2014, My Year for Digital Content

The number one reason I wanted an Apple iPad Air was for the ability to read my favorite music magazine, Uncut on the day of publication.

I am excited to report that I have achieved that New Years resolution starting with the Uncut Magazine February 2014 issue. Today, January 3rd, 2014 is the electronic publication date for the magazine. I am happily paging through my downloaded edition as I write this blog post. The digital magazine cost me $3.99. It only took a few seconds of transfer time via my Ethernet cable network/802.11ac wireless router for it to appear in the Apple Newsstand shelf.

What I really love is that I am snowbound here today with Winter Storm Hercules.

I didn’t have to get dressed, drive on the snowy streets or spend the gas to not find the new magazine.

The problem I previously encountered with Uncut Magazine were several. The delay lag between England and the magazine reaching the Barnes & Noble’s USA retail newsstand was significant. I typically had to wait anywhere from four to six weeks (or more) for the hard copy magazine. The delivery schedule was unpredictable with the print publication so there were times I went to Barnes & Noble and came back “empty-handed”.

The next issue was price. Uncut Magazine is an import publication so the newsstand price translated to $9.99 (versus $3.99 for digital) Granted you get a music CD each month with the hard copy edition but at least now I don’t have to “unglue” it from the cover 😉  I gave thought to ordering the digital magazine through Barnes & Noble online but they charge $5.99 an issue and force you to use the nook iPad application. (I am testing the applicability of iPad Reader Apps such as the nook, Readmill, amazon Kindle, Adobe Reader and Zinio for a future blog post…)

As a music enthusiast I depend upon Uncut Magazine as a resource for music information. Trust me Uncut Magazine delivers effectively with well written, researched, and coordinated articles. Today’s digital content medium ushers me into the year of digital content I have looked forward to embracing. I am an advocate of digital publishing and giving serious thought to redesigning how I will publish in 2014 and beyond.

Staying in League With The Doors

A challenge I especially enjoy as a music enthusiast is staying in league with artists I admire. The Doors hold a sacred place in the music of our heart.

This past week provided exciting moments for Doors fans. Robby Krieger and John Densmore, the surviving Doors members made an appearance together on December 5th at the Los Angeles screening of Mr. Mojo Risin’ : The Story of L.A. Woman at the Bing Theatre, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

The multi-tiered event “An Evening With the Doors” provided a warm atmosphere for Krieger and Densmore to reflect upon The Doors, Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek.

The special surprise was that Robby Krieger and John Densmore performed four Doors songs together, “People Are Strange”, “Love Me Two Times”, “Spanish Caravan,” and “Riders On The Storm” (with a little “Ghost Riders In The Sky”).

Here is a YouTube video of their performance that was leaked onto the Web.

I also refer you to the Rolling Stone Magazine article listed in the Related Articles section below. You will find an interview conducted after the event with Robby Krieger and John Densmore.

The Doors iPad App Version 2.0

Earlier that same day The Doors iPad app was updated to include a new section, “Ray Remembered” which features drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger’s first interview together in more than a decade, held to commemorate keyboardist Ray Manzarek. “Ray Remembered” also includes a new slide show of rare and unseen images and an essay about Ray Manzarek by Adam Holzman, son of Elektra Records’ Jac Holzman, the architect behind The Doors iPad app.

Mule Tracks

I had reported in October that Gov’t. Mule would host Robby Krieger of The Doors for their annual Halloween concert, Mule-O-Ween.

I downloaded the Mule Tracks from the 10/30 show in LA in ALAC-HD. Man are they sweet, Where’s My Mule?

The event went so well (it was a two night gig, with a 10/31 show in Oakland) that Gov’t. Mule and Robby Krieger are repeating the event for East Coast fans on New Years Eve 12/31 at where else but The Beacon 😉

Jac Holzman,The Doors Digital Conceptualist

An enthusiastic music of our heartfelt thanks to Jac Holzman, Robin Hurely, Brandwidth U.K., and Warner Music Group for delivering to us music technology fans an intelligently designed, highly accessible multimedia app, The Doors Official App for the Apple iPad. Smartly priced at $4.99 it is half the price of a vinyl EP ($10) but a tremendous value as a content reservoir to immerse ourselves inside.

