by Michelle Lentz

There’s all sorts of news out there today centering around iTunes and the App Store.

Apple’s Best of 2008: Apple has created a special section of the store with the Best of 2008 in everything it carries. That covers movies, music, audio books, podcasts, free apps, and purchased apps. Not only is Apple offering the best-of in what was downloaded/purchased the most, but they’re also giving their own editorial opinion on several of the options.

Pandora: Everyone’s favorite music app for the iPhone, Pandora, has reached a milestone. Yesterday morning they recorded their 2,000,000 registered user. That’s right – 2 million registered Pandora users on the iPhone. Pretty exciting, yes?

Amazon Mobile: Amazon has released a free iPhone app. I was a little surprised by this. I often use, and have always been impressed by, Amazon’s iPhone site. But this app takes the site even further. The new and “experimental” feature called Amazon Remembers lets users take a photo of a product out in the “real world.” The photo is then uploaded to Amazon and the folks working in the Mechanical Turk program will try to match the product with one from Amazon.com. Don’t get your hopes up too high – the results will take between 5 minutes and 24 hours. But at least you can get price comparisons on the go.  You also can easily use your 1-Click shopping settings, search Amazon partners such as Target and Macy’s, and access your wish lists.

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