This might be a bit late, but the content is still relevant. This article will talk about what Apple offered in its 12 days of Christmas app in 2011 and then closing up with my thoughts on it and opening up questions to you. So let’s get started.
Day 1 – 6
On Day 1, Apple offered the Coldplay iTunes Festival London 2011 single which had 3 songs as well as 3 videos of their live performance at the festival. The songs were “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall”, “God Put A Smile Upon Your Face” and “Fix You”.
On Day 3, Apple offered the hit single by Lady Gaga, called “Marry The Night”. This included a music video of the song so that definitely pleased some “little monsters” that day.
Day 4 offered the first book from the app. The book was “The Redbreast” by Jo Nesbo. It is a crime novel and it was nice of Apple to offer a highly rated book like this for free.
On Day 5, Apple were all about “fun”, offering up the first game from the app and not just any game, it was a racing game, “Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing“. This is basically similar to the highly popular Mario Kart franchise but just with characters from Sega such as Sonic, Knuckles and Tails.
Apple returned to music on Day 6 when they released “Nothing but the beat” EP by David Guetta, this also included a music video and it was nice of Apple to offer this. David Guetta’s music is very popular, especially among clubbers so I’m sure this release by Apple satisfied a lot of people.
Day 7 – 12
The app offered a replacement app for Instagram in the form of “SnapSeed” on Day 7. This is a great photo editing program, built with cool effects and filters a la Instagram as mentioned before. Normally this app costs £2.99 in the UK iTunes store so it was great of Apple to get this for free.
Day 8 definitely satisfied a lot of “One Directioners” with their release of the single “Gotta Be You” which again included a music video. One Direction has done well since their debut on the X Factor so this definitely pleased a lot of people in the younger generation.
Day 9 was a great day for TV shows, Apple offered the pilot episodes of both “30 Rock” and “House” for free and in HD! 30 Rock and House are hit comedies and medical dramas respectively so this definitely satisfied the third of television aficionados.
Day 10 was another racing game application, this time it was the highly popular Need For Speed “Shift 2 Unleashed” and if you’ve played any game from the Need For Speed series, you will know how amazing not only the graphics but the gameplay is and so it was awesome of Apple to offer this great game for free.
Day 11 was the first iBook Apple released for this app, and what with 2012 just beginning, it was a perfect release of the book “Lonely Planet’s Best In Travel 2012″. This would be very useful for future travellers about the best locations to visit and what’s there to see in them, so this was a great offering by Apple.
Finally on Day 12, Apple rounded up with live audio performances of “Everlong” and “Walk by the alternative American rock band, Foo Fighters. Also included in this offering was a music video of “Arlandria”. This was a perfect way to finish up the offerings for the app and was highly appreciated by fans worldwide.
Here is a video expressing my thoughts regarding this:
Ultimately, Apple offered good stuff in its 2011 iTunes 12 Days of Christmas 2011 app. The standouts for me personally, were “Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing” the HD episode of “30 Rock” and Need For Speed “Shift 2 Unleashed”.
What did you guys think of the items Apple offered in this app? What would you like to see in the 2012 version of the app? Let us know in the comments below.
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