Glissando -- new app lets you control music with gestures

Gestures are the big thing these days, with Apple's new operating system for the Mac relying heavily on them. Glissando ($0.99) is a new app that lets you control music playback with gestures. The app emphasizes simplicity with a set of intuitive gestures that allows you to play and pause, skip tracks, fast forward, rewind, and more — without glancing at the screen. For example, you can toggle pause and playback by simply tapping anywhere on the screen. Or swipe to the left or right to listen to the next or previous track. Think how convenient this would be if you're driving, for example. They have a sort of demo on their website, but they're really missing the boat by not posting a video of the app in action.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.