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Acer chases Apple with app store, media sharing

updated 02:15 pm EST, Tue November 23, 2010

Acer Alive store and sharing debut

Acer's live event today brought with it plans to emulate Apple's app and media stores but also introduce a new media sharing feature for PCs. The store, nicknamed Alive, will give computers and mobile devices a "real-time" reaction. As users buy or download titles of any kind, the store will use a Genius-like recommendation system to suggest content and refine results.

Games and other apps will be in the store along with e-books, movies, magazines, newspapers and music. The platform will be cloud-based and let users access content from any compatible device without having to copy it first. Some of the initial partners providing content will include 7digital, Acetrax, Adobe, APogeo, AudioGo, CMS, Intel, Kowalski, La Republica, Muzu.TV, URRA and Zinio. About 2,000 movies, 15,000 music videos, eight million songs and "thousands" of book titles will be available from the start.

Alive is due to launch in Italy and the UK on December 20. The Americas, Asia and Europe will get it sometime in the spring. Only Windows 7 will have access at first, but different platforms and devices like Acer's new Android tablets should have access by the end of the winter.

News of the store comes just weeks after Apple unveiled the Mac App Store but suggests that Acer should accelerate by incorporating both an iTunes competitor and an app store into a single platform. Windows typically hasn't suffered from low app discovery prospects, but most media purchasing on the platform has been left to iTunes.

More original for Acer is, a new method of sharing content across computers on the same network. Based on DLNA, it uses the concepts of sources and destinations: the app can pull available music, photos and videos from one list and share content out to another device in the destination list. It can also share any available media to Flickr, Facebook and elsewhere, though YouTube is currently only known to be a source.

The app will work over any Wi-Fi network and should incorporate mobile devices in its platform, but Acer hasn't said when it becomes public or whether it will be available outside of Acer hardware.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Acer Shouldn't Be Chasing Apple

    It should go chase itself.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wow! What a scramble they're going to have...

    To throw an end to end solution together within a year after it took Apple years and years of pulling everything together. They really have their work cut out to beat Apple at its strongest point. I can hardly imagine it being very well integrated with so many providers.

  1. bleee

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sounds like more Bloatware

    Why does every manufacturer ALWAYS have to come up with some half a$$ attempt to copy Apple? WHY can't they JUST COPY APPLE... put as much time and energy into PLANNING that Apple does so they can have some kind of half decent offering instead anyone buying an Acer is just going to spend an extra 10 minutes uninstalling their Alive store because it's full of holes.

    Another good example ANY HP device that comes with a "remote" just launches a fullscreen app ontop of windows desktop that plays dvd's and movies on your computer.

  1. prgosc69

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0 itunes ipad apps gift cards psn codes playstation network xbox live points subscription wholesale apple original warcraft wii2000 wii 2000 maplestory applecare prepaid international email delivery

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