This Week's Best iPhone Apps

In this week's Flash-free app roundup: Gamepads, obsoleted!

SoundHound: The first app I've ever considered to replace my iPhone's default music player. It's great at IDing music through its microphone - its roots are in Midomi - but it's pretty good at other stuff, too:

Where SoundHound really betters Midomi and Shazam is in music playback: You can access your entire library, except for podcasts, from the app itself. It effectively mirrors the iPod app on the iPhone and iPad, and adds all kinds of context to whatever you're listening to, from lyrics and artist info to YouTube video and links to the artist's Pandora stations. It's the iPod/iPad music player, except, well, more. And if you close it, playback continues through the default music player, meaning that even if you close SoundHound, the music doesn't stop.


Joypad: Turns your iPhone into an NES-style game controller on your Mac, so you don't have to buy a separate controller and/or adaptor to enjoy emulated games. $2.49.

Twitter for iPhone: So, here's the deal. Twitter for iPhone isn't out yet, and we don't even know what it'll look like. We know it will be based on Tweetie 2, which is easily one of the best paid Twitter apps available right now, but we're not sure what Twitter's going to change - except for the price. Twitter for iPhone will be free, so my reason for including it in this week's roundup is to tell you not to pay for another Twitter app, at least for a few weeks while Twitter gets their plans together. Public service!

Grow Your Own: Not what it sounds like! Or exactly what it sounds like, depending on your level of maturity/penchant for chemical recreation. This is a beginner's guide to planting plants, edible or otherwise, in your garden. It's a bit light on content right now, but I expect it to be filled out in due time.

Ziplist: Grocery list apps are a dime a dozen, but this one's good enough to test for a while. Creates shopping lists from recipes, lets you assign items to particular stores, and syncs over the web. Free.

ePrint: It's been a while since we've highlighted a printing app. Macworld ran some of the more prominent options through their paces, and of the three they test, ePrint came out on top. It worked fairly well for me - I was able to connect to two of three available printers - and the print results were predictable, which is really the most you can ask.

The real reason ePrint wins for me is the availability of a free, lite version. It's barely useful for printing, but it will give you an idea as to whether or not your printing setup will be compatible with the full version, which costs $4. Works on iPad, too.

This list is in no way definitive. If you've spotted a great app that hit the store this week, give us your firsthand impressions in the comments. And for even more apps: see our previous weekly roundups here, and check out our Favourite iPhone Apps Directory. Have a great weekend, everybody!

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