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'Toy Story' Read-Along App for iPad

We believe that the iPad is for everyone, from grandchildren to grandparents and everyone in between. Sadly, some industry commentators aren't happy about this. The core of their disgust seems to centre around two separate issues. The first is Apple's 'walled garden' approach to application creation and distribution, and second is that the hardware is missing – what they consider to be – some key features. In a world were only Apple made computers, phones and tablet devices we might be inclined to take their rantings a little more seriously.

When you come across iPad apps like 'Toy Story' Read-Along from Disney Digital Books, a free interactive book for children, it's hard not to get excited by what the future holds for the iPad platform. Sure, this level of interaction and richness should be made available to all on open platforms via open web standards, but the truth is it's simply not possible yet. If a 'walled garden' is the only safe way to bring these kind of applications to their intended audience then surely it's a very good thing indeed?

We believe it is, and if the weekend sales estimates of 600,000 to 700,000 are correct, it would seem that a great many people agree.

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