Video & Music
We all inevitably end up with a jumble of photos in the camera roll and it’s a pain to organize them. This app aims to soothe that pain by automatically pulling photos together based on where and when they were taken and the people in them. It’s easy to add titles, tags, and comments to albums and you can share them with a select group of contacts who can comment. If you want to try a free alternative, Story is an app from Disney that aims to do the same thing. For those who like to wait, iOS 7 has an updated photo gallery app that organizes photos by location and date. It will be released sometime this fall.
If you’ve ever had the urge to record six second looping videos and share them with the world then it’s your lucky day. Vine has grown fast because it makes shooting and sharing video as quick and easy as possible. It’s a social media service in its own right, but it also allows you to post directly to Twitter or Facebook. You can access a curated selection of the best videos, or just check out what’s trending. Who knows, Vine may even help you find a job.
Hype Machine ($4)
Discover the latest music that’s getting people excited as Hype Machine spreads its tentacles into hundreds of music blogs and emerges with the new artists you need to listen to. You can hear the latest tracks and the most popular tunes of the day. You can also plug into what your friends love right now. There’s a blog directory for further reading, a customized feed, and a radio show to keep you in the know.
TuneIn Radio (Free)
You can go Radio Ga Ga with TuneIn because it gives you access to over 70,000 radio stations worldwide and over 2 million on-demand programs. It has a clean, easy to use interface and allows you to search by station, location, song or artist. You can also access sports and talk radio or catch the latest news. The ability to pause and rewind is great and if you upgrade to the Pro version for 99 cents you can even record your favorite tunes.
If you know anyone with a 16GB iPhone that has absolutely zero music loaded on, you can probably blame Pandora. The ultra-popular music app mimics the functionality of Pandora.com by spinning one artist or song into a never-ending playlist of similar tunes, which you can vote up or down along the way to further tune it to your tastes. To our amazement, it even works when you tread outside metropolitan 3G coverage into EDGE zones, meaning you really have to head off the beaten path to lose your tunes.
MusicID with Lyrics ($0.99)
Having a nameless song stuck in your head is one of life’s cruelest games. This app will solve all your music identification issues, whether it’s the title, artist, or words you can’t remember. All you have to do is hold your iPhone up to the source and you’ll be given a complete rundown, including artist biographies and YouTube videos.
NPR Music (Free)
NPR is always on top of the latest albums, with in-depth analysis of upcoming releases paired with full access to the music – which is only available for a limited time. But it remains a great way to listen to popular and talented artists’ new music for free, and is now available in app form. NPR features an impressive array of genres and while the likes of Arcade Fire and Kanye West are likely to pop up, you’ll also get a chance to expand your horizons. Artist interviews as well as live concert clips are also at your fingertips.
Netflix – (Free: Requires $8.99 monthly subscription)
Turn your iPhone into a portable TV with over 17,000 streaming titles on tap. Netflix works over both Wi-Fi and 3G networks, loads quickly, and provides great pictures quality on the iPhone’s screen. You’ll never have an idle five minutes again.
Now you’ll never be driving or watching a commercial, hear a catchy new song only to miss out on what it’s called and who sings it. While there are many other music-recognizing apps on the market, Soundhound’s exclusive singing search feature sets it apart from the pack. Simply hum a tune or sing some lyrics yourself and SoundHound can quickly tell you the title and artist of the song.
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