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Get Custom PC on your iPhone

Get Custom PC on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch - your first issue costs less than half price!

We’ve teamed up with digital mag specialist Pixel Mags to offer Custom PC magazine to owners of iDevices, including the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

This edition of the mag has all kinds of special enhancements, which will make reading about the latest PC technology and overclocking a slick experience. For example, hyperlinks have been added where appropriate, making it easy to follow them online and find out more about what we're referencing. You can also turn off the hyperlinks if you like.

There’s a quick-browse bar as well, which you can call up in order to preview pages and skip quickly between sections. Better still, you can set pages of particular issues as Favourites, and even share pages with friends – handy if someone’s pestering you for PC building advice.

The usual iDevice controls apply, so you can pinch, zoom and scroll through the pages. Whether it’s making the text easier to read or zooming into interesting pictures and diagrams, it’s almost as easy to read Custom PC on your iPhone or iPad as it is to read the real mag in all its papery glory. By the way, did we mention that you can get three issues for just a quid?

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Each issue of Custom PC costs £2.99 via Pixel Mags; a handsome discount over the usual £4.50 cover price of the paper mag. However, your first issue will cost you just £1.99. New issues are available for Pixel Mags on the day the mag is released, so you don’t need to wait either. Head over to the App Store and search for 'Pixel Mags Custom PC,' or follow this link to the Custom PC Pixel Mags page of the App Store.

Clarification To clarify the pricing outlined above, the first issue of Custom PC bought via Pixel Mags is free. However, the Pixel Mags app itself costs £1.19.

Also, if you’re not a fan of Apple devices, we’d like to point out that you can subscribe to our other digital magazine service via Zinio.

Once you’ve had a go with the app, we’d love to hear your feedback in the forum.

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adidan 22nd February 2011, 13:00 Quote
Custom PC..... On Apple hardware.... * cough * * splutter *

The world's gone mad I tell ya!
feathers 22nd February 2011, 13:02 Quote
You can be damned sure I won't be paying 1.99 or 2.99 to read tech news on an iphone. Anymore than I'd pay for a printed magazine. I can get all my tech news from a whole bunch of free websites.
feathers 22nd February 2011, 13:03 Quote
P. S.

Trusted Technology have an iphone app that's free. No monthly charges.
Hamfunk 22nd February 2011, 13:04 Quote
I feel abit sick.....
Landy_Ed 22nd February 2011, 13:07 Quote
Would prefer a Kindle sub to be honest!
Bindibadgi 22nd February 2011, 13:10 Quote
Woohoo!

Getting CPC out here takes an entire mag cycle, so I'm always a month behind :(
necroscop 22nd February 2011, 13:13 Quote
I subscribe your magazine which I read on my PC. But I will not extend subscription as I can not read it on my android. Why you did go with ios, I did always thing that custum PC readers are to smart to have iPhone.
Lizard 22nd February 2011, 13:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by necroscop
Why you did go with ios?

You'll be pleased to hear we got an Android app in the works too, it's just that the ios app was finished first.
maximus09 22nd February 2011, 13:18 Quote
I already pay for a paper subscription, we should get this for free! :'(
Unknownsock 22nd February 2011, 13:19 Quote
This would be awesome if i had a phone.
feathers 22nd February 2011, 13:21 Quote
money money money.
Skippylee 22nd February 2011, 13:25 Quote
erm

You say "your first issue will cost you just £1.99"
Description on itunes says "Download the Custom PC app, and you will get your first 148 page issue absolutely FREE."
Price on itunes is £1.19

I'm confused!
wuyanxu 22nd February 2011, 13:27 Quote
so what happens when new issue is released? does this use the new Apple subscription model?

i'm also confused on how this works. looks like it's just a one off purchase.
Snips 22nd February 2011, 13:36 Quote
Windows Phone 7 version?
Lizard 22nd February 2011, 13:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by feathers
money money money.

