The future of the music album: will it become an app?

I have seen many formats come and go and have often wondered whether my kids will ever sit down and listen to an album in its entirety. As many of us did back then, we read the liner notes, appreciated the artwork and played at least an entire “side” from start to finish. Those days seem long gone. Even I admit I have traded the portability and easy access to my music collection for superior audio quality and the tactile pleasures of the album.

Many have claimed that MP3 file sharing and iTunes’ 99 cent singles have brought about the demise of the album. What was once a coherent work and artistic vision has now lost it’s meaning. Has the album become irrelevant in this age of mobile media downloads? More importantly, will some new container format replace it?

I see companies such as iLike that provide bands with simple to use iPhone/iPad apps that aggregate their music, videos, photos, and social networking into one easy-to-use platform. Is that just the beginning of something more interesting? Will each album someday be a custom music app that syncs to both mobile listening and “lean back” home entertainment on the connected TV and home audio system? Will the new Apple TV2 now provide that seamless bridge between my mobile device and a decent sounding hi-fi?

What do you think?

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  1. I think the future you describe is very true now. Just like AppleTV, there is also
    http://www.google.com/tv/

    Essentially a song with its related videos and other multimedia artifacts are bundled as the song app + media release. A collection of songs become the album release app. All these apps and media versions to recording and broadcast outlets are available for mobile access and streaming from the Internet TV channels.

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