Welcome back to our Top iPhone and iPad (non-games) series. This week we only have three apps that meet our criteria. Coming in first with a 93 AppScore, Jasmine - YouTube Client allows you to manage playlists, provides parental controls and filters spam among other features. Also, it's universal (made for iPad & iPhone) while the new official YouTube app is only iPhone so far. Next we have Marx Runner - with an 88 AppScore, the app creates music while you run releasing different beats based on how fast you're moving and records your running stats. I think I will use this app to motivate me on my next run. Our final app of the week is Toca Band with a 75 AppScore - it's a kid's app that teaches children about music by letting them swap in-and-out unique sounding band members and even modify their sound just by moving them around the stage. It really aims to let kids play with music in a simple, nonthreatening way. So now that you've seen all three, check'em and tell us what you think!
As always rankings are based on aggregating professional review scores from around the web for apps (non-games) released 2 - 3 weeks prior to allow for reviews to accumulate.
||Jasmine - YouTube Client||93|
|Free: iPhone, iPod touch & iPad (Universal)|
From the app description: "Jasmine is a full-featured YouTube client for iOS. The app features: smooth and responsive interface, night theme & dimming support for browsing in low light, full support for managing playlists,parental controls to curate content and restrict video discover, browse and discover channels, aggressive filtering for comment spam and channel promotions and more".
Check out a quote from AppAdvice: "Jasmine is still a great choice for video consumption, so make sure to check it out in the App Store for free" (September 24, 2012).
|$0.99: iPhone & iPod Touch|
From the app description: "Created by an Air Force Combat Veteran & former Physical Training Leader, Marx Runner is designed to motivate & push people past their physical limitations through music by releasing motivating sounds based on how fast the runner moves in speed! You can also track your run time, total distance ran, and your average run speed & then you can share your run stats on facebook or twitter!"
Check out a quote from Tapscape: "Whether you’re a runner looking for a new iPhone app to keep things fresh or a music nerd looking for a way to get excited about running, Marx Runner is really fun to play around with" (October 9, 2012).
|$1.99: iPhone, iPad and iPod (Universal)|
From the app description: "Toca Band is getting ready for their big concert and needs your help to mix beats and sounds together for their hit song! Toca Band is a fun and easy toy that encourages children to explore music in a new creative way! Choose from 16 different cool characters – each with their own unique quirky sound and musical rhythms. Put your band members on stage to get the music started – then move them around and see what happens!"
Check out a quote from Gamezebo: "There’s an awful lot to like about Toca Band. The wonderment and joy evoked when kids and adults alike encounter the possibilities of the app for the first time is truly something to behold" (September 21, 2012).