This post isn’t necessary for educators, however, I hope that you will stick around and read anyway because I am going to highlight a really great iPhone/iPod Touch app that everyone who listens to music should have.
I was reminded today about one of my very favorite iPhone apps, Simplify Media. Simplify Media allows you to stream music from your desktop computer to your iPhone or Touch. Why is this important? Because it means that you don’t have to install all your music on your device. This awesome little app made it so I could buy the 8 GB iPhone and never think twice about having enough room for all my media.
It’s really simple actually…you download either the original version ($3.99) or version 2 ($5.99) from iTunes. BTW, just go for version 2, you get extra features that you are going to want. After you have that you go to Simplify’s site and download the desktop app. Then you sign up and tell the desktop app what file to grab your media from, and watch it start synchronizing. Then when you go to your iPhone or Touch app you will see all the songs available to play. It’s that simple. It’s that amazing!
Today I finally got to use a fun feature for the first time: sharing. Here’s the way it works: I get to share my music with up to 5 30 other people. All I have to do is put in their username and we start syncing.
(Sorry about the black-outs. I hope you understand.)
Once the files are synced we all have access to every song, audiobook, etc. that is available. As you can see just between the two of us we have over 45, 000 files available!!
Then you go into your iPhone or Touch and open the app. If you have a lot of files it will take a bit to update, but once it does you can listen to all the available files! See my phone shot (I apologize again for the the black-outs):
So what’s the bottom line here? This is a great app for a small amount of money. You can take your tunes anywhere (oh, I forgot it works on WIFI or 3G), which means you don’t need a super amount of storage on your device. All you have to do is keep your computer running and you are good to go. Add in 5 30 (wow was I wrong in my first post!) of your friends and you literally have thousands upon thousands of titles at your fingertips!
I ride my bike to work almost everyday and I wouldn’t want to live without this app. Then when I get to work I simply plug my iPhone into my desktop speakers and I am good to go. Over 40 THOUSAND titles! How awesome is that?
(BTW, I haven’t even touched on all the features. Take a few minutes and see everything Simplify has to offer!)