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Planetary

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Description

Planetary has been added to the collection of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. It will not be updated for newer versions of iOS, but is being preserved as an example of interaction design and interactive data visualization.

Planetary is an all-new, stunningly beautiful way to explore your music collection, available only on iPad. Fly through a 3D universe dynamically created by information about the recording artists you love. Visit planets that represent your favorite albums and control the playback of your music on iPad by browsing and selecting astronomical objects.

Planetary is just the sort of science fiction experience you expect when using an object from the future like iPad. You'll want to show your friends this beautiful app. We've made it even easier to share Planetary at home; it looks incredible when you hook your iPad 2 up to a big HDTV or projector using the HDMI accessory.

Planetary is the first of a new type of visual discovery app produced by Bloom Studio. In the coming months, we'll be releasing an ongoing stream of apps that let you explore and participate in social networks, video streaming services, and location-based applications in a whole new way! We're building new ways to see and communicate.

What's New in Version 2.0.3

rebuilt for the retina display on the new iPad

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Customer Reviews

What's not to like?

I've had this app for ages, and it's been great fun. Now that it's retina-capable for the new iPad it looks stunning! I don't know what to say to these apparent bugs with startup and play/pause buttons. Obviously they must be happening or people wouldn't be reporting them, but they mustn't be affecting everyone. I certainly haven't had a problem, and I've had this app for months. Even since the update, I see nothing wrong. The only thing I would suggest to improve further would be to lower the sensitivity of the manual animation. Even the slightest swipe can result in the whole thing spinning violently. But on the whole, I love the progression this app has made, namely in the graphics and the gyro support. Nice little features for a nice little app. Good work!

Bought the iPad because of this app

A friend showed me this app a year ago and forgot the name. Went into the Apple store and the employee I asked had never heard of this app. My MacBook was stolen shortly afterwards. Gave up looking after that and when my girlfriend talked me into buying an iPad mini this was the first app I looked to buy. Always been amazed and interested by space and have had fun playing my music through this app. They could add a few things to this app but assume since the app is free the developers are unlikely to do so. I would definitely pay the normal £0.69 or £0.99 if you had to pay for this app. Amazing app, do download and spin the planets, zoom out and have fun in your music universe!!!!!!!!!

Awesome on my iPad 3, but...

Is there any chance for better handling of iTunes Match? I don't keep any physical music on my iPad, but rather play 'over-the-air' with iTunes Match.

Planetary works perfectly once the song/album has been downloaded from the cloud, but if you try to play something not already downloaded, it quits back to the loading screen while the track starts downloading, and then goes back to where you were.

Whilst this isn't necessarily 'broken', it's not a great user experience - is there any way to stay in-app while iTunes Match does it's thing?

Planetary
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  • Free
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Updated: 26 March 2012
  • Version: 2.0.3
  • Size: 8.6 MB
  • Language: English
  • Developer: Smithsonian Institution

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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