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2012 could be the year that apps start to replace traditional music albums, CDs, and even standard digital music downloads. That's according to Sting, who recently released “Sting 25.”
The artist has told several publications he believes that as CD sales decline, apps may be the new way to appeal to fans because they allow for everything to be included and updated regularly, including music, videos, news and performance dates.
“Sting 25” looks back on the 25-year solo career of the musician since he left as front man of The Police. There's exclusive concert footage, interviews and updates on his humanitarian pursuits.
The app doesn't totally do away with buying music, though. While it’s free for iPads, if you want to listen to songs outside the app, there are links that take you straight to iTunes to purchase them that way.
Wall of Sound
For a bit of a different way to listen to the music you already have, try “Wall of Sound.” It takes all of the album artwork from your library and makes a virtual wall out of it for you to poke, pinch and play.
The app will also help with music discovery by offering up some artists you may potentially like based on what you already have.
As with everything these days, it's also social. You can share with friends what you're listening to via email, text, Facebook or Twitter.
“Wall of Sound” is a free app, and it’s only for iOS devices.