The App Is The New Album?

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Today, Wired has an article up that is causing links to fly across the Internet (hey look at that, we did it too!!!). While we think there is truth to this thinking that soon people could digest music in the form of the App, there are a number of pitfalls this idea has to get over.

  • Personally, I listen to music on shuffle all day and if the songs are contained in an App I will be none too happy.
  • People like to look at their iPod list and choose not through an App list, there would need to be the ability to download both formats for this to work.
  • These Apps are still expensive to make. While iLike offered a cheap way to make an App at first the rates have since went up. Until musicians can cheaply make an App it will not become a popular format.
  • Many people just want the music, most of us could care less about a game or an enhanced experience as much as we want a easy way to listen to the music we want. 
  • App fatigue is coming across many people. There are so many Apps in our iPhones that we are starting to be fed up with them. Apple is going to need to find a iPod like way to list them soon or as many have speculated they will hit a wall with sales of many of the inferior Apps.

Despite the pitfalls we are sure rocket scientists at the major labels will try to sell them anyway as a way to make more profits while sacrificing the user experience. The constant neglect of user experience in order to maximize profits seems to be never ending as we saw with yesterday’s announcement about the latest Mariah Carey CD coming filled with ads. Welcome to the future!

Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.