December 30, 2009 in Music (E)
[prMac.com] Waretown, NJ - PureBlend Software has released TuTuneMe 1.0 - a unique, highly customizable, gesture-based music player app for iPhone and iPod touch users - optimized to make listening in the car more convenient, safe, and fun. From a distance, the app's interface is easy to see and use. Intuitive gestures play/pause music, switch songs/playlists, adjust volume, and much more. TuTuneMe users can customize the app's gesture actions and visual themes.
TuTuneMe's author, Cliff Joyce, cites driving as his inspiration for the app: "My iPhone is my car stereo, so I wanted a music app that could be readable from two feet away. I wanted to play, pause, and change songs quickly using full-screen, easy to remember, sloppy gestures. I needed fast access to my playlists with very few taps and screens - without taking my attention away from the road. And I wanted my music player app to match the other electronics in my car's interior."
Music is controlled by 18 different finger gestures, which can be easily edited to perform one of several dozen possible actions. For instance, (like the Photos app) users drag album covers to change songs, and pinch the screen to resize album covers and song/artist/album text. Continuously swiping a finger up and down can adjust the music's volume or the screen's brightness.
Users can pick a TuTuneMe theme to match their mood or their car's dashboard. There's over 50 built-in themes, and more can be downloaded from the tutune.me website. The app also lets users get creative and have fun creating and sharing their personalized themes with friends and family - choosing fonts, colors, graphics, and even album art and text size.
A bright iPhone's screen can be distracting when driving at night, so TuTuneMe provides day and might modes. Users can change a theme's brightness, and designate any theme for day or night use - then quickly (or automatically) switch between day and night modes.
All of the app's displays are large and easy to read, which is especially good for use in a vehicle, though the company cautions drivers to use their iPhones responsibly: "Please be careful when operating motor vehicles. We do not condone any inappropriate use of this app which may endanger yourself or those around you. We want TuTuneMe users to have fun customizing themes and aspects of the app, but please do that while not driving."
The app sports nine customizable tool panels, providing controls for changing brightness, volume, songs, album art size, forward/rewind, repeat and shuffle modes, and quick access to heads-up displays for date, time, and battery information.
TuTuneMe is also socially networked. Users can manually or automatically post info about the song that's playing to Twitter and Facebook - the song name and artist, along with a link to the track get the track from iTunes. Users can share their personalized themes with friends and family via email, SMS, Facebook, and Twitter.
* Control the player with swiping and tapping gestures
* Edit gestures, choosing from several dozen actions
* Streamlined access to iTunes playlists
* Choose from over 50 built-in themes, and download more
* Design personalized themes
* Share themes and song info with friends on Twitter and Facebook
* Works in portrait or landscape (the orientation can be locked)
About PureBlend Software
PureBlend Software is a privately owned software company with corporate headquarters in Bend, Oregon USA.
* iPhone or iPod Touch 3.1 or later
Pricing and Availability:
TuTuneMe 1.0 is only $2.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music category. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website or blog you represent when making your request.
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