August 25

the top 10 iPhone apps everyone should have

I’ve had my iPhone for a little over a year now, and over that time I’ve grown to love a few apps above all the rest. A few of these are obvious, but I’m sure there are a few you haven’t heard of. And the best part is, they’re all free! I think…

Words With Friends

While I realized I don’t actually have the patience to play this Scrabble-like game after a few months, it is still really well-made, and it is fun.

Audiobooks

Bored at work? Listen to The Anti-Federalist Papers on your iPhone, for free!

Google

How can you not love Googling something just by speaking it?

TweetDeck

If you’re a Twitterer, this is the way to go.

Facebook

Obvi.

YouTube

Yes, it comes with the phone. However, as a YT addict, I couldn’t just pass over this one.

QRANK

Recently found this quiz game and it’s a lot of fun. Similar to the trivia at B-Dubs, and you can play with friends.

Remote

Yes, I’m a lazy slob and I like changing my iTunes from my couch. Get over it.

Pandora

Targeted radio. The way of the future.

Shazam

Even I, the world’s third best programmer, will never understand how this one works. Music recognition? Magic.

September 28

the future of radio

on my way home from Athens tonight, I saw the future of radio – and it was beautiful.

first of all, let me just say that the iPhone is one amazing piece of equipment (when it works!), and everyone should have one. at some point here, I will do a “Top 10 iPhone Apps” post.. but the apps that I enjoyed the most tonight were those by Last.fm and Pandora.

both of these apps allow you to listen to streaming internet radio straight from your iPhone. since with an iPhone you can access the internet anywhere, I was able to listen from my iPhone while cruising down the highway. and, since I installed an iPod jack into my car stereo, I can listen to streaming internet radio through my car speakers.

the Last.fm app was cool because it recorded all my listens on my cfretts Last.fm account, but the quality was a bit lacking, although completely listenable (similar to normal radio quality). then I checked out the Pandora app, on my frettsy Pandora account, and was blown away by the sound quality. beautiful!

the awesome thing about these apps is that you can uber-target them. you can listen to artists in a certain genre, or that sound like a particular band – no more searching the radio stations in the hopes of finding something even decent! you can skip songs you don’t like, and “like” or “dislike” them to give the app a better idea of what to play. you can even bookmark songs to go back and download when you get home!

this is the future of radio, and although it’s long overdue, it’s coming soon. traditional stations… start preparing.

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