Fresh iPhone Apps for Feb. 22: Rdio, HubbleSite, VIPorbit

Feb 22, 2011
Tech

Listen to tons of music and share playlists with your friends with Rdio, a Pandora-like Internet music app that includes a lot of social networking features, as well. Today’s Fresh iPhone Apps list also has the skinny on HubbleSite, an app filled with images from the Hubble Space Telescope, and if you’re a productivity nut, […]

Listen to tons of music and share playlists with your friends with Rdio, a Pandora-like Internet music app that includes a lot of social networking features, as well. Today’s Fresh iPhone Apps list also has the skinny on HubbleSite, an app filled with images from the Hubble Space Telescope, and if you’re a productivity nut, you’ll definitely want to check out all the features available in VIPorbit.

Rdio (iPhone) Free

Rdio is something of a mix of an Internet radio station and a social networking service. It allows you to follow friends and see what they’re listening to while you browse the app’s catalogue of 8 million songs. There’s no limit on how much you can play songs, and Rdio encourages you to create and share playlists with others. Once you’ve got your playlists set up, you can sync them to your iPhone or iPod to listen to the tracks you’re interested in — even when offline.

Playlists on Rdio can be as big as you want them to be, and the unlimited streaming is a pretty great feature. The app gives you an in-depth rundown of what your friends are listening to, with lots of options for designing your own musical experience. It also provides you with listings of new releases on the service so you can keep up with all the latest music.

HubbleSite (iPhone, iPad) Free

Some of the most amazing images ever seen by human eyes have been captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, and NASA has a whole lot of images to work through from the Hubble. So HubbleSite gives its users the ability to vote between photos from the telescope’s archives to determine which are the best.

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In addition to all the cool space images you get in HubbleSite, there’s also a lot of other information about the telescope. The app contains facts about the Hubble and its history, as well as some of the major discoveries that have been made using it.

VIPorbit (iPhone, iPad) $9.99

Get some serious organization of your contacts out of VIPorbit, an app that integrates all kinds of information in with your contacts in order to help you monitor and build the relationships you have with various people in business. The app links your contacts and calendar automatically, giving you the ability to quickly schedule different activities and monitor chronology for activities like calls and meetings.

The idea is to help you get the most out of the relationships you make with people, as well as help you keep up your productivity with all kinds of information. Your schedule and the contacts involved are outlined on the app’s Dashboard, and you can customize up to six fields of information for each contact to make sure you get all the pertinent information about them in one place. You can record an unlimited number of notes for each contact, and the app automatically monitors all your communications with them — including those on Twitter and Facebook — so you can keep track of all of your correspondence in one place.

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