Yes, get over it.

In the real world, businesses need revenue to make websites and magazines. Without money, there would be no Custom PC or bit-tech, and there would be nowhere for you to continually make non-contributary forum posts on.

I'll give you 24 hours to cool down so you can have time to think about what you post, before you post.
Bindibadgi 22nd February 2011, 13:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by feathers
money money money.

All you do is come here and post demeaning comments to everyone and anyone. No one appreciates it, why don't you just go away?
M7ck 22nd February 2011, 13:52 Quote
This looks a lot better than the Zinio option. I am already a paper subscriber though so I would need a healthy discount to go with a digital option as well. Perhaps when my subscription is finished I might go for this for my iPad.

Edit

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
All you do is come here and post demeaning comments to everyone and anyone. No one appreciates it, why don't you just go away?

Missing your banhammer already?

Double edit

I just noticed that Lizard swung the banhammer on this occasion (albeit a 24hr ban)
WildThing 22nd February 2011, 13:57 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lizard
Yes, get over it.

In the real world, businesses need revenue to make websites and magazines. Without money, there would be no Custom PC or bit-tech, and there would be nowhere for you to continually make non-contributary forum posts on.

Lol, pwned...

On topic: This looks pretty cool, it might be enough for me to get a sub tbh. I don't care much for mags any more. Also, great that there's an android version in the works, as that is my current platform.
adidan 22nd February 2011, 14:02 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by feathers
money money money.
What's the objection? Them not giving it away or a business wanting to invest in new revenue streams?
longerlife 22nd February 2011, 14:05 Quote
Do these prices include the 30% cut Apple wants to take for all your hard work??
Lizard 22nd February 2011, 14:09 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by longerlife
Do these prices include the 30% cut Apple wants to take for all your hard work??

Yep, the price is what you pay and includes all of our overheads and partners costs.
longerlife 22nd February 2011, 14:20 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lizard
Yep, the price is what you pay and includes all of our overheads and partners costs.

Great I look forward to getting the Android version at a cheaper price then!

Oh no wait wouldn't that be against Apple's pricing policy?
coolius 22nd February 2011, 14:21 Quote
Looking forward to the Android version.

But I agree it would be nice if this came free with the paper subscription!
ffjason 22nd February 2011, 14:30 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lizard
Quote:
Originally Posted by longerlife
Do these prices include the 30% cut Apple wants to take for all your hard work??

Yep, the price is what you pay and includes all of our overheads and partners costs.

I will also expect to see the android version retailing for a lower price. Good news IMHO.

I'm also interested in some sort of discount for subscribers. Maybe?
mecblade 22nd February 2011, 14:32 Quote
ipod touch 4th gen with retina display + suscription = ownage.

Will this need internet connection to view?
wuyanxu 22nd February 2011, 14:35 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by mecblade
ipod touch 4th gen with retina display + suscription = ownage.

Will this need internet connection to view?
iPhone 4 + "Retina" display + IPS panel + subscription = pure ownage :D

no need to ask the other question :D

but to be fair, i'd consider buy it if i can input my paper subscription number to get issues to read. don't really want to buy it twice. no matter how many times Harry shouts Buy the mag in podcasts.
Lizard 22nd February 2011, 14:42 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu
no matter how many times Harry shouts Buy the mag in podcasts.

How about if I ask him to sing instead? :)
adidan 22nd February 2011, 14:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lizard
How about if I ask him to sing instead? :)
Rap. Ask him to rap it.
x5pilot 22nd February 2011, 15:20 Quote
Why should I pay for this if I subscribe to mag?!
Also there are pdf issues of CPC on the web for download - I was under the impression that they're prodcued by CPC/Dennis pub?
I have bit-tech bookmarked and it does me with the CPC mag coming thru my door.

