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Fresh Android Apps for June 16: Music Unlimited, Starbucks, City Story

by Ian Black

The Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup. It’s a beautiful day in Boston. Time to get off the ice and out into the sun, but don’t forget your Android phone as you step outside. With it, you’ll be able to listen to great music (Music Unlimited), grab a nice coffee (Starbucks), and plan out the city of your dreams (City Story).

Music Unlimited (Free)

The Android music service wars are far from over. Music Unlimited is the latest entry and it’s from Sony Network Entertainment.

You don’t have to wonder what the service is like – download the app for free and take advantage of the 30-day free trial that lets you access over seven million songs in Sony’s music streaming library. After the trial, you will have to decide whether to drop it, sign up for the basic service – with selected channels that adapt to your music tastes a la Pandora – or go with the premium service – with full access to the entire catalog and Premium channels that are exclusive to the service.

Need more? Sync songs up from your PC and listen to them over your phone, discover new artists by using the app’s Related feature, or play music quickly and easily using the Android home screen widget.

Starbucks (Free)

You’ve heard about countries where people can pay for stuff using cell phones but you’ve been pretty sure you didn’t live in one – until now.

Starbucks for Android lets you leave your wallet at home, thereby reducing the total amount of stuff you need to haul around. This app provides “Pay with your Android” service at over 6,800 company-operated stores as well as more than 1,000 Starbucks stores nestled inside of Target and Safeway locations. The real mechanism is your Starbucks Card – you can store it digitally, check the balance, and reload it with money from your credit card – all inside the app.

Wondering whether the Starbucks near you supports this? No worries. The app will find the stores around you that do and navigate you there.

City Story (Free)

Sure you’ve launched a farm, managed organized crime, maybe even staffed a bakery, but can you run a city?

Yet another “story” game arrives fresh to the market – this one lets you plot out your own dream city by designing buildings, positioning landmarks, routing rivers, and crafting parks. Do well and the population skyrockets. Do poorly and, well, your city becomes a ghost town.

Like other story apps, you can send gifts to friends to entice them into the game, though in this one the gifts are buildings and other infrastructure artifacts. You’ll find this city a little NYC-centric – the landmarks include the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building.

Download the free Appolicious Android app