Paul McCartney releases five classic albums as iPad apps

“Paul McCartney is the latest musician to experiment with the idea of albums as apps, following in the footsteps of Björk, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and Snoop Lion,” Stuart Dredge reports for The Guardian.

“Five of his classic albums – Band on the Run, McCartney, McCartney II, RAM and Wings over America – have been turned into iPad apps by label Concord Music Group, and released through Apple’s App Store,” Dredge reports. “Each app includes remastered audio tracks, interviews, rare photos, album and single artwork, and videos including rehearsal footage and documentaries. The new apps cost £5.49 each, which is less than the remastered albums cost from Apple’s iTunes music store, where they sell for between £7.99 and £10.99.”

Dredge reports, “The five new iPad apps represent a new way to make more digital money from those archives, although it remains to be seen whether fans who may have bought the albums several times already in different formats are tempted – even at the lower price.”

Read more in the full article here.


  1. I wonder if the music file can be exported so they can be added to iTunes. The album app may be initially interesting, but like most people, I’m going to want the individual song files for playlists.

  2. I recall chatting with David Pogue once about circumventing the ebook piracy problem by making them into applications. This was before iOS. Then you can license individual copies and make them drop dead if they’re pirated. One problem was the trade in stolen serial numbers, although I pointed him to Andrew Welch at Ambrosia who worked around that problem years ago. The other remaining problem of course is OCR for those mean and industrious enough to demand piracy.

    With iApps of course, they’re strictly single user. But there is the remaining problem of simply ripping tunes as they play. What’s great is the variety of added features, including interaction.

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