Death to the iphone! Android is (one possilbe!) future!
CardJoe 22nd February 2011, 15:31 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by x5pilot
Why should I pay for this if I subscribe to mag?!
Also there are pdf issues of CPC on the web for download - I was under the impression that they're prodcued by CPC/Dennis pub?
I have bit-tech bookmarked and it does me with the CPC mag coming thru my door.

Death to the iphone! Android is (one possilbe!) future!

You know, you don't HAVE to subscribe, right? If you want the paper copy of the mag (which costs more to make) then you can have. If you just want the site (for free) then you can have that. If you want an electronic version for your iDevice...well, now you can have that too. You can also order an electronic version for your PC too. All we're doing is providing another avenue for readers to access the content, not at the expense of others.

Why should you pay for this if you subscribe to the mag?
You shouldn't, unless you want to. In which case you can.
adidan 22nd February 2011, 15:35 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by x5pilot
Why should I pay for this if I subscribe to mag?!
It's a different revenue stream because it's in a different format and obviously requires extra staff time and costs to set up and run.

Why should it be free?
x5pilot 22nd February 2011, 15:58 Quote
Because its the same info!
How about this, increase the cost of the mag by x per year and give access to all distribution options.
adidan 22nd February 2011, 16:05 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by x5pilot
How about this, increase the cost of the mag by x per year and give access to all distribution options.
How about not as I just want the magazine and not an online one?

Why should I suffer an increase in price so that it can subsidize you in wanting the digital version for free?

Edit: Consider it this way. I buy a retail game, I don't automaticaly get a free digital download of the same game. Why should I?
Instagib 22nd February 2011, 16:35 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by adidan
Quote:
Originally Posted by x5pilot
How about this, increase the cost of the mag by x per year and give access to all distribution options.
How about not as I just want the magazine and not an online one?

Why should I suffer an increase in price so that it can subsidize you in wanting the digital version for free?

Edit: Consider it this way. I buy a retail game, I don't automaticaly get a free digital download of the same game. Why should I?

Erm, you'll find that alot of games will allow you to put your cd key into steam and allow you access there.

But yes, you are right, i just want a paper subscription, i don't want to pay extra for something i'm not going to use. I'm still not a fan of all these digital copies; give me a hard copy any day.
adidan 22nd February 2011, 16:42 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Instagib
Erm, you'll find that alot of games will allow you to put your cd key into steam and allow you access there.
Ok, bad example. I shall try and think of another. :D

That said, I'm finding it a bit fruitless trying to argue logic against freebie hunters so maybe I won't bother.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Instagib
But yes, you are right, i just want a paper subscription, i don't want to pay extra for something i'm not going to use. I'm still not a fan of all these digital copies; give me a hard copy any day
Quite. ;)
mecblade 22nd February 2011, 16:54 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by x5pilot
Because its the same info!

A lot of CustomPC are the same reviews as the one's on Bit-Tech. Yet you still buy the subscription. I buy the mag so i don't have to rely on the Internet to read reviews.
It's up to someone what they wish to do, if they have a nice, shiny 3G plan on their iPhone/pad, then they can browse and read it on the move. It's also cheaper for them as it costs less to buy compared to the paper version. For someone like me whose parents unfortunately rather i didn't take out a expensive 3G plan for my phone, a normal paper printed magazine is the only alternative.
Blademrk 22nd February 2011, 17:04 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Instagib
Erm, you'll find that alot of games will allow you to put your cd key into steam and allow you access there.

There's about (roughly adds up the list of games you can unlock using the CD key on the steam site) 66 games that can be unlocked using a CD key. That's not that many when you consider how many games are actually on steam, so it's not that bad an analagy.
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
Why should you pay for this if you subscribe to the mag?
You shouldn't, unless you want to. In which case you can.
Exactly :p.
No one is forcing this down anyone's throat.
If you want it, buy it.
If not, don't. Simples.
Th3Maverick 22nd February 2011, 18:06 Quote
Actually, can I get a sub to your mag stateside? I work in an environment where I can't have a phone with me, so paper mags are the shiz for me.
M7ck 22nd February 2011, 18:18 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Th3Maverick
Actually, can I get a sub to your mag stateside? I work in an environment where I can't have a phone with me, so paper mags are the shiz for me.


