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Six ways to master the Mac App Store and the iTunes Store

Kirk McElhearn | April 12, 2013
Here are six tips for using a web browser to access the stores more quickly and efficiently

You can copy links from within the different store apps, as well. Control-click (right-click) any icon in the stores and choose Copy Link. Save the links for future reference, or send them via email or Apple's Messages app. When a recipient clicks the link, the appropriate store will open.

3. Bookmark products for later

You can also save these links as bookmarks in your Web browser to make it easy to return to a page. Just press Command-D in most browsers, or select your browser's Add Bookmark menu item. Bookmarking products can be very helpful when you're browsing. The closest equivalent to bookmarking in the iTunes Store is a Wish List. You must be in the app to use this; then click on the arrow icon next to the item's price and choose Add to Wish List.

4. Drag to see product info

To see a product's information, drag its icon from either of the stores to your Web browser's Dock icon or your browser's open window. For some reason, this doesn't work in the Mac App Store app on an individual app's page; it works on pages listing multiple apps, such as the Featured page, or on pages with search results.

When you drag an icon, you're really dragging a link, which then opens the corresponding webpage. You might find this page more informative than the pages in the iTunes Store or the Mac App Store. All the content is presented on a single page rather than on multiple tabs.

5. Quickly email links to content

Want to send a link to a friend? In Safari, you can drag a product icon from a store onto Mail's Dock icon to create a new email containing the product's link. In Chrome, you'll get a new message with the product icon's image in the message body instead; just drag the URL from the browser's address bar.

6. Prevent iTunes links from opening in apps

When you click links for Mac App Store or iTunes Store content, the appropriate app will open and display the item. But suppose you don't want to open the iTunes Store when you click a link a friend sent you? You might already be browsing in the iTunes Store, for instance, and might not want to lose your place.

If you use Safari, you can install Florian Pichler's free NoMoreiTunes Safari Extension. This prevents Safari from redirecting links to the Mac App Store or the iTunes Store. There is, however, a button at the top of every webpage that you can click to go to one of those apps if you want. With this extension installed, you can browse through the stores (after using a Google search, as explained in the first tip, for example) in Safari. You can click other items, artists' names, and more, and each new link will open in Safari.

If you use Chrome or Firefox, the links aren't automatically redirected. You can click the View in iTunes Store or View in Mac App Store button to go to those stores.


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