Apple iTunes Store sells 25 billionth song

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Feb 062013
 
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Apple today announced that it has now sold over 25 billion songs through its iTunes Store.

“We are grateful to our users whose passion for music over the past 10 years has made iTunes the number one music retailer in the world,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Averaging over 15,000 songs downloaded per minute, the iTunes Store connects music fans with their favorite artists, including global sensations like Adele and Coldplay and new artists like The Lumineers, on a scale we never imagined possible.”

The 25 billionth song, “Monkey Drums” (Goksel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch, was purchased by Phillip Lüpke from Germany. Apple gave him a €10,000 iTunes gift card to celebrate the event.

The iTunes Store has a catalog of over 26 million songs. It is now available in 119 countries

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RIM rebrands its app store to BlackBerry World

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Jan 212013
 

Research In Motion today announced that its BlackBerry App World web store has been rebranded and is now known as BlackBerry World. The move comes as RIM gets ready to broaden its app store’s catalog to include videos and music (and movies in the future) as well as apps sot that it can become a ” one-stop shop for all of your mobile entertainment needs.”

With BlackBerry World, there are various ways to browse, download, buy, and manage apps using a BlackBerry smartphone, BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, or desktop or laptop computer,— inspiration is at your fingertips. And if you find something you love and want to tell the world, you can easily share it with your friends over BBM, Facebook and Twitter. Also, you can simply tap smartphones together and invite your friends to download it — just like that.

BlackBerry World

The change is first coming to the web storefront. It will be rolled out to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and BlackBerry smartphones “in the coming weeks.”

Read more: Inside BlackBerry Official Blog

WIND Mobile now supporting BlackBerry App World carrier billing

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Jan 162013
 
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WIND Mobile today announced the availability of carrier billing for the App World for its BlackBerry users. It will allow customers to purchase content from RIM’s app store and charge it directly to their WIND Mobile monthly bill or to their credit card.

The move comes just in time for RIM’s BlackBerry 10 launch in two weeks. WIND Mobile has already confirmed its intention to offer the latest BlackBerry devices.

Carrier billing for the RIM App World is already supported by Bell, Rogers, and TELUS.

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Apple App Store tops 40 billion downloads with record December month

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Jan 072013
 
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Apple today announced that 40 billion apps have now been downloaded through its App Store. Nearly half of those downloads came in 2012 alone with December setting a record with over two billion downloads during the month. These numbers do not include re-downloads and updates.

“It has been an incredible year for the iOS developer community,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Developers have made over seven billion dollars on the App Store, and we continue to invest in providing them with the best ecosystem so they can create the most innovative apps in the world.”

Apple highlighted a couple of applications:

  • Temple Run was downloaded 75 million times in 2012
  • Supercell’s DragonVale and Clash of Clans have earned more than US$100 million

The Apple App Store now offers over 775,000 apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Some 300,000 of those are native iPad apps. It also now has more than 500 million active accounts.

Apple had announced that the App Store had topped 30 billion downloads back at WWDC 2012 last June.

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Google Play names best apps and games of 2012

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Dec 272012
 
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With 2012 about to wrap up, a variety of ‘Best of 2012’ lists have begun to appear everywhere. Google is no exception. It has published both the ‘Best apps of 2012’ as well as the ‘Best Games of 2012’ lists.

First a look at Google’s Best Apps of 2012:

These are some of the best apps available in Google Play. Some launched in 2012 while others issued updates that achieved a great combination of utility, beauty and accessibility. Almost all of them are available globally and offer a great user experience on both tablets and phones. From excellent tools to objects of beauty, each of these applications represents the best of Google Play.

And then there are the games:

2012 has been a wonderful year for games on Google Play. While it was difficult to select only a few, these games represent the best and brightest releases from indie developers and industry leaders alike. The selection covers everything from cute and innovative casual games to the latest blockbuster racing title. Search the stars for humanity’s last hope, assume the role of the funniest anti-hero in gaming or join friends in a multiplayer shooting deathmatch and experience the best in gaming today.

Here are Google’s choices:

If nothing else, these lists are sure to spur some discussion. Are there any that Google missed or perhaps should not have put on its lists?

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Google announces Price Protection for devices bought on Google Play

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Nov 102012
 

Google PlayWhen Google announced the 32GB Nexus 7 tablet, it also dropped the price on the 16GB model by $50 to that of the discontinued 8GB model. Needless to say, anyone who had bought the older model for the same price as the new one was somewhat unhappy to miss out. Google has now taken steps to address this by unveiling a new Price Protection policy for devices bought through Google Play.

If we reduce the price of a device on Google Play, we’ll refund the difference in price if your purchase occurred within 15 days of said price reduction.

To be eligible, requests for a price protection refund must be submitted within 15 days of the price reduction occurring.

If you bought a 16GB version of the Nexus 7 through Google Play on or after October 14th, 2012, you are entitled for a refund on the difference in price ($50). If you qualify, you can request Price Protection from Google through the Play Store support page.

Kudos to Google for this move!

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Movie purchases and magazines now available on Google Play in Canada

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Oct 292012
 

Google may have canceled its Android event scheduled for today but it appears that some things that might have made it into today’s announcement are still being rolled out. Canadians (and Australians) now have the ability to buy movies through Google Play. Only rentals had been possible earlier.

