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A heads-up on purchasing things in the App Store iOS devices
If you didn't read about it yet, the iPhone App Store is now open. Here in the USA, the iPhone 3G and iPhone 2.0 software aren't out yet, which means you can't actually use the apps. You can, however, browse the store. So that's what I was doing, deciding what I might buy later on, when I discovered a bugfeature of the App Store: there's no shopping cart.

When I buy songs at the iTunes Store, I use the shopping cart as my "wish list" storage location. I see something I may want to buy, and I add it to my cart. I blindly assumed the Store preferences setting in iTunes to use the shopping cart would also apply to the App Store. That is not the case.

When you click Buy in the App Store, you buy immediately. (You can see what you've purchased in the Applications section of iTunes 7.7's Library. If you can't see the Applications section, you may have disabled the Games entry in iTunes 7.6's preferences; Applications replaces Games.) Before I figured this out, I'd accidentally purchased two things. Thankfully, one is a game I'm interested in, so that's not so bad. The other, though...anyone wanna buy a never-read e-book copy of A Tale of Two Cities? It cost me $0.99, but I'll let it go for only $0.39! :)

So until/unless Apple modifies iTunes' preferences to allow a shopping cart in the App Store, be very careful with that Buy button. You will purchase whatever you click immediately, without so much as even a confirmation dialog. (And because most apps are tiny, they'll be done downloading before you can even think to cancel them.) I'm just very glad I didn't click buy on the $69.99 ForeFlight app -- although as a pilot, it looks very cool!
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A heads-up on purchasing things in the App Store
Authored by: syko on Jul 10, '08 09:15:10AM

I am going to end up spending sooooooooooooo much money at this store!!

lots of people will get rich, unfortunately, i won't be one of them!! hehe

damn, this will be an expensive weekend..

anyone want to buy a 2G iPhone jailbroken/unlocked?? (:



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A heads-up on purchasing things in the App Store
Authored by: Morwen on Jul 10, '08 03:43:59PM

Heh no, I got that free from ereader.com. :)



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Disable 1-click shopping
Authored by: noworryz on Jul 10, '08 09:23:31AM

Go to iTunes/Preferences/Store and select "Buy using a shopping cart" instead of "Buy and download using 1-click."

1-Click is off by default so the hint writer enabled it then forgot about it...



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Disable 1-click shopping
Authored by: frgough on Jul 10, '08 09:34:03AM

Not only that, but the text on the button changes. When you enable shopping cart, the button reads "Add to Card" instead of "Buy Now."

The buttons in the App store read "Buy App"

I guess we can forgive Rob for being a bit too excited to read the actual buttons he's clicking, but it really isn't Apple's fault that he was too excited to take time to read.



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Disable 1-click shopping
Authored by: frgough on Jul 10, '08 09:36:30AM

Dittos on enabling 1-click buy. I never have anything that's going to cost me money happen without my final confirmation.



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Disable 1-click shopping
Authored by: xkalibur on Jul 10, '08 09:47:48AM

Um, no if you read the post it actually states that the author does use the shopping cart for buying music, so this option is already set correctly. The point of the post is that the App Store doesn't seem to honor this setting.

I just tried for myself and changing the setting does nothing for the text of the purchase buttons; it still says "Buy App". Of course I'm not actually going to click just in case what the author writes is correct :) But it certainly looks to be the case...



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Disable 1-click shopping
Authored by: frgough on Jul 10, '08 10:34:20AM

You misunderstand me.

The fact that the app store button DIDN'T say "Add to Cart" should have told him that the shopping cart wasn't working for apps. But he clicked anyway, then complained when the shopping cart didn't work.

The real truth is, he was just probably too excited to notice.



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Disable 1-click shopping
Authored by: robg on Jul 10, '08 11:54:57AM

You're *all* misunderstanding me, though maybe I wasn't clear enough.

Buy with a shopping cart *is* checked in my preferences. Always. And it's always the first thing I check after an upgrade, having been burned in the past. It's still checked now, I just confirmed.

But the App Store *ignores that setting* and simply buys whatever you click on. That was the whole point of this tip: the prefs setting is irrelevant.

-rob.



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Disable 1-click shopping
Authored by: frgough on Jul 10, '08 12:01:38PM

I understood you perfectly.

My point is that in iTunes, when you activate the shopping cart, all your buy now buttons change to Add to Cart buttons. Except for the App store, where the buttons continue to read Buy App.

So, yes, the shopping cart setting didn't stick. But you should also have had a flag go up when you saw that the button in the App store DIDN'T say Add to Cart.



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Disable 1-click shopping
Authored by: robg on Jul 10, '08 12:20:32PM

OK, I misunderstood you :). No such flag went up, though, because buying thousands of songs over the years have ingrained the behavior that click does not equal buy. Today, I must unlearn all that behavior!

thanks;
-rob.



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Disable 1-click shopping
Authored by: frgough on Jul 10, '08 12:05:27PM

And the reason this is an issue is because you're blaming Apple for the fact that you didn't read the button before you clicked it.

Just suck it up and say: the shopping cart feature doesn't work with the App store, and I got burned because I wasn't paying attention and so didn't notice the button for the App store said "Buy App" instead of "Add to cart."

