The Top 50 of 2012: iPhone Apps (Page 5)

6.7.2013 Benjamin Gubler


If you’ve had a music library that’s been getting bigger and bigger over the years and you don’t want to bother with turning shuffle on and off on your iPhone, consider using gMusic (Google Music) instead. The service, which is free, holds up to 20,000 songs that can be streamed from computers, phones and tablets. Google hasn’t released an official just yet but the third-part gMusic app works excellent for the meantime.

You can edit your playlists, listen to music offline and lock the screen controls, so you’ll have no trouble using it in place of the default Music app provided by Apple.


The $3 Tweetbot app is even better than Twitter’s own (albeit free) app with a handsome interface, time-saving gesture controls, multiple timelines, customizable tabs and easy-to-use media attachments. The app hooks into a bunch of third-party link shortening, photo uploading, video sharing and save-for-later reading services as well.

Pandora and Slacker are fine internet radio apps, but when you want the human touch, just makes it finer. Enter a room and you’ll come across other users with their own radio services. Every user with their own unique flavor  will have you listening for hours on end. You can be a DJ yourself and rack up experience points by playing songs that people like. Although it’s not really a stepping stone to the stage, you’ll learn heaps about new music just by using this app.


Springpad lets you store notes, tasks, ideas, images and more for later reading with an easy-to-use iPhone app. The app synchronizes with its browser-based version at which lets you quickly save clippings of web pages and parses useful info like ingredients in a recipe so you can then add them to a shopping list inside the app. The Springpad iPhone app even features a built-in barcode scanner. You can use it to save info about products you come across in the market.

Atari’s Greatest Hits

Everyone has a favorite iPhone game but nothing beats the retro branch of these like Atari’s Greatest Hits. The catalog, divided between arcade and Atari 2600 games, includes the arcade version of Missile Command for free, and offers additional 4-game bundles for $1 each. Or, you can buy all 99 games for $10. For a bit of true nostalgia that’ll have you giddy for a mighty long time, that’s dirt cheap.

With OpenFeint support, you can also battle against the rest of the world with your score.

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