Wenner Media now offers a very cool App ported over from their book, Rolling Stone's Beatles Ultimate Album-by-Album Guide. The book is a 120-page, 60-image deep dive into every Beatles record. Taking full advantage of the new technology, the App will also feature 30-second clip samples of every song listed (with direct links to iTunes). I will be teaching a class next semester about the development of the Fab Four's music and the band's role as agents of social change, and I plan to use the App with my students. When I mentioned this to Rolling Stone founder, Jann Wenner, he asked that I let him know what we think of it. I hope Spy Vibers will check it out and send us your reviews, as well! If anyone is interested in the bound edition of the guide book, it is still available on news stands.
Rolling Stone, which has been cautious and thoughtful about its movement into digital media, has announced that it will launch a digital edition in 2012. The LA Times reports that Wenner has also signed a partnership with Swedish company Spotify to provide readers with direct links to songs listed in Rolling Stone. The integration will start with the magazine's year-end edition. It's an exciting time to be a music fan! Image: Jann Wenner with Daniel Elk of Spotify at a news conference (LA Times).