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An iPhone portal with free iTunes music, games, and much, much more

Sure, we know that web portals are soooooo nineteen ninety-eight, but we also know that the iPhone age is breathing new life into these destination sites, especially when they are optimized for the iPhone and iPod touch. Take myijump.com for example. At first glance this looks like another iPhone portal site offering a convenient starting point for web surfing from mobile Safari. However, a deeper dive into myijump reveals a virtual cornucopia of web sites and web apps that are all optimized for the iPhone or iPod touch. The web apps are all categorized under tap-formatted buttons designed for the touch interface. With games, entertainment, news, sports, social networking, productivity, free iTunes music, and more, you will find something for everyone here making myijump.com worthy of a web clip on your device.

What’s really nice about this portal is that it’s not just another collection of any site with an iPhone UI, but rather an offering of high quality iPhone web apps that have been thoroughly vetted by the proprietors of myijump.com. The web apps are all categorized under tap-formatted buttons designed for the touch interface. There are other iPhone portals out there. Leaflets looked promising when we told you about it last summer although it doesn’t look like they’ve added much to it since then. However, we’re still loving MockDock which has a ton of great web apps for your iPhone and iPod touch, and it is customizable. myijump.com isn’t customizable yet, but it does have its web apps segregated for iPhone, iPod touch, and by geography. This is valuable since not all web apps work on both iPhone and iPod touch, and some are really only for U.K. users. Like the time I used MockDock to get football scores for the Denver Broncos and got some blimey soccer team.

Friday Roundup for January 25th, 2008 – iPhone tips submitted by you

TGIF, and you know what that means… Touchip’s Friday Roundup of user-submitted tips for iPhones and iPod touches!

We hope you enjoy these as much as we do. And don’t forget to share your own tip with us, or post them directly to our iPhone and iPod touch forums.

This week, you wrote in to share some very useful typing shortcuts using the virtual keyboard. You taught us new ways of extending our battery life, how to make the external speaker louder, and how to download and read PDF files. We also really appreciated that tip for restoring music from our iPods back into iTunes after a computer crash wipes out our iTunes library. Here are this weeks tips submitted by you…

Submitted by Rajneel Gupta:

If you are desparate to increase the volume of your iPhone’s speaker, you can poke extra holes in the speaker cover using a needle.

Submitted by Jasper:

Hold down the HOME button when exiting applications instead of pressing it once. This will shut down that application completely when its not use, as opposed to just minimizing it. This stops that application using CPU cycles and sucking your battery dry in the background. Especially when you have many appz running. Also disable wifi when not in use, keep screen brightness below 60% and placing iPod into sleep mode while only listening to audio all help to increase battery life (press off button while using audio to but in sleep mode). Since I started manually killing applications when not in use my video/audio time has increase dramatically.

Submitted by Kaz:

To restore music from your iPod back into iTunes… Download ipodRIP to your computer. Plug in your ipod but be certain NOT to sync it with itunes. In IpodRip, click ‘restore all’ or similar and wait for your music to re-import to itunes. This will take a while, but it’s the easiest way. This software is available as a free 30 day demo for mac or a 10 use demo for PC.

Submitted by Sandeep Sharma:

While typing, keep holding any key on the keyboard for about 2 seconds and you see special characters associated with that particular character. This won’t work while typing URL’s though.

Submitted by Crushed Tilley Hat:

I have seen alot of different forums regarding unlocking the itouch to be able to download applications, in order to make the itouch/iphone more into a PDA. One of the concerns and one of mine as well is downloading and reading of PDF files. I have found that if I email the PDF file to myself and store them in lets say a mail folder called PDF files, then the email will read the PDF file. You can not book mark or go to chapters/search etc, but you can read it.

Another less agreeable way is to convert your PDF files to an image and download them to a photo directory. You can then read them as individual photographs.

Just a thought until the fine folks at Apple unlock the system so that we can make good use of the downloads available.

