Bloom Studio's new app brings game-style graphical views to personal data sets.

This article titled “How Planetary iPad app makes iTunes fun” was written by Stuart Dredge, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 9th May 2011 10.38 UTC

When iPad music app Planetary launched in early May, it quickly caused a buzz among app developers and music fans. Developed by San Francisco firm Bloom Studio, it turns users’ music collection into a 3D universe where every planet is an album.

These kinds of 3D user interfaces can be controversial – insert your own argument about a simple list being a better way of navigating a digital music collection here – but Bloom chief technology officer Tom Carden says it adds an important element of fun.

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