Oh, the App Store. It is both the joy of the iOS user and the bane of our app discovery. Admittedly, the discovery software has improved over the years, but Apple is still sorely behind when it comes to finding new apps and games based on likes and wants. Today, an iOS 7.1 iPhone user unwittingly discovered something new being implemented into an App Store search that may improve discovery.
Apple’s newest mobile operating system is proving to be a particularly popular version. Today, the iPad maker published data pertaining to the overall adoption rate of iOS 7 on its mobile devices over a seven-day period ending Mar. 24. It appears that 85 percent of all iPad and iPhone users are running iOS 7. In comparison, Google’s adoption rate, which was last updated on Mar. 3, shows that only 2.5 percent of Android users are running the most current operating system.
Apple’s App Store Distribution developer support page shows 85 percent of all devices running iOS 7, while 12 percent are still holding out with iOS 6. Approximately three percent of iPhone or iPad users are using iOS 5 or older. The operating system has steadily grown by five percent since January of this year.
Today is a big iTunes and iTunes Radio news day. We learned that Apple is considered making iTunes Radio a standalone app. Then, it turns out we may be paying more for digital downloads starting in 2015 thanks to changes in VAT law in the UK. Now, it turns out that Apple has added the hugely popular news source National Public Radio (NPR) as the first news channel available on the streaming audio service.
Right now, the average cost to download a new song in the UK is £0.99. Thanks to recent regulation changes by Chancellor George Osborne, the cost to download a new song in the UK could shoot up by as much as 20 percent by 2015. A new law has been passed to ensure that the value-added tax (VAT) rate is enforced across the globe.
According to The Guardian, Osborne recently announced that he would use this year’s financial bill to impose a new law that would ensure that Internet downloads are taxed in the country where they are purchased.
Apple Considering Making iTunes Radio a Standalone App With a Subscription Fee and Android Compatibility
Since its launch in September 2013, iTunes Radio has skyrocketed in success, outpacing even Spotify in popularity. At the same time, U.S. digital album sales are down 13 percent and individual track sales are down 11 percent. According to Billboard, Apple is thinking of turning iTunes Radio into something more akin to Spotify and even making an Android app so that more mobile device users can get in on the action.
While sales of digital music have been on a downturn, revenue from streaming services has taken an upturn. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, streaming services generated $1.4 billion in subscription, advertising, and licensing revenue in the U.S. in 2013, up 39 percent from the prior year. Music downloads were down 3.2 percent overall to $2.9 billion.
It looks like we’ve gotten a little big closer to the truth about Apple TV. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that unnamed sources claimed that Apple is talking with Comcast about a streaming television service that would let the set top box have special treatment to bypass Web congestion, making content from the cable provider faster, clearer, and unaffected by public Internet use.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple wants to allow users to stream live and on-demand programming from Comcast via Apple TV, as well as store digital-video recording in iCloud.
When Apple completely redesigned its mobile operating system, one thing the designers didn’t take into account was the effect the new features would have on some more sensitive iPhone and iPad users. One huge complaint that arose was the feeling of nausea, severe headaches, and other forms of visual stress. Since then, Apple has made some minor adjustments to reduce overall effects of motion sickness and visual stress.
We’ve gone over this before. Nintendo is not going to budge. There is no way we are going to get games like Legend of Zelda or Pokemon in the App Store. Instead, we should stop dreaming about the past and move on with our lives and invest in new games. Oceanhorn will satisfy your desire to play puzzle based RPGs and this week’s Editor’s Choice winner may just give you something new to catch.
We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 75% off, several are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.
We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 80% off, a couple are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.