Download Discounts for October 12

Oct 12, 2010
Tech

Topping the list of price-cuts today are several apps under the brand GrooveMaker, which allow users to mix and save their own dance songs using various sample tracks that come with the app. Check out these and more in today’s Download Discounts. Music GrooveMaker D’n’B (iPhone, iPad) $3.99 (was $7.99) With the various GrooveMaker apps (there […]

Topping the list of price-cuts today are several apps under the brand GrooveMaker, which allow users to mix and save their own dance songs using various sample tracks that come with the app. Check out these and more in today’s Download Discounts.

Music

GrooveMaker D’n’B (iPhone, iPad) $3.99 (was $7.99)

With the various GrooveMaker apps (there are quite a few), you can create dance music tracks by putting together samples and drum beats. Having messed around with the demo of the app once, I can tell you that the whole program is really involved and interesting, with lots of different tracks and options. It produces some pretty great-sounding tracks you can save as wav files to keep or share.

There are quite a few different GrooveMaker apps for both iPhone and iPad, with various different sound samples (Reggaeton is one example), and they’re all on sale. If you like mixing up music with your mobile device, head on over to the App Store and scoop up a few of these.

2 Turntables (iPad) $1.99 (was $2.99)

As long as you’re playing DJ, why not get yourself a couple of virtual turntables to work with?

That’s pretty much exactly what 2 Turntables is. It lets you assign a pair of tracks to a set of turntables that appear on your iPad’s touch screen. You can manipulate the turntables and scrub through the tracks by touching them in a one-finger, swiping approximation of the way you’d work with a couple of records in real life. The app also includes a cross-fader, independent volume controls, and you can save your opus at any time and return to it later.

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Lifestyle

WineChap (iPhone) Free (was $4.99)

Wine enthusiasts: This wine categorizing app is totally free after costing $5 previously, so now’s the time to act.

A somewhat goofy and lighthearted take on the wine list app, WineChap provides you with the basic functions, like wine recommendations and tasting notes for various bottles and vintages. The app is particularly useful for people in New York, London and Hong Kong, and features a restaurant search function and another feature that lets you look for wines using various criteria.

WineChap’s tongue-in-cheek “Blagger’s Guide to Booze” provides you with snooty wine-aficionado lingo and “boasts” you can bust-out at parties for your own amusement. For example, the app offers the phrase, “Austria is the new Portugal,” so it could be pretty funny in addition to being informative.

Games

Pocket Jump (iPhone) Free (was $0.99)

It’s easy to write off vertical scroller iPhone games as a dime a dozen, because there really are quite a few. But if you haven’t already picked one up, they do tend to be addictive. Pocket Jump is another of these simple games, and this one is free.

Tilting your iPhone controls Pocket Jump. This guides your character around the screen as he leaps from ledge to ledge endlessly. The object is to get as high as you can, and each time you hit a new ledge, you’re bounced higher. Things get frantic when ledges start to become scarce or disappear after you touch them, and obstacles start to join in the fun. Don’t expect to be blown away here, but it’s hard to go wrong with free, and many iPhone owners have a lot of fun with these very simple games.

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Social Networking

PicPost (iPhone) $0.99 (was $1.99)

Avid social network users often have to do everything two or three times, because each day there are more and more social networking services appearing like Facebook and Twitter. You have to update statuses more than once; track down friends more than once; and even post pictures to more than one account. That is, unless you use PicPost.

This social networking app links your Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr accounts to quickly share photos with everyone you’re connected to. Each of these services has its own app, and there are other apps that bridge the gap between two, but PicPost handles all three with the same button. People who take a lot of photos, or who want to share news quickly, will find the app especially convenient.

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Phil Hornshaw

Phil Hornshaw is a freelance writer, editor and author living in Los Angeles, dividing his time between playing video games, playing video games on his cell phone, and writing about playing video games. He’s also the co-author of So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel, which attempts to mix time travel pop culture with some semblance of science, as well as tips on the appropriate means of riding dinosaurs. Check out his profile.

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