In App purchases now available for free apps

by Justin Horn on Oct 15th, 2009 @ 5:43 pm


Apple is now allowing developers to sell free apps with the ability for “in app” purchases, which was previously not allowed. This opens the door for some interesting uses, such as ebook readers. Other uses could be to replace the lite version of apps with a free version and have users pay for extra levels, tools, etc. with in app purchases.

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what can we expect from tomorrow’s event?

by Chiyin on Sep 8th, 2009 @ 11:11 am

Apple Event

Tomorrow is the highly anticipated Apple fall event… The invites sent out last week hint that it will be, as usual, an iPod event… But what can we expect? New iPod touch with camera? Discontinuation of the iPod Classic? How can Apple fill an entire event with just introduction of a new iPod? There has to be something else…

AppleInsider is predicting, besides the new iPods, an improvement of the App Store along with a new version of iTunes. They also mention the possibility of TV rentals on the mobile devices.

What do I think could make this event more exciting? Maybe introduction of the long awaited subscription based iTunes? They did recently approve the Spotify App across the pond… But then again Apple doesn’t approve apps that would “replicate” a function they offer as a first party, so that’s possibly ruled out… The tablet computer? I don’t think we will see this until next year, the invite pretty much says it all “It’s only rock and roll, but we like it”… So “rock and roll”… What could this mean? How about this, Steve Jobs saying “One more thing… The Beatles catalog is finally available on iTunes!” Now, that’s what I would call excitement, I’m getting giddy like a school girl just thinking about it… Yes, I’m a Beatles fan… Got a problem?

What do you think will happen?

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Event confirmed for “rock n roll”… no tablet I suppose…

by Chiyin on Aug 31st, 2009 @ 12:40 pm


Arstechnica is confirming the event Apple has scheduled for September 9th… As the invite indicates it says “It’s only rock and roll, but we like it.” Which lead me to believe there won’t be announcement of the highly anticipated tablet. Now what I want to know is… Will we see The Beatles catalog in the iTunes Store?

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The Beatles in iTunes store?

by Chiyin on Aug 21st, 2009 @ 2:30 pm


I just read a post from TUAW where they point out something I didn’t realize. The rumored Apple event is scheduled for September 9th, which incidentally is the same day The Beatles’ new remastered library is dropping, not to mention the Rock Band game (which I’m still on the fence about… on one hand it’s cool that new generations will get to know the amazing music from the greatest band ever… but playing them on plastic instrument? I dont’t know… Yeah, I’ve got issues…  but that’s another post).

Traditionally the fall event is to announce new iPods or changes to the line. Announcing the availability of The Beatles catalog in such event would certainly make sense. Let’s hope the Apples can put their past differences aside so we can finally see the Fab Four ushered into the digital era. Like they said over at TUAW “That would be even better than an announcement of a Mac tablet.” Ah… one can dream…

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Want to leave the iPod-iTunes family to try something new? …better think twice

by Justin Horn on Jul 22nd, 2009 @ 12:03 am

After Christopher Null’s (of the Yahoo! Tech blogs)  5 year old 20GB iPod finally died, he thought why not see what else is out there in the MP3 world. I haven’t had the urge to stray from my iPod since I got my first one a few years ago, but I guess as a tech writer it was worth his effort…right?

All of the nitpicking began to weigh me down. I couldn’t find my music. I couldn’t sync it easily. I couldn’t just start typing a song or band name into WMP to have the display jump to that part of the library like you can with iTunes; I had to use the search system or scroll — agonizingly slowly — to where I wanted to be. And, if I changed anything about an item midway down the library listing (say, to upload new album artwork), WMP would then reset itself and jump back to the top of the library, forcing me to start all over.

When I was an Apple outsider I thought using iTunes would be a pain because it tries to sync everything and what if I had too much music or didn’t want to put everything on there? I know now that was just ignorance on my part as you can drag songs to a playlist and then sync just that playlist, as I do with my iPhone 3GS today. The funniest part of my unfounded concern was the fact that with an 80GB iPod I just did a full sync of my library anyway. I have become so used to Apple’s intuitive design I don’t think I could go back either and I have a feeling I’m not the only one who thinks so.

Christopher sums up his experience perfectly and demonstrates why iPod is and will continue to be the Kleenex of the MP3 world:

So I gave up. I bought an iPhone, moved everything back to iTunes, and haven’t looked back. Works great.

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iTunes 8.2.1 breaks the Palm Pre sync, the war beings!

by Justin Horn on Jul 15th, 2009 @ 2:25 pm

Many have speculated that Apple wouldn’t do this because it would serve no purpose for them to block this and start a feud with Palm. We even tossed around the idea of Apple killing the Pre sync a while back when 8.2 was released shortly before the Pre hit the streets.  Well according to Pre|Central Apple has gone and done it for real this time with the iTunes 8.2.1 update:

It has begun.  With the release of iTunes 8.2.1 (via TiPb), gut46 tells us, Palm Pre syncing with iTunes is indeed kaput. At least on this Pre user’s Mac, iTunes sync isn’t working after the 8.2.1 update.

When taking a look at the release notes…

iTunes 8.2.1 provides a number of important bug fixes and addresses an issue with verification of Apple devices.

…not only have busted the Pre sync, it looks like they did it on purpose and not as a side effect of another update.

(via TiPb)

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