Spotify – Instant Streaming Music

Spotify LogoSpotify is freeware, currently in private beta, which allows you to stream thousands of songs to your desktop for free. It really is how they say, Instant, simple and free.
The desktop program runs like your normal media player, however instead of using your own library you just search a artist or track into the search bar and you will see a list of match’s. Once you found a song you want click on it and almost instantly it will begin as if you had it on your computer.
It achieves this using P2P technology which allows it to run seamlessly, with hardly any wait.
It currently runs on Windows and Mac OS X, there are plans of a iPhone/iPod Touch version in the future which would be great considering how vast the library is using this service.
The software is fully legal and even though it uses the P2P protocol, it’s not illegal as some people would make you believe.

If you want to try out this amazing service leave a comment on this post and the first 5 comments will receive an invite to the private beta.

iPhone Idea: Cubefield

One of my favourite flash games is Cubefield, the objective of the game is to get you through a field of cubes that are dynamically created as you play the game. I’ve thought for a long time now how good this would be as an iPhone app using the in-built accelerometers and put together a mock-up to demonstrate what it would look like.

Cubefield iPhone Mockup

As you can see it would work perfectly on iPhone and iPod Touch using the in-built accelerometers.

Update: It seems it already exsists in the App Store under Cube Runner.

Tethering, Video Publishing & Find MyiPhone found in OS 3.0

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Numerous online sources have confirmed that USB tethering, publishing video to MobileMe & Find MyiPhone are in the iPhone OS 3.0.

Tethering we knew may be included but it will depend on the carriers, to weather of not it is impletmeted.
Find MyiPhone would be very useful if you left your phone somewhere accidently, I assume it will use the aGPS, Cell Tower and WiFi triangulation to find the phone via MobileMe.
The fact that you can post video shows promising ideas for the future, however with no video recording app, unless jailbroken, this feature won’t be of much use.

iPhone OS 3.0 Features Without the Wait

Many of the new features coming with the new iPhone OS are features that are already available and also one’s we wanted, but didn’t get are also available.

Now for these you do have to jailbrake your iPhone/iPod Touch, which as Apple recently stated is illegal, so we don’t encourage you to do this but we are giving you the information so that if you wish to do so then you know how.

First of you must Jailbrake you iPhone or iPod Touch now for this go to the QuickPWN site or for more information go to the Dev-Team’s Blog.

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The features, followed by there Jailbroken alternatives (available on Cydia):

Copy & Paste – hClipboard

Video Recording – Cycorder

Flash – iMobileCinema

Background Processes – Backgrounder

Tethering – Modem

Spotlight – Searcher

MMS – SwirlyMMS

YouTube Downloading – MxTube

Organised Icons – Categories

They may not be exactly like how Apple has implemted them in the 3.0 OS, but whilst you wait for the release of OS 3.0, you can give these a shot.

Video Recording on iPhone Damaging?

One of the many features user’s wanted in the iPhone OS 3.0 Update, was Video Recording Functionality, but Apple did not deliver this. They didn’t specify why at the event but Kevin Rose, on the live episode (Episode 194) of Diggnation stated that according to his sources, who were right before, said that the reason Video Recording was not included was due to the NAND memory and technical issues. Being that writing to NAND memory too many times or too fast will mess it up, as Kevin Rose said on the show.

Cycorder on iPhone 3G

This rises a question to me, if you’ve jailbroken your phone, like myself and are using Cycorder or one of the other video app’s for iPhone, does this mean we could be damaging our phones. It’s made me think, weather of not I should use it again as if someone inside Apple said techinical problems are holding it back, do I want to mess up my iPhone?