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We like apps and games around here, but we like a good deal too. Combine the two, and it's like a glorious explosion of awesome in our phones. You want in on that, right? Read on.

friday


Apps

TSF Shell – $7.99 from $16.81

Poweramp Full Version Unlocker – $0.99 from $3.99

Games

DraStic DS Emulator – $5.99 from $7.99

Mimpi – Free from $0.99

Munch Time – Free from $0.99 (Amazon app of the day)

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Prezes Dyrektor

    Poweramp finally, woohoo!

    • guest

      I'm sorry I paid $3.99 for that piece of crap. I was in a situation where I needed to use it somewhere offline and it would not run because it needed to verify my account on the internet! That's right. They don't trust their paying customers ... and too late to get a refund. Also the low-end of their equalizer is badly distorted for a variety of music that I've tried with it. A one star rating is not low enough for a company that has sold millions. Instead, I'm just going to talk-trash about them the rest of my life!!

      • Carlos Parga

        Clearly, you need to get laid. Almost 60,000 people are fully satisfied with the software and rated it five stars. One would have to be in a not so adecuate state of mind to draw conclusions from a punitive review written by a cheap and anonymous comentor and disdain all others. PLUS, your statement is groundless! I just purchased it and all went well without WiFi or Data whatsoever.

        • guest

          Hey big Guest. WTF does it matter if there's 60,000 suckers out of the 10 million that purchased it? Even if everyone is f*ckin doing it doesn't make it right. You better hope it doesn't ping the mother-ship for PERMISSION the next time you trying playing romantic music for your ho. ;)

      • squiddy20

        1. Grow up. You sound like a whiny, bratty 7 year old, especially in those last 2 sentences.
        2. I'm not sure of your exact circumstances, but I imagine if, after installing the unlocker, it does 1 check the first time you open PowerAmp and then never again. I can't count the number of times I've used it while in Airplane mode or when I just didn't have signal. And I've had it since a couple months after it was released on the (then) Android Market.

      • El-Andvari

        You can use PlayerPro instead, I feel their equ is better than Poweramp, at least to my ear.

        Also PlayerPro keep your folder clean. Poweramp leave some garbage 'albumart.pamp' files on your music folder, which sometimes cause incorrect album art, and sometimes can cause issue with other music player. I've asked on their forum about this long ago but never get good answer.

        I've used Poweramp a lot on Froyo/GB era, but since ICS onward I always use PlayerPro, it's simpler and works just fine.
        Poweramp has the most feature than other music player, but sometimes I feel the program is a bit more intrusive & arrogant.

        Just saying..

  • Avalos

    Wait, did Mimpi just go free-to-play?

    • RyanWhitwam

      They just told us it was becoming free. I don't know if they added any more IAPs at the same time.

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    I've been waiting for poweramp unlocker sale for so long.... And now that it is here, I can't buy it. Thanks to Google, which has suspended my Wallet account; along with countless others. Went to buy it from poweramp website, but it is still $3.99 there. :(

    • guest

      I'm sorry I paid $3.99 for that piece of crap. I was in a situation where I needed to use it somewhere offline and it would not run because it needed to verify my account on the internet! That's right. They don't trust their paying customers ... and too late to get a refund. Also the low-end of their equalizer is badly distorted for a variety of music that I've tried with it. A one star rating is not low enough for a company that has sold millions. Instead, I'm just going to talk-trash about them the rest of my life!!!

      • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

        Wait what...? I need to be online every time I want to use Poweramp with the unlocker? Can anyone else also confirm that? If I can't listen to my music offline, I have no use of this unlocker.

        • Phillip Huynh

          Not sure how it works now, but that was the case for me. I was without any wifi or data for a while and it wouldn't let me listen to music without verification of purchase. I later found that poweramp wasn't all that great to me anyways, as I get far better sound quality from other music applications and using viper4android as the equalizer.

          • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

            Which music app are you currently using? The "Headphone" equalizer preset in Poweramp is what is my most favorite.

          • Brad Kinney

            That's just not true at all. I use it constantly offline. It was probably a bug specificy to his phone...cache needed wiped or something. Not the app's fault.

          • Phillip Huynh

            No, this was the case for several of my devices, however, I have since stopped using the app, and maybe it has changed since then.

          • Phillip Huynh

            I use Shuttle+ Music player. the free version is essentially the same, I just liked it so much that I went ahead and bought the paid version.

          • Primalxconvoy

            They rarely respond to emails, do i doubt it.

          • Phillip Huynh

            Depends on the developer, I guess. There was one dev who never responded but gave me a refund anyway, others that gladly responded to help, and only 1 that just flat out didn't respond or do anything, it's been two months now and he still hasn't replied.

          • Primalxconvoy

            Where is this "headphone" preset of which you speak, human? I find not it's presence in the equaliser menu.

