Michael GowanMacworld

Michael writes about music, home theater technologies, software, and much more.

The iTunes Store at 10: How Apple reinvented the music business

It's been a decade since the iTunes Music Store first flung open its digital doors. All it has done since then is change the way we buy and listen to music.

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iOS apps for music fans

Music apps can deliver a more immersive experience than plain old audio files. Here's what's going on in music apps for iOS.

Review: BuddyTV for iOS

BuddyTV attempts to bridge the gap between TV listing apps and social features, but its flaws far outweigh its usefulness.

Review: Into_Now for iOS

Into_Now is what social TV should be -- a fun, innovative way to share what you’re watching with others. But one thing is missing: enough people participating in the conversation.

Review: Miso for iOS

If you find yourself bored while watching TV, add some spice to your viewing by making a game of it with Miso.

Make the most of your second screen

Several iOS apps can help you find new shows or movies, locate streaming content, and connect you with other viewers who like the same programs that you do. Here are a few suggestions on how to create a social viewing experience through your iPhone or iPad.

Review: TV Guide Mobile for iOS

TV Guide Mobile makes it easy to find what’s new and if streaming versions are available, though its social features lack in comparison to other TV companion options.

Review: GetGlue for iPad

GetGlue's large user community makes this app the most engaging of the social TV apps available now.

Music social networks that work

Apple's Ping may have been a failure, but there are some good ways to share your musical tastes with friends and expand your horizons at the same time.