Music Player: What Apple didn’t tell you about iOS 4

Apple has been bragging and gloating about how fantastic iOS 4 is. It has multitasking, better speeds, and backgrounds (which, apparently, the iPhone 3G “just can’t handle”). That’s all great and everything, but they totally glossed over the fact that they revamped a lot of the music player app to look more like the mobile iTunes store. It actually looks fantastic. Plus, you can create real playlists, not just stupid on-the-go playlists (which have been removed).

Flash for iPhone… sort of!

Flash, ON an iPhone. How great is that?

The BIGGEST thing I’ve heard from everyone is the need for flash for the iPhone or iPod Touch (or iPad, for that matter). Adobe has argued that their mobile flash package is lightweight enough, but Apple keeps yelling about how incomplete it is. It’s a very frustrating dilemma, and Flash keeps getting farther and farther away.

But wait! A somewhat-shoddy fix has been implemented! An app, recently (May 6th) added to the appstore, promises flash- and java-enabled browsing on any i-Device! Yay! The screenshots look great, and the reviews are fairly good.

How does it work?

It doesn’t exactly install any sort of distribution of Flash on your iPod, sadly. Rather, it connects you to a private server cluster, each running a distribution of Firefox  running on lightweight linux servers. The servers act something like virtual hosts, and the app like a VNC client. All the app does is allow you to remote view/control the firefox browser. Apparently, the speed isn’t bad; one comment says that it’s even possible to play Runescape on the app. It’s a server-powered browser on your iPod; it’s going to be FASTER. Some comments on the app noted that the pages load faster than in mobile safari. Nice, right? Plus, the app is FREE (as of right now).

So, what’s the bad stuff?

Because every browser is run on a server, the loads can get heavy at times. The app will drop your connection if the server you’re connected to becomes too crowded. The app is bound to become at least moderately popular, so the speeds will start to decrease, unless the company buys more servers/server space. There was something about the app replacing “@” with “2,” but restarting the app and/or your iPhone/iPod Touch should fix that.

Additionally, the fact that you’re browsing on a remote server means that what you are browsing can be viewed by whomever administers those servers. While it might be being too overprotective, I wouldn’t recommend doing anything involving sensitive passwords or data. For example, don’t EVER do your banking on this app. It’s not worth the risk.


Regardless, there aren’t many flash-intensive sites that deal with private information, so I still recommend this app. Until some sort of flash port comes out, this is a very good alternative. Plus, the speed and power of the app is great; you’re browsing on an actual computer, from your iPod!

Free iPod/iPhone help!

I know a lot (and I mean a lot) of people have gotten iPods or iPhones for Christmas, and, given by the amount of people visiting my previous fixing iPod article yesterday, I’m assuming that there are a bunch of people that either need help setting their iPods up, have encountered some sort of error, or want to know how to do something with their iPods or iPhones. If anyone needs help jailbreaking their device, getting it set up, or anything like that, I provide free, non-professional help. As a disclaimer, I’m not responsible to anything that may happen to your device, although, seeing my track record, I can probably help you. Either post a comment or contact me, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Remember the iPod Nano? The first one?

The ones that were “as thin as a pencil!” and came in black and white? Yeah. I had one. Actually, it was my first iPod. The one thing that bothered me about it was the fact that 1. It only held 2 gigs (which was substantial at the time), and 2. It scratched like none other. A few of my friends made the assumption that I liked to sand it on a regular basis. Ouch.

Regardless, apparently some people got fed up with this and sued Apple for making crappy iPods, which is why I’m writing: If your iPod wasn’t shipped with a slip case, you’re entitled to 25 whole US dollars, which will totally cover the cost of a new iPod. Well, maybe not, but at least it keeps most people quiet. If yours came with a slip case, you only get $15. Hey, its money, isn’t it?  Anyways, if you want more information on the settlement, you need to

click here.

Continue reading is up for another year.

Thats right: I payed my nine-and-some dollars, and will be in business for at least another year. 

RENEW  $9.69  $9.69  
Sub Total $9.69 
TOTAL $9.69 

Exciting, isn’t it? I know, I know. Only I would get excited about this stuff. 
On that note, I have some really good non-crap posts I’d like to publish later. Sorry for the lack of content as of late: I do do other things besides blog.

Oh, and if you own an iPod Nano, stay posted: You may be entitled to some (and by some, I mean “about $15-$25) cash, thanks to a nice settlement. Check it out here.