Every day, life presents any number of problems that need solving—from
settling bets to knowing which fish are OK to eat to remembering where
the soupspoon goes in a formal table setting. Your iPhone or iPod touch
can act as a digital Swiss Army knife, offering up the right tool to
get you through almost any dilemma. We review and rate a collection of
handy helper apps and ass-saving accessories that are sure to boost
your rep as the consummate boy scout, always prepared for anything.
Being able to copy songs from an iPod to a Mac is incredibly useful,
and no, we’re not talking about pirating tracks here. If you keep
distinct iTunes libraries on more than one Mac, your iPod can carry
them back and forth. If your hard drive crashes, or you get a new Mac,
restoring iTunes tracks via an iPod is a great trick to have at your
While the name might invoke a creepy psychic or hooded astrologer in
the dark corners of a carnival tent, Numerology is actually an amazing
digital simulation of a mainstay of the classic electronic music world,
the step sequencer.
We’re suckers for apps that focus on simplicity and usefulness rather
than whiz-bang features that look cool in demos but have very little
practical utility. Rogue Amoeba’s Airfoil is one of those apps that we
couldn’t help but take a liking to right off the bat.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. The Slacker app puts millions of songs in your pocket and lets you craft your own stations from them. Yep, sounds like magic, all right.