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The iTunes Store Family Sharing Debacle

With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced Family Sharing, a way to allow multiple users in a family to share the same iTunes Store account. This way, they can easily get access to all the music, movies, TV shows and apps that anyone in the family buys. Theoretically. In practice, it’s not so […]

Apple Changes “Free” Terminology on App Store; But Still Uses Free for Top Charts

Apple made a change to the terminology they use in the App Store yesterday. Instead of saying Free on the price buttons for free apps, they now say Get. Apparently – and rightly so – this is because the EU is cracking down on “free” apps that can actually cost a lot of money because […]

Upgrade Pricing Now Available on the iOS App Store?

I was looking at a crossword app that I use today, and saw that there was a new version. I downloaded the free version of Crosswords, and still had the older version – Crosswords Classic – on my iPad. When I launched the app, and tapped on one of its menu items, I saw a […]

What Happens to Content Purchased from Apple When You Die?

You use your Apple ID for a lot of different things. It’s your email account, if you use iCloud email; it’s your iMessages connection (though you can also use your phone number); and it’s especially the key to any content you’ve bought from Apple. You use it to buy from the iTunes Store, the Mac […]

App Store Hypocrisy: Apple Bans Sexy Comic but Sells Tit Mags

According to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Apple has banned an issue of a comic from the Comixology app. “After extended review, Apple has decided to ban Image Comics’ Sex Criminals #2 from ComiXology’s iOS app based on undisclosed violations of their content guidelines.” Apparently, Apple sent the following statement to the publisher of […]

Apple IDs Suck

Yep, that’s pretty much the state of Apple IDs. The number of problems I hear about from readers is astonishing. We all have one, if we ever buy anything from the iTunes Store, the Mac App Store, or use iCloud. And they cause problems. I’ve written an article over at Macworld, The Problem with Apple […]

Apple’s Illogical App Store Upgrade Process (Updated)

FileMaker today released Bento 4 for iPad, which the company touts as a tool for creating databases on an iPad which the company calls “apps.” This is all well and good, but this upgrade revealed some inconsistencies in the iTunes Store. First, if you search for Bento on the iTunes Store, you’ll see two versions […]

Apple and App Store Censorship

What’s the deal with this censorship, Apple? Ok, you banned jiggly boob apps, and even all apps that have babes in bikinis. One can argue for this in some ways, but you still sell an app from Playboy. So now you censor a Pulitzer prize winning cartoonist for satire. This is an app with political […]

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