Apple Stores have become all but ubiquitous in most major cities around the world. I live in Thailand, which doesn’t actually have its own Apple Stores, but their Apple Premium Resellers here, iBeat and iStudio, look quite the part of their Apple Store counterparts. And they’re everywhere, in all major malls and even small-town superstores.
Apple Stores are great places to try out the latest Macs and iOS devices, and make it rather easy to, say, buy anything from new power adapter for your MacBook or a new MacBook in just a few minutes. But if you’re not content with the default specs, you’ll want to head to Apple’s online store. There, you can trick out your Mac with all the ram and SSD space Apple offers.
Or perhaps you’re looking to save some money. In that case, you might be better heading to Amazon.com or a brick-and-mortar retailer. They don’t offer quite as fancy of a shopping experience, but they often are a bit cheaper at least.
That’s why we’re wondering: how do your buy your Macs and other Apple hardware? I personally have purchased all of my Macs from Apple’s online store, though I tend to pick up accessories as I need them at local Apple Premium Resellers. How about you?
Our sponsor this week is CourseNotes, a great app for taking notes for school on your Mac or iOS devices. It’s been recently redesigned and is on a 50% off sell right now, so if you’ve been looking for a great app to help you out with your classes this semester, it just might be what you’ve been looking for.
CourseNotes describes itself as a student’s class companion for Mac, iPad and iPhone. It helps you take notes during classes, and keeps them organized by subject and class meeting. You can then review notes later and search through multiple class meetings or notes all at once. Best of all, you can track assignments by due dates, so you’ll never miss that important deadline for your term paper.
Even if you don’t take your Mac into the classroom, CourseNotes can still help you out with its iOS versions that sync over the air with your Mac. That way, you could type up notes on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch in class, then review your notes later in the dorm on your Mac. Then, if you’re trying to study as a team, you can share notes with your classmates over Bluetooth or through email, and can print notes via AirPrint or save them to Dropbox. That makes it quite the study aid for everyone!
Go Get It!
If you’d like to start keeping your classwork organized with CourseNotes, now’s the time to get it. It’s currently on a 50% off sale until October 14th, so you can get CourseNotes for your Mac for just $3.99. You can also grab a copy of the universal CourseNotes iOS app for the same price so you can keep up with your notes everywhere.
We’d like to say a special Thank you! to our weekly sponsors from the past month, for sponsoring our site and for the great apps they make. If you would like to feature your app on our site with an advertisement, be sure to check out our available slots on BuySellAds or register for a weekly sponsorship for your app.
If you haven’t already checked out our the great apps that sponsored our site last month, be sure to check them out now!
A great icon can be the difference between success and failure for your app or company, so its worth it to take the time and make a great icon. Logoist can help you make a great icon even faster, with intuitive vector controls and touchpad support that make it easier than ever to design a vector icon. And if you’re stuck for ideas, Logoist includes textures and vector icons to help you make great icons on your own or with pre-made designs.
Get Dealy is a great site for software discounts. They recently sponsored our site to feature their Summer Bundle, which offered great deals on popular Mac apps. The bundle’s now over, but you should be sure to check their site frequently for the latest Mac deals and bundles.
The Mighty Deals team keeps putting together great bundle deals filled with apps, icons, WordPress themes, eBooks, and more. Right now, they have a deal on a course to help you learn how to make your own professional icons, as well as a web design eBook bundle. If those don’t interest you, they’ve got more deals coming out all the time. It’s a great site that you should be sure to check out frequently for the latest deals!
Ever wanted to take an audiobook you own along on a roadtrip, only to find that your in-car mp3 player can’t play the audio files? Ondesoft AudioBook Converter might be just what you need. It’s a great app for converting your DRM-protected audiobooks into almost any audio format you need, at 16x speeds. It’ll even make sure your metadata is intact so there’s nothing left for you to tweak. You’ll never need to burn and rip DRM-protected audio files again!
And a special thanks to you, our Mac.AppStorm.net readers, for reading and sharing our articles. We couldn’t do it without you!
Last week, yet another Humble Bundle was launched, and the special is still running through this week. The Humble Bundle has become one of the best known software bundles ever, and the team behind it continues to surprise with consistently high-quality bundles.
The Humble Bundle is unique in the world of bundles for the way it does business. You can pay whatever you want for a bundle, legitimately getting a ton of games for perhaps mere cents. Now, though, it offers extra games for those who beat the average price paid for the bundle, which is a great incentive to pay more for the bundle. Even still, most of the time, you can get over a dozen games for less than $6, including their soundtracks, Steam licenses, and the option to play them on OS X, Windows, or Linux. Not bad at all.
That’s why we’re wondering: have you ever bought a Humble Bundle? Do you look forward to new ones coming out so you can get more games for your library? We’d love to hear your thoughts about the most popular bundle in the comments!
