Monday, 07 February 2011 13:45

Murdoch's Daily now downloadable Down Under


If you've been hankering to get a gander at Rupert Murdoch's new iPad-only electronic newspaper, and haven't wanted to stuff around creating a free US iTunes account, good news - you can now get your official dose of The Daily, down under!

Rupert Murdoch's 'The Daily', the great electronic iPad-only (for now) paid newspaper experiment has opened its electronic doors down under, finally becoming available on the Australian iTunes App Store.

Previously, there was only one official way to get 'The Daily', and two unofficial ways, both of which still work.

The official way was to have a US iTunes account, whereas the unofficial way was to have a US iTunes account without being in the US, although now an Australian iTunes account counts as a second official way to get the app.

The second unofficial way to get The Daily - even if you didn't have an iPad or have an Android, other tablet PC or a plain ol' Windows or Mac PC - is to read the unofficial Daily Indexed site, which you can read all about here, and which is still active at time of publication.

Although The Daily costs US 99c per week or US $39.99 per year in the USA, Australian prices are naturally more expensive, despite the Australian dollar being worth over 101 US cents at time of publication.

That means Australian prices are $1.19 per week or $47.99 per year, although GST would add a little to the extra pricing equation.

Whether you have iTunes or an iPad, or not, as long as you have a computer you can see the iTunes web download page here for The Daily for more information.

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At that site, we learn that The Daily describes itself as 'the first digital news publication with original content created every day exclusively for the iPad.'

The description continues: 'Built from scratch by a team of top journalists and designers, The Daily covers the world: breaking news, sports, pop culture, entertainment, apps, games, technology, opinion, celebrity gossip and more.'

We also learn that The Daily has 'over 100 pages of original content every single day of the year, original HD videos, 360-degree photos you can explore by swiping, immersive photography, interactive charts, info-graphics and clickable hot spots, lets you save articles to read later, lets you share Web-friendly versions of articles via Twitter, Facebook and e-mail, lets you track sports scores, news and photos (although its probably totally US centric at the moment), gives you local weather, lets you play new crossword and Sudoku puzzles every day and has 'in-app commenting' including audio comments.

Initial reports from Australians suggests there isn't enough local content and that Wired's electronic magazine appears to be a better electronic publication, although your impression of the app might differ completely.

So'¦ if you're keen to see what all the fuss is about, you might want to try 'The Daily' out, which comes with a free two-week subscription before you need to start paying.


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