You can get an International sub for £80 a year link
l3v1ck 22nd February 2011, 20:57 Quote
You can still make money on it after Apple half inch their 30%?

I'll be sticking to my paper copy. It's just much more satisfying to read than an electronic copy.
[That, and the fact I have Android , not iOS ;) ]
adidan 22nd February 2011, 21:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by l3v1ck
It's just much more satisfying to read than an electronic copy.
I find all electronic reading less interesting and more tiring than real, in your hands, paper copy.

That and you can also wipe your arse with it if you have no toilet paper in the woods.

Not that you'd be able to get a signal in the woods anyway to download a copy before you wipe your arse on your iphone. :)
TheDarkSide 22nd February 2011, 21:45 Quote
I don't agree with the pricing scheme, It should be free for those subscribed to the paper version. I'm one of those who want a paper mag (and im subscribed to it), but would also like the option to read on the go from time to time, and paying for the same info isn't right. Granted, those who just want the electronic copy would pay the digital subscription, but it should be free for those who already paid for the info in the hard copy, and granting them that same info electronically (an extra download doesn't add cost) seems only fair. That digital business model (which is still profitable due to digital-only subscription fee+increased adoption of paper mag) is used by a large number of publishers out there, it's the right approach.
Kaiwan 22nd February 2011, 23:33 Quote
I really like the idea but I don't see a reason to buy it twice. Other than being more discrete in work :P
M7ck 22nd February 2011, 23:49 Quote
Quick question. If we were to buy cpc through this app would we be able to make a backup of the magazine on our pc's (or macs)?
Claave 23rd February 2011, 00:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by M7ck
Quick question. If we were to buy cpc through this app would we be able to make a backup of the magazine on our pc's (or macs)?

The service works like Steam afaik, and you can have up to five devices all tied to the same account:
http://support.pixel-mags.com/kb/purchasing/sync

I think the files for the issues are for iDevices only though, but it only a takes a minute to download an issue over a decent WiFi connection.
BLC 23rd February 2011, 09:32 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Landy_Ed
Would prefer a Kindle sub to be honest!

This, please.

I know that the Zinio model offers a PDF version, but that would probably work pretty poorly on the Kindle. Even text-only PDFs can be a bit of a pain.

Please release a Kindle version, properly formatted for the device, and don't skimp on the pics! I know the Kindle only has a greyscale screen, but it really bugs me when newspapers/mags omit the images. Especially when the text references the pictures...

Oh and please don't turn this into a Kindle-bashing session.
adidan 23rd February 2011, 09:57 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by BLC
Please release a Kindle version
Do people use these?

I don't mean that to sound sarcastic BTW, I'm just curious as it's never appealed to me and I'd be surprised if the market was big enough to make it worthwhile.

Mind you, it's not like I'm never surprised. :D
sotu1 23rd February 2011, 10:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by adidan
Quote:
Originally Posted by BLC
Please release a Kindle version
Do people use these?

I don't mean that to sound sarcastic BTW, I'm just curious as it's never appealed to me and I'd be surprised if the market was big enough to make it worthwhile.

Mind you, it's not like I'm never surprised. :D

Kindle is a hot selling product and i see it plenty of times on the tube. Good stuff, looking forward to subscribing when I get my iPhone 5/iPad2...
BLC 23rd February 2011, 11:26 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by adidan
Do people use these?

I don't mean that to sound sarcastic BTW, I'm just curious as it's never appealed to me and I'd be surprised if the market was big enough to make it worthwhile.

Mind you, it's not like I'm never surprised. :D

Just got one at the weekend - it's an incredible piece of kit. I'm already sold on the idea of ebooks - was sold on these over 8 years ago - so the Kindle was a natural progression I guess. The screen really is that good - in fact, it's better than that. Having my newspapers and magazines delivered automatically to it before I even wake up is another great benefit.

