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    Default iOS App Reviews - Miso, Media Queue

    <h3>This week it's all about consuming media: Miso is a social network for the television and movies you're watching, and MediaQueue organises everything you want to read, watch, listen to and more in one place.</h3>
    <h4>Miso</h4>
    <a href="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Miso-1.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-10929" title="Miso 1" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Miso-1.png" alt="" width="217" height="422" /></a>

    Twitter is an excellent way to communicate with friends and followers about your thoughts and activities, providing a basic framework and one hundred and forty characters to express your view. For most updates and posts, this framework is all that's needed, but certain activities require a little bit more customisation. When you go to a certain place, for example, you're more likely to go through Foursquare to share that, which offers an experience designed specifically for location-based tweets. <em>Miso</em>, a new social network that launched as a website and iOS application, is the Foursquare of movies and television.

    Not only is <em>Miso</em> similar to Foursquare in concept, but in functionality too. Just like a landmark or event, you check-in to the TV programme or film that you're watching via the <em>Miso</em> app, which features an extensive library of shows (almost all of which are user-generated, so if something's missing, you have the opportunity to add it yourself in less than thirty seconds). Once you've found it, it's just a matter of adding an optional comment, selecting an episode (this is usually only possible on more popular shows and seemingly exclusively available from the iOS app reviewed here, not on the web interface) and confirming your choice. You can also choose to link other 'framework' social networks Facebook and Twitter, asking them to display a quick link and message to say you're watching the show. I tried this for a while, but it became somewhat annoying to other followers.

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    <a href="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Miso-2.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-10930" title="Miso 2" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Miso-2.png" alt="" width="217" height="422" /></a>

    Each check-in awards you one point, but adding a comment or posting the update on Facebook and/or Twitter earns you additional points, up to four per show. Points become important if you wish to achieve badges (again, similar to Foursquare) and boast to your friends about your obsession with a particular genre, show or just television and movies in general. This will act as an incentive for some people to check-in more frequently, as it is an unnecessary addition to others. For most, it's simply another part of the <em>Miso</em> network. Badges awarded and yet to be awarded can be seen inside the badge menu, which is third in a row of four buttons in the bottom menu bar, joining the 'friends' menu (think News Feed or Timeline), TV &amp; Movies to search for your programme and My Profile to check up on points and settings.

    <em>Miso</em> features a fairly generic but comfortable user interface that's fairly easy to pick up and enjoyable to use if not for the occasional bug. The most frustrating of those deletes a comment written while checking-in if the user goes on to select an episode (I contacted the <em>Miso</em> support team about this and got a response acknowledging the problem within hours: it's one of the speediest replies I've ever had). Otherwise, however, the app performs as expected with a simple design. The large green check-in button that appears on most screens demonstrates the main objective of using a service such as <em>Miso</em>, a green button which is accompanied by a somewhat poorly integrated 'pull to refresh' slider ( la Twitter for iPhone and just about every other app nowadays).

    <a href="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Miso-3.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-10931" title="Miso 3" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Miso-3.png" alt="" width="217" height="422" /></a>

    <em>Miso</em> has great potential to become as widely-used as Foursquare, especially considering television and movies are watched by all of us on an even more regular basis than checking-in to different places. Thankfully, no attempt is made to intrude with network promotions or 'official' programme pages aside from a few sponsored badges (such as for coverage of the midterm election that took place today in the United States), something which this app could easily fall into the trap of doing. As it stands, it's a very simple way of discovering new content at your own pace and exploring what your friends are watching and liking. Some work could be done to make Miso updates a little less annoying when made through other social networks, but this is a difficult, long-term problem to solve. Overall, unless the idea of checking-in to the shows you're watching completely turns you off, there's no harm done in signing up and giving <em>Miso</em> a try.

