First up is the release of Amazon Cloud Player for the iPhone. Amazon competes with Apple in the digital music market, boasting more than 20 million songs for sale and 5GB of free storage of the music you buy in your Amazon Cloud Drive with more storage available for purchase. The free Amazon Cloud Player app lets you stream songs stored in your Amazon Cloud Drive or download it and store it on your iPhone so you can listen to your music even when you don’t have an internet connection. You can also create playlists and stream via Bluetooth to other devices.
Amazon also updated its Kindle ebook reader, adding support for children’s books, comic books, and graphic novels. The formatting on the iPad has also been improved and you can now search for content with a new search function on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Microsoft also got in on the app update action with the release of version 1.5 of its My Xbox Live app that adds the ability to use your iPhone as a remote control for your Xbox to play, pause, and fast forward and rewind media. The My Xbox Live app first debuted in the App Store in December with functionality limited to changing your avatar and tracking your own achievements and those of your friends and this update makes it a more compelling download for Xbox users.
Though we’ll leave the review up to our compatriots at TouchArcade, I would feel remiss if I didn’t mention the release of a new title by Imangi Studios, the makers of the wildly popular Temple Run. This time, Imangi partnered with Disney to put out a version of Temple Run featuring Merida, the heroine of the upcoming Pixar movie, Brave. Temple Run: Brave offers the same simple swipe and tilt mechanics of the original Temple Run with revised scenery and a new archery option to earn more coins.
Temple Run: Brave debuted in the App Store yesterday and is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and costs $.99.
Next, one of my favorite RSS reader apps for the iPhone got a major update today. Reeder hit version 3.0, getting multi-account support, the ability to subscribe to and unsubscribe from feeds, and optional synchronization with Fever, a paid service that scans and sorts items in your subscribed feeds to show you the hottest news items and make keeping up with a large number of feeds easier.
Last but not least my go-to online coupon site, RetailMeNot, released an iPhone app this week. RetailmeNot aggregates coupon codes for online stores and is a great resource to check before you place an order to see if you can get free shipping or some other deal to reduce the price of your purchase. The RetailMeNot Coupons app is free and features a neat drag-and-drop coupon code feature to let you do your shopping right within the app and enter a found coupon code during the checkout process.