Hands-on with pod2g’s first App Store app, podDJ

By , Jan 11, 2013

poddj scratch

When someone mentions the name pod2g, likely the first thing that comes to your mind is jailbreaking the iPhone. That, obviously, makes sense, when you consider that pod2g was one of the primary reasons we’ve been able to jailbreak our iOS device’s in the past. His ingenuity provided us with jailbreaks for the iPhone 4S and iPad 3, and many are hoping that he can work his same magic on the iPhone 5 along with iOS 6.

But cast aside those thoughts of jailbreaking for a moment. Forget the hacks, apps, and tweaks that we’re benefitted with because of pod2g’s hard work. Instead, try to focus on the legendary hacker’s latest endeavor. Admittedly, it’s a bit of a departure from the norm, but pod2g has created an official app that he’s currently selling on Apple’s App Store.

While pod2g, known amongst family and friends as Cyril, isn’t the first known hacker to release an official app to Apple’s ecosystem, he is by far the most prominent member of the jailbreak community to do so. And the thing is, this isn’t just some random app that people will buy only because of the developer behind the project. No, this is a legitimate attempt that’s been well coded and well designed, and it should sell on merit alone.

As you’ve already seen from our previous post, podDJ is the name of the app, and it’s an iPad release that allows you to DJ directly from your device. Of course, we’ve gone hands-on with podDJ on video, so be sure to check inside for the full synopsis…

Now you might be thinking to yourself, isn’t DJay the premier DJ app on the App Store? How will pod2g differentiate podDJ? For starters, here are some of the app’s most prominent features:

  • Touch to sound: podDJ is the fastest application of the AppStore when it comes to scratching and handling the vinyl
  • Sound output latency: 5 milliseconds
  • OpenGL refresh rate: 60 Hz
  • Zero latency cue points: when you push a cue button, the sound comes with virtually zero latency
  • Zero latency Key Lock: time shifting is applied at the source of the audio chain, not adding any latency to the output
  • Direct sound: when effects are not used, all algorithms are bypassed so that your music is played back unaltered
  • Hi-Fi time-shifting: uses DIRAC 3 Technology, one of the most advanced algorithm of the market
  • Hi-Fi equalizer: performed using high precision arithmetics, with separate bass, medium and treble settings, kill buttons, and 2 possibles curves
  • Transform buttons: quickly push or cut the sound of a turntable. Useful for advanced mixing and scratching techniques.
  • BPM detection: quick, precise, and automatic BPM detection can be adjusted and tapped manually
  • Turntable emulation: fine-grain adjustable in settings
  • Monitor (pre-cueing) output: either using a stereo splitting cable or a USB soundcard
  • External mixer: you can transfer each turntable to its own physical output and use an external mixer
  • Direct iTunes library access: contrary to most competing applications, no temporary file is created to convert your iTunes Music, thus no space is wasted on disk and your track is available instantly
  • Multi-touch: no limit to the number of screen touches
  • Multitasking: playback will continue even if you switch to other applications or lock down the iPad screen
  • Multi-route audio: you can choose where the monitor and each turntable output goes
  • Airplay compatible: send your mix in real-time to remote player
  • All iPads: compatible with all iOS 6 iPads, including the iPad Mini
  • Numark iDJ Live: the iDJ Live controller is supported with an amazingly low latency
  • Stereo splitting cable: all cables are supported, this including the famous Griffin DJ Cable

The main thing that pod2g is emphasizing when it comes to how his app stacks up to the competition, is speed. He claims that it is the snappiest and most responsive iOS DJing app, and that’s all thanks to a sound output latency of just five milliseconds, an OpenGL refresh rate of 60Hz, and zero latency cue points coupled with zero latency key locks. I’ve used it myself, and I can vouch that the fluidity of the app is pretty impressive.

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Being someone who isn’t a DJ, though, allows me to take a unique perspective on the release. While the speed of the app was readily apparent to me as I used podDJ, the most outstanding thing to me was the design and the stability of the app.

The design is nothing short of beautiful, and that’s mainly due to the fact that pod2g was wise enough to hire Thientam Bach, better known as Surenix, to do his design. For those of you who’ve been keeping tabs on jailbreak releases over the years, Surenix is the designer responsible for the beautiful jailbreak theme entitled Ayecon. In fact, Ayecon was so beautiful looking that it made our top jailbreak tweaks of 2012 list, even though it technically isn’t a jailbreak tweak. Needless to say, it was the only theme that made it on the list.

poddj 02

Another remarkable thing about podDJ, is that despite being a 1.0 release, and despite this being pod2g’s first App Store app, it’s remarkably stable. I’ve been using podDJ for almost a month now, and it hasn’t crashed on me once, even in beta form. When you consider the fact that pod2g is the one that performed all of the programming for an app that features so many interworking parts, then you can’t help it but to come away impressed.

Of course, ultimately a real DJ is going to be the one who has the last say about podDJ, but I’ve played around with the competition enough to know that podDJ stacks up admirably. In fact, when considering the speed of the app, you may find that you prefer it over the competition.

poddj 03

Be sure to check out our video walkthrough above for a visual look into many of the features that podDJ has to offer. podDJ will be available at $5.99 for the first couple of days of release, then $7.99 until the end of January, then $9.99 thereafter. Considering its closest competitor regularly rings in at $19.99, I’d say it’s certainly worth giving podDJ a shot if you’re interested in DJing from the convenience of your iPad. You can download podDJ right now from the App Store.

What do you think about pod2g’s first foray into the App Store?

