App Wrap: "Met Opera On Demand," "Beatstream"
YNN highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment “App Wrap.” YNN's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
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Met Opera on Demand
They help entertain you, help make you more productive, and with the proper app, like the new Met Opera On Demand, your mobile device can even help make you a little more cultured.
Through it users have access to hundreds of audio and video streams as well as historic radio and TV broadcasts, many, particularly the ones from the Live in HD series, presented in pretty high quality. For opera novices there are featured operas to get you started or you can just use the search tab and look up something like Luciano Pavarotti to get you started. The Met Opera on Demand app is right now for iPads only. It starts off free with access to 44 selections. To get all the content on there, which will be updated regularly with new performances, you'll have to sign up for a subscription which starts at $14.99 a month.
For a new way to interact with the music you already have on your device there's Beatstream, the latest release from the app developer Smule which has created popular music creation apps like the Ocarina flute and magic piano. The game is pretty simple, you choose a song from your library, the app analyzes that song, and then figures out the best possible gameplay that kind of goes along with the beat. How the game is played is you simply tap the screen anywhere to turn the arrow blue or yellow. The arrow color has to match the stripes it's about to pass over. Too many mistakes and the music starts to get fuzzy, slows down, and distorts. Do well enough and the game will eventually play your music in warp mode. The better you do the faster the music plays making gameplay much harder. Beatstream is right now just for iOS devices for 99 cents.