Sad news from Propellerhead, the makers of Reason and other excellent music software for Mac and iOS: They're planning to stop selling and supporting ReBirth for iPhone effective June 1st, according to "Synthhead" at Synthopia.
ReBirth is the pitch-perfect iOS recreation of Propellerhead's phenomenal "Techno Micro Composer" software that started out on the Mac - an emulation of three absolutely vital components for dance music: Roland's TB-303 bass synth and its TR-808 and 909 drum machines. FX units and pattern sequencers let you build out entire songs.
Propellerhead still sells and supports a more expensive iPad version of ReBirth, which will continue life well after the iPhone version is put to pasture. The iPad version gives you a lot more room to work, plus it lets you export your work as an MP3 file, so you can share with folks who don't have ReBirth installed.
That gives you a few more days to download the software if you want it. But be warned that once the deadline hits, you won't be able to share your ReBirth creations with other iPhone users anymore. Sharing ReBirth compositions with other users was always part of the fun.
Is Propellerhead doing the right thing by focusing its attention on other software? Will you miss ReBirth for iPhone when it's gone? Or was the iPhone screen just too small to make use of all the features?
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It's simple: the numbers don't lie. Clearly aware of the many, many hours viewers are squeezing out of their tablets, the BBC has, for the better, made its iPlayer for Android more friendly with 10-inch models. Folks using the app will no longer have to rely on a shortcut to the website, with the BBC iPlayer now offering native support for those larger Android slates. The changelog also notes some tweaks to the UI on smartphones and 7-inch tablets, but mum's the word on what the changes were exactly. Either way, we're sure owners of, say, a Nexus 10 will be happy to hear there are fewer steps required to catch up with their favorite shows.
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Turns out that spectacular Photos Every Day ad Apple released last month was just the first in a new series, as today they've introduced Music Every Day and it's every bit as terrific. Like the previous spot, Music Every Day shows people using the iPhone to enjoy music. Many and different people in many and different ways.
It's not caricatures feuding at a wedding, or acting stupidly at a pool party, or rushing to do something or be somewhere they won't even remember a week later. It's people living their lives, and those lives made better in small, constant ways by Apple.
Like Every Day Photos, Every Day Music shot just as beautifully, mixed just as subtly, but this time highlights the iPhone as every bit the inheritor of the iPod, and cultural icon it's become.
I might be overly predisposed to love this spot at the moment, what with all the bitter Apple-is-doomed BS of the last few months, and the cheery but forgettable ads that predated this series, but with both those things as palette cleansers, these last two ads come off especially sweet.
This is an Apple returned to their marketing savvy of old, once again at the height of their commercial powers. Hopefully they keep it up.