Fifty years after the Rolling Stones rocked onto the music scene, the band rolled into the 21st century today (Nov. 20) with an iOS app.
Pop artists like Rihanna, Carly Rae Jepsen and Kelly Clarkson have offered official apps for music fans for a few years, but classic rock artists like the Rolling Stones and Crosby, Stills and Nash are now testing the waters.
The Stones' free app offers an easy way to keep up on the band's news and tour info. It also includes Rolling Stones' videos, including some live performances of songs such as "Under My Thumb" and "Get Off of My Cloud." The app also features "Salt of the Earth," a 2007 band documentary. [See also: How Can I Get Lyrics to Music I Stream? ]
The app works on iPhones, iPod touches and iPads, though only in portrait (vertical) orientation and at the smaller size. You have to magnify it to fill an iPad or iPad mini screen.
For $1, you can access content in the Exclusive section, which features new interviews and live footage from the current tour.
Fans have already started creating the community in The Fan Wall section, posting messages on the app's launch day. Fans can filter messages and images to see only the most recent or those near their location.
Mick Jagger promised that the band would continue to offer updated content within the app. "We can, I think, communicate well through the app. I think it's going to be interesting."
In the promotional video, guitarist Keith Richards says he owns an iPad, which he has "learned how to turn off and on, and find the Scrabble game."
The Rolling Stones' app is more economical than the app that Crosby, Stills and Nash launched Oct. 31. While fans can get some content for free, they pay a $4-per-month subscription for exclusive videos and other content.