    <strong>Version reviewed:</strong> 2.1.1
    <strong>Price:</strong> Free
    <strong>Developer:</strong> <a href="http://gomiso.com/">TweetNGO, Inc</a>
    <strong>Designed for:</strong> iPhone, iPod touch &amp; iPad
    <strong>Compatibility:</strong> iOS running 3.1 or later
    <strong>Size:</strong> 2.2MB
    <strong>Category:</strong> Social Networking
    <strong><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/miso-social-tv/id352823603?mt=8">App Store</a></strong>
    <h4>Media Queue</h4>
    <a href="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Mediaqueue-1.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-10932" title="Mediaqueue 1" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Mediaqueue-1.png" alt="" width="217" height="422" /></a>

    With so much media on offer and display thanks to the Internet and an ever-increasing amount of content being produced, it is sometimes difficult to keep track of everything you should be consuming. As the aforementioned Miso app helps you discover new shows and movies to watch, <em>Media Queue</em> takes all the content you already to look at and puts it in one central list so that you don't forget to consume it.

    <em>Media Queue </em>is an extremely simple utility, one that really only requires two views: a list of everything you're tracking, and a place to add new content. The app allows both of these functions to take place with a very user friendly experience. Adding a new type of media to consume is as simple as tapping the plus button at the top right corner of the screen, jotting down a name for it, giving it an icon by choosing a type (it accepts almost anything: albums, books, games, movies, podcasts, software, songs, television shows, websites and video clips, though there is strangely no 'other' option just in case it's needed), optionally selecting the person who recommended it to you (even though it integrates nicely with your contacts, there's no real point to doing this), selecting a date you want to consume it by and maybe adding a note or two.

    <a href="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Mediaqueue-2.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-10933" title="Mediaqueue 2" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Mediaqueue-2.png" alt="" width="217" height="422" /></a>

    If you so choose, <em>Media Queue</em> will then display, in one of two menus, a choice between all content yet to be consumed and already consumed, or just the stuff that you've specifically stated you want to watch, read, listen to or play with today. Next to those two items on the bottom menu bar lies another option just to see the stuff you haven't consumed yet and a more menu with settings (choose the default media type, starting tab and where to open links), help requests and acknowledgements (a note to the developers: you've misspelled that word in your app). As I wrote above, it's a very simple little utility. It's also worth mentioning that this app is retina display optimised. It baffles me that apps are still arriving on the store to this date without retina icons and graphics, but thankfully <em>Media Queue's</em> developers have gone to the trouble of making it look beautiful on the iPhone 4 and fourth generation iPod touch.

    Perhaps <em>Media Queue</em> is overpriced at $2.49, but it does perform a vital function: it provides a solid way of taking down all the bits and pieces that you want to watch but always forget to. Sure, a note on your iPhone could do exactly the same thing, but even the little touches such as the custom icons for each media type make it just that much of a better experience for organising media.

    <strong>Version reviewed:</strong> 1.0
    <strong>Price:</strong> $2.49
    <strong>Developer:</strong> <a href="http://conceited.net/">Conceited Software</a>
    <strong>Designed for:</strong> iPhone &amp; iPod touch
    <strong>Compatibility:</strong> iOS running 3.0 or later
    <strong>Size:</strong> 3.1MB
    <strong>Category:</strong> Productivity
    <strong><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/media-queue/id382280078?mt=8">App Store</a></strong>

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    If you are going to review Miso, I'd recommend that you should also review GetGlue and the apps for both iPhone and the iPad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by griffmiester View Post
    If you are going to review Miso, I'd recommend that you should also review GetGlue and the apps for both iPhone and the iPad.
    Ditto

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    Been using Miso for a while now, I quite like it but those achievements are very difficult to get! Still, it's a fun app and it's nice to be able to push what you're watching to FB with coverart etc, and having desktop checkin via the web is handy too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gehenna View Post
    Been using Miso for a while now, I quite like it but those achievements are very difficult to get! Still, it's a fun app and it's nice to be able to push what you're watching to FB with coverart etc, and having desktop checkin via the web is handy too.
    Seriously, you should check out GetGlue. The achievements are easier to get, and they are stickers. Once you've collected more than 7, they can be posted out to you.

    There is a Chrome Extension that is smart enough to pop up on most websites that are related to topics that you can check in about (eg wiki's, imdb, thetvdb, amazon).

    I use both, and I prefer GetGlue. I'll leave it at that.
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