Capturing popular music and identifying it is a useful feature seen most commonly on mobile devices. But what about the experience on the iPad? Have the sound-sensing giants, Shazam and Soundhound, delivered a feature-rich experience? Is all that extra screen acreage put to good use?

Surely the approach on this platform should be slightly different, given the fact that you’re less likely to be carrying the device around as you would an iPhone? What provision is there for identifying music from other apps and exploring your own music library?

Let’s take a look!

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When it comes to specification, it can be hard to deal with not having the absolute best. If you’re not careful you’ll end up feeling genuinely sad that your car doesn’t have the heated leather seats or the racing pedals…

I guess this is somewhat the case with iPads. You head into the Apple store and beckon an assistant/expert/champion to help you with your purchase, they ask “which one would you like?”

If you’re brash enough to simply answer “the best one”, you could end up paying a little more than you were anticipating. A 64 GB flash hard drive and 3G connectivity doesn’t come cheap!

Most of us are considerably more discerning than that, weighing up the benefits of more space and roaming ability against the cost.

What did you decide to go for? Are you happy with your choice, or do you wish you had some extra space? Feel free to comment below!

It’s always good news when an app category already populated by quality welcomes a new contender. PhotoToaster is a photo editing and post-processing app that is designed to make the experience of playing with your photos as enjoyable as it should be.

It’s from East Coast Pixels, the people behind ColorBlast!, a simple processing app that focusses on doing one thing well. PhotoToaster has got a huge number of positive reviews in the App Store, especially for a relatively new app, we’re going to find out whether it lives up to the hype!

Could PhotoToaster be your new favourite photo processing app?

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Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at Good.iWare! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

@mor4ee
@HeinzTheo
@rafallach

Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!

Old Competition Post

This week we have a simply excellent giveaway, we have 3 delicious promo codes for the robust and ever dependable GoodReader up for grabs!

We reviewed GoodReader for the iPad a long time ago, but the conclusion still stands:

GoodReader should not be missing from your iPad.

GoodReader makes it easy to read and view a wide range of different files on your iPad. You can download them directly from your Mac or PC, or connect to a wide range of different servers and sharing services.

Find out how to enter below…

How To Enter

To enter, simply follow us on Twitter and leave a comment on this post with your username. We’ll choose the winners at random one week from today. Good luck!

Buying a car is a big decision — it’s probably the second most expensive thing that you own or rent (after your house!) — so it’s important to have the best tools at your disposal when making a decision about a new purchase. Although manufacturers have plenty of information on their website, what if you’re not looking for a new car?

The second-hand car market is huge, with thousands of people buying and selling old vehicles every day. In the UK, one of the largest online car marketplaces is Auto Trader. Their recently released iPad app provides an innovative way to search and find used cars, and today I’ll be taking it for a spin (if you’ll pardon the pun…)

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To enjoy and engage with art is one of the great pleasures of life, and something that’s easier to do now than it ever has been. Galleries and Museums are more accessible and cheaper to enter than ever before, many of London’s best museums are currently free entry.

If you’re a lover of art and design, and also the proud owner of an iPad, then what better way to begin enjoying and experiencing it than through that medium. There are a wealth of apps available that are designed to let you view and browse everything from famous artworks to revolutionary design – we’re going to look at a few of the best right now!

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The zero-sum game is defined by Wikipedia as:

A mathematical representation of a situation in which a participant’s gain or loss is exactly balanced by the losses or gains of the other participant(s).

While many people see every facet of the world in this way – the if I am to win, then someone else must lose approach – in many cases it’s a complete fallacy. Just as in the economy at large we can all benefit from strong economic decisions and the effective pursuit of individual success, in technology it is vital that we understand the benefits of diverse and successful competition.

I say all of this in an effort to explain why the launch of the HP TouchPad on July 1 was a good thing. Judging from some of the early reviews, it looks as though the TouchPad could become a successful competitor for the iPad – with some reviewers (such as Joshua Topolsky) even preferring elements of the user interface and design.

Will the release of more successful tablets help to drive Apple towards even better iterations of the iPad, will they even take the competition into consideration? In what ways could increased competition in the field of tablets be beneficial to consumers?

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Perhaps this is a rather incendiary thing to ask, but I can’t help but be intrigued by the way the prices in the App Store are going. A fascinating recent article posted on TUAW (and based on this article by ZDNet) highlighted just how impressive the statistics regarding the App Store are in 2011, and drew attention specifically to the general upward direction in terms of price.

Since owning an iPad I have gradually become less and less bothered by the thought of paying for an app, although I always consider the purchase carefully (in relative terms). In fact, part of me actively enjoys the thought that I am, hopefully, supporting the developers of quality apps and playing my part in securing a glorious future for the App Store.

Am I wrong?

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I decided to go black, and I don’t think I regret it, although sometimes I see someone with a white one and muse over its added wow factor.

This week’s quiz is unnervingly simple, do you have a white, or a black, iPad?

It’s certainly nice to have choice, and I’m sure there must be some figures somewhere that give an indication of the popularity of the white models – but, in the heat of the purchase what do AppStorm readers buy?

I’m also fascinated to find out the decisions behind your purchase, what made you choose a black over a white? I, personally, like the look of the black edge and find that it’s less distracting than the white bevel.

I do, however, like the statement you can make with a white iPad – “yes, yes I have one of these…”

Feel free to comment below with the reason for your colour selection, it’d be great to know! My heartfelt apologies to iPad 1 owners who didn’t get a say in the matter, perhaps tell us what colour you’ll go with next time.

The very form of the iPad seems to suggest it be used as a platform for image enhancement and editing, so it’s little wonder that there has been an explosion of photography-focused apps designed exclusively for Apple’s tablet.

Nik Software bring a pedigree to the table as the company best known for their popular Photoshop plugins such as Color Efex Pro, Viveza and Sharpener Pro aim to produce the ideal balance between ease of use, flexibility, and versatility with Snapseed.


Read on after the break to find out if they’ve succeeded!

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