The Doors – The Doors App (Official Trailer)

Jac Holzman is the consummate music visionary who continues to shape our entertainment taste by effectively wielding technology for highest interpretation value. I love that he is excited about the fiber optic connection he has to Warner Music Group and the InterWeb. I continue to be influenced by Jac Holzman as he asserts himself as subject matter authority in digital music content usability.

It stands to reason that the first person to review the app on iTunes would be Bruce Botnick, The Doors audio engineer and record producer. He is the definitive source along with Jac Holzman to the band’s creative historic output. What better seal of approval existent (next to Ray, Robbie and John) is there to confirm the digital archive than Bruce’s role and responsibilities with The Doors.

The Definitive Doors – Five Stars

Beautifully laid out with great depth and sensitivity to the true history, the band and their music. It works extremely well on my iPad 1 with no crashes or gotcha’s. I highly recommend it to all present and future Doors fans.

Crosby, Stills, and Nash – Apple iPad App First!

It’s been a long time comin’
It’s goin’ to be a long time gone.

Long Time Gone Copyright 1968 David Crosby

I have some exciting news to share with Crosby, Stills, and Nash (CSN) fans and Apple iPad digital music enthusiasts. CSN and Contendis, Inc. have released the first subscription-based iPad app for a recording artist to be approved for sale in the Apple App Store.

iPad Screenshot 1

It is all about the digital distributed platform these days. Take a look at how Spotify has designed and distributed the open cloud music platform. This has revolutionized music globally. Contendis is developing and managing platforms for the music and media industries. Their platform will ease direct-to-fan interaction and creates new revenue stream opportunities for artists.

What is admirable about this app announcement is CSN’s savvy marketplace timing. Apple announced today a revitalized Apple iPad line with the introduction of the Apple iPad Mini and the Apple iPad Retina Display 4th Generation tablets. What better way to enjoy this exciting high-resolution digital content than with a new iPad?

“Use this app as an open door to our music,” says Graham Nash. “And, as usual, when one door closes-another one opens…enjoy exploring.”

Fans will experience dynamic and ever-growing content in the CSN app’s four unique rooms-“The Attic,” “The Studio,” “The Road,” and “The Living Room“-as well as a custom store for special merchandise. In addition to in-depth content spotlighting CSN, the app will explore the histories and music of the bands that David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash were members of prior to joining together as a trio in 1969-The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, andThe Hollies, respectively.

Apple iPad owners can download and install the Official Crosby, Stills, and Nash App from Contendis on Apple iTunes.

Coachella 2012, the High Tech Music Festival

The Coachella Festival being held in the California desert in two parts begins tomorrow. Weekend 1 is April 13-15.

There is strong high tech participation for this event. Google will be streaming the event live on YouTube on the Web. I received an email from Google Play offering free music from Coachella All-Stars.

Coachella attendees are encouraged to bring their Apple iPads to the event. There is of course an Official Coachella 2012 iPad App available.

Apple’s iPad – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

“The revolution will not be televised” – Gil Scott-Heron

“The revolution will not be re-run brothers; The revolution will be live.”

The revolution is taking place on Apple’s iPad display device. Adobe and Wired Magazine have partnered to deliver a radical digital interactive magazine that transforms publishing and the magazine experience.

Read the Wired Magazine article, then if you own an iPad or can get access to one I encourage you to interact with this revolutionary Wired Magazine app.

“To infinity and beyond” – Buzz Lightyear

 The revolution will be no re-run brothers;  

Can’t wait to blog post and publish with the Apple iPad

I am writing this post from my Apple iPhone as my Apple iPad Wi-Fi + 3g will not be shipping until the end of April. I want to thank the WordPress team for revising their WordPress for iPhone OS App to include iPad support. The iPad will be my publishing tool and I can’t wait to join this exciting phase of the Internet revolution!

The WordPress for iPhone OS blog is here: http://iphone.wordpress.org/blog/