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  • CNN Mobile: Feature-rich, Interactive, and Not Free

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    CNN.com released its CNN Mobile iPhone app on Tuesday, with a number of slick features its competitors don't have... including a $1.99 price tag.

    Other news outlets like The New York Times, France24, the Associated Press, and NPR have had free apps out for some time. CNN is taking something of a risk in making its offering a non-free download, but obviously hopes its feature set makes it attractive enough.

    The free (with ads) content includes both video on demand and live breaking news reports, with push notifications when live newscasts are available. The text-based news is fairly standard, with a photo and headline/subhead for each story. Rotate the phone to landscape orientation, though, and you get a CoverFlow-style photo flow that you can navigate to find the story you're interested in.



    CNN Mobile makes some interesting steps in the direction of social media, with the capability to forward news stories to Facebook, Twitter and SMS. And the ability to upload photos or video (3GS only) directly to CNN's iReport site from the iPhone holds out the possibility of improving "citizen journalism," with millions of iPhone users worldwide potentially able to report on breaking events as they occur.

    For hardcore news junkies, and especially people interested in reporting their own news, the CNN Mobile app may be well worth the (minimal) price tag. There are, however, a plethora of free options out there for just reading the news. This app, though, does raise the bar for interactivity, and it'll be interesting to see if any of the free news apps follow suit.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: CNN Mobile: Feature-rich, Interactive, and Not Free started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. Enkidu's Avatar
      Enkidu -
      Quote Originally Posted by Go Gators View Post
      I wouldn't download that app even if they paid me to do it! CNN is one of the most far left liberal leaning media outlets in America....
      Far left?!? Yankees... Always good for a laugh!
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by Go Gators View Post
      I wouldn't download that app even if they paid me to do it! CNN is one of the most far left liberal leaning media outlets in America. The whole company is pathetic! The reason their charging $1.99 for the app is because their ratings are so low they need to make money somewhere.
      Wow! 8 years of Bush and you are knocking the Dems? Hahahahahah! Fox news awaits you

      This app rocks. A few more updates and it will be perfect.
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      ^go gators^.....out of the appstore and back to washington
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Democrats suck. Republicans suck. Fox sucks. CNN sucks.

      Now that we got that out of the way, keep the conversation based on the topic (the app itself)
    1. smuggler's Avatar
      smuggler -
      download this app and you get a nice dose of medialytic
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I might buy this app just so I can rate it one star and to complain about the ads... just awful! People have to pay for it and put up with ads? Nonsense!
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      I might buy this app just so I can rate it one star and to complain about the ads... just awful! People have to pay for it and put up with ads? Nonsense!
      What if the ads are keeping the cost of the software down? Many websites are free due to the revenues that the ads on them create.
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      This thread is going to take a bad turn
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      What if the ads are keeping the cost of the software down? Many websites are free due to the revenues that the ads on them create.
      Well for me I rather pay more for the app then to see the ads..... that is just me though...

      Quote Originally Posted by rwin84 View Post
      This thread is going to take a bad turn
      No its not sweetie, some people like CNN and some don't, some will pay for the app and don't care about the ads and some won't. Simple... its your choice..
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      Well for me I rather pay more for the app then to see the ads..... that is just me though...
      I would like to see Modmyi have a subscription service that makes it ad free

      CNN Mobile: Maybe with the next update we can stream their own videos!
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      ^ I would love to see MMI do this as well! But don't think that will happen.... we could only wish!
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      ^ I would love to see MMI do this as well! But don't think that will happen.... we could only wish!
      Maybe it's time for a poll!
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      ehh who needs CNN
    1. juanluis_cl's Avatar
      juanluis_cl -
      not cool