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In November of last year, I surmised that MLB Gameday Audio might be coming to MLB.com’s “At Bat” application for iPhone. After all, being able to listen to the games should be something of major interest to fans, and if the techincal issues could be worked out, it would be a hot seller.
In December, I added Gameday Audio for iPhone as one of my Crystal Ball Predictions for 2009.
Now, it will be a reality.
MLB.com is teasing the release Gameday audio for iPhone, which will be available starting April 2nd, just before the beginning of the season.
According to MLBAM, MLB.com At Bat 2009 will be available for a one-time fee of $9.99 for the season. Last year when the device and app store launched on July 11, MLB.com At Bat was $4.99 and did not initially include Gameday (it was released as a free upgrade later in the season). Gameday Audio is a new addition for this year. The price increase is reflective of the mid-season launch of Apple's App Store, and At Bat.
For those wondering whether purchase of Gameday Audio for PC will tie-in with At Bat, at this point, there is not expected to be any tie-in to wired Gameday Audio.
Given the prediction on Gameday Audio last year, maybe I should go out on a limb and predict that MLB Extra Innings will be available for iPhone in 2010.
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