I wrote an article about How We Use The iPad.
As I mentioned in the article, I have taken advantage of the folders concept to store my apps. Today I’ll talk about some of my favorite apps in my LISTENING folder.
Note: I have an AppleTV, which makes the Airplay feature one of my favorite Apple features. I am able to broadcast songs and more via my MacBook Pro, iPhone, or iPad to my TV.
MLB At Bat 2011
Every time I think about cutting the cord on cable TV, sports gets in the way. But, I can see a day where this will not be the impediment it is today. MLB At Bat is a fantastic app that offers scores, standings, and pitch by pitch narratives of every game.
What’s more, for additional fees, audio and video of every game are available. The video can be purchased for the entire season or month-to-month. (For the record, I have MLB in my listening folder because listening to baseball is one of my favorite background audio choices.)
The Gameday screen offers a scoreboard across the top. At the right are icons for switching to other views such as standings, news, or scoreboard, as well as moving to audio and video. At the bottom of the screen, you can expand boxes to see information about the game.
One call-out on the audio and video screens is the Airplay option that Apple introduced in a limited view a while ago, and now is becoming more ubiquitous. This of course means that I can now watch or listen to any game (there are some video blackouts based on location) on my hi-def TV. Alternatively, I can use the Apple Digital AV Adapter to mirror on my HDTV.
As a sports fan, this is a must-have app. This was a frustrating app for quite a while, as, unlike many other apps, the app did not take advantage of multitasking, so you could not play the audio in the background. Now, with background playing, it’s like a whole new app. The myFavorites section allows you to put radio programs and podcasts into that tab.
I love this app. It’s original and innovative but in a way that is not difficult to figure out.
The three rows are scrollable individually to view the programs available. You can listen or view the transcript. You can also add a program to a playlist for later. At the bottom of the screen, you can listen to hourly news, find programs, or find radio stations.
With the playlist, you can listen to a series of programs you have selected from the home screen.
So many people know and use Pandora, I haven’t even captured a screen shot. The app is dead simple, just like the iPhone app and website. You can create radio stations based on artists or songs, like or dislike songs, read about artists, and more.
iPod and Remote
As noted above, I have an AppleTV so using the Remote and Airplay to broadcast on my HDTV, where my best speakers are, is fantastic.2d31