-This case is designed for iPad mini /ipad mini 2 With Retina Display. It does NOT fit any other smart laptop.
-Pls note for ipad mini 2, it will cover one mircophone on the back of case. but will not affect the performance at all.
-Accessory only,iPad mini /mini 2 is not included.
Precisely cut openings to allow full access to all the functions of your pad
Made from durable high quality material
Built-in Auto Wake/Sleep Smart Cover Function
Act as a stand for multiple viewing angles. in a comfortable typing angle
Lightning 3 in 1 card reader Camera Kit connects camera,USB,Memory card for iPad 4,iPad mini,iPad mini 2 ,iPad air
When you plug your memory device into the reader ,if you get a error message saying “Accessory not supported” This is standard. Just click “ok” and ignore it.
Important and helpful tips:
Only designed to recognize JPEG files.
Create DCIM folder and place all pictures in that file before trying to transfer.
Reader can only transfer photos from memory device onto iPad. CANNOT be used to transfer anything off of iPad.
Reader does not support USB sticks and SD cards that need to draw power from iPad to run, such as Kingston ones with LED lights and other high end memory devices.
Make sure the USB drive is formatted as FAT32 – Create a folder in the root of the USB drive called DCIM – Make sure the file names of the pics and videos are exactly 8 alphanumeric characters long plus a supported extension – File names must be letters and numbers ONLY – Make sure all pics end in the .jpg extension (NOT .jpeg) – Make sure the videos are of a supported type: .mp4, .m4v and maybe .mov – Folders inside the DCIM folder can be used if they are 8 alphanumeric characters long – The USB drive must use 20mA or LESS power or it will not work. – You can get USB drives that use more than 20mA of power to work by using a wall powered USB hub
The filenames MUST start with at least DSC and be only eight characters total without any spaces. Using all caps or all lower case for “dsc” or “.jpg” did not matter. The other 5 characters after the DSC did not matter, but you could not use a space. Example: DSCNNuge.JPG; dscnNuge.jpg; dscnnuge.JPG; DSC0nuge.jpg would all work.
1 x Lightning 3 in 1 card reader
When you plug your memory device into the reader ,if you get a error message saying “Accessory not supported” This is standard. Just click “ok” and ignore it.
Camera Kit connects camera,USB,Memory card
Does not work with iPhones, iTouch, stick pro duo, Flash drives, HC SD cards, PNY, Sony Memory Cards
Only designed to recognize JPEG files
Works with SD Cards (under 24gb), Micro SD Cards and USB Plugs
What really wows iPad fans is when their touchscreen does what’s impossible on other gadgets: the finger-painting app that turns a cross-country flight into a moving art class, the mini music studio (two-dozen instruments strong, each with motion-induced warble effects), and the portable fireworks display that you sculpt by swiping.
Problem is, with tens of thousands of apps available for your iPad, who knows what to download? You can try to sort through a gazillion customer reviews with a mix of 5- and 1-star ratings, but that’s a head-hurting time-waster. The stakes are getting higher, too: instead of freebies and 99-cent trinkets, the price of iPad apps is steadily creeping up and beyond their iPhone predecessors.
Best iPad Apps guides you to the hidden treasures in the App Store’s crowded aisles. Author Peter Meyers stress-tested thousands of options to put together this irresistible, page-turner of a catalog. Inside these pages, you’ll find apps as magical as the iPad itself.
Flip through the book for app suggestions, or head directly to one of several categories we’ve loaded up with “best of” selections to help you:
Get work done
Browse the Web better
Track your health
Explore the world
No matter how you use your iPad, Best iPad Apps will help you find the real gems among the rubble — so you make the most of your glossy gadget.
8 iPad Apps that Let Non-Musicians Make Music by Peter Meyers
Early iPad critics were sure about one thing: this gadget was gonna be for consuming, not creating. iPadders, the argument went, will spend all their time feasting on The Man’s media (movies, music, TV shows) while their own creative urges whither.
Turns out, people love making stuff with their iPads. And not just pros. The App Store’s packed, for example, with ingenious tune-making tools that can turn iTunes lovers into active players. None of the apps that you’ll read about below will make you a maestro, but man are they are a fun way to make some noise.
This simple-to-operate, impossible-to-exhaust take on tune building will lure you into love-life-jeopardizing amounts of time spent with your iPad. You “compose” by positioning one or many line segments beneath a drip-drop cascade of music- generating pellets. As each dot hits the various lines, the app plays a note. Add more lines, tweak their positions, and watch this you-made-it-yourself production unfold.