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  • Miketyler

    Way to go Pod2g awesome job and thank you for everything you have do for miliions of people

    • jose castro

      heck yea man congrats on the first app. even tho there are many dj apps.. good job anyways

  • http://twitter.com/MHCsk MHCsk

    I must say.. awesome job pod2g! App is very complex, but simple to use and also great looking. Although I would be much happier if I could jailbreak my iPad with it :-D

  • http://twitter.com/_djabrown _djabrown

    Ugh. Another “DJ” app, really? People, wake up, DJing doesn’t work with your iPhone or iPad. I’ve been playing records for the better part of five years now, and I’m far from being perfect at it. But let me tell you, seeing this is like having my eyeballs removed with a hot spoon and no narcotics to numb the pain. Get CD players and a mixer, or at least a MIDI controller, people. Seriously.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      well for older humans who9 grew up on old tech you are right but for a kid born today who will learn to DJ on an ipad am sure it works just fine…lol

    • http://twitter.com/idjcastro Gerardo Castro

      You’ve never heard of DJ Player then… I used a Pioneer DJM-T1 and an iPad along with my speaker setup for a small gig and it did as well as my Scratch Live setup.

  • http://twitter.com/khalids19 Khalid Salim

    i expected 4.99 pricing lol…now this..but i already have DJay for iPad so i think its not for me.

  • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

    Yeah yeah yeah… Now back to the day job.. Jailbreak..
    Only kidding, looks good but I will not be downloading it, I have DJay and I don’t use that..

  • tggt00

    How did the appstore allow him to publish the app? XD
    how ironic!

    • https://twitter.com/#!/alexjdz Alex Diaz

      It doesn’t break any rules.

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Looks beautiful.. great job…

  • http://twitter.com/mrmberman Marc

    $5.99 is very reasonable, I’ll have some of that.

    • http://twitter.com/mrmberman Marc

      Silly me forgot my iPad 3 is stuck on iOS 5.1.1. so this app is useless till a new untethered JB is released for iOS 6+, @Pod2g, it might have been a good idea to wait till after the next JB release as you would have a much wider audience to sell to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Gaugeprower Jonathan Matias

    The added feature of being able to use external controls is something I haven’t seen before, and judging from the video, this DJ app looks like a well designed contender. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one

  • seyss

    I’m sure there’s some secret code within this app… tethering? jailbreaking? let’s see!

    • jose castro

      lol i doubt it .. he even said it him a long time ago.. he is being legit….

  • http://twitter.com/idjcastro Gerardo Castro

    As of right now, he’s gonna have to step it up to overtake DJ Player. With DVS, MIDI control, and external routing, its definitely the king of all DJ Apps.

  • http://twitter.com/digitalfeind Dani Hayes

    Another dj app that offers what they all offer.

  • Florian Lerch

    Just shut up.
    No one needs your comment.

  • http://twitter.com/xuz0 Bing

    I understand pod2g have a life and everything, but I’m sure he can make much more if he sells ios6 jailbreak. Assuming that he sells it for $39.99 and only 25k people paid for it, that’s a million right there. To me it just doesn’t make sense that none of those talented hackers started a jailbreak business . They could make a million for working 4 months every year (new iOS) and have the rest of the time for their family.

    • http://twitter.com/idrakemiller Drake Miller

      39.9$ are you kidding ?
      I won’t be able to jailbreak any of my idevices again xD

    • http://twitter.com/steelahlive Steelahlive

      Well generally speaking, it’s because Jailbreaking was “illegal” or atleast in legal territory enough to earn money could possibly have brought Apple’s full wrath down on them and they at the time when Jailbreaking first came around, decided it wouldn’t cost money to avoid any legal ramblings with apple. So there’s why it’s free in a nutshell (Not 100 accurate info but the gist)

    • Ronald Weaver

      I would happily pay $25.00 dollars if I could jailbreak all my devices for a one time charge. I don’t think many of the younger crowd could afford a jailbreak at that price but I believe many of the developers need more pay for insentive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Sejo87 Sejad Jr Sejdic

    I’ll just Download this………..

  • http://twitter.com/rydogg23 Ryan

    Ok, so not to be a dick or anything, but there is an entire industry that is built around something only he and a handful
    of people know how to do. So maybe instead of creating an app for an already saturated and niche genre, how’s abouts we get this jailbreak done? Maybe cause you want to make a few bucks in life? No problem! Charge us for it….we’ll pay….promise

  • http://twitter.com/Devin_Plebuch Devin Plebuch

    I’d like Spotify integration.

  • http://twitter.com/djden2 Destro

    So if this app is a hit then pod2g will return to the jailbreaking world since he would be assured of a means of income???

  • http://twitter.com/iHacker99 SuperDev

    AWESOME…. Want.. podDJ .. app .. unfortunately … dont have …. credit card … must go …. nag parents …

    • Gregory Surels

      Hey man you know you can use an iTunes card to buy it and you don’t need a credit card.

  • http://twitter.com/iHacker99 SuperDev

    I mean seriously awesome work pod2G

  • http://twitter.com/idrakemiller Drake Miller

    I’m going to buy it just to support pod2g
    @pod2g thank you for your great work with jailbreak :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.liu.7503 Jonathan Liu

    Meh

  • Ronald Weaver

    I’m gonna buy it just because I wanna support Pod2g. : )

  • Darren Stewart

    I really enjoyed the tutorial and congrats to Pod2g nice work. i think it is a great app for Dj’s also has a lot of great features like he said in the video for a 1.0. Keep up the great work we support ya.

  • Yuri

    i got the app maybe there is a hidden program that can help with jailbreaking
    and to support him

  • Gregory Surels

    I was sure he was creating something that wasn’t already in the App Store 10 times over and only because he is so good at what he does and I thought he would have released a functional app not a toy. To each his own and I still respect him and what he does.