Cybertainment: New ways to give a lift to music fans

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Listen up, music fans.

• The McIntosh AP1 Audio Player is a simple-to-use and cool-looking music player for Apple mobile devices.

Its nostalgic blue and green on black display and output level meter is classic technology design at its best.

The free app comes from McIntosh Laboratory, which makes high-end audio equipment and home theater systems and is inspired by the design of the company's products.

The AP1 Audio Player has an elegant, eye-catching interface. It can play music libraries stored on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The AP1 can play entire albums with the tracks in order, access music stored in iCloud and stream music wirelessly to Airplay-compatible speaker systems.

• The music site Bop.fm offers an easy solution for people who subscribe to multiple music services and find it annoying to jump from one to the other. Bop tidies up those online music memberships and puts everything in one place.

It works with popular online music platforms, including Spotify, Rdio, Deezer, iTunes, SoundCloud and YouTube.

It's great for music sharing. For example, Beats subscribers can share music with friends who don't subscribe to Beats.

Links make it easy to sign up with new services and buy music.

The site is still in beta testing, so there are some bugs: for example, sometimes the listener will hear a different song than the one requested.

• The music/literary print magazine Radio Silence has launched an app version for iPhone/iPod/iPad.

Each digital issue features interviews with musicians plus fiction, poetry, film and audio.

The app is free and comes with a sample issue. Each issue is $2.99, or $29.99 for a year's subscription. A portion of the funds goes to arts education.

• For those who didn't make it to SXSW this year, there's still time to catch performances from the iTunes Festival.

The free iTunes Music Festival app has streaming audio, video, photos and more. Bands featured include Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar, Soundgarden, Pitbull and Keith Urban.


Adrian McCoy: amccoy@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1865.

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