The free version offers a stripped down palette: line segments produce one sound only (part wind chime, part marimba.) Upgrade to Pro ($2) via an in-app purchase for the real goodies: multiple instruments (piano, saxophone, and synthesizer); tempo and beats-per-minute controls; and the ability to save your creations.
Today’s music stars famously benefit from the vocal equivalent of plastic surgery: a little AutoTune-aided voice sprucing. So there’s no shame in us musically challenged crooners seeking a similar boost. The remarkable thing about this app is that its assistance is delivered as you sing. Some serious computer science wizardry went into this feat—most software-powered music magic is added post production. Here you simply plug in any earphones with a mic, start singing, and add harmonies and effects (auto-wah and flanger are especially fun). Save and export when you’re done.
Karaoke has never been less humiliating with this voice-primping singalong software. Among its other talents the app software-magically keeps you on pitch, adds optional harmonies, and turns your iPad into an iPrompter: highlighted lyrics appear as the instrument track plays. Three songs come with the app; buy others that have appeared in the namesake show for a buck a pop. Bonus treats include the chance to listen to recordings made worldwide by other app-using fans; the ability to share your own efforts; or—how’s this for social software?—a feature that lets you join in and add your voice to songs other fans have posted.
If the best you can do with a piano is Three Blind Mice, give this hugely popular alternative a try. Not only do you get substantially more eclectic sound options than most app synthesizers (darabukka or a round sine, anyone?), each comes with its own uniquely designed “play area”. Some sorta/kinda look like a piano (picture the keys arranged in a vertical stack of rows). Others offer a big chunky grid. Hundreds of included ready-to-use scales, from common ones like major and minor to Javanese Pentachord, puts music-making within reach of amateurs. It’s actually a bit of a challenge to play something that sounds bad. Shape your tunes further by moving your iPad: shake for vibrato, for example. Recording and sharing options aplenty make it easy to let others sample what you’ve made.
At first glance this app appears to be nothing more than a stream of cool tones—some triggered by you, others played by the app itself—accompanied by visual bubbles. But that’s like mistaking yoga for mere stretching. What’s on offer here is a new kind of audio/visual instrument cooked up by ambient sound guru Brian Eno.
You start, simply, by listening and looking. You might think you’ve wandered into a hearing test, but soon the trance of ping-pongy tones takes on a zen flavor. Meantime, the multicolored bubbles expand and evaporate like raindrops on a pond. Next, swirl your finger in this multimedia koi pond by tapping the screen and watch as your finger placement generates its own sounds and circles—each an echo, a kind of tap-and-response pattern to your input: all software-magically woven into a soothing spell that’s partly your creation and part travel to EnoVille. It’s like a xylophone that’s impossible to play incorrectly.
This odd, charming duck of an app will fascinate as many people as it frustrates. Nominally, it’s a–heck, let’s turn the keyboard over to the developer, because this thing’s just too weird for words: “It’s a combination of drawing, animation, music, art, geometry, and gaming. You can record long movements of a single point, or stream many points out of your fingertips like ink.” Yeah, you know: for those of us spiderpeople whose wrists spray multi-colored music-making webs. Back in iPadLand, what you’ll mainly do is swipe the screen and watch the pulsing line (representing the current note being played) spider across the web you’ve helped make. Tap the note-shaped icon to adjust the chords that play. It’s wacky, it’s wonderful, it’s worth a buck.
GrooveMaker Free for iPad
Today’s DJs, of course, work digitally, and you can too with this portable beat-spinning station. What’s most impressive is what’s within reach of newbie MCs. After familiarizing yourself with the cockpit-complex console (flatten the learning curve by checking out the tutorials at Groovemaker.com), the soundscapes you can create are stunning. Fill up to eight tracks with an almost infinitely customizable assortment of loops (prerecorded snippets).
Pick your loops from a few dozen that come free with the app, or buy genre-specific collections: hip hop, reggae, and so on. When you’ve got your track collection just so, save it for the final step: sequencing, where you stitch together and then export to a WiFi-connected computer a high-quality version of the mix you’ve made.
Relax Melodies HD</
The name of this app captures perfectly the service it aims to provide. Yes, it’s got a bunch of mechanical noise replicas (white noise, train tracks), but what it’s really good for are all things melodious. Wind chimes, zen tones, flutes, and on into its more subjective but thoroughly pleasing interpretations of themes like Immersed, Night, and the slightly tautological Melody. Play each sound separately or mix ’em together by using the simple tap-to-activate controls. A built-in sleep timer and favorites list make this some easy listening that you’ll actually want to turn on.
