Ask NerdGirl: iTunes, Friends, and Old School Gaming
May 11, 2010 8:30 AM –
I like itunes cause it is organized and such. Is there any chance android will produce an app that can get my music directly from itunes without having to sift through all the music on my computer? Double twist is ok but not as user-friendly as itunes. Anything simpler out there that will keep my music organized?
There are a ton of music apps out there. The best solution for if you’re at home (and you have a wireless network) is an app that I just reviewed called TunesRemote. It’s really a great solution to playing your music while you are home while using your familiar iTunes.
If you go on the market and search for iTunes, you’ll find pages of apps (both free and paid) made just for syncing your iTunes library with your phone. One of the apps that has a pretty high rating comes in both free and paid versions. TuneSync and TuneSync Lite syncs your iTunes playlists over your wireless network. The lite version only allows you to have 20 songs in a playlist, but it’s a free way to see if it will work for you without having to fork over $3.99.
Personally, I use Media Jukebox 12 and not iTunes. I got tired of iTunes and I think Media Jukebox 12 does an even better job of sorting your music. It also syncs with any device, be it iPod or Android phone. My iPod is always hooked up to the radio in my car so I do still use it, but I also use my phone. With Media Jukebox 12, I can use both devices with one program and not have to worry about what music is on what device.
Any advice for linking Facebook peeps with my contact info? I think I did it but I had to link each person individually and honestly I’m not certain how I did it and how to do it again. Is there a “just link them all automatically and fill in missing info from one to the other so all the info is there” button?
I just looked into this myself. It’s actually quite easy if you have Facebook for HTC Sense installed. Go to Menu » Settings » Accounts & Sync » Facebook for HTC Sense. There you can set it to sync your Facebook contacts and how often it syncs to get notifications. You may have to log into your Gmail on your computer in case you get duplicates and clean up in the Contacts. I found if the name in your phone doesn’t match the name on Facebook it can get confused. Merge is a great thing!
Otherwise if you don’t have an Android phone with HTC Sense, phones with Android version 2.0 or higher have this feature built in with the native Facebook app. It’s a matter of ensuring Facebook sync is enabled from Settings » Accounts & sync settings » be sure your Facebook account is added.
NES and Super NES games…know of an easier way to get them on my phone and a way to get the a/b buttons on the bottom of the screen rather than the top? It just seems a little well not worth all the trouble to play old school games on my phone.
I’m not sure what you’re using now so “easier” will be difficult to determine. However, there are two apps on the Market that I found that run Nintendo ROMs and two for Super Nintendo.
There’s Nesoid, which from the screen shots looks like the A/B buttons are on the bottom and only the Start/Select buttons are on the top. I haven’t gotten to play with it yet, but for $3.98, to be able to play almost all the Nintendo ROMs you can throw at it, I might pick it up! There is a Nesoid Lite that does not let you have save states, which I think is highly important. It’s free so grab that to see if Nesoid would work for you.
For another free option, you might want to try Mojo NES Lite. I’m not sure what’s so lite about it, but I now have it queued up for download so I guess I’ll be finding out. There is the paid version, Mojo NES for $1.99. I’d try the free one first because it looks like there are no A/B buttons virtually on screen so for a phone like my Eris, with no physical keyboard, that may not work too well.
For Super Nintendo, there’s the $3.99 SuperGNES. It loads cover art and has cheats built in. But real gamers don’t need cheats! The cover art is a nice touch though…
Mojo also has a SNES emulator, Mojo SNES, for $0.99. Again, it looks like there are no virtual keys besides the d-pad and start and select.
I also found Rom Buddy, which for $0.99 allows you a way to download ROMs straight from your phone. If you are that into old school consoles, Rom Buddy might be a good purchase. Sure beats blowing into the cartridges…
Always check the market place as well. There are new ROM apps coming out all the time!
Tomorrow, find out about some of my favorite apps, set up custom SMS tones, and fixing some common phonebook issues! Keep on sending your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org