Friday, March 2, 2012

Inside iTunes this morning: Davy Jones remembered; the OC Register brings Kindle-like navigation to The Peel

Two famous people died yesterday, but as you'd expect only one graces the front of iTunes this morning.

Steve Jobs was quite The Beatles fan, but like a lot of people who remember the music (and television) from the sixties, he probably also had a soft spot in his heart for the Monkees.
As you've probably heard, Davy Jones, the cute one, died yesterday of a heart attack at the age of 66.

As for the death of Andrew Breitbart, I'll leave that for others to talk about – as did Apple.

Most media firms would be wise to take a break from developing or updating their apps, what with the imminent release of the iPad 3 and the usual iOS update that generally accompanies a major iOS release.

But, of course, there are bugs to be fixed, and the occasional addition of new functionality.

One minor update, that it worth noticing, is for the Orange County Register's The Peel – an app I keep inside iTunes so that I can track updates.

The folks at Freedom Communications issued another update to the app to fix a minor Newsstand issue, but also added Kindle-like navigation to the app. Now readers can simply tap the right or left side of the screen to move to the next story (in addition to swiping). This is a bloody good idea and should be standard on most media apps.

But someone at the Register needs to alert the development team to update the app's app description. It still says that the latest edition of Feb. 09, 2012, and that the issue talks about Valentine's Day gifts.