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iDrum - Making Beats on the iPhone and iTouch

Now that Apple has opened up application development for the iPhone and iTouch, music applications are starting to popup making the iPhone and iTouch potential choices for mobile music making.

One such application is the new iDrum for iPhone.  It's sold in two editions, Hip Hop, and Club. "Each edition includes 20 unique kits made up of dozens of patterns and samples!" Each edition is only $4.99 and is available on the app store. The YouTube video above gives you a good sense of how the application works.

Probably the coolest thing about iDrum for iPhone is that it integrates with the iZotope's iDrum for the PC or Mac so you can share samples and take kits on the road.

Here is a list of features from the iZotope web site.

  • Customize patterns to create your own unique beats
  • Includes extensive library of amazing sounds
  • Take control of the rhythm of every drum sound and sample 
  • Tap the touch screen to play and record your own musical patterns
  • Easily turn your beats into ringtones for your iPhone (requires free iDrum Ringtone Sync application for your Mac or PC.)

Mark Mosher

iTunes 7 Error - iTunes Unable to Browse Album Covers On This Computer

Update -  If you are having this issue, please read the rest of this post plus the comments at the bottom of the post.

I just upgraded to itunes 7. I'm on Windows XP by the way.  I was really excited to try out the new feature, Cover Flow which according to Apple "With Cover Flow, you can flip through your digital music and video collection just as you would CDs."

The update seemed to go fine. I then selected "Music" in my Library and hit the
Cover Flow button. Much to my surprise, I got the error listed below "iTunes is unable to browse album covers on this computer."


I googled, searched blogs, searched Apples support and found nothing. Then I remembered I had set my video card to disable hardware acceleration. Sure enough, when I cranked up my hardware acceleration, iTunes worked fine. I'm blogging this here because I know tons of you musicians out there use iTunes and this post could save you hours of chasing your tail - especially since the error is not very clear that the issue is related to your video settings.

Possible remedies:

  • Enable hardware acceleration
  • Use 32-bit True Color

These settings can be accessed by , Right clicking on your desktop, select the "Settings Tab". Select 32-bit.  To turn on hardware acceleration, click advanced.


Then click the "Troubleshoot" tab and slide  the Hardware acceleration slider to the right.


Update to my original post:

According to, two other issues might cause this:

Possibility 1: QuickTime is out of date...

Possibility 2: Video Driver is out of date...

CompletelyGeek also sites this forum on Apple.

See comments link below for even more discussion about this issue.

Mark Mosher

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Superman, Cars, Pirates of the Caribbean - soundtracks on iTunes

Pirates2Summer movie season is in full swing. I always enjoy this time of year because summer release movies have enormous budgets, and as a result, the scores in the films are usually done by big names and extremely well produced.

If you walk out of the theater and can't get that song out of your head and simply must have it, I recommend you check out iTune's soundtrack section where you can Download thousands of soundtracks on iTunes.

I recently saw Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest which was scored by Hanz Zimmer. If you want to a glimpse into the work life of Hanz Zimmer, check out this video I found on his web site.(Windows Media Clip). You can also check out his web site here

iTunes 6.0 has released and iTunes now carries over 2,000 music videos

Seems like only yesterday iTunes 5.0 came out - oh yeah it was last month - and now iTunes 6.0 is here! Those engineers at Apple must never sleep.

Well, it's clear that the release of iTunes and it's enhanced support for video is releated to the new video capable iPods. I mean what good is an iPod that plays video unless you have some content. So, iTunes now has videos for sale. For example, I just got into Lost (yeah, I know, I'm a year behind). You can get episodes on iTunes :^).


Here is the list of what's new in 6.0.

  • Music Videos at the iTunes Music Store -browse more than 2,000 (you can play them straight out of iTunes and don't need a video capable ipod). They cost $1.99.
  • TV Shows - Download full seasons or the latest episodes. Seems like only certain networks are on board right now.
  • Customer Reviews - Post your own reviews and ratings and read what others are saying
  • Buy and send music and videos as gifts with iTunes gift certificates.

Of course, since 4.9 you can also:

And you can still:

For those who have not tried it, click the banner below to give it a try - I think you'll like it. Best of all, its free!

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Video iPod Announced

Indexfrontside20051011Apple just announced a new iPod which can play video!!! Check it out here

The new model is lighter and thinner and comes in 30GB and 60GB models starting at $299.

With support for up to 150 hours of video and a 2.5-inch color display, the new iPod lets you take music videos and TV shows on the road.

iTunes 5.0 has released

Itunes5_1Apple just released a new version of iTunes - Version 5. It's free and you can get it here

New in iTunes 5

  • New Look  A streamlined design and new features make iTunes even easier to use.
  • Search Bar Find stuff fast and refine your search with the handy new Search Bar.
  • Parental Controls Limit kids’ access in iTunes.
  • Playlist Folders Organize all your playlists into folders.
  • Smart Shuffle Adjust random playback to hear what you want.
  • Sync from Outlook Sync Outlook and Outlook Express contacts & calendars to iPod.