The streaming content wars are heating up, and thus far it seems to come down to one of two worthy contenders: Venerable DVD-by-mail provider Netflix in one corner, slugging it out with ad-supported, studio-funded rival Hulu Plus, who earlier this month brought their popular service to iOS devices (and more) at long last.
Unfortunately, we’re not all made of money, so if you’re sitting there wondering which service offers the most bang for the buck, wonder no more: Just read on and you be the judge -- or we’ll make the decision for you.
All good things must come to an end. It appears that Grooveshark was pulled from the App Store. We sent Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Josh Greenberg a note about it and he replied that the crew are now scrambling to figure out what's going on. No word yet on what really happened or why Grooveshark had their app pulled.
The Mac|Life staff members are big fans of the music streaming app and are sad to see them go from the App Store. But once we hear more, we'll keep you posted. Grooveshark has published an official blog post about what has happened to their iPhone app. The company stated the following, after the cut.
It seems like just about everyone with the time or resources to do so is cranking out their own Apps these days. The latest to the App Store party? Time Warner Cable.
While the company has plans for the application that include being able to dump content they had been watching at home on to their tablets to watch later, currently the app is limited to being a sweet-looking user interface that Time Warner's Cable's subscribers can use to navigate through the company's television offierings. Offering an extensive program guide and the ability to group programs and channels into custom-built sections.
From today’s “should have seen this one coming” department, Apple has pulled the popular TapTapTap Camera+ app from the App Store after the company let it slip that a rejected feature could easily be enabled through a trick in Mobile Safari. Needless to say, Apple was not amused.
Earlier this week we told you Apple had given developers the ability to allow educational institutions to get a discount on volume App Store purchases. At the time, Apple hadn't give anyone any information on the volume pricing program, but they have finally explained how this volume licensing program will work.
When developers log into iTunes Connect today, they will be prompted to accept a new paid application contract offered by Apple. The contract adds an amendment that will allow developers to offer education discounts when multiple copies of the same program is purchased. While developers must accept the new amendment in order to keep putting apps on the App Store, they will also be able to turn on and off discounts in the application management area of iTunes Connect.
iPad users who like their video to be encoded to Xvid rather than Apple's proprietary formats might want to have their happy dance ready, as the impossible has become possible--Apple has approved an App that allows your iPad to rock Xvid movies without conversion!
CineXPlayer is currently available in the App Store at the low, low price of FREE, despite Apple's tendancy to frown upon applications that allow for the playback of video files formatted to anything other MPEG-4 or H.264. This is excellent news for those of us with a large collection of Xvid formatted files and no time or paitence to convert them for use on the go.
If there were bigger news this week than the fallout and repercussions from the legalization of jailbreaking, we've yet to hear it. But news, as it always does, did happen, and the happy elves of Mac|Life were there to make sense of the pieces, just for you, Dear Reader.
One of the bonuses we've come to enjoy immensely on iTunes and at the iPhone App Store is the Genius feature. Genius play lists rock our parties and Genius recommendations have led us to switch to better apps than the ones we normally use for everyday tasks. So it was only a matter of time before the iPad App Store got a little of the same kind of love.