iFlix is Netflix Heaven on the iPhone

I’ve mentioned in the past how much I adore Netflix (despite the recent Dexter debacle I experienced last week). But now I think I’ve found a reason to love Netflix even more. And that reason is called iFlix. 

iFlix is a native iPhone app, created by Brent Jensen, that is marketed as “easy queue management on the go.” Having had a chance to test out iFlix for a few days, I must admit that this is a killer app, especially if you are power Netflix user. 

Of course, you can do everything you can do on iFlix using Safari on the iPhone. However, accessing the Netflix website on the iPhone can be quite cumbersome and difficult to navigate, especially with the small text and having to zoom in and out of the browsers screen. With iFlix, everything is ten times easier. You can easily rearrange your queue the same way that you can drag and drop contacts in the iPhone address book. You can view recent activity and see what movies you currently have at home and the last movies you returned. 

Something that I like to do whenever I’m at Wal-Mart or Best Buy is peruse the DVD section. Before I had iFlix, I would use the Notes app on the iPhone to list what movies I wanted and then when I got home I would add those movies to my Netflix queue. Well, no more of that multi-step mumbo-jumbo. Now, I simply use the search function on iFlix to find the movie I’m interested in and I can add it to my queue, instantly, on the fly. Awesome. Even better, you can browse discs on the go by genre, top 100, or new releases directly from iFlix, so, theoretically, you don’t even need Wal-Mart or Best Buy to peruse!

iFlix does have a few faults. First of all, the “For You” recommendations function did not work me. It did not return any movie recommendations for me. Secondly, you can’t choose between formats (DVD or Blu-ray). The movies you add will be added in DVD format. 

At $1.99, the iFlix app is a steal for what it does. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love a freebie version direct from Netflix, but until Netflix gets their Apple act together (no native Instant Watch on Macs, WTF!) I am more than happy using iFlix.




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I’ve Broken the 20,000 Song Barrier

Here’s a blog post I made in October of 2006:

“So I was doing some work and I look up to see my iTunes window. And I think to myself, hmmm, “how close am I to 10,000 songs?” So I take a look. And to my suprise, I actually hit 10,001! Weird, I tell you, weird. Freakingly weird, in fact.
But anyways, do you know how much music 10,001 songs is? Well first of all, it is 41.71 GB worth, thats how much. Secondly, it is enough to play music continuously for 25.4 days! Crazy huh. Crazy.

For the record, last song I played was (checking now)…”Famous Last Words” by My Chemical Romance.”

Well, less than two years later, I have doubled that amount. I find this amazing as the initial 10,000 songs took about 4 years or so to build. The funny thing is, I haven’t even yet imported all of my CD’s (yeah, remember those shiny thing-a-ma-bobs). So, 20,000 songs later, I’m out nearly 90 GB (yes, NINETY GIGABYTES). That’s enough music to last me 50 days. And I still I have the rest of my CD collection to import! Well, here’s to the next 10,000.

And for the record, the last set of songs imported were from the Beastie Boys Discography!

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Evolution of the MacBook

For the record, I still prefer the Powerbook branding. The Clamshell was epic back in the day, freshman year of college to be exact! The I replaced the cute Clamshell with the iBook G3 (non-Clamshell) and then I replaced that with a 12″ PoweBook G4 and then replaced that with a faster 12″ PowerBook G4. Now if only they would make a 12″ or 13″ MacBook Pro, I’d be ready to upgrade once more. Still, I am excited to see the 2008 redesign. Graphic is courtesy of Appleinsider.

Central Hub Down

Hopefully it’s only a temporary situation. I’ve got an emergency appointment tomorrow at 9:45 am. Ala Moana Apple Store. So, I guess this is how a parent feels when one of their kids get sick. 

UPDATE: In less than 5 minutes, I was given a brand spanking new iPhone. Kudo’s to Apple customer service!

A Visit to Apple’s Company Store

First of all, the Apple Company Store looked like what ALL Apple Retail Stores should look like! They had everything a typical Apple Retail Store has, including iPods, MacBooks, iMacs and accessories. The main difference between the Company Store and the Retail Store is that that store at 1 Infinite Loop (Apple Headquarters) has official Apple gear! And being the Apple freak that I am, I felt like a kid in a candy store – much like those kids in Willy Wonka. I was overwhelmed, or should I say, iOverwhelmed. By the time I reached the checkout, it felt like I had one of everything. I practically did get one of everything. My trip to the mothership was definitely worth it. I can’t wait for the next visit!