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App Store Secrets: get free iOS and Mac software and other tips and tricks

Mark Hattersley | Sept. 6, 2013
Get the best deals from Apple's online application shop with our guide to the App Store

Crackle has the best list of free movies. Here's some you can watch right now: An American Werewolf In London, Sol and The Breed are three movies you can watch right now.

Popcornflix. Watch Austin Powers right now for free using Popcornflix, like Crackle it's another great range of films.

YouTube has gone beyond offering 30 second clips and now shows full movies. You can see a list of YouTube full length movies here

Apple's 12 Days of Christmas seems to be the only time that full movies are given away for free. So keep an eye out for it during December. They tend to be good though, Apple gave away two Toy Story Pixar Shorts last year.

Free books
Books is an area where free editions aren't in short supply. Apple has incorporated a range of free books into the App Store, which can be accessed here. These are great, but they tend to be mostly classics. If you're after something a little more contemporary try Apple's Book Store Free For a Limited Time section. This has the books that are currently free.

Get free apps on the app store
There are plenty of free apps available on the app store. But what happens if you want an app and it isn't free. Here are a couple of tips.

Follow the developer on social media and be patient. Sooner or later they'll do a special offer.

Request a code. Developers get 50 free codes with each update. If it's a smaller developer and you ask them nicely (using social media or an email) they may send you a code for the app. Explain to them that you'll write a good review in return. If they don't have many reviews they'll be grateful for the stars.


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