Yes, yes, we know the latest iOS splits up the iPod into Music and Video apps, but it'll always be the iPod to us! Of course, even though we have a default app for it, a few developers stepped up to create some iPod alternative apps for taming that wild beast of a music collection of yours. Here's a handful we found that are going for a cut rate. Grab 'em all and see which suits your fancy as today's apps are going for free.
iMusic -- The Perfect Music Player
We can't vouch for the claims of the name, but developer Akhil Tolani must feel pretty confident he's got your go-to iPod replacement. Save yourself a buck with this currently free app that lets you SMS, tweet, or notify your Facebook friends what you're listening to, in-app song lyrics, fade in/fade out, and custom playlists. You can even use your music as your alarm clock.
Mic Pringle made a beautiful and simple music player with Audium which is also swinging down one whole buck to free. Scrobble with last.fm is just one of the killer features in this stripped down app. The biggie is, of course, that Audium is entirely gresture driven. So you'll swipe to scroll through your music, double tap for playback or pause, and swipe to navigate through tracks. You'll wonder why you didn't think of it yourself.
Another freebie, the strangely spelled Lasy Player from Agility Concepts boasts skins and quick access to your music library. Also you'll find that they've also pursued the route of simplicity by putting big old controls right up front. A song list below lets you flip through your tracks. The one screen route makes jumping into music faster than you can say, uhhh, is this free?
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