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Music Players for iOS.


Since iOS updated to version 9, the Music app is awful. Pants. Terrible. Balls. Poop emoji. Specifically:

So, I did the only reasonable thing, and spent an evening evaluating the available options from the App Store. These are the things that I was mostly interested when evaluating music apps:


Ecoute is the best of the bunch and just $.99. Has an simple and clean interface, and allows you select music by Album, Artist or even playlists! It's standout feature is allowing you to queue up music to play next. Good-bye,


A solid audio player, and it's free (but well worth the $.99 in-app purchase to support development). The UI is clear, and it gets right out of way and lets you to your music. I like the innovative way that it displays your album art in a random order to re-introduce you to old audio friends. And you can pick between music, audiobooks and podcasts. The only downside is that (as of this writing), it doesn't read playlists.


The UI is gorgeous, I love the outline around the album fills up as the song plays. But it is far too gesture driven for my needs - and I feel like the "track forward" and "track backward" gestures are reversed. Some of the App Store reviews mentioned problems with Albums containing multiple artists. But I tested this and didn't have any problems.


This app is focused on creating and customizing playlists. I only want to pick albums and play those - sorry Songbucket, it's not you, it's me.

The Little Things in iOS 8.


I wasn't interested in any of iOS 8's "big" features in iOS 8, but there are a few small enhancements which are pretty useful:

iOS Usage Tips.


I finally got around to reading the itty bitty manual that came with my iPhone, and I found some handy little tips for it.

iOS 5.0.1.


Last week, I upgraded the software on my iPhone 4 from iOS 4.something to the newest version (5.0.1). The new iOS adds a lot of great features that make the iPhone even easier to use. Here are some of the best features that I've noticed:

Lastly, just before I upgraded to iOS 5.0.1, I had noticed a distinct drop in my iPhone's battery life. I know there were some problems with the iOS 5.0 battery life, but I started noticing battery life issues at the end of October, and I hadn't upgraded to iOS 5.0. Previously, the iPhone would have 30% - 20% of its life left by the time I plugged it in to charge at night. When the problem started, the iPhone was getting down to 5% - 10% of a charge by the same time. The good news is that the iOS 5.0.1 upgrade also fixed the issues that I was seeing with battery life.

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My Top 3 iPhone Apps.


I've had my iPhone for about a year now, and it's just as indispensable as my Palm used to be. Here are my favorite apps for the iPhone.

  1. OneBusAway. Based on the real-time location information from most bus lines (or train or ferry), OneBusAway tells me how long until my bus arrives. Then I can decide if I have time for breakfast at home or if I have to dash out the door. It does break down in very-slow-bus scenarios, such as snow or Sounders events. (Useful mainly in Puget Sound, but available for a variety of devices.) It's free!
  2. NASA. NASA's app is a great way to keep track of our space-faring activities. You can track launches, watch videos, and even look at daily pictures such as the APOD. The NASA app makes it super easy to save the pictures for use as lock screen / wallpaper images. (Available for iPhone and Android. Also, free.)
  3. 2Do. Yes, it's another to-do list application. But it's got a huge feature set. As a Palm devotee, I had very high demands for my to-list application, and despaired of finding one that met my needs. 2Do does everything that I need it to, and still has features left over.

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