The more bands and artists you listen to, the more difficult it can be to keep up with the newest releases. Nomis, an app designed by Taprockets, attempts to keep you up to date by compiling your artist list on your iPhone and updating a list of the latest albums each time you launch the application.
It really is a no-fuss design; open the app and the compilation begins. Once it is complete, you’ll see a list of the latest albums of your favorite artists, complete with title and CD cover. Tap on the album and you’ll see a list of tracks from that album, along with the option to download individual songs or the entire album from iTunes. Selecting one of those options opens iTunes and brings you straight to your selection to download as usual.
Nomis has nice graphics with a retro, searching-through-my-records feel. I did experience a crash or two when I tried to move from viewing an album’s details back to the main menu. And it’s worth noting that those are your only two options; you can’t remove a new album from the list if you already own it but do not have it on your phone, and there are no options to sort or organize, nor is there an option to search for something new by a particular artist. As a result, if there are several updates, some of which you already own (or don’t want) and some of which you don’t know about, you may have to scroll a bit to find those.
However, simplicity is not a bad thing. Open the app, take a quick scroll, see if there’s anything new and download what you like. If you find yourself missing out when your favorite artists release new albums, Nomis is a good deal.
Nomis [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.