iTunes turns 5: Free apps from Apple

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Apple’s iTunes App Store went live on the 10th of July, 2008. That’s just about 5 years ago, and with its 5th birthday coming up a gaggle of apps have had their prices drop to zero. Free. Mahala.

While promotions in the iTunes store are usually limited to region – an album on sale in the American store won’t necessarily be on sale in the South African store – this time around they’re global. A quick gander at the South African store shows the same free apps available. And they’re not shoddy ones, either.

Traktor DJ, a music creation app for iPhone and iPad is now free, and that usually costs R40 on iPhone and R160 on iPad. Another dearly-priced app is the Barefoot World Atlas – a mashup of Google Earth and Wikipedia, for reference nuts. It’s now free, compared to its usual selling price of R40. Also on the list are Over, a photography app that usually sells for R16, and Day One, a journal application that usually goes for R40.

And if you have an American iTunes account, you’ll also have access to games that are now free. Infinity Blade 2 usually costs R57, Tiny Wings (R8), and Badland (R33). Apple’s not mentioned what else we can expect, but as more deals become available we’ll add ’em to the list.

Christo van Gemert

Christo van Gemert

Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.