Macworld Masterclass: Find new bands to love

Stuck for new tunes? Let sleek music app Aweditorium be your guide

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  • Grid Intro
  • 1 Tune in Step 1: Tune In
  • 2 Want more Step 2: Want more?
  • 3 In their own words Step 3: In their own words
  • 4 Show some love Step 4: Show some love
  • 5 In motion Step 5: In motion
  • 6 Light up Step 6: Light up
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Intro

Aweditorium’s tagline is ‘aural happiness’, but this doesn’t do it justice. The app takes lovingly curated tracks by up-and-coming bands, and presents them in an inviting graphical interface: tap on a band, and you’ll get full-screen photos, together with snippets of text and quotes from interviews, as you listen to their songs. The app is one of the best at making full use of the iPad’s high-res screen as immersive environment.

Aweditorium’s acts fall firmly in the indie category, with a leaning towards Canada and the US, but if that’s your bag, it’s an addictive package that’s as satisfying visually as it is aurally: hunker down and prepare to lose a few hours.

Vital Info

Difficulty: Beginner
Time required: 10 minutes

What you need

iPad
iOS 3.2 or later
Aweditorium app (free)

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Aweditorium’s tagline is ‘aural happiness’, but this doesn’t do it justice. The app takes lovingly curated tracks by up-and-coming bands, and presents them in an inviting graphical interface: tap on a band, and you’ll get full-screen photos, together with snippets of text and quotes from interviews, as you listen to their songs. The app is one of the best at making full use of the iPad’s high-res screen as immersive environment.

Aweditorium’s acts fall firmly in the indie category, with a leaning towards Canada and the US, but if that’s your bag, it’s an addictive package that’s as satisfying visually as it is aurally: hunker down and prepare to lose a few hours.

Vital Info

Difficulty: Beginner
Time required: 10 minutes

What you need

iPad
iOS 3.2 or later
Aweditorium app (free)

 

Step 2 of 7: Step 1: Tune In

Tap on an image in the grid to go full-screen; a track will start automatically, and the lyrics flash up, karaoke-style. Swipe the screen for a new track, or pinch to return to the grid. It’s a hypnotic experience.

 

Step 3 of 7: Step 2: Want more?

Tap on an image for track and band name; bubbles pop up offering info on the band – how they got started, where you can hear them, and Aweditorium’s reflections on the artist’s qualities.

 

Step 4 of 7: Step 3: In their own words

Tap the speech bubble in the bottom right corner to see an interview with the artist. The track will play as you watch; tap the arrows in the bottom right of the video to make it full-screen.

 

Step 5 of 7: Step 4: Show some love

Tap the ‘peace’ icon (second one along) to share your new find on Twitter or Facebook – the number shows how many others have shared it. Tap the heart for more tracks by this artist or head straight to iTunes.

 

Step 6 of 7: Step 5: In motion

The ‘HD’ icon in the bottom right hand bar takes you to a full-screen video – often a live performance. Don’t be expecting Beyoncé-level productions: these are generally low-budget efforts. Pinch to exit.  

 

Step 7 of 7: Step 6: Light up

There’s no way of bookmarking tracks without sharing them on Twitter or Facebook. Tracks you’ve listened to are highlighted on the grid, creating a challenge – how much of the grid can you sample?

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