Submitted by D2k:

Stumbled across while putzing around the net. From the author of iPhone: The Missing Manual

McCallum’s Awesome iPhone Period-Typing Shortcut

THE most annoying thing, about typing on the iPhone:

The punctuation keys and alphabet keys appear in two different keyboard layouts.

Imagine how excruciating it is to type, for example, “a P.O. Box in the U.S.A.!” That’s 34 finger taps and 10 mode changes!

So here’s what you can do, all in one motion:

Touch the “.?123″ key, but don’t lift your finger as the punctuation layout appears.
Slide your finger a half inch onto the period or comma key, and release.
Incredibly, the ABC layout returns automatically. You’ve typed a period or a comma with one finger touch instead of three. In fact, you can type ANY of the punctuation symbols the same way.

This makes a HUGE difference in the usability of the keyboard.

Interesting New iPhone App Could Save the Music CD

Regardless of your position on the economic stimulus plan, the war in Iraq, or the breed of the White House dog, some good decisions are actually made by the Presidents of the United States of America. We’re not talking about Bush or Obama here, no, we’re talking about PUSA, that music band from the ’90’s with such memorable hits as Lump and Peaches. So what’s a two-hit wonder like PUSA have to do with making good decisions a decade after their day in the sun? Hint: it has to do with visionary marketing that takes advantage of the iPhone platform to reinvigorate fan interest, and maybe even reinvent the the music industry. Find out why we think the new iPhone app from the Presidents of the United States of America is so special, and why the RIAA should sit up and take notice.

CD Sales – Outlook is Dismal

It’s no surprise that music sales continue to plummet as the RIAA struggles to leverage burgeoning internet technologies to distribute music to consumers. Let’s face it, the RIAA has no one to blame but themselves. They were late to the internet party, and when they finally did show up they were brandishing lawyers instead of trying make friends. It cost the music industry tens of millions to take down Napster, and seemingly, all for naught. P2P networks continue to flourish and the á la carte commerce model of iTunes has all but destroyed CD sales. Yet, CDs continue to stock the shelves of local music haunts and big retailers alike, which means the music industry really hasn’t changed as much as we had expected, at least not by now. It’s been ten years since the fall of Napster. Where is this new music business model that will turn the industry upside down?

In the last few years we have seen some new internet music business models that have shown some promise. iTunes is, of course, one major success story. The remaining contenders in this space are, as Simon Cowell would say, forgettable. Last year we watched Lala reinvent itself with an awesome music service that could threaten iTunes, but has yet to gain traction in the marketplace. Then of course, there’s the iPhone darling app, Pandora, which has a tremendous user base but really only serves to drive more sales out of iTunes. Instead of creating a new business model, Pandora has built upon the existing success of iTunes.

With the invention of digital music, and subsequently iTunes, two major shifts occurred. One, CD sales slumped because there is little reason for consumers to buy CDs instead of downloading the music and burning their own discs. The music industry has not yet figured out a way to add value to CDs in a way that is attractive to consumers. Then along came iTunes which offered an á la carte music menu to consumers to buy a song-at-a-time. This may seem like a win-win for everyone, except that it came with an unexpected side effect for the artists. Since most consumers will only buy the singles that they hear on the radio, they don’t have an opportunity to discover other songs in the artist’s repertoire, and in the end, the artists suffer.

CD Stimulus Plan from the Presidents?

Now, along comes the iPhone app from an almost forgotten band of the 90’s which could potentially pave the way for adding value to CDs while giving consumers more access to a band’s entire catalog of music. How? The iPhone app from the Presidents of the United States of America offers users unlimited access to all of the band’s music. It’s like paying $1.99 for an entire box set of albums. There are a couple of catches, though. You can’t listen to any song of your choice, instead you have to listen to a random song from the band. Also, the music streams which means you have to be connected to the network in order to listen to the music. That said, this app could be the prototype of a new marketing vehicle for bands while giving the music industry a new way to add value to CDs that sit on the shelves.

