iPhone apps for feeding your Glee addiction

Jun 6, 2010
Music

It’s not enough for you to tune in to Fox every Tuesday to watch “Glee”; you still need more Rachel, Finn, Quinn, Mr. Shu, and Mercedes. And even after you’ve sneaked a peek at the next week’s preview, 30 seconds is not going to sustain you for a whole week. What do you do to tide you over until the next episode, nevermind the next season (scheduled to […]

It’s not enough for you to tune in to Fox every Tuesday to watch “Glee”; you still need more Rachel, Finn, Quinn, Mr. Shu, and Mercedes. And even after you’ve sneaked a peek at the next week’s preview, 30 seconds is not going to sustain you for a whole week. What do you do to tide you over until the next episode, nevermind the next season (scheduled to begin September 2010)? Before you call your doctor, try the following apps and call us in the morning.

Glee

If you’ve ever dreamed about singing along with the cast of Glee, now’s your chance. The 99-cent Glee iPhone app allows you to record Glee hits, with cast members singing backup. You can then share these songs with a community of Glee fans doing the same thing. While I was busy recording my own version of “You Keep Me Hanging On,” I got separate requests from the virtual Finn and Rachel, asking me to sing a duet — I happily obliged.

Unofficial Glee Trivia

Do you pride yourself on just how much you know about Glee? Assess how well you’ve got your facts down by taking some fun-filled quizzes and let Unofficial Glee Trivia (99 cents) be the judge. You are tested on a range of things, from your knowledge of the cast’s real names to obscure facts about them. Did you know that Cory Monteith, aka Finn Hudson, dropped out of school in ninth grade? Find out more and put your Glee knowledge to the test.

Unofficial Glee Quizzle

The difference between the Unofficial Glee Trivia and Quizzle apps is organization. The questions aren’t hugely different—I found out the names of the actors who play Kurt and Artie in the Trivia app and then knew them when asked in Quizzle—but with the Unofficial Glee Quizzle (99 cents), there are no categories, just questions asked at random. When I got all the answers correct, I was named “a true Quizzle Gleek.” Hey, I’ll take it, as long as I don’t get a slushie thrown at me.

Glee Facts

Glee Facts (99 cents) gives you just that—facts about Glee. It answers the much-deliberated question: do all of the Glee cast members do their own singing and dancing? They do. Some other amazing factoids I found out were that 70 songs were used in the first 13 episodes of the show, and Matthew Morrison (also known as “Matty Fresh,” something else I learned via Glee Facts), who plays Mr. Schuester, worked at the Gap in NYC before getting his big Broadway break.

I.TV

When the Glee cast is on vacation and there are no new shows to watch, a great way to get your Glee fix is through the free I.TV app. Here, you can buy each episode from the first season, as well as songs performed by the cast. To satiate an immediate craving for Glee, check out the streaming clips (free) and catch the cast singing the National Anthem live at the World Series Game.

Television Without Pity Daily Snark

You may have heard of TWoP prior to the iPhone app—it’s a web site that provides recaps of, and pokes fun at, select TV shows. And of course, with Glee being in the spotlight as it is, the show is one of them. Search the free Television Without Pity Daily Snark iPhone app for daily news blurbs which mention Glee—which isn’t hard, as I got a few nuggets of interesting information right away. Also, check out their show page for extremely detailed—and yes, slightly snarky—play-by-play from the latest episodes.

IMDb Movies & TV

As its title suggests, IMDb—the Internet Movie Database—is best known for having the skinny on movies, but they do TV, as well. And this includes Glee. Find out more fun trivia about the cast, check out an endless amount of pics from the show, and read plot summaries and synopses for each episode with the free IMBd iPhone app. Not to mention info about all of the crew members, and critic and user reviews.

Learn Dance

There would be no Glee without lots of singing and dancing, so what better way to fully immerse yourself as a fan than to learn how to dance? Turns out, it’s not as hard as it looks, especially with the 99-cent Learn Dance iPhone app teaching you step-by-step moves. They walk you through the six basic steps of dancing, which doesn’t sound like much, but once you run through the movements, it actually feels like all you need to know. To top it off, the app connects you to a video wall filled with YouTube clips of dance tutorials that run the gamut from krump to breakdancing.

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Jesse Sposato

Jesse Sposato is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer, and one of the founders and editors of Sadie Magazine, an online counter-culture magazine for young women.

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