In Sync we take you through some of the latest and greatest offerings within the iTunes Store.
New Music on iTunes
Madonna - MDNA
It’s been almost 30 years since her debut album in 1983, but 53-year-old Madonna is still at it. She’s just released her twelfth studio album, MDNA, the first of her LPs not to be associated with Warner Brothers Records. The album contains the single Give Me All Your Luvin’, featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., which reached the top 40 of the UK singles chart in February. Before the album had even launched it had already achieved huge success, with the largest one-day pre-orders of any album in iTunes history. The record comes after the release of W.E., the film that Madonna co-wrote and directed.
Lostprophets – Weapons
Welsh rock band Lostprophets have released their fifth studio album, which features the single Bring ’Em Down. The band are touring the UK in April and May.
Feeder – Generation Freakshow
Another Welsh rock band to release an album this month is Feeder. It was due to launch on 26 March, but has been delayed until 23 April.
Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
Featuring the top 20 single Starships, Nicki Minaj’s second album has been released after being delayed from its original Valentine’s Day launch.
Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
This American rock band is set for success after being signed following a four-song EP late in 2011. Boys & Girls features their debut single, Hold On.
All The Young – Welcome Home
Formerly called New Education, Stoke-on-Trent based band All The Young have released their first album, fresh from a tour with The Pigeon Detectives.
Keaton Henson – Dear
Alternative singer/songwriter Keaton Henson recorded this album in his apartment near Heathrow airport, and bizarrely used his cupboard as one of the instruments.
Movies on iTunes
This British thriller is set inside a car in central London, as Frankie, played by Essex bad boy Danny Dyer, goes on a murderous rampage, taking a terrified hostage with him for the ride. Download the film to keep for £9.99, or rent it for £3.49.
The Adventures of Tintin
Based on the popular Adventures of Tintin comic books from the 1920s to 70s, this animated adventure sees Tintin, his dog Snowy and Captain Haddock on a treasure hunt. Directed by Steven Spielberg, it won Best Animated Feature Film at the Golden Globes. Download the adventure for £9.99.
The Help brings Kathryn Stockett’s bestselling novel of the same name to our screens. Set in the 1960s, the film tells the story of two black maids and their relationship with white journalist Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan. Skeeter writes a book about the racism maids face while working for white families. Download The Help from iTunes for £9.99.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Download the latest episode in the chart-topping Twilight Saga, based on the novels by Stephenie Meyer, for £9.99 from the iTunes Store. The fourth film in the series is action-packed, with a marriage, a honeymoon and a baby, among certain other shocking revelations.
Video on the iTunes store
Dr Cole went missing while exploring in the Amazon. The River, which premiered on iTunes in the UK, follows the search for the doctor. It’s £12.99 for the series pass.
Call the Midwife
Set in East London in the 50s, Call the Midwife follows the work of midwives and nuns from Nonnatus House, and is based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth.
Being Human – season 4
Two werewolves and a ghost are looking after a baby, which proves to be difficult, especially with vampires lurking nearby. Get an episode for £2.49 or £18.99 for the lot.
Super Smart Animals
If you thought your cat was clever, these animals will make you think again. See for yourself for £3.78.
The Big C - season 2
Cathy Jamison is a wife and mother who has been diagnosed with cancer. This series follows her through her journey towards recovery. It’s £2.49 per episode.
Whitechapel – season 3
A drama following detectives in London who investigate murders resembling killings from history. The series pass will set you back £10.99.
Other iTunes goodies
BOOK | Torn - Amanda Hocking
The second book in the Trylle Trilogy tells the story of Wendy Everly, a girl who was kidnapped by her family’s enemies, as she tries to get back to safety. But now she’s faced with a new threat that jeopardises love and happiness.
GAME | The Tiny Bang Story HD
This hand-drawn puzzle can be fun for all the family, but suitably challenging for the older generation too. Find puzzle pieces and other items to complete each chapter.
PODCAST | Freakonomics Radio
The authors of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics talk about subjects from football to food, money to misadventures, shedding new light on the topics. Weekly episodes are free, and there are already 62 to listen to.
BOOK | City of Dragons - Robin Hobb
City of Dragons is the third book in The Rain Wild Chronicles series, popular fantasy novels by best-selling author Robin Hobb. The pages are filled with dragons, treasure and adventure.
GAME | Gravity Maze
Move your phone to change gravity in the maze and get a group of ‘Fluffs’ out safely. There are currently 45 levels within three worlds for you to play, and the developers promise that there are even more to come in the future.
BOOK | Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different
Aimed at the ‘iPod generation’ which has grown up in the world he built, Karen Blumenthal’s biog is a Jobs primer for young adults, even explaining concepts like hippies and the civil rights movement.