Warner Music Group
Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Age Rating: 9+
I was prepared to be disappointed by The Doors, an iPad app from Warner Music Group. Often inexpensive apps put out by mainstream entertainers are little more than commercial samplers with the sole aim to get you to buy more stuff. The Doors app has the requisite links to iTunes and to the band’s website, but it’s also packed with quality content. The history of The Doors can be read chronologically, with periods marked by album releases and other major events.
Most of the text is by Rolling Stone magazine senior editor David Fricke, with contributions from Greil Marcus, Patti Smith, Hunter Thompson and other notables. Much of what makes the app worth a fan’s time is that this ‘official’ history isn’t completely airbrushed – mistakes and mediocrity are acknowledged, and some naughty bits are left in.
The app includes a half-dozen or so videos, which can be played without an internet connection, short spoken audio clips, scores of photos and other images, and even detailed, annotated photos of recording equipment. Standard iTunes samples of each song are available, which is common in such apps. Where The Doors deserves some credit is that if you already have Doors songs in your iTunes library – including iTunes in the cloud – the app finds some of them, but not others. It’s unclear why.
by Jeff Merron, Techhive