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Today's Best Apps: TempoRun And Audiophile

The App Store takes delivery of hundreds of new apps per day. The overwhelming scene makes it possible to easily overlook an exciting game, valuable productivity suite, etc. However, we have a solution. Today’s Best Apps tackles this problem by providing you with a handpicked and tested list of apps that are truly worth your consideration each and everyday. Remember: Even though in-app purchases typically require your iTunes Store password for processing, you can further prevent them and other unauthorized actions by enabling local restrictions using the passcode locked iOS parental controls.

iPhone:

TempoRun by Josh Leider ($2.99, 3.1 MB): This fitness app improves the link between music and walking or running for a better workout. As many of you are likely aware, music provides great motivation and creates a comfort zone that drowns out distracting background noise during activities, such as exercising. What you may also have noticed is how the motivation often stems from syncing actions with the beat, or tempo. In the case of walking or running, steps synchronize to the beat much like dancing. TempoRun utilizes this behavior for an addictive motivation, plus a simple way of keeping a strong and healthy pace. Catering to all skill levels, the app offers 10 automatically configured speed levels based upon your iPod music library or a selected set of SoundCloud hosted tracks. By default, the experience begins at level 1, walking, but you may change it and song, as necessary or desired. If for some reason a song doesn't seem to fit, at least in your opinion, you can flag it for reorganization after the workout. Of course, along with music, the app includes time, distance, estimated calories burned monitoring and logging. Level playlists appear to be randomly sorted, GPS is used for tracking, and access to the free radio-style music streaming requires a SoundCloud account.

iPad:

Audiophile by Musicsoft Arts (Free, 26.9 MB): As the name clearly implies, this music player is for anyone that's picky about the quality of audio. Along with left and right channel decibel output displays, mini-player, as well as a full music library browser and playlist manager, Audiophile includes three enhancement toolkits for precise sound tuning and improvement. One of the most common tools, the standard equalizer is available in a 10-band configuration or a simplified three level setup with low, mid, and high adjustments. A secondary EQ, which utilizes MaxxAudio technology, boosts the frequencies and volume beyond the audio file's encoding, plus offers an automatic leveler and overall booster similar to Apple's Sound Check feature. For the third choice, you can optimize the output based on the speakers, whether headphones, self-powered external units, or the iPad's own audio system. The Maxx features can be tested using a limited duration demo mode, and are available to permanently unlock for $0.99 (currently on sale) via in-app purchase.

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