I think it's more the idea of ebooks that people object to, rather than the Kindle. People keep trotting out the same tired old arguments: you can't read it in the bath, I prefer the feel/smell of real pages, a book is something tangible, etc etc etc... Frankly that's a load of romanticised nonsense, as far as I'm concerned. Just look at the convenience and portability factor: sure, having lots of books is great, but try carrying round 5 or 6 programming manuals, several magazines, a newspaper and your favourite fiction books at the same time.
adidan 23rd February 2011, 11:49 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by BLC
I think it's more the idea of ebooks that people object to, rather than the Kindle. People keep trotting out the same tired old arguments: you can't read it in the bath, I prefer the feel/smell of real pages, a book is something tangible, etc etc etc... Frankly that's a load of romanticised nonsense, as far as I'm concerned. Just look at the convenience and portability factor: sure, having lots of books is great, but try carrying round 5 or 6 programming manuals, several magazines, a newspaper and your favourite fiction books at the same time.
I can see both sides TBH. I love to have a book in my hand, the same way I still like to own games with manuals. :D

That said, if I was on the train for 2 hours everyday I would see the appeal of having an ebook as it is far more portable.

I don't think one is better than the other TBH, I think they're both good for different situations. Like I say, on a train everyday, or being in a situation where I need loads of reading, I can see the appeal of an ebook.

That said, laying in a hammock in Finland in the summer I wouldn't swap my books. :D
Claave 23rd February 2011, 13:19 Quote
Clarification To clarify the pricing outlined in the article, the first issue of Custom PC bought via Pixel Mags is free. However, the Pixel Mags app itself costs £1.19.
GravitySmacked 23rd February 2011, 13:31 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by coolius
Looking forward to the Android version.

But I agree it would be nice if this came free with the paper subscription!

I agree, been a subscriber for many years and would be nice to read on the go.
leexgx 24th February 2011, 04:34 Quote
they still need to fix Zino rip off prices its costs more then the hard copy (Zino prices are Ex Vat most other mags listed on there seem to know this and set there price correctly), i should stop my hard sub in protest just for that alone
Dedlite 24th February 2011, 12:51 Quote
I had a play with the (free) latest version - loads better than Zino.

I'm be cancelling my paper subscription and reading this on my iPad istead. Job's a good'un. (I mean 'tne job' not Steve...lol)
docodine 25th February 2011, 02:00 Quote
I'm considering buying the app, but I'm a little confused about pricing.. What does £2.99 for each issue end up costing in dollars?
Claave 25th February 2011, 13:15 Quote
Hey all, thanks for all the feedback - v useful for other digital projects we've got going on.

Just wanted to ask anyone that uses the Pixel Mags app to leave a user review with the App Store - this is all new stuff, so the more we understand about what you want, the better we'll be able to deliver in the future!
docodine 25th February 2011, 17:40 Quote
I'd buy and review it if I knew how much I'd be spending per issue..
Cleggmeister 26th February 2011, 09:48 Quote
OK, liking this a lot so far, missus just brought me a cuppa in bed and I'm looking forward to reading the new edition without having to leave the house or pay £4.50. Can't really see a downside.

So, do I buy the mag each month on Pixel Mags, or does each edition get pushed out to me and charged automatically?
iworld 28th February 2011, 10:35 Quote
What about Android?
M7ck 28th February 2011, 10:40 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by iworld
What about Android?


Quote:
Originally Posted by Lizard
You'll be pleased to hear we got an Android app in the works too, it's just that the ios app was finished first.
AlchemyFire 12th June 2011, 15:06 Quote
Just a couple of questions...

Do you get the subscription covers?
Can you use your current subscription number to get issues that you have already received?
If you can get back issues, how far back do they go? Issue 1?
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