8 Ambient Noise Apps for Boosting Creativity

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Dan Heathrington

That's right genius, I signed up just to respond because I am a loyal fan and your rant is ignorant and deserves a response.

All that noise from someone who has never heard it is what really speaks for itself. Enjoy your lo-fi.

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LeCarcajou

Funny how anytime anyone mentions this paid preview thing, some "loyal user" of NatureSpace shows up dishing up this story about the "expensive catalogue", how great this thing is, best of the best, yada yada yada.

Let's see, this one's been a MacLife member for... 5 hours 55 mins!!! My, what impeccable timing. :-)

So, yeah, the "reviews" do speak for themselves.

Anyway, what's the point... one look at the above list and it's obvious that better apps with better prices abound. With free previews.

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Dan Heathrington

Naturespace is by far the best sounding app of all of them, hands down. The reviews speak for themselves. Regarding the other comment about having to pay for preview, the app is free. The Naturespace catalog is really big, and it costs them money to serve it to you. Rather than making you pay for the app, they put the cost on people who want to buy more, because it can't be free. People who then complain about it iTunes have their review removed by Apple, usually because any who who is complaining about it has nothing informative to say, since they obviously didn't get far enough to offer any useful comments because they are too cheap and never heard it in the first place. There are no negative reviews about their sound. Just whiners who want everything for free.

I like that they made the app free. I have many friends who only use the free sounds and love it. I personally bought the whole catalog, and trust me, there is simply nothing else like it. All the other apps are just stock sound effects with mediocre quality in comparison. Other apps have some great features like being able to mix your own sounds together but ultimately I always end up using Naturespace because it simply sounds better. A LOT better.

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LeCarcajou

The NatureSpace app is free, but you have to pay for the "privilege" of previewing their sounds before you buy. That's right—you PAY to preview the sounds. And guess what else? If you criticize this dubious business model in a review on the AppStore, the fine folks who make this thing will take great care to get your review flagged for removal. Not to mention that they seem to regularly mobilize to get unfavorable reviews moved down the list as negative comments swiftly accumulate large numbers of "not useful" votes (often within hours after being posted). With glowing reviews, many of which are obvious plants, it's the exact opposite. I for one prefer to buy things from people who respect the marketplace instead of trying to manipulate it by co-opting the review process.

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