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.

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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.

Gary Clark Jr. – Blak and Blu

Very few artists thrill and excite me like Gary Clark Jr. I consider him the real deal. I am thankful we have Gary Clark Jr. to carry the blues forward to successive generations.

His new album Blak and Blu brings it front and center. Give a listen for free on Apple iTunes (while the offer lasts).

I call Shenanigans on Sony Music for extorting the death of Whitney Houston

I was appalled to learn that Sony Music has increased the price of online digital recordings of the late Whitney Houston. The price increases are denoted on Apple iTunes.

I don’t ever remember a record label increasing the price of an artist’s music who has died, especially just 12 hours after her reported death.

I say shame on Sony Music for capitalizing on Whitney Houston’s death to meet the marketplace demand for her online music catalog.

I mean, c’mon, these are the same digital online bits that were available for less prior to Whitney Houston’s death. It’s not like they are starting up a factory to press vinyl or manufacture audio CDs……

I await Sony Music’s official response and justification for profiteering on an artist’s death and the public’s sentiment for Whitney Houston.

This supposed reason doesn’t cut it with me, I call Shenanigans on Sony and Apple

Apple and Sony Music aren’t commenting on the matter, but “one insider close to the situation” suggested to The Guardian that the price hike may have come about after Sony Music realized that the wholesale price of Houston’s album had been incorrect and, once corrected, accounted for the retail price change inside Apple’s music store.