Apps join the annual awards ceremonies with ‘The Carphone Warehouse Appys Awards’ *updated*

It is undeniable the ‘Apps’ have exploded in recent months, transforming the way we use technology and becoming part of our daily existence. From saving you time, to helping you quit smoking, there is an ‘App’ for just about everything, with a string of highly talented and creative people behind their creation. Given this rapid boom in popularity and ingenuity required to bring us the new and exciting ‘App revolution’, it seems appropriate that the most talented ‘App’ creators should be recognized and celebrated by joining the annual awards calendar, alongside the Oscars, the Grammy’s and the Brit Awards.

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With more than 800 stores nationwide and being the UK’s largest independent mobile phone retailer, it was somewhat inevitable that a company such as The Carphone Warehouse would be the ones to launch an ‘Apps’ awards ceremony, dedicated to recognise the innovation and development in App technology – celebrating or cashing in on the app craze depending on your point of view.

In April this year, ‘The Carphone Warehouse Appys’ will take place in London. The prestigious ceremony will have special guests and award presenters, who will announce the winners of a total of ten App categories, voted for by the public. This month the initial stage of the voting process begins.

A panel of expert judges, who have had an active role in the expansion and innovation erupting from the online world, will be announced this month. The judges will then make a shortlist of 50 Apps from those put forward. It will then be down to the great British public to decide who the winners are.

With The Carphone Warehouse as hosts, we can expect that the Appys Awards will certainly be a glitzy affair. But will an awards ceremony committed to the creativity of application software akin the Oscars and endear as similar enthusiasm in 83 years time? With the amount of satisfaction and entertainment Apps bring us on a daily basis, we can only hope so.

*Here are the nominees*

Best Sports App

Sky Sports News

miCoach

Football Manager Handheld 2011

Nike+ GPS

Endomondo Sports Tracker

Best Money Saving App

vouchercloud

Shop Savvy Barcode Scanner

moneysupermarket.com

tastecard

Skype

Best Time Saver App

Tube Exits

Dragon Dictation

Sky+

Shop Savvy Barcode Scanner

Google Maps

Best Time Waster App

Angry Birds

Facebook

Football Manager Handheld 2011

YouTube

Doodle Jump

Best Fashion App

eBay Fashion

ShopStyle

net-a-porter

GQ Style Picks

Pocket Gok: Christmas 2010

Best Music App

Shazam

Spotify

Last.fm

Music Anywhere

Virtuoso Piano Free 3

Best Photography App

FatBooth

Adobe Photoshop Express

iMovie

Hipstamatic

Instagram

Best Travel App

London Tube Deluxe

Flight Tracker

Google Translate

Time Out

TripAdvisor

Best Lifestyle App

Amazon Mobile UK

BlackBerry Messenger

Jamie’s 20 Minute Meals

Tesco Groceries

LOVEFiLM UK

Best Game App

Angry Birds

Fifa 11

Doodle Jump

Flight Control

Sonic the Hedgehog

Carphone Warehouse’s iTunes and Spotify rival Music Anywhere review roundup

The mobile phone giant might not seem the likeliest choice to launch a game-changing digital music service, but it certainly is reaching for the sky with its new cloud-based innovation.

Music Anywhere allows users to access their entire music collection on the go, by “fingerprinting” their tracks and playlists. The songs will then be available wherever there is an internet connection to hook up to.

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By taking advantage of cloud technology, which allows consumers access to shared resources on demand, the company is forging ahead of its competitors. Previously your mobile music library has only been as big as your Mp3 player’s capacity – but with Music Anywhere, there are no space constraints whatsoever, making it an appealing prospect for music obsessives.

The service costs £29 per year (or free if you purchase a Samsung Europa smartphone from CW), making it much more affordable than its nearest rival, Spotify. It’s currently only available on iPhones and BlackBerrys, but that’s likely to change in the future.

Music Anywhere launched on Tuesday with modest fanfare, yet it’s already causing a bit of techbuzz among the media.

The Guardian called it a groundbreaking service that has surprised some in the music industry. It reports that the venture has been publically endorsed by the labels and claims the company may also allow users access to films and eBooks in the near future.

The Register however, points out a possible blip on the radar, as it describes an “alarming” item in the service’s terms and conditions: Apparently, if the majority of Mp3s in a collection are pirated, the company reserves the right to terminate a user’s contract.

Catch Media, the company that powers the service acknowledges this clause, but also states that this will only occur in extreme cases, and that it will abide by privacy laws.

The Telegraph shares the same concerns about “snooping”, but concludes with quotes from BPI head Geoff Taylor, who believes that services such as these are “key to digital growth in the sector”.

Meanwhile, Techradar ponders whether Music Anywhere really will blow its rivals out of the water, or if music-lovers will simply just upgrade to a higher capacity phone or mp3 player.

Finally, Music Weeknotes that

“cloud music has become one of the most important concepts in digital music over the past couple of years and has attracted the attention of some of the biggest technology companies in the world”.

There are many unanswered questions about Music Anywhere and its chances of success, but one thing is certain: fans, musicians and record companies alike, will be watching with interest in the coming months to see whether this unique and unexpected service can breath new life into an ailing music industry.