Google Play movie purchases

Most recent releases look to be on sale for CA$19.99 for SD versions and CA$24.99 for HD versions. Looking through, it appears that purchase prices go as low as CA$7.99 for older movies or movies on sale (like some Halloween movies). Not all movies are available for purchase though. Rental prices remain unchanged in the CA$2.99 to CA$5.99 range.

Canada still does not have access to magazines, music and TV shows.

Update: Magazines are now also available in Canada. Individual issues as well as subscriptions are available. Prices vary by magazines.

Google Play magazine purchase

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RIM now accepting BlackBerry 10 app submissions

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Oct 102012
 

Research In MotionResearch In Motion today announced that it has begun to accept app submissions for BlackBerry 10 devices.

This means that apps submitted to the store starting today, October 10, are guaranteed to be reviewed, tested and ready for publishing when BlackBerry 10 launches in Q1 2013. This is a huge opportunity to be the first into the store and capitalize on app-hungry BlackBerry users.

Developers are now able to target their applications to both the BlackBerry 10 Family and more precisely to the “All Touch” device when creating a new release in the BlackBerry App World Vendor Portal. The BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha is also still available for targeting for testing purposes.

As an additional thank you to developers, apps submitted in October and November could be given preferred carousel placement on BlackBerry World at launch. They will also qualify for the 10k Developer Commitment (first announced back in May) once certified.

Read more: Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog

Google Play $0.25 app sale: Day 5

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Sep 302012
 

Google PlayThe celebrations marking 25 billion Google Play downloads wrap up today. Here is the list of apps on sale today for CA$0.25:

Happy shopping!

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Google Play app sale: Day 3

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Sep 282012
 

Google PlayThe celebrations marking 25 billion Google Play downloads continue today. Unlike the first couple of days, not everything is on sale for CA$0.25. Prices go up to CA$0.99. Here are the apps on sale today:

Happy shopping!

Update: Good news! All of today’s apps are now listed for CA$0.25.

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Google Play 25-cent app sale: Day 2

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Sep 272012
 

Google PlayThe celebrations marking 25 billion Google Play downloads continue today. Did you remember to save a few quarters for the second day of Google Play’s 5-day app sale. Today, the following are on sale for CA$0.25:

What did you pick up today?

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Google Play 25-cent app sale: Day 1 list

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Sep 262012
 

Google PlayAfter announcing earlier today that it had topped 25 billion Google Play downloads, Google has now kicked off its 5-day app sale with the following – All available for 25 cents:

If this sale goes like past sales, you can expect to see a fresh app lineup tomorrow so make sure to set aside a few quarters for tomorrow.

Happy shopping!

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Google Play hits 25 billion download milestone

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Sep 262012
 

Google today announced that Google Play, its app and media store, has surpassed the 25 billion download milestone. It was only in May that Google announced it had passed the 15 billion mark.

Twenty-five billion is more than twice the distance, in miles, that the Voyager 1 spacecraft has travelled since its launch 35 years ago. It’s the amount of time, in minutes, that have passed since some of our earliest ancestors began to set foot in Europe. And now, thanks to all of you, it’s a Google Play milestone. We look forward to the next 25 billion.

Google Play downloads to September 2012

Google Play launched four years ago as the Android Market. It was rebranded earlier this year. It now offers 675,000 apps and games.

To celebrate the event, Google will offer discounts on a number of apps for the next five days. Participating developers include Gameloft, Electronic Arts, Rovio, runtastic, Full Fat and more. It is also offering discounts on “special collections” like 25 movies you must own, 25 banned books, 25 albums that changed the world and our 25 top selling magazines

Apple hit the same milestone earlier this year.

Read more: Official Android Blog

3 billion apps downloaded from RIM BlackBerry App World

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Jul 062012
 

Research In MotionSome good news from Research In Motion today: The BlackBerry App World has topped the three billion app download mark. It took just over three years to hit this milestone.

Three billion app downloads averages out to over 2.5 million downloads each day. What’s even more important – and impressive – is that the number of daily downloads continues to increase. It took 786 days to reach the one billion mark, 210 days to reach two billion, and only 176 days to reach the three billion number. I should also note that this number does not include apps downloaded from third party BlackBerry app stores, or those pushed internally at companies around the world, or those downloaded directly from the web.

The BlackBerry App World now has over 90,000 applications up for sale from some 28,000 vendors.

Read more: RIM BlackBerry Developer Blog

Facebook launches App Center in U.S.

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Jun 082012
 

About a month after unveiling it, Facebook yesterday launched its App Center, its own version of an app store. Some 600 apps are already available, all of which use Facebook in some fashion. It is available through the Facebook iOS and Android apps as well as Facebook.com. Among available apps are Draw Something, Pinterest, Ghosts of Mistwood, and Ghost Recon Commander.

Facebook App Center

Each app will have its details page providing users with information such as screenshots, permissions required by the app, and more. Users will also be able to see what apps their friends are using.

Facebook promises to offer only “high-quality apps.” It’s not clear if this will be based solely on feedback from people who use these apps or if it will also have its internal criteria.

The Facebook App Center is now rolling out in the U.S. only for now. It is expected to be available to everyone “in the coming weeks.”

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