Download Discounts for Dec. 13: Magic Fiddle, Corkbin, SpyPic

Dec 13, 2010
Tech

One of Smule’s great musical instrument iPad apps, Magic Fiddle, has its price very much reduced today, allowing anyone who might have an interest in playing a virtual fiddle to grab it with almost no risk whatsoever. We’ve also got a couple of free apps to round out our Download Discounts list today, including one […]

One of Smule’s great musical instrument iPad apps, Magic Fiddle, has its price very much reduced today, allowing anyone who might have an interest in playing a virtual fiddle to grab it with almost no risk whatsoever. We’ve also got a couple of free apps to round out our Download Discounts list today, including one that lets you take covert photos with your phone while pretending to do something else.

Magic Fiddle (iPad) $0.99 (was $4.99)

This very cool-looking musical instrument app for iPad from Smule is way reduced today, and if you’re an iPad fan and you haven’t checked it out, there’s never been a better time.

Magic Fiddle basically makes your iPad into a violin. It recreates a stringed instrument that you can play using the device’s touchscreen. The app will reach you some of the basics of how to play, score your performance and let you record the songs you create and share them using social media outlets — all for just a dollar.

Corkbin (iPhone, iPad) Free (was $0.99)

This app basically hooks you into a wine aficionado community, allowing you to snap pictures of wines you’re enjoying, attach comments and information about them, and share them with others. The app also gives you information about wines, both yours and those of other users. You can check out where wine is coming from, and put together food pairings to go with each bottle.

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Best of all, once you start interacting with the community, you can pick up wine recommendations for local brands in your area from other users, helping you to expand your wine-tasting experience.

SpyPic (iPhone) Free (was $1.99)

We talked about SpyVid, an app that lets you covertly shoot video while pretending to be on your phone, back in October in one of our Fresh iPhone Apps posts. Today, SpyVid’s predecessor is free to help you capture candid moments without alerting your subjects that they’re being watched.

SpyPic gives you various controls so you can take photos without actually having to look at your phone, so you can put it up to your ear or do something else that looks inoccuous while you take photos. You can tap anywhere on the screen to snap the shot, shake your camera to switch between the front- and rear-facing cameras if you have an iPhone, and swipe the screen to change your “alibi activity,” so you can fake doing something else, or to get a light view of the photo you’re taking without anyone else getting wise.

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