Our giveaway is now closed, and congrats to our winners! Stay tuned for more great giveaways coming up soon!
Bundles are a great way to get a ton of new apps for a great price. I’ve gotten several of the apps I use all the time, including Billings and WriteRoom, from bundles, and recently picked up some great new games and soundtracks from the latest Humble Bundle. The Humble Bundle is especially neat since you can pay just what you want, and this week, there’s a great new bundle with apps to help you be productive on your Mac that works the same way.
Our friends at StackSocial are running their Name Your Own Price Mac Bundle this week, which is one of the best deals we’ve ever seen for Mac software. You can get 6 great apps for any price you want, and if you beat the average price others paid for the bundle, you get Forklift 2, Typinator, and MacFlux 4 as well! Best of all, 10% of your bundle price goes to charities such as the EFF and Charity:Water.
The Name Your Own Price Bundle is a great deal already, but we’ve got an even better deal for you. StackSocial gave us 10 of the full, beat the average price bundles with all 9 apps for our readers! You just might get the whole bundle for free!
Tweet to Enter
If you’d love to win one of 10 Name Your Own Price Mac Bundles, it’s easy to get your entry submitted. All you have to do is click the link below and send out the resulting tweet (or just copy and paste), then leave a comment below with a link to your tweet and the app you’re most excited about from the bundle. That’s it!
We’ll announce the winners on Saturday, September 29th, so hurry and get your entry in!
Envato staff or people who have written more than two articles or tutorials for AppStorm are ineligible to enter.
Our sponsor this week is Ondesoft AudioBook Converter, a great tool that can help you listen to your audiobooks wherever you want. It removes the DRM on standard audiobooks and converts them into the format you need for your player.
It’s frustrating to find audiobooks that can work just like you want, as most are locked down with DRM and won’t play on your car stereo or many portable devices directly. Often you could burn them to CDs, then rip them as mp3, but that’d be a slow, tedious process and you’d have to manually label each track.
That’s where Ondesoft AudioBook Converter comes in. It can convert your audiobooks into any of the most popular audio formats at 16x. It’s simple enough for anyone to use, but with advanced bitrate, sample rate, codec, and more controls to make it work just as you want. Best of all, it’ll automatically transfer all of the metadata, so your converted audiobooks will have everything the original DRMed files had.
Go Get It!
If Ondesoft AudioBook Converter sounds like just what you’ve been needing, then there’s no need to wait. You can download a free trial directly from Ondesoft and see if it’s what you need. Then, if you’re ready to buy a copy, you can purchase it directly for just $14.97, 50% off the normal price, by clicking this link or by entering the coupon code AppStorm at checkout. Hurry, though: the discount expires on November 30th!
Apple’s best known for its beautiful hardware and native software that works together so great. Then, over the past year we’ve seen Apple push its iCloud services stronger, integrating them tightly into the latest versions of OS X and iOS. We’re used to that, now, but most likely think of iCloud as web services you use through native apps like Mail, Calendar, Reminders, and any of your other apps that sync data through iCloud.
Turns out, Apple’s been working hard at its own web apps for iCloud at the same time. Just head over to iCloud.com, sign in with your Apple ID, and you’ll get the same great experience with Calendar, Contacts, Mail, and now Notes and Reminders that you would have expected from your Mac or iPad. Only thing is, this time, they’re web apps that can run in any modern browser. Next time you’re stuck on an XP desktop at work, you could still use these apps from the web.
If you want to see more about the latest new iCloud.com features, head over to Web.AppStorm, where we recently dug into the latest and greatest parts of Apple’s web app suite.
The Humble Bundle has become one of the most popular and longest-lasting software bundles ever. After releasing a number of Android-centric bundles that included Mac games as well, they’re back again with the 6th of their namesake Humble Indie Bundles. This time, for any price you want to pay, you can get 5 popular indie games, as well as their soundtracks, and can get an extra game for beating the average.
It’s quite the deal, one you’ll likely want to check out as soon as you can. This time, though, there’s a bit more than just the bundle.
But first, you might want to go grab a copy of the bundle before it expires in early October. We’ll wait. All set?
Let’s face it: a new Mac can be rather pricey. There’s many reasons that they’re a great value, from their build quality to the components inside to the software they run, but at the end of the day, if you only have a limited budget for a Mac, it can be tough to find the Mac you need.
We’ve talked before about getting your Mac ready for sell, which is a popular way to recoup some of the cost of your old Mac when you’re getting a new machine. But what about buying a used Mac instead of getting the latest model straight from Apple?
The good thing is, there’s quite the active market for used Macs, and you can usually find almost any Mac you can think of for sell on Craigslist, eBay, or from a local shop. If buying used sounds a bit too risky to you, you could always go for a refurbished Mac straight from Apple, where you can get as much as $200 off many Macs.
So, have you ever purchased a used Mac? How’d it work out for you?