Moving Country is a problem for the App Store

Moving house is a pain. Moving Country is another level of pain. But I managed to pull it off with some expense and not much trouble. But it’s always the little things that seem to cause the most problems. In this case I hadn’t expected it to be the Apple App Store.

My plan was simple – transfer to the UK App Store from the Irish one. Can’t be that difficult surely? The first problem was I had to cancel iTunes Match. You can’t move stores with an existing subscription. You can cancel this through iTunes. But then you have to wait for the subscription to expire before you can change. A quick bit of research and it was easy enough to just get in touch with Apple and have it cancelled immediately. That was really rather easy. The next part was where the problems crop up.

I changed App Store to the UK one, then tried to use my Irish card as the method of payment (it’s registered to a UK address now). This wasn’t accepted though so, again, I went online to do a bit of research to find out why. That’s when I discovered a big problem (for me at least). If you transfer country stores, every purchase you have made on the store is not transferred. The Apps won’t be deleted, but they won’t get updated. That is to say, you won’t see updates for them in the App Store. You have to log back in to the App Store you left and then update them from there.

What an incredible pain in the arse.

It really is better to keep two accounts. What makes it even more of a pain for me is I now need to keep an Irish Bank Account open. As Irish banks are a little challenged with money right now, that means I’ll rack up charges on the account for not using it day to day. I joked with a friend that this was an ongoing tax for leaving the country – except I wasn’t really laughing at the prospect.

I did briefly consider when I’d break even by just buying the apps again, against paying bank charges. But then remembered the Mac App Store comes into the equation – so totally not worth it.

Two accounts is the way to go. But so much for Global mobility.

Second Season of ‘The Fall’

I really liked the first season of ‘The Fall’ because it seemed different from other crime dramas. I thought Gillian Andersons character was fantastic. Sexy, yet utterly brilliant. Jamie Dornan gave a good performance as a serial killer trying to live a normal life. It was enjoyable (though not very terrifying for me). M was scared witless by the first series – but I’m not surprised.

I was really looking forward to the second season. We got to see it a little early in Ireland (absolutely shocking, I know). So I’ve waited until the UK caught up before fully expressing an opinion to friends. Well, I did say I didn’t like it – but these are some of spoiler reasons why:

  • How are they coming back to Belfast after only 10 days? I thought the last season ended with a nice “I’m done, I’m leaving, you’ll never catch me…muharharhar” when in fact he’d only taken his family on a little holiday to Scotland. Did I miss something?
  • Does it seem like Gillian Anderson’s character, Stella, has taken a little too much Valium?
  • When Mr Killer Himself is on his way back to Belfast on the train, and strikes up a conversation with the woman sitting with him. Who in their right mind just bats her eyelashes and smiles demurely at what is (quite frankly) a crazy psycho killer?? “Do you think I’m him?…[draws beard on e-fit]…does it look more like me? See? Do you live alone?” What woman in her right mind is not going to think “Uh oh, nutter” and get away as quickly as possible?
  • In the first season a lot of planning went into the murders. But in this season he seems to turn up in houses at will. Did he do a breaking and entering course while on holiday? Also he was very careful in the first season and now all but admitting it’s him to his ex-babysitter?
  • Finally when he broke into the house at the end. “Who are you?” says the little girl…really? REALLY? Not going to run to her mum screaming? Just becomes best friends instantly?

These are all questions I asked myself while watching it. It breaks the illusion for me. I just don’t think it’s as good as the first season.