Imagine buying a CD from an artist that comes with a code to unlock an iPhone app which gives you unlimited streaming access to the entire collection of music from that artist. It’s great for the artist because the fan gets exposed to music outside of the radio spectrum. It’s great for the fans because they get more value than just the songs included on the CD. It’s also great for the music labels because it will encourage more music sales. Even better still, the iPhone app could easily include loads of additional information about the artist including tour dates and ticket sales, merchandising, messaging and alerts, games, wallpapers, and the list goes on and on.

Presumably, the PUSA app is priced at $2.99 to cover the royalty fees for the music because this app wasn’t created by the band or the label. However, if the RIAA were smart, they would create an app like this for every artist and then include it with CDs as an incentive for consumers. The labels own the music so there’s only the cost of development, which they can easily foot as a marketing expense.

We love the potential that the PUSA iPhone app has for all artists and their fans. This kind of app could eventually save the music CD by adding real value to it, but only if the RIAA sees the light. Until then, a pay-for app like PUSA’s will probably only appeal to the band’s die hard fans willing to pay $2.99 in the App Store.

Auto-Tune Your Voice on iPhone, Sing Just Like T-Pain [review]

We thought we heard the last of auto-tune when Britney Spears’ career nose dove into the trailer park, but it’s been making a huge comeback. Auto-tune is not just as a crutch for tone deaf singers anymore, it has become a bona-fide recording tool for serious artists who treat it like an instrument. Even mega stars who have perfect pitch vocals are now sprinkling their tracks with Auto-Tune to give their songs a retro sound. Rapper T-Pain uses auto-tune on just about every note he sings, giving him that signature sound. Now you can have that sound, too, with the amazing new iPhone app called I Am T-Pain, brought to you by Smule and you guessed it, T-Pain.

You might recall Smule, the company of musical software geniuses behind phenomenal iPhone apps like Ocarina and Leaf Trombone. For this new app, Smule has partnered with Antares, the creators of Auto-Tune, to deliver an interactive karaoke-style iPhone app that auto-tunes your voice on-the-fly while you are singing. You select background beats from T-Pain and sing into the iPhone’s microphone. I Am T-Pain works its magic and you’ll come out the speaker singing like a pro. The effect is almost magical, especially if you can’t sing. You can record and save your songs, then share them with your friends. This app is incredibly entertaining and one you’ll definitely want to share with your friends.

Eric Clapton – 2004-04-24 – Belfast, Ireland

01 Let It Rain (5:08)
02 Hoochie Coochie Man (5:33)
03 Walk Out In The Rain (5:51)
04 Bell Bottom Blues (5:04)
05 I Shot The Sheriff (8:56)
06 Milkcow Blues (4:02)
07 When You Got A Good Friend (4:42)
08 They’re Red Hot (3:28)
09 Kind Hearted Woman (5:53)

01 Got To Get Better In A Little While (7:59)
02 Have You Ever Loved A Woman (10:57)
03 Badge (6:25)
04 Wonderful Tonight (4:38)
05 Layla (6:07)
06 Cocaine (5:44)


Skunk Anansie – 2010-09-08 – Paris, France (FLAC/mp3)


CREDIT TO ballonatic!!!!!

“Concert privé OuiFM”
Nouveau Casino, Paris, France

FM[OuiFM] > .WAV[16bits/44kHz] > .FLAC Lvl.8[16bits/44kHz]

Soundboard > Unknown

FM(Aiwa XR MN-75) > Edirol r-09hr > SD > USB > Magix audio cleanic 2004 > Db poweramp music converter

01. Intro
02. Little Baby Swastika
03. 100 ways to be a good girl
04. I can dream
05. My ugly boy
06. Weak
07. You saved me
08. Twisted
09. God loves only you
10. Tear the place up
11. Skankheads
12. Hedonism
13. Squander
14. [Présentation musiciens]
15. Feeling the Itch

2009 10 23 – Session acoustique OuiFM, Paris, France
16. Weak
17. Drugs don’t work (The Verve)