Nobody's going to hold it against you; we're all pretty jazzed about the App store.



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Disable 1-click shopping
Authored by: robg on Jul 10, '08 12:22:52PM

This is, I promise, a 100% honest answer: I saw that the button said Buy. But I also knew my prefs were set to use the cart. My bad was assuming the prefs overrode the button. Clearly that's not the case; the button overrides the prefs.

I know that now, and won't be buying anything else without it clearly being my intention to buy :). But my mistake had nothing to do with excitement over the store, and everything to do with not thinking it'd really ignore my desired behavior as set in the prefs.

-rob.



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Disable 1-click shopping
Authored by: frgough on Jul 10, '08 01:27:42PM

Yeah, that's an understandable mistake to make. But there wasn't just the teeniest amount of App store excitement involved?



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Disable 1-click shopping
Authored by: robg on Jul 10, '08 03:26:46PM

Well, to be honest, it was more App Store angst, given I had to delete all 30 third-party apps on my hacked 1.1.3 iPhone to try it out :)

-rob.



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Disable 1-click shopping
Authored by: mantrid on Jul 11, '08 05:27:27AM

Don't give in to this <rude person>.

Go to the Mac section of apple.com. Pick a model of computer. Click the "Buy Now" button, and what does it do? It certainly doesn't make an automatic purchase. Apple has used the "Buy Now" button on their site for years without literally meaning to purchase immediately.

If the store is ignoring the shopping cart option and making purchases immediate, it is broken and Apple should fix it, plain and simple. Until they do, this tip is a good "heads up".

By implying that the mistake is the customer's and not Apple's, the poster with the rude handle is just being a fanboy.



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Disable 1-click shopping
Authored by: frgough on Jul 11, '08 07:08:19AM

Robg and I were having actually a pretty amiable conversation, that, for some reason, you decided to take offense against. Go figure.




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A heads-up on purchasing things in the App Store
Authored by: gabester on Jul 10, '08 09:49:20AM

I don't have my password cached in Keychain for iTunes - so I have to authenticate to download anything. Seems like a reasonable compromise between a shopping cart collecting everything and the instant gratification of the one-click purchasing.

I am disappointed, however, that there is no ARD/VNC type app to remote control my Macs (yet, I hope...) Yes, the Remote app is nice but sometimes I might want to do something on my computer like initiate a file copy or launch a non-iLife application. Hmm... there doesn't seem to be an SSH app either!
g=



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A heads-up on purchasing things in the App Store
Authored by: Unsoluble on Jul 10, '08 10:35:11AM
If you've jailbroken your phone/pod, check out Touchpad Pro. I use it pretty much every day to control my various Macs from the couch or bed or wherever. :)

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A heads-up on purchasing things in the App Store
Authored by: Scripter12 on Jul 10, '08 01:56:24PM
I haven't tried it yet but I'm looking closely at Remote Buddy.
http://www.iospirit.com/index.php?mode=view&obj_type=infogroup&obj_id=24&o_infogroup_objcode=infogroup-23&o1_infogroup_objcode=html-141&sid=7383569Gc3c4c25c658a4c4f

It is an AJAX based app that runs in Safari and uses WiFi to connect to your computer and control it. Looks impressive. My interest is remote control of Keynote with my iPhone.

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A heads-up on purchasing things in the App Store
Authored by: neill on Jul 11, '08 07:44:19AM

I have been using logmein.com . . . gives you remote control via a web browser . . . and the basic version is free. It should work via iPhone as well as a standard browser does.

neil



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A heads-up on purchasing things in the App Store
Authored by: S on Jul 11, '08 04:51:20AM

Feature? Unlikely. Definitely a design bug.
When buying from the iPhone, most people probably would find one-click buy more useful than a cart, but buying from a computer?This is a bug as much as anything else (except, perhaps, Windows ME), and naturally needs to be reported.



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A heads-up on purchasing things in the App Store
Authored by: asmeurer on Jul 11, '08 10:34:57AM

Apple really needs to add a wish list feature to the iTunes Store. It kind of is your fault for using the shopping cart as a wish list, though. It's almost like storing files in you trash can. If you want to save items for later, just drag them to the finder and it will create a link file (is this hint posted anywhere?)

On another note, how would you resell that ebook? Is it possible to do that? (Not that I'm interested in buying. I'm pretty sure that book is public domain)



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A heads-up on purchasing things in the App Store
Authored by: wahoo252 on Jul 12, '08 07:36:55AM

thanks for the tip Rob. I'm trying the App Store a couple days later, and it seems a bit improved. The first time you make a purchase through the App Store (on your iPhone), it asks for a password. If you immediately make additional purchases it doesn't prompt you again, it just automatically downloads the apps. However, if you try to make a purchase after not having used the App Store for a few minutes, it will re-prompt you for the password. So, there's a little bit of the shopping cart functionality built in, due to the password timing out.



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iTunes 8
Authored by: S on Sep 14, '08 12:51:05PM

iTunes 8 warns you if you have your preferences set for a shopping cart. A large improvement, at least.



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