updated 01:00 pm EST, Wed December 31, 2008
Time top 10 iPhone apps
TIME has published a list of its ten favorite App Store downloads. Pandora Radio ranked highest and was considered "the all-time best free app for music lovers." The streaming music service also scored the top position in Apple's overall comparison of free apps. Users can enter an artist, song, album or genre, and Pandora then creates a station that provides similar music from a wide range of content.
Next in line was AroundMe, another free app for travelers that provides location-based information such as banks, cafes, restaurants, entertainment and more. Users can obtain directions to any entry or save the relevant contact information onto their mobile device.
AP Mobile News Network rounded out the top three, delivering categorized news, images, video and even local content. Users can save stories for later reading or e-mail tips to the news network.
Ocarina ($1), a virtual-instrument app, is another entry that shared a high ranking with Time as well as the iTunes list of most-downloaded music apps. Wikipanion was claimed to be the best Wikipedia tool for the iPhone, while Adrenaline Pool Lite made the list because of its physics engine and multiplayer support.
Instapaper was considered worthy because of its ability to take web pages that are tagged while working on a desktop computer and upload the content onto the iPhone for later viewing. The list finished with the RSS-reader NetNewsWire, the iTalk recording app, and Fake Call ($1).