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Droid and iPhone: 10 free apps for Nashville geeks

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Gift giving has changed throughout history and 2011 is the year for electronic gadgets. But now that you have the newest geek wish list item-what do you do with it? One of the most fun and free options available are applications (apps). There are literally hundreds of thousands of them to choose from!

Here are a few local choices:

Android- (all descriptions come from the Android Market site)

1. Nashville Live Music Guide-The NASHVILLE LIVE MUSIC App is the Who, What, Where, When and How to find live music playing in Nashville, better known as Music City! This is the only App of its kind that gives you total access to all the best live music in Music City.

This FREE app is brought to you by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, the official resource for planning a visit to Music City. Let us help you find the music in Nashville! Nashville Live Music Guide

2. Grand Ole Opry-The Grand Ole Opry is the show that made country music famous. Emanating from Nashville, TN since 1925, the Opry showcases a country music mix featuring traditional country, today's chart-topping hits, bluegrass, Americana, and more performed by new stars, superstars, and legends of the genre.

3. Titans News-Tennessee Titans RSS news aggregator.

4. Nashville Predators Companion-This is a companion app for the NHL team Nashville Predators. Follow the latest news, scores, and standings or purchase tickets to the next game all from one convenient app! The app provides all of the latest Nashville Predators information in an easy-to-use "swipe"-style interface.

5. Living Social-LivingSocial helps you discover the best of your city even when you’re on the go. We have the inside scoop on the best shopping, restaurants, activities and more—all handpicked, unique, and an incredible value.

iPhone- (all descriptions come from the iTunes app store)

1. Nashville 24/7 Local News-A hyper local news website serving Nashville and middle Tennessee communities.

2. CMT Insider-The free CMT Insider app gives you unparalleled access to the biggest country stars around the clock. Use the app to be the first to know what's going on with CMT and your favorite artists.

3. foursquare-foursquare helps you explore the world around you. Keep up with friends, get insider tips, and unlock discounts and rewards.

4. Nashville.Net-Nashville.Net is a mobile calendar for music events happening nightly in Nashville, TN. Incorporating Facebook event creation and RSVP, nashville.net will help you meet your friends out on the town while listening to your favorite bands.

5. WeatherBug-Access the largest network of professional weather stations in North America and thousands of locations around the world! Complete with Doppler radar, severe weather alerts, maps, forecasts and much more, WeatherBug is the most comprehensive weather app available.

*Please note that you don’t need to trash your last phone! There are tons of ways to recycle it. Click here for more information.

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