Battle of the Clocks Please Register or Log in to view images We all have alarms. Whether you need them to get up for work, school, remind you of a sports practice you have, or just to wake you up after your late morning lie-in. However, the choice of sounds available on the Clock.app are... limited. The only one I can bare to listen to is Piano Riff, which is just a blues sequence repeated... How boring. However, with the recent introduction of 3.0, developers now have the ability to access your iTunes music library on your iDevice. This means that you can now wake up to any song you have in your arsenal - And it's my duty to tell you which of these two alarm apps (iMusiClock and AlarmTunes) you should be buying. AlarmTunes Please Register or Log in to view images Name: AlarmTunes Developer: McLean Mobile Studios Price: $0.99 (59p) Size: 1.5MB Version: 1.1 AlarmTunes recently got a massive update to v1.1, which brought a whole host of new features, some of which I'll type now: Direct Access to all music from your iPod music Library including playlists, albums, songs, artists, podcasts and more... Ability to designate multiple or individual tracks as your alarm Multiple Alarm Capability with On/Off Toggle Resortable Alarms A true clock! Clock display will remain illuminated while device is plugged into power source Shake feature enables random selection of music Large snooze button and a Shake to Snooze feature Works in sleep mode (unlike most alarm apps) Day/Night Display Modes Fall asleep to your music with alarm preview mode, automatically turns music off after 30 minutes Ability to select shuffle, continuous play or repeat when multiple tracks are selected Alarm Fade-in 24 hour clock support with a simple double tapping on the display Persistent memory of settings such as alarm mode, music selection, volume, display, 12/24 hour preference Standard alarm mode available as an alternative to music Simple and intuitive interface Set the tone for the day and wake up to your favorite songs. The interface on this app is beautiful. The lovely gradient blue with icons is easy to navigate through and nice to look at. Double tapping the screen turns the clock into 24 hour mode, too. The day of the week and date is also shown on the bottom of the screen. I'll take you through the buttons on the top of the screen now. 1. The clock Tapping this brings up an interface with the typical time wheels (that you may have used in the Clock.app) You just rotate the wheels to the time you want an alarm to go off, and tap "Add." Using this method, you can add an unlimited number of alarms, and the swipe to delete feature is present if you need to get rid of some. You can also delete and move multiple alarms by tapping the three horizontal lines, which lets you drag alarms around and delete them - again, this is similar to the Clock.app. Please Register or Log in to view images 2. The lightbulb An innovative feature in AlarmTunes is night mode, which reverses the colours of the clock, so that you have blue text on black background. It does look like one of those typical LED clocks, and does actually look better in the dark. I think this would be used when you don't want a bright light shining onto you when you're trying to sleep! But it is a brilliant feature. Please Register or Log in to view images 3. The speaker Simply a volume control. I don't really see a use for it, as I keep it on maximum and adjust volume using the hardware volume controls. 4. Play/Pause button I actually don't know. I've tried everything, and I can't get it to work. If you know how it works, please tell me... It doesn't seem to play music without an alarm... and it doesn't turn on/off alarms, so I'm not sure what it's for. 5. The music note Tap this and you can choose the music you want to wake up to. A benefit of this app is that you can choose multiple songs to listen to. Maybe you could start with a soft song, and then choose a louder one to force you awake! The app also supports podcasts too! If you like waking up to the radio. You can also shuffle, repeat one or repeat all of your alarm tunes. Please Register or Log in to view images The Alarm When the alarm goes off, you're presented with this simple screen. You can choose to snooze (which will play your alarm again in 5 minutes) or stop the alarm playing altogether and get out of bed. The buttons are large and on separate sides of the screen, so you can't accidentally hit one or the other. The time is also displayed LED style in the centre of the screen, and also the name of the song playing underneath that. Another special feature is "Shake to Snooze" which literally does what it says. Just shake your device and it will snooze. Innovative. Please Register or Log in to view images Extras? If you're anything like me, you probably want your iDevice's screen to be off when you set an alarm. Maybe because it's too bright? or because you're worried about battery drainage or future screen issues... AlarmTunes works when the screen's off! Just open the app, set it up, and press the lock button and it will work - Unlike most apps which stop working when the screen's locked.