Happy Birthday to the App store!
“5 years, 1 App Store. This week we’re celebrating,” @AppStore tweeted earlier this afternoon along with the hashtag
#5YearsoftheAppStore and a link to 10 apps and games that usually cost as much as $20 and are now free. Yes, free!
“From the 500 apps available at launch in 2008 to the more than 900,00 at your fingertips today, it’s been a remarkably prolific five years for the App store,” reads the iTunes store announcement. What a difference 5 years makes. It’s hard to even remember how we managed to function without Angry Birds, Instagram, and Draw Something.
The 10 free apps feature something for everyone, including Disney’s uber-popular “Where’s My Water?” for the kids and Mark Bitman’s “How to Cook Everything” for foodies. Filmmakers have a couple of fun apps to check out: Traktor DJ, a DJ app, and Over, a photo app.
Traktor DJ, which normally costs $19.99, is the real deal. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, Traktor DJ features eight professional effects including options for
breakdowns, buildups and seamless transitions. See how it works here.
Over allows users to add text and artwork to photos and share them on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram– so now you can add captions directly to your Instagram photos. The artsy font choices help create snappy graphics for sharing on Podcasts, blogs, presentations, or social media. Perfect for promoting your latest indie feature!
According to the App Store, the apps will be free “for a limited time” so don’t delay. Go and get ’em while they’re hot…and free!