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'The New Yorker' Subscriptions Go Live on iPad

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As noted by All Things Digital reports, Conde Nast has followed through on last week's claims that the publisher would begin offering subscriptions to its stable of magazines via the iPad App Store using Apple's in app subscription mechanism. As previously reported, The New Yorker is the first title to debut with subscriptions, but another seven titles should be rolling out soon.

An updated version of that magazine's iPad app gives lets users subscribe to the weekly magazine for $5.99 a month, or the equivalent of a $1.50 an issue. That's a steep discount from the app's old model, which only sold individual issues for $4.99 a pop.

Conde Nast is selling an annual subscription to the iPad app for $59.99; a yearly subscription to the print version of the magazine costs $69.95. Very important: Conde says print subscribers will get iPad access for free.

Several reports over the weekend had pointed to a $19.99 annual subscription rate and $1.99 per-issue pricing, but those figures appear to be for the publisher's other titles that are published on a monthly basis. As a weekly magazine, The New Yorker requires a substantial higher subscription fee. Still, single issues of The New Yorker remain priced at $4.99, a significant premium over even the monthly subscription option.


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DoubleTwist Brings AirPlay Compatibility to Android

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As noted by Engadget, doubleTwist has released a new version of its Android app offering support for Apple's AirPlay streaming standard.

As of version 1.4 it will stream music, videos or pictures to the Apple TV or other compatible devices while also claiming beta support for Sonos hardware. The DoubleTwist player is free, but using AirPlay means purchasing the $4.99 AirSync add-on that also enables wireless sync with your media library (iTunes) and streaming to DLNA or uPnP compatible devices.

Details are available in the updated app description for doubleTwist Player for Android:

Recent changes:

- doubleTwist now supports AirPlay for users who have upgraded to AirSync. Stream to Apple TV (music, videos and photos) and DLNA devices (music and videos). Beta support for Sonos.
- When a supported device such as the Apple TV is recognized on the same WiFi network as your Android device, you can start streaming to it from the doubleTwist playback controls if you are an AirSync user.

doubleTwist has a long history with Apple, having been founded by Jon Lech Johansen ("DVD Jon"), who gained fame for reverse engineering both Apple's FairPlay digital rights management component for iTunes Store content and the Content Scramble System used to encrypt DVDs.

In 2008, the company debuted software for Windows and Mac that sought to replace iTunes as the media management hub for computer users, expanding its offerings in late 2009 to include an integrated version of the Amazon MP3 Store. The company has since focused considerable effort on the Android platform, seeking to simplify media management, integrating with the Android Market, and rolling out wireless media syncing via Wi-Fi.


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Apple Named World's Most Valuable Brand at $153 Billion

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As measured by marketing and advertising group WPP in its annual BrandZ study of global brands, Apple easily topped the list of most valuable brands for the first time. Apple checks in with a brand value of over $153 billion, up 84% over las....
 

Amazon Cloud Player Gains iOS Compatibility

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Late last week, iFans noted that Amazon quietly made some changes to its new Cloud Player for playing music stored by users in its new Cloud Drive service, making the player compatible with iOS devices for the first time.

While it isn't quite as nice as an actual app, it provides nearly all of the functionality that you could ask for. Even the multitasking music controls work flawlessly. Sound quality is said to be "great," and the only part of it that is a little buggy seems to be the scrubbing capability.

Uploading music is unsupported on iOS due to the feature's reliance on Flash, although users are presumably most interested in batch uploading tracks from their primary computers. Drag-and-drop playlist rearranging also appears to be unsupported, and iOS support appears to be U.S.-only at the moment. The user interface is also not customized for the smaller screens of the iPhone and iPod touch, making navigation a bit awkward and requiring frequent panning and zooming.


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Steve Jobs' Reaction to MobileMe Launch, Life at Apple After Jobs, and Other Anecdotes

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MacStories details a new feature story from Fortune about Apple's management including a number of previously unknown anecdotes about Steve Jobs. The story is presently only available as an in-app purchase in the Fortune Magazine App [iTune....
 


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