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The act of listening to music on the iPad has long felt like a case of function-over-form, like using an appliance that you don’t really notice, much less care how it looks. Since the iPad’s release, the default Music app has only undergone one major design change, from humble iTunes re-skin to its current wood-paneled state. Track 8 from Ender Labs has higher aims, “borrowing” a few UI elements to make your music look every bit as good as it sounds. Read on past the break for the review of this unique and beautiful music player.

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Platforming games on iOS are a dime a dozen, with great original titles like Paper Monsters, Castle of Magic, and Run Kitty Run, as well as re-releases of platforming classics like Sonic the Hedgehog and Megaman. But for those of us who grew up gaming on the NES, Super Nintendo or Sega Genesis, platforming on one of Apple’s glass displays can leave a lot to be desired. Bertil Horberg’s Gunman Clive rides into town with one of the best iOS platforming experiences to date, combining beautiful and artistic level design, epic boss battles, and NES-hard gameplay.

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When iOS 5 was released, one of its more advertised new features was the Reminders app, meant to bridge the gap between a static todo note and a full-fledged GTD style task manager. I love Reminders for keeping track of all those little things that are so easily forgotten, but find myself frustrated at times by the interface and the amount of time it takes to add reminders. Listbook from No Identity seeks to remedy a lot of what’s wrong with Reminders, but is it up to the task of replacing Apple’s built-in app?

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From time to time, software can surprise us. Once meant only as a tool, software can take us places we never dreamed, and help us do things in ways we never thought possible. But in some cases, software does even more than accomplish; sometimes software is simply beautiful.

Paper is beautiful software, created to give us something we lost when we moved from notebooks to tablets. The design and function of Paper is unlike any iPad app experience I’ve yet had, giving back so much of what I remember from years of filling up Moleskine journals. To see what beautiful software like Paper can do, read on past the break!

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The very first Angry Birds game was released on the iPhone in 2009, and has since become one of the top-selling iOS apps of all time. Millions upon millions of users have found themselves addicted, frustrated, and endlessly entertained by the simple act of flinging birds at pigs with slingshots.

The birds have travelled through deserts and forests, across seasons, and even down to Rio. Now, Rovio have taken the birds even further, all the way into the final frontier: Angry Birds Space is the newest addition to the series, and is packed with gravity puzzles, secret levels, and of course evil pigs.

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Since the release of the first iPad in 2010, writers of all sorts – bloggers, journalists and journal-keepers alike – have been using Apple’s tablet to take their writing even further.

To that end, developers have been looking to create apps with the post-PC era writer specifically in mind; apps that put the emphasis on simplicity, productivity, and focus rather than seeing who has the longest feature list. Byword and iA Writer are among the best of these apps for the 21st-century writer; jump past the break to see how these two apps compare to one another!

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