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Boston Manhunt Pushes CNN, Police Scanner Apps Into iTunes Top Ten
As law enforcement officials continue their manhunt for one fugitive that’s suspected to have been involved in the Boston Marathon bombing this week, consumers looking for the latest news and information have pushed several news and scanner-type apps into the iOS top apps charts.
As of about 11:30 am PT, CNN’s app has taken over the top spot on the iPhone’s free app chart. It wasn’t in the top five as recently as last night. Further down the top 10, an app called 5-0 Radio Police Scanner Lite is ranked seventh, TuneIn Radio — another source for following police scanner communications — is eighth, and Police Scanner+ Free is at number 10.
On the paid iPhone app list, 5-0 Radio Pro Police Scanner is currently the seventh most popular app; this is the paid version of the No. 7 free app.
The situation is somewhat similar on the iPad.
CNN currently has the top free iPad app. TuneIn Radio is at number eight and Police Scanner+ Free is tenth.
There are no news or police scanner-type apps in the top 10 paid iPad apps.
Meanwhile, going only on the top apps charts that are posted on the Google Play website, there are currently no news or scanner-type apps in the top 10 on either the free Android apps list not the paid Android apps list. TuneIn Radio Pro, though, is ranked 16th on the paid chart.
The charts look exactly the same both on those web-based lists and on the Google Nexus phone; the TuneIn Radio Pro app doesn’t show in the top 20 on the Nexus 7 tablet.