Saturday, January 05, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Jan. 5, 2013: XiiaLive Pro

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is XiiaLive Pro.

XiiaLive Pro is priced at $3.99 in Google Play; it is normally priced at $3.99 at the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

XiiaLive Pro is described as follows:
Break out of the musical monotony with XiiaLive and stream a vast variety of Internet radio straight to your mobile device. Find your favorite local station or listen in to stations across the world. Be it Classical, College Radio, or Comedy, this app has 39 distinct genres and over 40,000 radio stations for you to choose from.

Search, organize, tag, and save your favorite stream for easy access any time you want to rock out.

Continuous content

Using SHOUTcast (the MP3 streaming media server from the creators of Winamp), XiiaLive brings you the answer to all of your streaming radio needs. With so many stations full of interesting content, you'll gain access to songs, artists, and talk radio that you may have never been exposed to.

Futuristic UI

Navigate through this sleek, stylish, and simple user interface to find your new favorite band, comedian, or radio personality.

Customize your controls, vibration response, and notification sounds in the settings menu.

View the format, bitrate, and number of current listeners for each station and even add a media player widget to your home screen.

Utilize the built-in timer and fall asleep listening to your favorite tunes or talk radio.

Develop your taste in music without limiting yourself to a set-list that can get stale and boring over time.

Format Support

XiiaLive supports aac, aac+, m3u, pls, mp3, mp4, m4a and mpeg formats. This full version of the app provides ad-free radio along with full-screen mode, animations, backup, and other advanced options.
XiiaLive Pro has a 4.6-star rating -- with a decent, for once, 4,000+ ratings -- in Google Play, and has a 4.2-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

That's good enough for us to say buy it while it's free.

We have to admit that we are surprised that this is not a game. 99 percent of the latest FAOTDs have been games.

We continue to be disappointed with the FAOTD program. It began promisingly enough, with Angry Birds Rio, but we've gotten tired of the endless games or niche apps, and especially apps which have no uptake in Google Play, and seem to be FAOTD as a desperation move by the developer.

We'd like to see free versions of say, Office-compatible software or useful utilities such as CalenGoo instead of niche apps or endless games (we just assume every day that it's going to be a game; it's gotten that bad).

Amazon.com opened up the Appstore despite a lawsuit by Apple, which has previously trademarked the term "App Store." Microsoft has filed an appeal against that trademark, saying the term is too generic. Amazon.com has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

Apple has already lost a portion of that lawsuit, which said Amazon.com had participated in "false advertising."



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