VOX .dmg Now Available For Direct Download

Since releasing VOX on the Mac App Store a little over a year ago we’ve received a massive amount of requests and suggestions from our user base.  One of the most requested things has been for us to offer a .dmg version of VOX that could be downloaded directly from us, instead of the Mac App Store.  Today we are happy to announce that it’s a reality! The VOX .dmg version is now available for direct download from our website.   

Click here to update to VOX 2.2.10 right now

If you’re wondering if you should update to our standalone app, we do have a few reasons to help you with your decision. For those of you not familiar with the review process of the Mac App Store, every time we fix a bug or add new features, we have to submit a new version of the app to be approved by Apple’s development team.  Often, it will take several weeks to get the OK to release the update through the Mac App Store and that will delay us from getting new features and fixes out to our community as quickly as we’d like.  The external version of VOX allows us get these updates in your hands right away.  Our goal is to make weekly updates to the .dmg version too.

If you already downloaded VOX from the Mac App Store and you wish to switch over to the .dmg version, don’t worry, you will not have to uninstall and reinstall to update.  Simply download the new version of VOX from us and your app will automatically update.  If you prefer to stick with the Mac App Store version, it’s cool, the updates will eventually make there way there as well (after Apple approval).    

If you are ready to update, click here and choose “Direct Download” for the new version that includes:

OS X Yosemite Compatibility:
-For those running the OS X Yosemite beta, we recommend downloading the VOX 2.2.10 .dmg version from us.  The new update should resolve compatibility and crash issues. 

New Features:
- Re-optimized user interface for better usability from all sources
- Redesigned Radio Source
- Re-optimized preferences panel
- Added Audio Units – allows adding audio effects to musiс in real-time
- New formats supported:  WMA (asf), RealAudio (rm)
- New equalizer presets 
- FreshAudio Engine improvements 

 Bug fixing:
- Fixed bug when newly added files won’t play in playlist automatically
- Fixed bugs causing various VOX crashes
- Fixed various minor bugs

**Issues with the hyperlinks above?  Copy and paste the link below and then choose “Direct Download” to upgrade to VOX 2.2.10: https://vox.rocks/mac-music-player

Continue readingOct 3rd 2014

NFC Music Streaming Blocked On iPhone 6

Do you care? 

When Apple announced their iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus would feature a Near Field Communication (NFC) chip, many longtime iPhone users (including us) thought we’d finally be able to use the “newish" technology instead of Bluetooth to stream music wirelessly to compatible speakers.  For those of you not familiar, NFC is a short-range wireless technology, similar to Bluetooth, which allows for easy and seamless communication between devices.  In addition to streaming music to speakers, it can be used to connect and control “Smart Home” products, share contacts between phones or tablets, easily pay for items (like the new Apple Pay) and much more.  

When it comes to NFC vs Bluetooth in wirelessly streaming music, the biggest benefit of NFC is the sheer ease of connectivity.  With Bluetooth, you need to go through the process of enabling each device for Bluetooth use, finding the corresponding device to connect to from the list of “discoverable devices,” and then pairing the units together for use.  When it works without a hitch, it’s pretty easy.  However, as most people who regularly use Bluetooth know, it can also be frustrating when smart devices are “dumb“ about reconnecting and remembering Bluetooth pairings.  NFC streamlines that whole connectivity process with simple “tap and connect” functionality.  You simply touch your phone or tablet to the top of any NFC-enabled speakers and BOOM, you’re connected and ready to stream.  It makes the whole process extremely easy every time.  

Since most VOX users tend to be well-informed technology AND music lovers, we’re interested in how you are streaming your music.  Would you use NFC technology for music streaming if you could?  Are you happy with Bluetooth?  Do you use Airplay and don’t care about Bluetooth or NFC?  Are you in love with all things NFC and ready to implant an NFC tag inside your body to control the universe?  

 Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.  

Continue readingSep 26th 2014

3 Reasons To Start Downloading FLAC & HD Music Right Now

Over the last several years, the vast majority of people buying and collecting movies and TV shows are opting for a collection of high definition (HD) files over standard definition (SD).  The reason is quite simple: the HD picture quality is far superior to that of an SD picture.  While the majority of people are making the leap in quality when it comes to video, most people are still collecting music in the lower quality MP3 (Lossy) format.  So, isn’t it time to start downloading and listening to FLAC music files and other high quality (Lossless) music?  We at VOX believe so and have three good reasons music lovers should make the leap from MP3 to FLAC, WAV, AIFF and other HD music file formats RIGHT NOW.

1. File Storage For Everyone - when MP3 file compression technology was created in the 1990s, it was revolutionary because most people had computers with very limited storage space.  Adding a couple of albums in WAV format to your hard drive could mean utilizing nearly all your storage space.  MP3s allowed you to keep 10 times as many songs for the same amount of space.  Fast-forward to today and everyone has access to tons of storage space.  From portable hard drives to the cloud, anyone can obtain (and keep adding) as much storage as they would need, for a very minimal price.

2. Advancement in Speaker & Headphone Technology – yes, right now it may be difficult for the common person to distinguish the difference between an MP3 and FLAC file, but speaker and headphone technology is improving at an incredible pace.  Imagine how amazing speaker quality/technology will be in just 5 or 10 years!  It seems fairly certain that people continuing to collect MP3 music will be a lot like those who continued collecting standard DVDs after it became obvious Blu-Ray was the future.

3. Music As It Was Intended To Be Heard! – lossless formats like FLAC are preserving the data in the best quality possible.  In layman’s terms, it is like listening to the original recordings.  Moreover, 100 years from now, the file will still maintain the exact recording quality that the artist intended.  MP3 files are stripping out parts of the music file deemed irrelevant to the human ear, which results in noticeably lesser sound quality.  In the future, it most certainly will sound antiquated and poor.

Be sure to read How to Play FLAC Music Files on iPhone using WALTR – the first Mac OS X app in the World to upload MKV & FLAC files directly to iPhone/iPad for Native Playback. No additional iOS apps required.

 If you would like to see for yourself and need a place to download HD music, check out HDTracks or this Guardian article listing several sources.  Join the HD music revolution and download your favorite album in FLAC format.  In 20 years you’ll be glad you did! 

Continue readingSep 12th 2014

MASSIVE VOX UPDATE

The MASSIVE VOX update: stunning design & functionality (with SoundCloud integration)! New search, new playlists, new radio, new VOX.

Check it out (version 2.1) at the Mac App Store now. Stay with us. Stay with music.

Click here to see full lists of changes.

Continue readingAug 5th 2014