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Hands on with iOS 6: Stores

Leah Yamshon | Sept. 20, 2012
iOS 6 brings some changes to its three on-board stores: the iOS App Store, the iTunes Store and iBookstore. These changes don’t change functionality as much as they improve navigation and usability. The result is a more pleasant shopping experience in all three.

Finally, the Purchased icon shows a list of items youve purchased through the iBookstore. Titles stored both on your device and in iCloud appear here. If youd like to open a book thats stored in iCloud, select the iCloud icon to begin the download.

iTunes Store

Navigating the iTunes Store is now even easier than before. It follows the same layout as the App Store and the iBookstore, and offers a few different ways to search for new tunes and other media. To get to the iTunes Store, launch the Music app and tap the Store button in the bottom left corner. (You can also open the iTunes app from your home screen.) You see a familiar array of buttons along the bottom for media types and extra features, as well as a search bar along the top.

The media buttonsMusic, Movies, TV Shows, and Audiobooksare the first four icons at the bottom of the screen. Select the medium youd like to browse; each type has a carousel of popular titles to check out. The lists underneath the carousel differ depending on what youre searching for. Music lists New Albums, EPs, and Pre-Orders as one list, and New Singles as a second list.

Movies lists New And Noteworthy titles, as well as a daily-changing collection of movies. For example, one recent roundup featured Working for a Living: HD Movies Under $10.

TV Shows also features a list of available New And Noteworthy full seasons, followed by a list of featured Latest TV Episodes.

All of these lists scroll independently from left to right. Tap any album cover, TV show icon, or movie box to see more. A pop-up box shows Ratings And Reviews, Related, and general information. You can see an albums full track list in this info box, with the option to purchase individual tracks. You can even preview any song and then continue to browse. A movies info box reveals a theatrical trailer, a plot summary, and a list of cast and crew. And TV show boxes display summaries of each episode in a series, with options to purchase a whole season or individual episodes.

Each media button has its own list of genres across the top of the screen, next to the Search Store field. All Genres brings you back to the main carousel page, and the individual genres show a selection of new and popular shows, movies, or music to explore.

The remaining buttons along the bottom provide more ways to search for new content, starting with Charts. Select the Charts button, and then choose Music, Movies, or TV at the top of the screen. Music lists charts for top-selling songs, albums, and videos, with each list scrolling independently and displaying the top 96 items in each chart. The Movies chart displays one collective chart of the top 96 movies across all genres. The TV option offers two charts, one for top TV episodes and another for top TV seasons, both listing the top 96 results.


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