Following are the list of multimedia applications which I found good enough to satisfy these needs.
- AV Player HD
- CineX player
- Plex (http://www.plexapp.com/ios.php)
- TuneIn Radio
- Desi Radio
- Sound Hound / ( Shazam)
- Music Video
- Eyewitness (Guardian)
- 50Best Photos from National Geography
- Fotopedia (Colors, Paris, National Parks)
- Art Authority (paintings from all over the World)
If you have a collection of movies or videos in different formats including .mkv and want to play in iPad install AV Player HD. It is easy to use, paly most of the video and audio formats mkv, mp4, flv, avi and .mov, supports subtitle and plays 1080P video. Video files can be transferred wirelessly to iPad from the PC or any other source. Apart from Wi-Fi you can use either FTP or USB connection for file transfer.
It supports hardware acceleration and has taken multi touch to a new level. You can even delay or advance the subtitle timings to match with the video. Overall it is a must application if you want to play movies on iPad.
I have discussed Plex apps in one of my earlier article. Let me add this for easy reference.
Plex media consists of a server application and clien apps. You can download Plex media server (www.plexsapp.com ),a free apps and install it in your desktop (Windows / MAC) show it the network drive where you have stored your media files. It will scan all the movie files and access Internet sites to pull out all these information (called meta data) and comes out with a very neat catalog with all features you wanted. This is a CPU intensive job and requires lots of disk access, so expect very low response from your Destop during the analysis part of the operation.
When our favorite VLC Player was pulled off from iTunes Store CineX player came for our rescue. It is not as versatile as VLC but satisfies most of our needs.
TVU Networks brings you a live TV service with 1000 channels from around the world. Now, the same great stuff that you watch on TVU on your PC, is available right here on your iPad/ iPhone through WiFi and now, 3G Most of the Indian TV channels are supported.
TuneIn Radio brings 50,000 radio stations all over World to your iPad. The same app is available in other platforms including Android. It supports both AM and FM stations. It allows you to even record and purchase the songs you like. The GUI is good with seamless transitions from one screen to other. You can search for your favorite station too. The quality of audio is very good at reasonable broadband speeds.
As the name suggests Desi Radio is for listening to radio stations in Indian languages, apart from Hindi and English there are plenty of stations in Tamil, Telugu and to some extent Malayalam. The selections in other regional languages are limited. The Gui is decent and pricing is fine, free.
If you are into Western music SoundHound is for you. SoundHound takes Shazam's pioneering song-recognition approach to a whole new level, letting you not only identify recorded songs, but also use your own voice to generate a result. For those who are new to both just think that it is a music search and recognition application.
Shazam is a free download from last week to counter the popularity of SoundHound.
Flickstrackr is the best Flicker application for iPad. It is the best way to explore Flicker. This application is updated quite frequently with new features.
Guardian Eyewitness is an iPad application where you get one new excellent photo per day. I am sure that you will love these photos. The layout and GUI are very attractive to show the photos. Once you connect, it will download and store locally. So all the previous photos are readily available to download at any time.