Next week (February 3-5) I have the privilege of attending the iPad Summit in San Diego. I have had the opportunity to attend all previous iPad Summits, which I live-blogged (you can see those posts here). In addition to live-blogging the event, I will also be presenting during the second session on Tuesday, February 4. If you are in attendance, I hope you will check out (and maybe live blog) my talk: “Retroactively Managing an iPad Program: Centralizing an iPad Program that Precedes Policy”
The iPad has been adopted faster than any other technological tool in education. Consequently, iPads have been adapted at different rates and manners in many schools. Administrators find themselves with an iPad program before they have developed an existing policy. Often times, these policies evolve sporadically and in different ways. For example, students may bring their own iPad as part of a formal or information BYOD program; faculty may use school funds or grant monies to purchase individual or classroom iPads; iPad carts are often purchased without full implementation processes; department chairs may designate iPad deployments for their subordinates – these are but a few options.
When I was hired at Ransom Everglades, I was inadvertently placed in charge of an existing iPad program that did not formally exist. It quickly became my job to develop and implement the means to catalogue, manage, write app purchasing processes, and formalize best practice policies of an iPad program after the fact.
I then navigated the good, bad, and ugly of the process of implementing an iPad program after dozens of iPads had been purchased for faculty, staff, and students. I’ve learned much from the achievements and shortcomings of my experiences, including how to develop effective best practices that tackle taxation and legal concerns as well as how to effectively address the apprehensions of administrators and staff when employing policy after a tradition of informal practice. During my presentation, I’ll also discuss how to execute policies that are flexible and adaptable enough to fit current and future needs of a school. In retroactively developing an effective iPad policy, it is necessary to focus not only on the ins and outs of management, but the concerns of school personnel, incorporate flexibility, and take into account current needs and practice.
Looking for the best streaming music service for your iPhone, iPod, or iPad? Here’s your ultimate Spotify vs Beats Music vs Rdio vs Slacker vs Google Play Music showdown!
On-demand music streaming services are made for the hardcore music lovers and audiophiles. Not only should they get to know our tastes and preferences over time, on-demand services are also tasked with letting us have more control over what we listen to, when we listen to it. Streaming radio may be fine for some but if you want to listen to an entire album all the way through or be able to play music offline, you want on-demand streaming.
Spotify, Rdio, Beats Music, Google Play All Access, and Slacker are the best on-demand services currently available with full iPhone support. Now the question becomes, which one is the best if any? And more importantly, which one is right for you?
I’m going to preface this by saying that I only looked at true on-demand streaming services for this comparison. That means services like iTunes Radio, Pandora, and Songza can’t be compared since they don’t support offline playback of any kind. I’ll take a look at those services in another comparison.
The above chart isn’t meant to cover all points but it gives you a fairly good idea of what you can expect with each service at a quick glance. I only compared what you get as a paying subscriber. Free offerings vary from time to time and from service to service so I saw little value in comparing them. If you want on-demand streaming, you’re most likely going to pay for it.
When it comes to design, none of them are created equal. I’ll start off with the two apps I take issue with. First is Slacker. The layout is confusing at times and the tiles used to represent stations are cheesy. If you can get past that, the actual song information screens aren’t terrible. It’s just getting there that makes your eyes bleed. Second is Spotify. I’ve just never been okay with making lime green a themed color. Buttons are also overly large and create a lot of wasted space. The layout has gotten better over time but the design is still not very appealing. Play Music will be familiar to anyone who has used any other Google app for iOS. And if you like that style, you’ll like Play Music. If you don’t, you won’t.
That leaves Beats Music and Rdio. Beats Music is easy on the eyes and makes good use of darker colors. This makes it rather enjoyable to use in the dark even if your screen brightness isn’t all the way down. Navigation also makes sense and it easy for anyone to just pick up and use. Rdio is designed equally as well but very different. It exuded iOS 7 before iOS 7 even existed. They may have taken a little longer than I would have liked to update basic design elements like the keyboard, but I dealt with it mainly becasue the design was already so great.
Rdio does design better than the rest with a gorgeous yet simple design that has controls that are smart and intuitive. What more could you ask for?
All four services feature offline listening options. Where they differ is how they restrict those options. All are on an even playing field in regards to price as you’ll need the highest offerings to have access to it. Slacker’s $3.99 plan lets you store playlists but not specific albums and tracks. For that, you need the $9.99 version.
When it comes to limitations, all services but Spotify give you unlimited offline downloads. As long as you’ve got the storage space, you can keep downloading albums and tracks as long as you’re a paying subscriber. Spotify however taps you at 10,000 songs per account. If you have the max of 3 devices on your plan, that’s 3,333 songs each. That doesn’t sound like a bad deal if you’re only mobile, but what about on your Mac or PC? That may become an issue if you want to build a solid collection.
