There's a lot to be excited about after Monday's announcement of iOS 7. Flashy new design! Panels! Automatic app updates! Voice calls over FaceTime! Such system-wide changes aside, some of the biggest changes to iOS are found in Apple's own mobile apps. Several of the stock Apple apps for iOS are being revamped, gaining new features and deeper integration with the Apple ecosystem.
But a more full-featured mobile platform wasn't music to everyone's ears this week: As details of iOS 7 unfolded, the only thing some third-party app developers could hear was a sad trombone. That's because many of the features their apps provide will now be built into iOS 7 or its apps. Here are some of the apps that could be made redundant when iOS 7 arrives.
Streaming radio apps
iTunes Radio is Apple's first dive into a streaming music service for iOS. Users can listen to stations inspired by a particular track, artist, or genre, and specify songs they like and songs they never want to hear again. Apple has also created 200 featured stations, including Songs Trending on Twitter, Summer Songs, and Artists on Tour. Now there's a concept we've never seen before!
iTunes Radio lets you stream artist or genre-based stations through the Music app.
Oh, wait. Yes, we have. It's called Pandora.
iTunes Radio certainly won't kill off Pandora, but it will offer some enticing perks to those who already use iTunes. The service will be available on mobile devices, desktops, and Apple TV. It'll be built right into Apple's Music app on iOS 7 and into a future version of iTunes. Every streamed song will include a purchase link, making it easy to add that track to your personal iTunes account. Plus, it'll be a key feature of iTunes, which means it'll be free, and Apple made no mention of a daily or monthly streaming cap.
Unfortunately, iTunes Radio includes audio ads, but so does Pandora. But if you're an iTunes Match subscriber, you'll be able to listen to iTunes Radio ad-free.
iOS 7 will feature a new utility in its toolbox: A flashlight app that makes use of the iPhone's built-in camera flash. An App Store search for flashlight yields 1273 results; that's 1273 apps that will basically perform the same function as something that will now come standard with iOS. Most of these flashlight apps are free, but some range in price from $1 to $3. Your days are numbered, Flashlight, Flashlight+, and Flashlight!.
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