Christmas is fast approaching – only a few short sleeps to go – and If you’re like me, nothing gets you into the spirit of the season like some great festive music. Featuring a wide range of traditional, secular and religious songs, iCelebrate is an app that will quickly put you in the holiday mood.
Developed by Conduit Technologies, iCelebrate partners some great Christmas tunes with five lovely yuletide scenes – including a fireplace adorned with stockings, three burning candles and a picturesque snow covered town. The scenes feature subtle animations like twinkling lights and lightly falling snowflakes – a great addition to the soundtrack. You can even tap an option to keep the screen on so that you can enjoy the background while the music plays.
The music itself is streamed live via a number of top holiday-themed internet radio stations so you will need an internet connection to get the most out of iCelebrate. The track name, artist and radio station are displayed at the bottom of the screen and you can tap anywhere to bring up the music controls, which lets you adjust volume as well as skip songs. I found the songs were generally of a very high quality and the radio stations played well known Christmas music. Some of the first tracks I listened to included:
- Jackie Wilson – Noel
- Louis Armstrong – ‘Zat You Santa Claus
- Jim Reeves – Silver Bells
- Elvis Presley – White Christmas
- John Denver – Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
In Options, you can choose to Play All Genres, or to only play Classic, Modern, Country or Religious music. If you hear a song that you really love you can even share it with your friends with iCelebrate’s Twitter integration.
Overall, iCelebrate is a simple but charming Christmas-themed app for the iPhone, and at only $0.99 for unlimited holiday music, it’s bound to get you in the spirit of the season.
iCelebrate requires the iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later and is compatible with both iPhone and iPod Touch.