Here’s a quick post on three of my favourite Apps, and what I’m using them for …
Shazam lets you ‘discover, buy and share’ what you’re listening to. In this age when a lot of radio announcers don’t back-announce the great song they just played, it can drive you nuts not knowing the song title or band.
But with Shazam, you can hold your phone near your stereo speakers and within seconds, it matches the song (where possible, which is most of the time) and gives you all the vital info. (I’ve even been able to pick up the song in a noisy pub).
You get a link to where you can buy it on iTunes and own that ditty forever. You can also share your new discovery on social networks like Twitter and Facebook. (It’s a minor irritation that you can’t add a comment. Sometimes I want to Shazam a song on Twitter to say that it stinks and I hate it, or add some otherwise worthy commentary).
So that’s all very straightforward. But what I’ll also use Shazam for, is to help me collate my votes for the @triplej Hottest 100. It’s an institution. Every Australia Day (26 January) @triplej counts down our favourite 100 songs of the previous year. I often find it hard to remember all my favourites for that entire 12 months (the most recent tend to flavour my vote). With Shazam, I’ll have access to the list of songs I dug during the year. Hey presto!
The other App I like is the much-maligned Instagram. (Maligned by professional photographers, photography enthusiasts and those affronted by some people’s excruciating sense of creativity which is often unleashed on Instagram).
Instagram describes itself as “a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures”
You know how you can take pics on your smartphone? Well, Instagram makes it pretty. Or grungy. Or 70s. Whatever you like.
Then you can share your image on social networks and email – all the usual features you expect today.
iDarkroom is similar to Instagram. It essentially takes Instagram a step further by offering more creative options – more shade effects, colours and frames etc.
I love these photos Apps as they offer another way to communicate; but also they’re offering me more content options. Instead of searching Google Images or FlickR for the perfect copyright free or Creative Commons images, I can make my own.
It’s something I’ve only started doing recently in Prakkypedia. And you may hate it (I hope not). But if I can create my own images and stay out of trouble – why not?
What are some of your favourite Apps?