If you’ve ever thought to yourself “I want to look at some random photos while I listen to my favorite playlist,” well, then, this may be the app for you. Well, ok, so they aren’t completely random. Trakart by Picture Road, LLC takes the music directly from your iPod, listens to the lyrics and searches Flickr for the most relevant pic to go with the lyrics that are playing at that moment.
Trakart holds that pic for a prescribed amount of time and then moves on to the next set of lyrics for your next picture. It’s a pretty crafty tool and is something one could look at for a while, but in the end it just isn’t very practical. Maybe if you’re sitting in a bus and you’ve gotten tired of all your games you could pull this app out and stare at it for the duration of the ride, but chances are better you would wind up putting the device back in your pocket and staring out the window at the real-life scenery.
To be fair, the developers are promising more features as long as people buy the current version. They say the price will drop by a dollar for every thousandth download allowing them to continue development until this version is free and they can release a fully-featured one. So let’s talk about the potential this app could have: in the future we could see Trakart connecting to specific Flickr profiles, such as your own, or even broadening their pool of pictures to Picasa or even Google Image Search.
There are already a lot of customizable features, but here are a few I’d like to see: Right now the app is locked in a horizontal position. This is annoying when you have a portrait picture show up you’d like to view. I’d like them to give Trakart the ability to rotate the images. That should be easy enough, right? And how about connecting to the photos in your iPhone’s photo library? It may not connect as easily with the lyrics, but it would certainly be a coveted option.
I’m sure there are more options on which we could speculate, but taking the app as it is really is the only option we have at the moment. The biggest problem is the high price tag. $4.99 for an app that the developer admits is unfinished with nothing but the promise of a falling price in the future which does nothing for the consumer right now. I’m sure they thought it was an awesome idea when they came up with it, but it just doesn’t work for a company that really doesn’t have any mainstream credibility yet.
There’s also desktop version on their website that’s free and connects with iTunes.
Trakart requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with both iPhone and iPod Touch.