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App Wrap: Time Warner Cable TV Mobile App, "Twitter #Music"

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NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cellphone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1’s Adam Balkin filed the following report.

Your cable TV subscription just got a bit more valuable. The Time Warner Cable TV mobile app for iOS devices, put out by NY1's parent company, got a recent upgrade that allows users to watch from anywhere some of the content they typically had to be home to see.

Until recently, to watch any programming through the app users had to have a connection to the Time Warner Cable WiFi router in one's home. Now, even if users are away from home, they can use any WiFi hotspot and gain access to up to 11 live channels, including NY1, depending on the market. What's available on the app appears in bold in the guide and what's not has a more faded look.

The real benefit comes through On Demand content, where there are shows from more than two dozen networks, including, developers say, more than 1,100 hours of programming. The updated app also has an improved user experience and mini-guide.

The TWC TV app is free for Android devices, PCs, Macs and Roku Boxes, but at the moment it's only the iOS version that gets the "TV anywhere" upgrade. It's only available to Time Warner Cable subscribers.

Meanwhile, Twitter has officially launched its new music service called Twitter #Music. It works like one probably would imagine a 'Twitter Music' service would work.

The app gives users five different views of music collages, based on what's popular or trending on Twitter. There's also an "emerging" view for hidden talents hidden in tweets, "suggestions for you," "what's playing now" for people's followers and then artists the users follow.

Users can hear a 30-second clip of a track on iTunes or play the entire track through a Spotify or Rdio account. Listeners can easily tweet about the track and quickly follow that artist on Twitter. All of this is designed to be the latest way to help users discover new music.

Right now, "Twitter #music" is a free app for iOS devices or through music.twitter.com.

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