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Nintendo 3DS, Wii U to get in-game downloads in late 2011

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Reuben Drake on August 1st, 2011

According to Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, the company is planning to implement paid downloads for both the 3DS and Wii U. Iwata said that developers will have access to the system for the 3DS by the end of the year and he said Nintendo was thinking about extending the life of some games by making new levels available.

Iwata said that Nintendo will not support low quality content either, as in unlocking keys or stat increases. Don’t worry though, he also seemed to indicate that free games won’t have added chargeable content later.

Apple had one million Lion downloads in the first day

Posted in Apple by Reuben Drake on July 21st, 2011

Well, we knew that a whole bunch of people have downloaded Lion, but now Apple is making sure we know just how many downloads there have been. Turns out that the $29.99 update is pretty popular. Of course we knew that already.

Apple says that one million downloads of Lion have been registered in the first day of availability alone. That’s faster than any other OS release in the company’s history. So maybe their claims of it being the “best OS we’ve ever made” is true.

BlackBerry App World Hits 1 Billion Downloads

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2011

RIM has announced that BlackBerry App World has finally reached 1 billion downloads, and that BlackBerry owners are now downloading over 3 million apps per day. This comes after BlackBerry launched App World just over two years ago, and users in 100 countries around the world have been downloading applications ever since.

Just for the sake of comparison, Apple’s iOS App store recently reached 15 billion downloads, while Google’s Android Marketplace hit 4.5 billion downloads a while back. Still, it gives RIM something to be happy about.

Time Inc. and Apple to offer free iPad downloads to print magazine subscribers

Posted in Apple by Reuben Drake on May 2nd, 2011

Good news for magazine readers. Time Inc. has made a deal with Apple to allow print magazine subscribers to access the company’s iPad editions for free. Starting this week, those who subscribe to print versions of Sports Illustrated, Fortune, and Time will be able to download the iPad versions at no cost, directly within the magazines’ apps, as it should be.

iPad users still won’t be able to purchase exclusively digital subscriptions to Time Inc.’s publications. Time wants to incorporate digital subscriptions to its iPad model, but negotiations have hit some snags, mostly due to how Apple shares subscriber data. Publishers claim to need that data to apply the TV Everywhere model to magazines, but Apple says that the subscriber information should only be shared on an opt-in basis. It doesn’t seem like they will agree anytime soon.

Samsung’s App Store Surpasses 100 Million Downloads

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2011

Samsung must be breaking out the champagne right about now, since its App Store has passed 100 million downloads of mobile and TV applications. That didn’t take long. Samsung’s App Store was opened in June 2010 and now has a total of 13,000+ apps for users to download onto their Samsung mobile phones and TV’s. And users have been doing just that.

Users in France downloaded the most, followed by Germany and Spain. Those three countries account for 40 percent of the total downloads recorded. Europeans obviously love what Samsung is offering. Sure those are not Apple numbers, but we are talking Samsung not Apple.

Firefox 4 hits 5 million downloads within first 24 hours

Posted in Firefox by Reuben Drake on March 23rd, 2011

Firefox 3 achieved an amazing eight million downloads in a day when it launched. Did Firefox 4 beat that? Well, not really, but it passed the five million number within the first 24 hours. Not bad at all, but not outdoing it’s predecessor.

Even though it didn’t break the record, according to StatCounter, the latest Firefox already has a 1.95 percent share of the browser market, which is double what IE9 has so far. Go Firefox. It’s proof that you don’t have to break records to make some headway.

Samsung’s HDTV-based app store passes two million downloads

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2011

Reaching two million downloads in a year is quite a feat when you are talking about apps from a TV maker and it’s the largest number we’ve seen from a TV maker as well. Today Samsung’s app store is available in over 120 countries and features roughly 380 applications, 259 of which are totally free.

It also helps that they have already sold tons of Smart TVs and plan to ship 12 million more in 2011 alone. Samsung definitely has a good thing going here.

