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Manhattan May Be the Media Capital of the World, But Not For iPad Users

By Michael P. Ventura | April 6, 2010 1:37pm | Updated on April 6, 2010 1:50pm
An early customer at the Apple store on Fifth Avenue checks out The New Yorker on the iPad's Web browser.  An app for the magazine is in the works.
An early customer at the Apple store on Fifth Avenue checks out The New Yorker on the iPad's Web browser. An app for the magazine is in the works.
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By Michael Ventura

DNAinfo Senior Editor

MANHATTAN — For the savvy Manhattan iPad user who wants to keep up with the latest news, there's slim pickings from local media companies in Apple's online iPad app store.

The top free app in the iTunes app store as of Tuesday was from USA Today. The top paid app comes from Time magazine, which charges $4.99 per issue which can be downloaded onto the device.

National Public Radio's app comes in second on the free side, followed by the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, respectively. BBC News rounds out the top five.

Aside from Time, there are no other recognizable media brands in the top five paid apps.

Apps for Conde Nast publications, including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Wired, and Glamour are in the works, the Times reported. They would initially be sold through Apple's iTunes store and are expected to be available within the next few months. Currently, there's an app for Conde Nast's GQ that can be bought for $2.99.

Among Manhattan's TV networks, only ABC so far has an app that lets you watch full episodes of shows on the iPad.

The Daily News has an iPhone app that's compatible with the iPad, but not a specific new iPad offering. 

The New York Post apparently has neither.