Christmas Ushers in the Spirit of the Holiday Season

Price: $0.99    Score:  9/10    By Sarah ParkerChristmas

Although it is still October, it is always nice to hear great Christmas music, especially as the holiday season draws near. I love traditional Christmas music; it’s too bad we usually only hear it in December! Christmas, by XME Inc., brings 22 relaxing Christmas songs to your iPhone to create a comforting Christmas atmosphere any time of the year.

Christmas features a variety of Christmas songs that are mostly traditional, but include several newer tunes. There are 22 songs in total, which include instrumentals, remixes, songs with vocals, and songs with added sound effects. Two of the songs (“O Come, O Come Immanuel”, and “First Noel”) feature vocals performed by Cekoya, an R&B singer with a beautiful voice. XME has remixed “Rejoice” and added a completely new song to the list, “Heavenly”. I am rather wary of remixed Christmas music because I enjoy traditional Christmas tunes, but XME has made some great songs. The added sound effects on some of the songs can be a little overwhelming, and detract from the song, but otherwise the music is perfect. If you have an iPhone, you can even record your own holiday music or sound effects. The Settings feature of Christmas has a looping option, a timer, and a Christmas countdown. The settings are not saved after exiting the app, so you have to remember to change the settings each time you start the app.

Christmas is a great music app that creates a nice holiday ambiance wherever you go. The price is right, and for 22 songs, this app is cheaper than buying a Christmas album. The music is soothing and would make a great pre-sleep relaxer any time of the year. Who knows, maybe Christmas can even help you ring in a relaxing holiday season.

Christmas is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch; it requires OS 2.2 or later

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