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Snow Patrol shift 30k iPhone apps in first week

Snow Patrol’s iPhone application generated 30,000 downloads during its first week of release, a senior executive from the band’s label has revealed.

Polydor’s head of digital Paul Smernicki says the label is pleased with the performance of its recently released Snow Patrol iPhone application, which promoted the band’s new album. “We’re relatively pleased with the results,” he exclusively told Music Ally, Distorted Loop can reveal.

The executive also noted that the release of the software did help generate interest in the band’s latest album, ‘A Hundred Million Suns’.

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The eight rules of iPhone development

Research firm Create With Context’s principal researcher Bill Westerman has published an interesting account of how iPhone users learn to use their device, data which suggests the following rules for iPhone development.

1/ Take advantage of learned behaviors
“Oh, this works just like the calendar”

2/ Avoid interaction inconsistencies
“This is weird, cancel is usually over there”

3/ Provide clear conceptual link across widgets
“This button must be related to that box, they’re next to each other”

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Social networking’s sexier than Blu-ray

The price of Blu-ray players and discs seems set to fall this season, as those involved seek to take the format into the mass market – meanwhile that market’s changing, with consumers flocking to sign-up to location-based social networking services for their mobile phones, a pair of ABI Research reports claim.

“Blu-ray vendors and dealers are starting to realize that for Blu-ray to become the next DVD, they need to lower player prices in order to generate interest and build volumes,” said ABI Research principal analyst Steve Wilson.
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iPhone apps outsell entire US mobile market

Those in the mobile content game have to take a serious look at some of the stats emerging for the iPhone, with iFund manager Matt Murphy claiming “the iPhone is the place to be”.

“One of the statistics we’ve been looking at is the figure Steve Jobs quoted of there being 60 million downloads in the first 30 days. If you strip out ringtones and wallpaper sales for all the U.S. carriers combined, that’s more downloads than they have in an entire quarter. That means 10 million iPhone users are outselling the entire U.S. market of 250 million mobile devices,” he observes.
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T-Mobile plans anti-Apple app store

It appears T-Mobile US may have a plan to emulate Apple and its applications store with an App Store of its own.

Multiple sources have apparently hinted at such a move in talks with Moconews.net, with T-Mobile apparently hatching a plan to launch an app store across its entire range of phones.

“Think of Apple’s App store, but for the entire carrier’s handset line-up from smartphone to feature phone.
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Apple iPhone hides ‘Big Brother’ control

If you’re wondering how Apple plans to maintain control of its iPhone ecosystem, wonder now more.

It seems the iPhone software hides a mechanism that could allow the company to remotely deactivate rogue applications, a security researcher said.

Jonathan Zdziarksi’s iPhone Open Application Development indicates that the CoreLocation framework in the iPhone 2.0 (as well as the updated iPod touch firmware) points to a secure website that appears to contain placeholder code for a list of “unauthorized” apps. 

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