Guitar with Figure Jam

Ken Karsh is a guitarist who likes his iPad. His YouTube Channel has several interesting combinations of the two.

Here is a very active jam that appeals to my ADHD; he's all over both Figure and the guitar in this Improvisational Duet!

Buy Figure on iTunes: $0.99 (iPhone)

FL Studio for Android Development Update

Image-Line released a video update on the development of FL Studio for Android. They hint at this being available in 3-4 months.

Auria Update Updated

WaveMachine Labs was able to get the latest Auria update rushed through Apple's approval process, which should fix any problems people experienced with the last update. I didn't encounter the crashes, so I can't say for sure if this has fixed it. Although when I launched the updated version it informed me that the last time Auria ran it did crash, and asked if I wanted to submit a report!

This whole situation highlights some serious issues with Apple's reviews process. It took them over 2 weeks to review the crashing version, and yet after all that time the crash still effected customers. What exactly is Apple's walled-garden protecting us from if not major show stopping bugs?

Apple will occasionally deign to review apps quickly for "extenuating circumstances" with Expedited Reviews, as was the case with this latest update. This seems a little disingenuous though. If after 2 weeks you fail to catch a crashing bug, how do you manage a thorough test in 2 days? Events like this make a mockery of the whole process. Nothing is gained by Apple's strict control.

Buy Auria on iTunes: $49.99

Littlefoot - Octopus

YouTuber Littlefoot (not to be confused with Little Boots or little-scale) posted a song using an Electribe EMX, with NanoStudio providing samples to add some extra life to this easy-listening take on Dubstep.

Crank it up! No seriously, you'll need to crank it up. It is really quiet, but worth it!

Buy NanoStudio on iTunes: $14.99


Auria is the latest to release a crash prone update for existing customers. I personally didn't have any problems, but I heard from several folks yesterday who were less fortunate. Now it is official, as the update notes on Auria have changed to read:

What's new:

Existing Auria users - please do not update to this version (1.03). We have identified an issue in this update that could cause issues during the update process. We have submitted an expedited update to Apple, and are waiting for approval. This new update will be 1.03a.

NOTE: this does not affect new users, only users updating from a previous version.

This sort of thing is really unfortunate and can have lasting repercussions. Moog still gets a lot of anger from some corners of the web, for their crashing update. Currently Reddit's /r/iPad is nominating and voting on their favorite apps for many categories. When Animoog was nominated for the Music Creation category, it was immediately rejected by Redditor NudeTayne who stated:

"Great app. But the developers and support is horrendous. As an April Fools prank, they released a sound pack of fart sounds. It was funny, except they charged you for the the sound pack without warning it was a joke. No refunds

App updates sometimes wipe all of your previous purchases. The 2nd to last update rendered animoog unusable. The app would not load until they put out a patch a week and a half later."

Some of those comments are a little unfair, but the sentiment is there.

As always though, if you rely on these apps in any serious way, be safe! Don't hit the Update All button without first waiting to hear if it is safe for your production environment.

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