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Best new mobile apps for iOS, Android: #music, iPlayer Radio, more

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Each week, Digital Spy rounds up the biggest mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. This week's highlights include the arrival of Twitter #music on the App Store and BBC iPlayer Radio on Google Play.

iOS

Twitter #music NowPlaying page.

Twitter #music NowPlaying page.

Twitter #music
Price: Free
Publisher: Twitter
Twitter has harboured ambitions to be more than just a microblogging platform for some time, and the launch of its own music discovery application double underlines those lofty aspirations.

Twitter #music serves up song recommendations based on the accounts users are following on the social network, and provides playback through its integration with iTunes, Rdio and Spotify.

It's a well-designed app with an eye-pleasing layout and simplistic navigation system that has more to offer to those whose music taste is of the mainstream variety; but there's also a tool for discovering emerging talent that has future potential.

There's little reason to choose the service over its competitors as things stand, but it's a safe bet to assume that #music will grow into something more substantial the more people use it.

A screenshot of the new Yahoo! weather application

A screenshot of the new Yahoo! weather application

Yahoo! Weather
Price: Free
Publisher: Yahoo!
Yahoo! is a company undergoing sweeping changes and mobile is at the forefront of its current strategy, with dozens of new and improved apps and services flooding in.

An aesthetically-pleasing Weather application is among the pick of its latest iOS offerings, making Apple's pre-installed option look comparatively drab with community-sourced photography from Flickr.

The default iOS weather application does the job for most users, but this Yahoo! alternative is sure to strike a chord with those who like to see the weather rather than just read about it.

A screenshot of Roger Ebert's Film Festival on iOS

A screenshot of Roger Ebert's Film Festival on iOS

Roger Ebert's Film Festival
Price: £4.99
Publisher: Shatterglass Studios
The media has been awash with tributes to legendary film critic Roger Ebert since he passed away earlier this month, but his legacy will live on through the body of work he left behind and the annual Ebertfest film festival.

This year marked the 15th anniversary of the event, and Shatterglass studios has rolled out an official iOS app to commemorate the occasion.

The Roger Ebert's Film Festival application comes loaded with Ebert's reviews, hours of Q&As and video footage, as well as browsable programmes from past events.

AirPlay support lets Apple TV owners enjoy the content on a bigger screen, and annual updates to coincide with the festival do more than enough to justify the £4.99 price tag.

Android

BBC Radio iPlayer app on mobile and tablet devices

BBC Radio iPlayer app on mobile and tablet devices

BBC iPlayer Radio
Price: Free
Publisher: BBC
Apple users have had access to the BBC's iPlayer Radio service in native app form for a while, but now it's the Android community's turn to be smug as it's just touched down on Google Play, complete with new features.

The application comes with the same core features as its iOS counterpart - live programming, podcasts, social options and alarm clock functionality - as well as expanded sharing features, improved navigation and a less cluttered layout.

The folks at the Beeb took their time porting the service to the fragmented Google operating system, but they've put a lot of care and creativity into tailoring it appropriately.

A screenshot of the new Yahoo! mail application

A screenshot of the new Yahoo! mail application

Yahoo! Mail
Price: Free
Publisher: Yahoo!
As we've already touched on, Yahoo! has been busy in the apps sector of late and appears to be reshaping itself as a business that puts mobile first.

A new native Yahoo! Mail app for Android devices is another fruit of these labours, offering an overhauled design, full-screen reading mode and a range of new organisation tools.

While the launch of a shiny new native app is unlikely to convince users to migrate from Gmail and other rival services, the latest Yahoo! Mail is an improvement over its predecessor in terms of both look and usability.

A screenshot of Visual Calendar for Tablets on Android

A screenshot of Visual Calendar for Tablets

Visual Calendar for Tablets
Price: £3.91
Publisher: Personal Touch
Visual Calendar for Tablets is an app with ambitions to do much more than what it says on the tin. Personal Touch's latest software makes a bold claim, promising to "change the way you plan your life".

The tablet application visually links your tasks and appointments to create "logical chains" with eye-catching coloured icons. Moreover, Visual Calendar automatically syncs with its built-in Google counterpart to act as a one-stop shop for all of your scheduling needs.

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