Fresh iPhone Apps for Feb. 24: Pocket Hipster, Halftone, iSpyArt

Feb 24, 2011
Tech

We’ve got a couple of potentially “hipster” themed apps leading today’s Fresh Apps list — one for music, one for photography. Pocket Hipster will look at your music selection and recommend new indie music for you to try, while Halftone makes perfectly good photos look like they’re old, worn and printed on newsprint. You can […]

We’ve got a couple of potentially “hipster” themed apps leading today’s Fresh Apps list — one for music, one for photography. Pocket Hipster will look at your music selection and recommend new indie music for you to try, while Halftone makes perfectly good photos look like they’re old, worn and printed on newsprint. You can read about both apps, and more, below.

Pocket Hipster (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Looking for new music? Maybe you could use a personal adviser — somebody’s who’s plugged into all the coolest new music, and just snobby enough to make you feel dumb about not knowing that they know. You need a Pocket Hipster, an app that trolls your iTunes Library and makes indie band recommendations based on the things you like.

You can check through your recommendations and use iTunes to listen to track samples and buy the ones you like straight away. The app comes outfitted with hand-drawn animated hipsters to keep things visually interesting, and you’ll get all the details about the music they recommend right on your iPhone.

Halftone (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Photography app Halftone has a pretty specific purpose: it lets you alter your photos so they look as though they were printed using the halftone method of newspapers — think Sunday comics, with the colors that are filled in by using printed dots rather than solid colors. Halftone takes the photos you take (or have saved on your iPhone) and overlays them with the halftone effect to create a vintage quality.

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Once you’ve converted your photo, you can add other little touches as well. Halftone includes captions you can save on the photos with comic strip-style typography. You can also choose what you want the paper background the photo is “printed on” to look like — whether it’s crumpled, stained and more. When you’re done, you can save your photos, email them or share them on Facebook.

iSpyArt (iPhone) Free

Combine social networking, iPhone photography and art appreciation with iSpyArt, an app built to share photos of art found in the world around you. The app lets you upload photos to the website of ArtsWave, a project dedicated to showcasing art in everyday life. Other users can log-on to the website and see photos submitted through the app.

Taking things a step further, ArtsWave makes use of the photos by putting on exhibitions based on different themes, and draws from the photos available. You shouldn’t upload photos you don’t have the rights to share, but if you do know about art in your community that you have permission to distribute, ArtsWave makes sharing with others pretty easy, and it supports an interesting overall project.

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