Back to school Apples!

July 31, 2008

It has been quite a summer, and I have blissfully wasted spent some of my time pouring over the hype about the new iphone 3G (My contract with Verizon is up in Sept.- woo-hoo!). What does this have to do with music education? Plenty…

Unless you have been under a rock for the past six months, you have heard the stories about the new Apple “App Store” and probably know that there are thousands of other applications for the iphone via the web. What you may not know is that there are some very powerful ones that are absolutely free!

I have been using my ipod touch extensively in my bandroom and on the marching field controlling my music via bluetooth connection (see my blog post about this here). It works great, but the audio quality suffers from a high noise floor because of the nature of the stereo bluetooth connection. Not noticable at low volume, but pretty annoying when you crank it up.

Fortunately, Apple has come up with a nifty new app called remote that allows you to wirelessly control your itunes with your iphone or itouch! Of course, since your computer is directly connected to your system, the sound is flawless (unless you use mp3, but that is another post…) Also, there are a host of great iphone apps that are web based such as a guitar chord dictionary.

This along with the new mobileme push email, contacts, and calendar have finally gotten my attention enough to switch over to AT&T. I plan to research this a lot more for future blog entries about how I am integrating this great new technology in my bandroom- stay tuned!