podcasts of radio shows when available
• Bookmark your favorite stations, categories or shows
• Sleep timer
• Search for stations playing your favorite song or artist (only select US stations currently supported)

ADDITIONAL FEATURES
• Bookmarks list displays current song or show for each station when available
• Show or station logo displayed when available
• Album art displayed when available
• Current song or show information displayed when available
• View station schedules when available
• Choose an alternate stream or bit rate when available
• View related and recommended streams, shows and genres
• View station website and twitter page
• Listen to artist station in Last.fm app
• Buy currently playing song on iTunes
• Automatic restart of last playing station on startup
• Automatic reconnect on loss of connection
• Enter custom stream URLs

Under the hood they both look good with great features and more options than you could ever need so what one should you go for £2.99 for ooTunes or 59p for Tunein Radio ?

Well if you read most of the reviews it looks like even with it's higher price ooTunes is the one to go for but after using both you come to realize that oo is a complete mess, yes it has a few more tricks up it's sleeve but if you can ever workout how to use them or even find them within the menus you must be a rocket scientist as it's like looking for a sock after a fight at a jumble sale, also it can record radio shows via the timer but some thing which i find odd is that you can set a start time but there's no stop time ?

As for Tunein Radio it's a joy to use with it's clean interface and menus where everything is at hand which feels like you put them there yourself plus when setting timers if gives you the option of when you want it to start and stop something sadly missing from oo

So what one should you buy, well it's a easy one Tunein Radio and even if the prices were swapped round i would be happy to pay £2.99 for Tunein but lucky for us it's only 59p "bargain"

Link to Buy

Or find via the App store on your iPod or iPhone

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver



Hello all i just got my hands on a Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver

I got one as i got fed up with having to use a lead from my amp if i wanted to play music or podcasts form my iPod Touch so as it was only about £17 i splashed the cash

It comes with two sets of leads to connect to your amp 3.5mm to RCA and a 35mm to 3.5 cable plus the power adapter which only took about a min to setup with my amp and iPod Touch plus as i have a bluetooth dongle for my PC i hocked that up as well

Have to say it's a really good device but don't expect great sound quality as it sounds like someone nicked the top and bottom end of my music plus the range is limited to the room your in but for what i wanted i'm happy and would recommend for the money


Belkin Link

The great thing now i can use Zumocast on PC and iPod Touch which lets me play all my music which is stored on PC to my ipod which then sends it to amp and speakers via bluetooth

Update now using a Crystal Acoustics BluDAC Bluetooth Receiver

Sunday, 2 January 2011

ZumoCast 1.1 Download For Windows



If your having trouble finding a copy of Zumocast find version 1.1 for windows below which once installed will auto update to 1.3.2

Download Link
Or
Download Link

Blackout - 'L.O.V.E.'



Another great track from Blackout 'L.O.V.E.' can't wait for the album to come out