        • squiddy20

          Not true. I imagine what the other guy was talking about was the initial verification upon opening the app for the first time when the unlocker has been purchased. I don't know for a fact if PowerAmp does this, but it's the only thing that makes sense (or maybe he's just being a lying sack of sh*t). I've driven from the DC area to Ohio several times, and throughout parts of that drive, I get no data on Sprint. I've used PowerAmp (or the FM radio) in those instances and never gotten an error due to not being able to connect to data.
          Oh, and I've had PowerAmp since a few months after it's release on the (then) Android Market. Never had it throw up error messages because it couldn't connect to the internet.

          • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

            Thanks for your input, guys. I also wrote to the developers, but haven't received any reply so far.

          • Phillip Huynh

            Guest probably did go a bit overboard, but the offline part was indeed an issue for me when I bought it about two years ago. Sound quality also does indeed get distorted from what it sounds like to me, that's why I prefer alternatives over poweramp. I had the verification issue several times, and have even reported the issue to the developer, so I'm guessing the issue has since been fixed.

          • Primalxconvoy

            I used it offline on a 13 hour flight the other day. However, Asphalt 8 and most Gameloft titles wouldn't work as they check online almost every day. I did manage to play asphalt on the return journey as I booted it up prior to embarking on the plane over a WiFi network so i guess it didn't need to check all the time. Still, it's an awfully implemented idea.

      • Eric Ale

        im using poweramp like 5 months ago, and work perfectly offline lol .. haters haters everywhere

  • DeadSOL

    PowerAmp!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

    • guest

      I'm sorry I paid $3.99 for that piece of crap. I was in a situation where I needed to use it somewhere offline and it would not run because it needed to verify my account on the internet! That's right. They don't trust their paying customers ... and too late to get a refund. Also the low-end of their equalizer is badly distorted for a variety of music that I've tried with it. A one star rating is not low enough for a company that has sold millions. Instead, I'm just going to talk-trash about them the rest of my life!

      • bearballz

        Yeah, yeah we get your point! You hate power amp.

      • Primalxconvoy

        I agree too but I think it only checks your account online once, non?

  • Ashmedie

    I saw on the DraStic website that the price is going to stay at 5.99

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    • juisherwood

      I voted for DraStic to be included in a bundle at ikoid.com

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        ☤☤☤☤ ☤☤☤☤୔☤ ☤☤☤☤ ☤☤☤☤☤PLUS, your statement is groundless! I just purchased it and all went well without WiFi or Data whatsoever.

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  • TerrenceT

    Mimpi changed to freemium model? Wait... why a game need camera and audio permission? So they can sell my information?!!

    • Mr E

      I'm really curious about the camera/audio permissions too. Anybody know? I didn't see anything listed in the description about it.

  • pauljgo

    Just picked up Poweramp. This is a nice program for the price. I turned off my wi-fi and opened poweramp and was able to play my mp3 files from the sd card with no problem at all. There is a preamp function available and it states on the help overlay that you may need to back off on that if you get distortion. That makes sense to me.
    I had been using the Google Play Music - which is a nice program but there is some issue with displaying the album art. In certain views, the art looks like it is melting. Some kind of rendering problem and that's been happening for a long time.
    Anyhow, happy with Poweramp.

    • Primalxconvoy

      I just wish all these music apps had a manual folder and for album art change built in. Even my PS3 can do that (but it always mixes up the track order).

  • Juul

    What I really miss in PowerAmp and 99 percent of all music players: support for cloud and smb/cifs.

    For now I use ArmAmp and BubbleUPnP (in combination with Viper4Android for best audio-quality). When not at home I play all my music in mp3-format (over 30 Gb) via cloud (Google Drive, Google Music and Skydrive). And when I am at home I play my music in flac-format via cifs/smb-shares on harddrive connected to WDTV Live.

    Every music app should have cloud and smb/cifs-support. (And Google must put cifs-support back in their stock Android)

  • jordonvuz355

    my Aunty Grace got a nearly new blue Kia by
    working part time from the internet. look at this now B­i­g­2­9­.­ℂ­o­m

  • butnutts

    PowerAmp is a pile. I'll second and third all the comments saying so. Purchased the $3.99 unlocker because I was told that would fix my issues - "Too many failed files, playing will stop now" and it did not. The application worked ONCE and has not worked since. I have cleared caches, unistalled and re-installed etc. Support requests left on their forum are unanswered as are refund requests. There is a reason that it's on sale stay away from this rip-off!!

    • Primalxconvoy

      I had problems with a sideloaded version. It got to a point where the internal android media scanner caused it to not work. I don't know if it ever got fixed but I ended up buying it due to the lack of upkeep for Mixzing. So far, Poweramp has been working OK. I wouldn't pay for any skins though, as some lack media playback button support.