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iPhone App Review: MLB.com At Bat 2010

MLB.com At Bat 2010 Major League Baseball's app

MLB.com At Bat 2010

Major League Baseball's app with live audio, one live video broadcast, Gameday, and ballpark extras is the oasis for any baseball fanatic.

iPhone App Review: MLB.com At Bat 2010

Price: $14.99

Producer: Major League Baseball Advanced Media

The Lowdown: Soon after iPhone app development was made public, Major League Baseball rushed forward with its own app for avid baseball fans. The app features live radio feeds to all the day's games, MLB's GameDay view, video highlights, and a single free live video of an out-of-market game every day, but a large price-point might be unjustified.

Pros: MLB charges $20 on their website to subscribe to their Gameday Audio service, which streams live radio broadcasts from any game over the internet. For $5 less, this app completes the same service with great results. Video highlights are clear and quick, usually loading within half an inning of the play. Other features packed in include a great stadium map that helps visitors find food, restrooms, and emergency facilities in any of the 30 MLB ballparks.

Cons: Most in-app problems that plagued earlier versions of this app have cleared since its first release last year. However, the steep price remains a thorn in the side of making this app a  No. 1 best seller overall. In fact, the $14.99 price has not changed since the season began in April, even though more than half of the 2010 season is over.

The Verdict: If this was April and you had an extra $15 lying around, this app was a "must have" for any baseball fan. With the pennant races in full swing now in August, MLB would have to lower that price point to make this worth a fan's time and money. $4.99 for the rest of the season and postseason would be a real treat and make this app king again.

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