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Monday Musings is back and we’ll be doing things a bit different for this one and all future ones. With my newsletter, Pop Culture Hustle, being similar to what this initially was, I wanted to switch things up. So these will now have themes each Monday and focus on one topic. This week, I have some app recommendations to share.
This recommendation can be used on the web or on mobile devices. My device of choice to use the app on is my iPad. It’s perfect for reading some articles. At this very moment, I have over 100 articles saved to Instapaper. Basically, I have a lot of catching up to do. It’s hands down my favorite read it later service.
My podcast app of choice. It’s only available on iOS, so my apologies to any non-Apple users. I support the app and developer, Marco Arment, by paying $1 per month for the app. It’s a small price to pay for an app that I use on a daily basis and usually for quite a few hours. I listen to a ton of podcasts and can’t imagine using any other app to do so at this point.
This is my email app of choice right now. I’ve tried so many of them including Airmail and Polymail. While the others have features I like, this one has been the most consistent for me. It’s a nice, clean look and I can easily sort through all of my emails.
Overcast just received a 3.0 update on the app store. Overcast quickly became my favorite podcast app and it was a no-brainer to support Marco Arment. You can see some screenshots of the app above, but I highly recommend reading Marco’s post about what went into the new update. You can grab the app via the App Store.
David Smith has released a new app, Workouts++. The app is currently on sale for $3.99 until January 2nd, when it will go up to $4.99. Grab the app here and read more about it on David’s site.
Apple’s AirPods are now up for sale. The current ship time is saying 4 weeks, so order now before the wait becomes even longer.
Super Mario Run will be launching on December 15th. It will be a free app with a $9.99 in-app purchase to unlock all features. It will be available here.
Today, Apple added tvOS apps to its iTunes Link Maker web app and enabled tvOS app purchases on iOS devices, even if the tvOS app is available only on the Apple TV. iTunes Link Maker lets you search for and generate links to iTunes content. tvOS app links generated by the iTunes Link Maker open in iTunes on macOS and the App Store app on iOS where the apps can be purchased or downloaded. If automatic downloads are enabled on your Apple TV, any apps acquired this way should show up on your Apple TV the next time you turn it on. Links generated with the iTunes Link Maker also work with the iTunes Affiliate Linking program. This means that for the first time a customer can click or tap a link and purchase a tvOS app without leaving their Mac or iOS device and have it waiting for them they sit down in front of the TV.
This is a nice little move on Apple’s part.
Before, some of our greatest features were limited to Instapaper Premium subscribers. Now that we’re better resourced, we’re able to offer everyone the best version of Instapaper. Starting today, all users will have access to:
- An ad-free Instapaper website
- Full-text search for all articles
- Unlimited Notes
- Text-to-speech playlists
- Unlimited speed reading
- “Send to Kindle” via bookmarklet and mobile apps
- Kindle Digests of up to 50 articles
I currently happen to have a ton of articles saved in my Instapaper account so I look forward to checking out these new features I’ll have access to.
Pandora has released an update for it’s Artist Marketing Platform. It includes Artist Audio Messages, Featured Tracks, AMPcast, and more as their marketing tools. You can check out the updated service here. If you’re interested in their how-to videos and more helpful tips, you can find those here.