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Music, Software


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Tagr is an application for Mac OS X that helps you organize your MP3 / M4A (MP4) collection.

With Tagr you can easily edit information such as a song’s artist, title, or album cover. Tagr also allows you to control the way your files are named. There is no more need for having other tools dictate that for you!

Vox :: a Lightweight Music App for Mac OS X

Apple, Music, Software

Vox is a little and simple music player for Mac OS X with support for many file types, including FLAC, MP3, AAC, Musepack, Monkey’s Audio, OGG Vorbis, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV, IT, MOD, XM, Games Music and many others. Includes numerous effects like Equalizer, Reverb, Time Stretch, Pitch Shift, Echo. Moreover, all supported files can be exported to AAC+, Apple Lossless, WAV and other formats with enabled effects.

iHome iP1

Apple, Hardware, iPhone, Music

That’s two times by now! And this means I’ve got to write about that …

So … last week my wife and I were in a big tech shop here in Bari and, as we usual usually do, went to see what new items arrived for our digital home entertainment … In the shop there is a little increment in the iPod / iPhone section with many expensive, glamour amps, speakers, evoluted docks for the Cupertino’s magic duo.

As the last time we were here, the fantastic iP1 della iHome catched our attention:

iHome iP1

This iHome product sports an excellent design (for me the only “issue ” is the fumé finiture of the plexiglass, that’s a bit dark for my house interiors) and it is usual to see people around it in amazement.
Also, it is currently one of the best and performing audio system for Apple’s iPod family … many reviewers (on-line and not) agree on this point.

In the commercial center plenty of these kind of systems are available to public’s testing, all you have to do is use your own iPod/iPhone. I have always both with me so I extracted the iPhone from my pocket, put it on the iP1 and let the show begin.

A piano jazz song, then a vocal one, then some pop music and at last some good ol’ rock and roll … iP1 made such a show out of it’s clear hights and powerful basses!

We’re in love with it and seems that – FOR THE SECOND TIME – we’re not alone in thinking this. As the first time a couple of strangers kindly asked us to use our iPhone to test the remaining audio-kit available.

JBL, Bose, Philips and such, all failed in the comparison to the magnificent sound of the iP1 with the “bonjovi effect” switched on … no matter what the price segment.

We resisted in buying the iP1 this time too … but if I find an offer for it under the 319€ shipped at home the “third” time I will be “defeated” by it’s tentation ;-)

Here’s a video review of the item, but go in a shop and listen to it’s incredible audio live!

Switch, a free music converter for OSX

Apple, Music

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Recently I’ve been in need of a easy to use, possibly free, audio converter … after a little search on the various Mac devoted software directories I’ve found this real nice tool: Switch.

His features are:

  • Universal audio converter supporting all popular formats
  • Convert or compress sound files within minutes of downloading
  • Includes batch audio converter to convert thousands of files
  • Extract audio from any media file including video
  • Batch converting to convert many audio files at once
  • Import and convert a playlist (m3u and pls)
  • Import video files and extract audio (avi, mov, mpeg)
  • Extract and convert audio from DVDs
  • Customizable right-click “Quick Convert” options
  • Convert from multiple file formats at one time
  • Access online database to add song information
  • Listen to tracks prior to conversion
  • Automatically normalize audio while converting
  • MP3 encoder supports constant or variable bit rates
  • WAV encoder supports a range of sample rates
  • Use as a command line plugin for automation with software to convert or compress audio files

As you can see the OS X interface is quite clear and effective …

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I did a couple of test with flac and mpc files and it worked smoothly and rapidly.
Also, is being developed for Microsoft and Linux and OS X … both for Intel and PPC machines (which is a good thing!).

So, if you’re searching for a unique software for your audio conversions need here’s your guy: Switch!