iPod Touch

RAIN reviews Groove 2 and its endlessly interesting mixes of your own music

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 11:10am

Groove 2Over the past few days, I've found myself listening to less radio and more of my own music collection via my iPod Touch. Not because I'm in the mood for a single artist or album, but becuase I've discovered an app that essentially turns my music collection into a captivating radio station.

The app is called Groove 2. It works by analyzing the music stored on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad and then offering an endless range of music mixes:

  • Mixes of music based on an artist, song or genre
  • "Three of a Kind" mixes that play a series of artists, 3 songs at a time
  • "Better Together" mixes that match two complementary artists
  • "Favorites" that play just music you've listened to frequently

The result is, for all intents and purposes, a mini radio station made up of my own music. As The Next Web writes, Groove 2 acts "just like your own personal DJ."

You can create your own mixes by picking artists and songs, but the real appeal of Groove 2 is that it generates a large, fascinating selection of mixes for you on the home screen. There's even a "Surprise Me" button that picks a random mix of music for you. It's a wonderful way to rediscover music you haven't listened to in a while, or maybe not at all. 

Groove 2 also pulls artist photos and bios from Last.fm, along with music tags to create music mixes. So this morning, for example, Groove 2 suggested I listen to a mix of "glo-fi" music. It turned out to be excellent, though I'd be hard-pressed to explain what "glo-fi" actually is. 

So now, when I'm not sure what I want to listen to, I find myself not opening Pandora or looking for a FM stream. Instead I open up Groove 2 and listen to my own music in a new way.

The app is normally $4 from the Apple App Store, but is temporarily discounted to $2. You can find it here and find more coverage from The Next Web here. -- MS

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 12:30pm

Of users who bought content via iTunes, 39% purchased apps for iPhones, iPod Touches or iPads, according to NPD's iTunes User Report 2011. That's up from 31% last year and compares to 75% of users who purchased music from iTunes. Bizmology has more coverage here.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 11:00am

Bloomberg earlier Bloomberg's mobile appsthis week announced the launch of its Bloomberg Radio+ app for iPhone and iPod Touch devices. Users can stream Bloomberg Radio 24/7 via the app, listen to on-demand podcasts, view "real-time charts, get the latest market information and news, and access guest bios," says Bloomberg.

Writes Audio4Cast's Jennifer Lane: "It is a good example of the way a radio app can become so much more on a mobile device…[the app] is a big value proposition for listeners -- and a smart move for Bloomberg." You can find Lane's coverage here and Bloomberg's press release here.


Friday, September 2, 2011 - 12:00pm

The new Revo K2 is capable of streaming Internet radio (including Last.fm), not to mention FM and DAB brodacasts. It also features a dock for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and can be controlled by an app for said devices. The K2 will go for around $488 when in launches on October 17. Engadget has more coverage here.

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