Here's an interesting push by the music industry. Universal Music Group has started selling iPad app versions of classic albums
, including Nirvana's 'Nevermind
'2112' and 'Moving Pictures,' and 'Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones
' by the
Rolling Stones. The apps are billed as "interactive, socially aware, and Internet connected," and include video interviews, extensive liner notes and comment sections. Notably missing from the apps, though, are the albums themselves. Both the Rush and Nirvana apps include only excerpts of songs, while the Rolling Stones app includes the entire concert film.
At $5.99 (Nirvana), $6.99 (Rush) and $7.99 (Rolling Stones) the apps are quite pricey for mere companion pieces to classic albums. We love liner notes more than most, but liner notes alone are hardly worth the cost of an entire album, even if they're interactive. Perhaps UMG could see fit to include a redeemable code for the albums? That way it doesn't have to sacrifice those all-important, chart-eligible iTunes sales.