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Background noise to help you block out background noise

White Noise Review

by on January 12, 2011

How many apps do you own that you use when you’re asleep? The principle behind White Noise is simple: when you need to sleep or work without distraction, drowning out background noise with a flat, unchanging hum lets you concentrate as your brain filters out the drone, letting you focus on work or zone out in bed.

Does it work? We were skeptical at first, but actually the biggest barrier we found to sleeping with this app was our earphones falling out or our iPhone getting kicked out of the bed. For blocking out neighbours’ late night TV marathons or noisy family arguments, it’s genius. Even short napping is doable, featuring as the app does both a timer and an alarm clock, which fade out the white noise and play either an alarm, jingle or a track from your iPod to ease you back into consciousness.

Also included in the app is a wide selection of suitably zen background noise, from wind chimes to rainforests, as well as some rather more mundane, modern alternatives (the soothing drone of a hairdryer, or the soft burbling of a dishwasher – seriously). Wishy-washy feng-shui nonsense or not, there’s fun to be had listening to rain falling inside an aeroplane or someone hoovering busily on the tube.

In more practical terms, for work and sleep this app is a simple and satisfyingly scientific solution to the problem of outside distractions. Recommended.

Buy this app: White Noise for iPhone

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