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Notable New Apps and Updates: Amazon Cloud Player, RetailMeNot, Temple Run: Brave and More

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

It’s been a busy week in the world of Apple with several significant updates and new apps hitting the App Store this week beyond Apple’s own iOS 6 and Mountain Lion announcements earlier this week.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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DropBox Comes to iPad

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

The app for DropBox, a popular online file storage, sharing, and backup service, hit the App Store yesterday in universal format, adding compatibility with the iPad.

In addition to offering on-the-go access to files stored in a DropBox account, the updated app also takes advantage of the iPad’s file sharing feature, allowing users to export documents stored in a DropBox account to other apps that also use the file sharing feature. For example, we are able to send documents stored within DropBox to PrintCentral, an app we previously reviewed that also uses the file sharing feature in iPhone OS 3.2 for the iPad.

DropBox is a free app. The company offers varying levels of service, with a free account offering 2GB of storage all the way up to 100GB of storage for $19.99/month.

iPad & iPhone & Selected Category Filtered RSS Feeds

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

In keeping with the expansion of the What’s New filtering, we’ve updated the RSS feeds to match. Most noticeably, you’ll find iPhone/iPad filtering enabled!

You’ll also find that logged in users will get a personal feed url when clicking any of the RSS links at the top of the page. Thus the feeds only include apps in categories selected on your profile page.

Please note, due to the nature of RSS readers, these personal feed urls are not secured like your AppShopper account is.

New Category Filtering Feature

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Many of you have asked, so we are pleased to announce the new category filtering for the What’s New page. Visit your profile page (free site registration required) to select the categories you wish to be displayed. By default all are shown. Uncheck categories who’s Apps you wish to exclude.

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The above example shows how to exclude books, for example, from the What’s New lists.

Introducing “Popular” App Activity

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

switchYou’ll notice the front page ( brings you to the What’s New tab switched to the “Popular” view by default.  This list represents a boiled-down view of the Apps that receive the most interesting amount of activity on

You can, of course, still view the exhaustive “All” App activity list by switching over using the All/Popular switch, or find it directly at  Additionally, many variations of the All/Popular App activity are available via RSS links.



Introducing Top 200 By Category

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Introducing the new Top 200 App listings!  These lists replace the former Top 100 and may now be filtered by category and top paid / top free / top grossing Apps.

Sortable Search, Top 100

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Search results are now sortable by relevance, price, update, and rating.  Note: relevance is only shown in most to least relevant order.  Other sort options may be sorted either way.

Top 100 lists are now sortable either way by top 100 position, change, peak, rating, and price.


Top 100 (Paid, Free) Updated Hourly

Friday, August 14th, 2009

The Top 100 app rankings are now updated hourly as opposed to daily.