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A Guide to Writing App Reviews in the iTunes App Store

If you just got an iPhone or iPod touch, congratulations!  You are on your way to enjoying the most game-changing mobile device to come along in a while.  And even if you've had your device for a while, the following should help you with the App Store, specifically writing reviews.

 

As a developer, over the past year, I've seen a lot so I thought I'd compile some hints to make your app experience better!

 



Auto-Syncing and syncing preferences

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A cool feature added to iTunes 9 automatically fills any remaining space on your iPhone or iPod touch with songs.

Using the Sync Applications feature

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 Sync AppsMy favorite new feature is Sync Applications. I have over 500 apps in my iTunes library that have been rather difficult to manage until now. This feature makes it easy to install and uninstall apps and move icons around Home pages. To use this feature:

Setting up Home Sharing

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 HomeSharingUntil the release of iTunes 9, the computer you used to purchase music from the iTunes Store was the computer the music lived on. It was possible to play it on another computer, but you had to jump through some hoops to do so. iTunes 9 includes a feature called Home Sharing that allows you to share music, videos, and other media on up to five authorized computers in your home network. Here’s how it works:

Using App Genius

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App Store GeniusApp Genius helps you locate apps that are similar to ones you have already installed on your iPhone or iPod touch. Since there are over 85,000 apps from which to choose, this new feature should help you cut down on the time you spend searching the App Store. Here’s how to use App Genius:

  1. From the iPhone or iPod touch, tap the App Store icon.
  2. Tap on the button labeled “Genius” in the upper right corner of the display.
  3. Tap on “Turn On Genius” and you’re prompted to fill in your iTunes password. Do so and hit OK. (Note that turning on Genius sends information about the apps you have installed to Apple.

iTunes 9 Tips and Tricks

How to use the new features of iTunes 9

Apple continues to improve its legendary iPhone and iPod touch interface with the release of iTunes 9. This newest version of iTunes tweaks some old favorites, like the Genius feature, and brings us some new favorites, like Home Sharing. This article will help you better understand some of the new features available to iTunes 9.0 users.


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Learning a language

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iTunes LatinoOne of the keys to learning a language is to immerse your self in it. Ideally, you’d like to live where the language is spoken, but that’s not always possible. SettingsLanguage 1More practical ways to immerse yourself in the language include watching foreign language movies and TV shows, listening to foreign language music and radio, and reading books published in the language you are learning.

Adventure Games

The past is now present—and the future looks even brighter!

For several years now, the PC gaming world has been lamenting the death of the adventure game. The funny thing is that the genre is alive and well; it just doesn’t thrive as much in the commercial world. However, it appears that developers are interested in reversing that trend and, in part, are using the iPhone platform to do it. Over the last several months, quite a few adventure games have been ported to the iPhone, ranging from the first adventure game ever made, to one of the most beloved. I’d like to share my thoughts on some of these translations, and where I hope this trend is heading. This is my look at the state of the adventure game on the iPhone.


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BLACK FRIDAY App Deals!

Tis the season for great deals, and I just learned that EA is putting a ton of apps on sale!

Here's the list.  A quick way to see all of EA's apps is to click here - http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/electronic-arts/id284800461

Also, if you'll forgive the self-promotion, some of my own apps are on sale!  AutoRingtone PRO (normally $1.99) is half-price, at $0.99 and AutoRingtone MUSICAL Edition is FREE!  Check 'em out at http://www.AutoRingtone.com!

 



Getting the Most Out of iTunes

Use these desktop add-ons to automatically download cover art and lyrics

The desktop version of iTunes is a great application, with features that I’m still learning to use. In addition, there’s a world of add-ons and programs out there that make iTunes even better! I’ve just begun exploring these and wanted to share my comments about some of the best. Some of them are available for both the Mac and Windows PC; others are available for one platform only. Some are freeware and others commercial apps.


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