iTunes

Everything you need to know about Apple's iTunes, including iTunes desktop software on Windows and Mac, iTunes Store on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and iTunes in the Cloud on iCloud

Everything you need to know about Apple's iTunes, including iTunes desktop software on Windows and Mac, iTunes Store on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and iTunes in the Cloud on iCloud

iTunes started off as Apple's desktop music player for Mac but has since become so much — perhaps too much! — more. iTunes on the desktop now runs on Mac and Windows, and in addition to playing your music, TV shows, Movies, podcasts, and more, also manages and syncs all of that, as well as apps and games, to your iOS devices via USB. The iTunes Store, which on the desktop includes the App Store and the iBookstore, is where you buy all your content. And if you're using iCloud, it's where you re-download iTunes in the Cloud, and manage iTunes Match.

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Hockenberry: An Open Letter to Steve Jobs on App Store Pricing

Not content to simply produce great (and great looking) software, Craig Hockenberry continues to knock it out of the park on his furbo.org blog as well, this time with an open letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs on App Store Pricing:

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Santa Live for iPhone is Ho-Ho-Hosed?

Merry Christmas, tiny little media-un-savvy kids: rudolf just ran down granny!

Well, that's the story Gizmodo reports, anyway:

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Apps for Less: Weightbot, Party Pro, Armado

Is one of your New Year resolutions to shed a few pounds? Well if it is then this application, Weightbots, by Tabots[iTunes Link] is just for you.

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blockquote>Whether you are trying to lose (or gain) a few pounds, tracking your weight has never been more fun. Set your goal weight, record your weight at any interval (one weight per day max), view your BMI, and see your progress on a beautiful graph. Weightbot also has a built-in secure password feature to protect your weight from prying eyes. It’s easy to use, surprisingly addicting, and designed for everyone to enjoy. Even if you are not actively dieting, you will love tracking your weight just to use Weightbot.

Get it now for the holiday sale price of $.99!

Next up is a nice little 21 and over bar app from Helmes Innovations, Party Pro. [iTunes Link] There are a few other free solutions if you are looking drink recipes, but what makes this app stand out is a GPS bar locator! Very nifty indeed. ;)

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blockquote>Got an iPhone or iPod Touch? Like to Party? Party like a Pro. Everything you need for a party is now on your iPhone or iPod Touch. You can mix a drink, find a bar and much more all from your iPhone or iPod Touch. This is the ultimate party guide for your iPhone or iPod Touch.

Again, this app is on sale for a limited time for $.99 so be sure to grab it soon!

Last but not least we have a great new game on sale! Tricky Software's Armado [iTunes Link] is now on sale! Check out the video after the break to see what you get for $.99!

Have you found an app on sale we might have missed? Your favorite at a bargain price? Hit the comments and let us know!

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Quick App: Resco Bubbles

I'm usually not a fan of games like Resco Bubbles, but I have to admit that this one is pretty addictive. The premise is simple:

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blockquote>Resco Bubbles for iPhone/iPod Touch is an action puzzle game where the idea is to clear the grid of bubbles in order to advance to the next level. You are given a sequence of bubbles, which should be quickly and efficiently popped. Numerous explosive, speed-up, slow-down and damage bubbles keep the game play exciting and challenging.

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David Perry Talks Bugz for iPhone: Gaming, Development, and App Store

David Perry of Didev Studios wrote in to tell us about Bugz for the iPhone, and was kind enough to send along some interesting insights into the game, developing for the iPhone, and the App Store.

On the origins of Bugz as a PSP game:

Bugz was originally conceived about 2 years ago as a PSP game. It took me around a year of coding, design, graphics and audio work before I made a release into a competition that was being run at the time. Bugz was well received in the competition and received first place. The public seemed to like Bugz and it’s quirky cuteness.

On moving Bugz to the iPhone:

Recently I decided to look at iPhone development and Bugz was an obvious choice as a first project. The initial version of Bugz for the PSP only had 17 levels – this would obviously need expanding for the iPhone version. Whilst contemplating the iPhone port of Bugz, I asked a friend to join me on the project, he accepted and Didev Studios was born.

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App v. App: Sportacular and SportsTap

Ahh, sports. The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat. If you are old enough, you probably remember the "agony of defeat" guy - painful on more than one level (for him, and for you if you are old enough to know what I'm talking about). I love me some sports, and thankfully there are some great sports apps for the iPhone. Two of my favorites are freebies - Sportacular and SportsTap. Which one has the edge? Who comes out on top as being more competitive and "sportier?"  Who hits the shot at the buzzer FTW?! Check out the App v. App after the break!

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UPDATED: Amazon Mobile for iPhone

UPDATE: Chad here giving Amazon Mobile for iPhone a try!

I am very excited for Amazon's new native app on the App Store [iTunes Link] for a couple of reasons. Mainly, I like to shop on Amazon, so this offers a convenient tool. Second, it is a really neat experimental feature called "Amazon Remembers", more on this later...

The app gives you what you would expect in an iPhone app these days: a home screen, search, cart, remembers and more. Let's discuss each of these briefly.

Home: This is your start page in the app. It displays items from your wish list and search

Search: You um, search for products here

Cart: View any items you have in your cart; items display from the web or the app

Remembers: This is really cool. Basically you take a photo of something you are looking for, and Amazon will find a match. Amazon has real people looking at this stuff, so it can take a day or two to get a result.

More: This is where everything else is placed. Wish lists, account information tracking packages, etc.

I am very impressed with the app. Amazon could have just made a native app that mimicked their web app, but instead they are trying new things (Amazon Remembers) and giving us access to useful tools (Tracking Packages). I have captured several photos, enjoy them below!

Amazon sent me an email telling me they found a matching product for the picture of the Sharpie marker that I took (see screen hot below). Very cool! I can then buy that item directly from the iPhone! Sweet!

Gallery and Rene's original post after the break!

Sure, Android may have the Amazon MP3 store, but now the iPhone has everything else! Amazon Mobile for iPhone lets you shop quickly (1-Click) and securely (SSL). Will it be as good an experience as the WebApp optimized website version? We'll see -- we still prefer the Facebook WebApp to the native App, but Google's latest native App is killer. So far, it offers all the usual Amazon goodness, plus a new feature called Amazon Remembers, which lets you snaps photos of things (they use a folding chair in the example) you like, which it then keeps in the App and sends to Amazon, and shows you alongside anything Amazon thinks is similar in their catalog. Seems to be US only at the moment (at least it's not in the Canadian App store yet, anyone else get it internationally?), but if you grab it, please let me know how it works (and if it stimulates you to spend a little for the economy, 'natch!)

(Thanks Miguel for the tip!)

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Apple iTunes: Top Apps of 2008

Apple has put up a special iTunes page showing off the top free and top paid apps of 2008. In addition to the overall standings, Apps are also broken out according to categories like Games, Entertainment, Music, Utilities, and Social Networks.

Koi Pond leads the paid apps while Facebook owns the free. To see the complete list, head on over to iTunes.

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Apps for Less: Star Wars - The Force Unleashed, Snow Reports + GPS Ski & Snowboard Trail Maps, Asphalt 4: Elite Racing

Black Friday may be over, but there are still some good deals happening in the App Store and we have a few notables for you today.

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Apple Creates App Store Promo Codes! (US Only!)

Toby Vincent of SmudgeApps wrote in to let us know that along with general App Store distribution and the 100-device Ad Hoc method universities and beta testers have been using, Apple has just opened the door to a new system:

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