Legendary jazz label Blue Note Records has released an iPad app, developed by Groovebug, which serves as a social network and specialized etailer for all things related to the genre. Watch the video below for a demo.
It’s the first app to be commercially released through OpenEMI, an initiative launched in partnership with the Echo Nest that simplifies music licensing and gives developers more flexibility in how they work with licensed music.
The app costs $1.99 a month for unlimited music streaming, new music and other content added monthly; expert-curated playlists, user playlists, social network integration, discussion pages, extended liner notes, photos and videos, and historical documents. Blue Note describes it as “the ultimate digital box set.” Featuring classic Blue Note artists such as Wayne Shorter, Dexter Gordon and Art Blakey, the free-to-download free app plays 30-second clips of the tracks playable without activating a subscription.
Neil Tinegate, vice president Digital Projects at EMI Music, said: “Groovebug have done an amazing job with the Blue Note App, creating a fantastic experience that really brings this outstanding content to life. The App looks and sounds incredible and is a brilliant way to get completely immersed in the world of Blue Note and its seminal artists. The partnership approach of the OpenEMI process has meant that whilst EMI has taken care of tasks such as licensing and clearances, and now distribution and marketing, Groovebug have been able to concentrate on what they do best – designing and building a stunning app.”
Groovebug – http://groovebug.com
BlueNote – http://www.bluenote.com
OpenEMI – http://www.emimusic.com/openemi
Echo Nest API – http://developer.echonest.com