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App Anthem: Using iPhone Apps & the App Store

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Scott Kelby and Terry White show you how to get apps from the iTunes and iPhone App store, update, delete, and organize your apps, and find the very coolest apps for your iPhone.
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Believe it or not, I actually could have gone with the name “APP” or “A.P.P.” for the name of this chapter, because apparently we have run out of decent names for bands and songs. APP is a band that has one song in the iTunes Store, “I’m on Fire,” which is a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire.” I looked at the popularity rankings for “I’m on Fire” by APP, and it clearly was not, so then I looked at a song called “A.P.P.” by a band called Papa Project, and it sounded like a harmless reggae-style background track, but I was afraid of what A.P.P. might actually stand for, so I went with a safer bet: “App Anthem,” by Jimmy Towle/Doug Kaufman. “App Anthem” is actually a pretty decent sounding rap tune, and while it’s certainly possible “App Anthem” may be littered with dirty words, I’ll never know, because I couldn’t make out a single word, but I don’t feel bad because I’m pretty sure no one older than 14 has even a remote chance of deciphering them. In fact, I doubt that decryption experts at the CIA could figure out what’s actually being said in your average rap song, which makes you wonder why other countries don’t just have secret messages sent to their embedded field operatives via rap tunes. Think about it—the only way we’d be able to crack the code is if we were able to convince a 14-year-old to stop playing Halo long enough to write down what’s being said. But, 14-year-olds don’t write anymore, they text, and they use a shorthand for texting that only other 14-year-olds can possibly understand, and honestly, it would be easier for us to just to do the old “briefcase switcharoo” routine than it would be to find a 14-year-old that hasn’t already been hired by the breakaway Republic of Irapistan. I miss the old days when we just used invisible ink.

Getting Apps from the iTunes App Store

You can get cool games, handy utilities, social networking apps—you name it—exclusively through the iTunes Store’s App Store. A lot of them are free, and of the ones that do charge, the vast majority are only 99¢. The ones that cost more are usually under $10, but the most amazing thing is the quality of these apps—even the free ones. You can access the App Store from iTunes on your computer by just clicking on the App Store button at the top of the iTunes Store’s homepage. This will take you to the App Store homepage, where you’ll see featured apps, lists of the most popular apps, and of course you can search for apps using the Search Store field at the top right of the window, just like you do for songs or videos. Once you find an app that you want to download and use, you can click on it and then click the Buy App button (or the Get App button, if it’s free). You’ll see the price right next to the app and, again, many of them are free. Your apps will be downloaded to your computer and will appear in your Apps Library in your iTunes Source list. The next time you sync your iPhone to your computer, your new apps will be transferred to your iPhone (if you have this preference set).

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