Play Music pulls ahead as on top of unlimited downloads, you can also upload up to 20,000 songs (300MB limit each) to your own storage locker at no additional cost. That means you save device storage space and can either stream that music or download what you want on demand. It’s very similar to how iTunes Match works.
When it comes to offline listening, Play Music All Access wins.
If you like to listen to playlists created for you in radio style, curation is super important. You don’t want New Kids on the Block randomly thrown into a playlist based on Black Sabbath. In my time with all four services, I’ve found that Slacker doesn’t have a ton to choose from, especially when you get into more obscure genres. I also didn’t find that disliking tracks kept them completely away. Unfortunately I had some of the same results with Spotify when it came to preferences. They had a much better selection of stations but there were songs thrown in that I felt were out of place. I also didn’t feel like they were particularly catered to my tastes even though I’d given the service an ample amount of data to go off.
Rdio does a decent job with curation but it took a while to get there. Since Rdio has been one of my personal choices for a long time, I’ve spent the most time with it. It took a good month or so before I felt as if Rdio really started to cater to my tastes and even then, it still mixed up dance and electronic music regularly. For that I just gave up and started curating my own playlists. Play Music never wants to give me good recommendations. It took me adding several things to my library before it would even suggest anything. That to me was a turnoff.
Last but definitely not least is Beats Music. Given how new the service is, I’ve been blown away by how good the curation is. In less than 2 weeks, Beats Music gets me. Every time I launch it I can’t wait to see what playlists it has picked out just for me.
Beats Music wins the curation war, hands down.
Comedy and sports is the one thing Slacker does exceptionally well. None of the others hold a candle to it. Honestly, it’s what Slacker does best. Spotify supposedly has a service called Comedify but I couldn’t find much on it. I’ll give it a point for that but I couldn’t find any radio offerings, which is what most people want. Play Music has a comedy genre but again, Slacker does better.
If you want comedy or sports, there’s only Slacker.
Catalog size and selection
None of the services in this comparison give exact numbers but some do give roundabout figures. Some of this probably has to do with licensing in different countries. Each service as of this writing claims the follow when it comes to the size of their song library:
Spotify – 20 million
Beats Music – 20 million
Rdio – 20 million
Play Music – 18 million
Slacker – 13 million
One other thing you have to consider is whether or not a service has the music you actually listen to. I have a hard time finding a reason to use Spotify while our own Richard Devine swears by it due to the music he prefers. For example, Spotify has Metallica, Rdio and other services do not.
Even though you should check into catalog selection before you make a final decision, it’s a pretty close war between Beats Music, Spotify, and Rdio. Spotify gets the win by a slight margin due to some of their exclusive deals.
In terms of availability, Rdio and Spotify are available in the largest amount of countries. Rdio comes in just under Spotify but by a very narrow margin. You can hit the links below to see complete lists of countries on each respective site. Slacker and Beats Music both have very limited audiences. While Beats may expand that over time, Slacker probably won’t at this point. Beats Music is US only and Slacker is only available in the US and Canada. Play Music does a lot better at over 20 countries, but still doesn’t touch Rdio and Spotify.
Tie between Rdio and Spotify.
If we’re talking true on-demand, pricing is a wash since all three services offer the same exact thing. $9.99 per month. That includes offline listening and complete control over what you listen to and when you listen to it. All services offer free web streaming and some content via their mobile apps without paying, but if you’ve read this far, you already know that’s not what you’re after. You can however get away with $3.99 through Slacker if you’re okay with just on demand playlists and not whole albums and specific songs.
Slacker gets the win for having a cheaper scaled down version of on-demand. But if you want no compromises, you’ll pay the same across all five services.
Which one deserves your cash?
Unfortunately, no one service is the clear winner. They each kick ass in some ways and frustrate in others. So, which is best for you will depend on what’s most important to you. Here’s the breakdown:
Slacker: The best options for sports and comedy, poor sound quality isn’t great.
Rdio: Best experience, international availability, okay sound quality isn’t great.
Spotify: International availability, exclusive rights with certain artists, and good sound quality,
Google Play Music: Combines music locker storage and all the Google things in one place and good sound quality,
Beats Music: Best for playlist and music discovery, good sound quality,
Figure out what’s most important to you, what frustrations you can live with, and then you’ll know which is the best streaming music service for you.
What service did you pick?
Now that we’ve given you some data to think about, be sure to hop in the comments and let us know what service, if any, you went with. What ultimately brought you to that decision? And does any of the above information have you contemplating switching streaming music services? Be sure to let us know that too!
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