iTunes Store features unlocks for India…


The iTunes Store has finally brought purchases to India.

iTunes was already used by millions of users sporting iOS devices but were not able to make use of its store features. We couldn’t buy music, movies or TV shows from the store though we could already buy apps – although, I’m pretty sure paid apps were not needed anyways. Still, there were a few of us geeks – us included – who knew the key to unlocking those features.

iTunes currently offers Music – both Indian and International. Browsing songs gets irritating after a few minutes though – the application just doesn’t take a hint. It force feeds us more Indian music. Or maybe we’re just biased that way.

Movies, on the other hand, are only ones classified as “Bollywood”, which at this point is rather disappointing – they’re called “Films”. There are a few worldwide movies available but not enough to make iTunes a preferred movie delivery system at the moment.

The iTunes Store offers one to purchase in Indian Rupees(INR) and it is cheaper on iTunes Store India as compared to iTunes Store worldwide – at various points we’ve seen the prices as much as a quarter of the original USD prices. The iTunes Store offers a 90 second preview for music-pieces larger than 150 seconds and 30 second previews shorter songs. The music is DRM-Free and at its best audible quality.

One could also purchase “Tones” now, also knows as Ringtones on the iTunes Store, for your iOS devices. After searching a lot, we did find a few Hollywood movies, but not up to the mark we were hoping for.

TV shows – well, we’ve yet to see any news on that front. Let’s hope we get proper sitcoms from the US, UK and Australia in place or in lieu of the TV shows that we have here.

Screenshots of iTunes Store

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The store doesn’t disappoint with it’s collection of featured purchases.

This image and the next clearly show the massive difference in pricing of individual songs. The exchange rate is roughly 50INR per dollar. Getting one song at 15INR one could bag four times the songs one could in the US.


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We don’t really like Indian movies, so here is one shot of “The Pursuit of Happyness”. One could buy it at about $10($9.99, if that’s how you prefer) and rent it at $2.5($2.49) which is quite an odd form of pricing.
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Clearly a smart layout catering to a large variety of people.

The full iTunes review coming soon.

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Android SDK : installation on Ubuntu via PPA


Android SDK is a development kit targeted at developing apps for mobile devices running Android. With the Android SDK, one can develop, debug, and test apps via an inbuilt emulator. The emulator can emulate the expected behavior of the Android OS on many platforms including Linux, Windows, and Mac.

Here, we will instruct on how you could install the latest version of ***Android SDK  ***under Ubuntu 12.04/11.10 or Linux Mint via our PPA. You can still install it manually if you like; check this page for more details.

Unlike most other SDKs, the Android SDK comes in parts and don’t function without one another. The list of repositories for installation packages on Ubuntu and Linux Mint doesn’t already contain the Android SDK. This is why we would need to add a PPA i.e. Personal Package Archive. This essentially lets us include an additional repository that will let us install the Android SDK via the terminal.

Since it’s the terminal, you’d be guaranteed to have the most recent version of the SDK.

This process will install the following:

      1. The Android SDK and ADK
  1. Eclipse IDE for JAVA
  2. JAVA JDK 6

Install Android SDK

1. Open Terminal

Do this using the keyboard shortcut [CTRL][ALT][T] or [command][option][T] in Macs.

2. Add the new PPA

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/sdk

The above command will include the required repository containing Android SDK.

sudo apt-get update

This will update your system to conform with the latest in the repository.

sudo apt-get install android-sdk

This installs the Android SDK. Be patient and let the process complete.

This completes the installation of all of Android SDK components on your Linux PC.

3. Install the ADT plugin in Eclipse

Start up Eclipse that was installed in the previous step.

In the menu-bar go to **Help **> Install New Software

Android SDK

In the pop-up dialog, click the ***Add ***button and enter the following details and click **OK.**
Fill in the following details

Name: **ADT Plugin**(but you can enter whatever you like really)



Check on **Developer Tools** and click **Next***.*

Shortly, you’ll come upon a list of tools to be downloaded. Click Next.



Accept the terms of the license agreements and click **Finish **to start the installation of selected items. Read the whole thing if you are into that sort of thing.

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When the installation completes, restart Eclipse so that changes take effect. You can now start developing your Android apps and games!

That’s it. Feedback is much appreciated.