Dec 31, 2009, 4:30 PM
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Re: [Rolly] What are your favorite aps for the iPod and iPod touch?
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I am a HUGE music fan that's why I like this application.
Last Spring while attending a Tlaquepaque language school for 10 days, my host family matriarch (middle 80's - great cook) asked if I would like to attend the Friday night concert in the zocolo with her. I agreed and we went. The plaza was packed that chilly evening in February, but the music was HOT - HOT - HOT! The progressive-mariachi/ranchero (not sure I know the difference) band quite famous in Jalisco was very spunky and entertaining! Impressed with the lead singer (sounding like Vincente Fernandez), a musician I enjoy - I asked Señora Alecia, my host, the name of the group. She "knew" of them......... "pero no ofreció nombre".
Enter Shazam. Took the I-phone out of my pocket. Opened the Shazam ap - held up the phone and within 45 seconds the application via wi-fi had identified the group and the actual song that was playing. Of course my host abuela was stunned with this technology. I am too!
You tech guys know how this works better than me, but I understand the phone listens to the music, digitizes the audio and compares that to a data-bank of other MP3 files stored somewhere in cyberspace - once it is matched, it sends you anything + everything you could ever want to know about a song and the band. Other links tell you future shows and engagements, their latest CD and you can buy it on the spot. Mr. Apple - Steve Jobs and his clever revenue stream called I-tunes - fast at work!
I saved the link for the band and when I returned to the USA I found more of their music on Limewire (file sharing) and now I have it.
I use many of the SmartPhone applications. Shazam is the one I have used in MX along with Google Maps most frequently. Oh yes the language translator too.
Trust me you will be BLOWN away by this device, however be wary of the supplantation of grey matter between your ears.
Never thought I would carry my brain in my pocket - but I do now - 24/7.
I'll use it tonight for the New Years Eve "Pink Martini" concert at the Schnitz Concert Hall in Portland - it will tell me the available parking capacity (in real time) of all the city garages downtown called "Smart Park" - don't have to drive around looking for "available parking" - also Google maps will tell me of backups on the freeway. Ski/snow conditions for Mt Hood tomorrow - the options are endless.
"NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST...."
(This post was edited by cristalhombre on Dec 31, 2009, 4:34 PM)