Free Version: 1.0 | Thesixtyone
“What kind of backwards society do we live in where we limit the genius of a Thom Yorke or Trent Reznor to a single vertical column?” asks this app’s evangelical creator, making a fair point about iTunes’ grid prison and other lame digital music album art. Enter Aweditorium, a daring attempt to remedy this problem. At heart it offers a way to discover and listen to new music. But what’s new and delightful here are the multimedia extras woven into each song. You get: a fun-to-browse mosaic of album art; nicely rendered lyrics-as-subtitles; video interviews; pop-up blurbs about the band’s history and influence; and sharing, bookmarking, and buying options. Prepare to be entranced.
STYLE GUIDE: At launch the app’s stocked exclusively with tunes aimed mainly at the admittedly amorphous hipster set. That still gets you a wide swath of sounds, from angsty mellow to angry metal. (If you really feel at home, add www.thesixtyone.com to your web browser; it’s an online sibling of this app.) Artists get included by application only, which is how the app gets its goodies (the info blurbs, lyrics, and so on).
NAVIGATION STATION: Lots of different ways to explore: tap any photo; finger pan around the large mosaic; or, once you’re listening to a song, swipe in any direction. That box in the upper-left corner ...