Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Important tablet edition updates from Rogers Publishing; Amazon releases one bad update (Kindle) and one very useful one (Cloud Player)

Rogers Publishing, one of Canada's largest magazine publishers, today issued updates to some of its Newsstand apps that it said were "critical". "This is a critical update for users whose store is constantly refreshing. The new version will restore any missing covers and repair the internal database," the app update says on such apps as Maclean's and B2B titles Marketing Magazine and Canadian Grocer.

"Please note: for users experiencing the flashing store, to repair the affected files your library will be deleted," the app description continues.

"We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. You will be able to download all previous purchases by selecting “Settings” and “Restore Purchases” for iTunes customers and “Reset Subscription” for print subscribers. For users who are not currently experiencing the store issues – your library will not be affected." issued a new update to its iOS Kindle app, but another is right around the corner if the app description is to be believed.

"Note: There is a known issue with this update. If you are an existing Kindle for iOS user, we recommend you do not install this update at this time."

I rather mindlessly updated the app through iTunes which would lead to the updated app replacing the working app on my iOS devices. To avoid this happening I simply deleted the app from the iTunes library, this will cause the older Kindle app to remain and for it to migrate back to iTunes.

Amazon also issued an important – and working – update to its iPhone Cloud Player app. The app is now universal, adding an iPad version to the app.

Amazon recently started a program where buyers of CDs get an MP3 download of the music free of charge. Just as importantly, the program is retroactive for a couple of years, meaning that any CDs you've purchased in the recent past would entitle you to MP3s being added to your Cloud Player. Those who didn't see the value of Cloud Player, like me, suddenly found that they had access to hundreds of music tracks through the app.