Beats Music has released its anticipated streaming music service in the App Store. Though the app download itself is free, Beats Music is a subscription service that costs $10 a month after a one-week free trial. There is no ad-supported free version of the service. Beats Music offers more than 20 million songs that lets users stream or save to a device to listen while offline. It’s very similar to other streaming services; other than a few minor features, the Beats name and mood-based station creation are the biggest distinguishing factors.
Box (free) has updated its app to version 3.0.0. The redesigned cloud content management app now offers 50GB of free lifetime storage to iOS users. This update includes a new preview experience, faster document rendering and photo loading, and a real-time search for files. Box is also in the process of becoming integrated into other apps, including a revised version of iTeleport Connect that was just released.
The well-regarded Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List (free) from Condé Nast Digital has a new interface for iOS 7. A new Cook Mode for iPad features voice commands to let users follow along with recipes while keeping their messy hands off the device. Recipe Box sync is also now free within the app, as is the Shopping List feature.
StoryToys has returned with another pop-up book app for kids, Zoo Animals – Touch, Look, Listen ($2). A very basic pop-up book for younger children, Zoo Animals lets kids touch pop-up photos of different animals to hear their names and sounds. A quiz at the end of the book asks children to identify the animals. In addition to English, the app also includes narration in French, German, Spanish, and Chinese.