October is now here in full force, which means those of us in the market for a new iPad or Mac Pro are beginning to foam at the mouths, wondering when Apple will unleash new toys for us to spend our hard-earned cash on. And what good would a new gadget be without new apps to fill it with? It just so happens that the weekend brought us a few new options, so dive in and check 'em out in our app-tastic recap.
iTunes wants to be your be-all, end-all media player, handling videos, podcasts, music, and even Internet radio. But it's overkill—using iTunes to play an Internet radio stream is like using a bazooka to kill a mosquito, and it's of almost no help in searching for new streams, either. Radium 3 is a cool music utility that lives in your menu bar and offers quick access to thousands of streaming radio stations and services.
Two old favorites may be on the chopping block as the week winds to a close, with rumors flying that Twitter has ended development of its Mac app as word that Apple may be likewise killing the iPhone 3GS following the rumored debut of the iPhone 5 next Wednesday. But hey, it's Friday, so get caught up on everything you missed while sleeping before you head out for a weekend of fun.
While users give little thought to how their favorite artists are getting paid when they listen to streaming radio services, the music industry certainly does -- and over the last 12 years, that revenue has added up to a fraction of what it makes elsewhere.