Spotify is clearly setting its sights on Pandora and Slacker with an announcement Tuesday that the music streaming company is adding free mobile radio to its existing iOS app. There's just one problem: The update isn't quite ready yet.
We haven't listened to the radio in years. Often there are more commercials than songs, and blocks of commercials can last forever. Then you get to hear the same twenty hit songs over and over. If you live in a city with great radio, you're lucky, as media consolidation homogenizes everywhere else.
People complained that the iPhone didn't have an AM/FM tuner in it, but what if your radio wasn't just limited to your immediate area? What if you could spin that dial and tune in to stations all over the globe? If you're a radio aficionado, that's an app worth having.
The Mac App Store certainly has made buying Mac software a convenient affair -- just a click and a password, and boom, there it is. But like the iOS App Store, it's starting to fill up fast. That's good news for you -- lots of choice -- but it also means that when you type in a keyword or open up a category, you're faced with multiple options.
We're here to help.
We put dozens of Mac App Store offerings through our ringer of a reviews process and settled on 20 diverse applications that all scored well and come with our recommendation. Even better? They're less than $20 a pop.
If you’re a fan of old-fashioned terrestrial radio, you’ve probably already discovered ooTunes Radio, one of the biggest and best iOS apps that pulls in live AM/FM broadcasts from over 150 countries -- and thanks to a new 4.0 update, looks good on the iPad while doing it.
Fart Apps. There's more of them in the iTunes App Store than you could beat down with a whole rack of servers. So many flatulence-based iOS applications had, shall we say, permeated the App Store that it last September, the tech giant decided that anything submitted for approval that looked even remotely gassy would be rejected. With the issue of fart-centric applications firmly dealt with, it seems that the tech giant has had time to consider their next true enemy. A nemesis that has thumbed their nose at the Cupertino-based company's core values and played upon simple consumers for far too long. Yes, we're talking about single-station radio apps.
The original Chumby, which mixes stuffed animal with internet appliance, was nothing if not memorable. Version two, the illogically named Chumby One, continues its mission of moving the good bits of the internet--streaming music, news, LOLcats, and more--off your Mac and onto its dedicated screen. A touch-interface drives this Wi-Fi-connected unit, so you can put it anywhere you need a lightweight internet station.