Apple has opened up the App Store from which it will be selling a huge range of applications for the iPhone and the iPod touch as the company develops its own wireless portable platform.
As you’d expect the new Apps Store features a huge number of music-related applications. The store also offers a wide range of games, productivity applications and more. In conjunction with the launch of the App Store, Apple has also opened up the Mobile Me service, and is expected to ship the all-important iPhone Software Update 2.0 at any point – software that’s required in order to use these new applications on your iPhone, or iPod touch. A quick step through the music-related applications offered by the store reveals:
– Band. From Moo Cow Music – Band is absolutely fantastic, the easiest way to describe it is to show you the rather special video of a performance by a bunch of musicians, called iBand, who have been using beta versions of this outstanding music-making software on jailbroken devices for many months. Also Drummer.
– an Apple-developed application called Remote, which lets you use your mobile device to control your iTunes collection and or an Apple TV, with the huge advantage of being able to navigate your content on the screen of your device. We think this is a huge deal, as the devices immediately become the first remote we’ve heard of that actually works intuitively, and we know of at least one company developing similar solutions to enable the devices to be used as remotes for other electrical devices around the home.
– Shazam. This amazing app lets you find the name of any music that’s playing. Just initiate the application, point the iPhone at the music source and you’ll be told what the tune is, who plays it, and where to purchase it.
There’s guitar tuners, conductors, metronomes, radio stations, guitar tools, tuners, beat boxes – there’s 22 music-related applications in all, and that’s if you discount social networking apps, such as Facebook and MySpace, from the list.