Mac App Store hits one million downloads in first day

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on January 7th, 2011

Apple’s Mac App Store got off to a shaky start since it didn’t take long after the store was launched for people to figure out how to get some apps off without paying. But there’s some better news today. Apple has officially confirmed that over a million apps have been downloaded from the store in its first day in business.

Since the store offers over 1,000 free and paid apps, it wasn’t going to take long to hit that mark. The Mac App Store is available for Snow Leopard users through a Software Update as part of OS X 10.6.6 if you haven’t checked it out already.

BlackBerry to offer wireless music downloads

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2009

BlackBerry to offer wireless music downloadsAccording to the Telegraph, music download site 7Digital will be launching a service for BlackBerry this September. It’s based around an application that will be available in BlackBerry’s App World. Customers will be able to download music directly to their phone for 79 cents a song. “Most” tracks will be DRM-free.

RIM CEO Jim Balsillie sure seems excited about it. He sees the market as experiencing the “birth of digital music 2.0.” We don’t know about that, but it sure is exciting for BB owners.

Palm app catalog hits 1 million downloads

Posted in Palm by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2009

Palm App catalog hits 1 million downloadsWell that didn’t take long. Just the other day we reported that Palm had reached 700,000 downloads and today we are up to a million. That’s pretty amazing. Especially when you consider that less than 30 applications were available from the App Catalog for a single device, which is available only on Sprint in the US.

While we don’t have any official numbers from Palm, the figure comes from industry analysts who suggest that 150,000 Pre devices were shipped since the June 6th retail introduction. That’s an average of about seven apps downloaded per phone.

Sony considers music downloads for PSP

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on May 21st, 2009

50 million PSPs sold worldwideCNET has word that Sony’s been talking to some of the big recording labels about putting their music on the PlayStation Network for download, specifically for the PSP. It makes sense. The service already has a growing library of movies and TV shows. It’s just lacking music.

And since Sony is one of the four largest music companies in the world, they should be able to provide a few good artists. It resides in rumor territory for now, but we’d be real surprised if this didn’t happen. The PSP has never really lived up to it’s potential. This could help.

Napster relaunching: $5 a month streaming, five free downloads

Posted in Napster by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2009

Napster relaunching: $5 a month streaming, five free downloadsIf subscription music services are for you, check out Napster, who is about to cut their price to $60 per year and let you keep a handful of tracks forever to boot. Beginning tonight, Napster will launch its new $5 per month deal that gives subscribers unlimited, on-demand streaming access to Napster’s library of music. That’s 7 million tracks from major and independent publishers.

Best Buy’s music service will even let you keep up to five unrestricted “CD quality” MP3 tracks every month. Pretty sweet deal.

Apple App Store hits a billion downloads

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2009

Apple App Store hits a billion downloadsiPod Touch and iPhone owners have been busy over the last nine months. Who would have thought back then that you guys would buy so many apps. Of course it’s hard to resist such gems as the wobbly boob app and iBeer. Obviously it doesn’t take much to get the public’s attention.

Now it’s up to Windows Mobile, Symbian, Android, BlackBerry and the rest to catch up. If we can offer some advice to these other app stores…Games and productivity apps are all good, but put an emphasis on farts, beer and booze. You’ll catch up in no time.

Safari for Windows Sees Over 1 Million Downloads

Posted in Apple,News,Safari by Chris Weber on June 15th, 2007

Safari for Windows has over 1 million downloads in first 48 hoursIt looks like our estimate of thousands of downloads of Apple’s Safari web browser for Windows was a little bit on the conservative side. Apple has confirmed that there was over 1 million downloads of the browser withing 48 hours of its release last Monday. While this may sound impressive for most companies this product has a lot to live up to, even in cross-over world of PC’s since it’s iTunes sibling has had over 500 million downloads for use on Windows machines.

Safari as a whole also has a long way to go in the browser market as well. According to Apple the browser has about 5 percent of the market compared to the 15 percent of Mozilla and the strong 80% lead that IE continues to hold. A rocky start with some security