By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.
Maybe people donât always want to subscribe to all the music in the world. Maybe the superfans among us thirst for something more: a way to subscribe only to the bands that matter most to us.
Of course, weâd want our moneyâs worth: everything that band has ever recorded, interviews, merch deals, early ticket-buying opportunities, and even an artificially-intelligent radio station, personally curated by the artist (i.e. not some random label minion).
âUse this app as an open door to our music,â said Graham Nash in the announcement. âAnd, as usual, when one door closes-another one opensâ¦ enjoy exploring.â
Paying $4 per month or $40 for a year (it should probably be lifetime for that price) makes you part of âthe couch club,â which gets you âregular updates of dynamic and exclusive content, including unreleased videos, music and photos, and discounts on selected merchandise.â
James Raymond, co-founder and COO of app developer Contendis, stated, âWe look forward to providing CSN and other great artists with a platform to engage and connect with their fans in a profound new way.â
As such, we expect other apps to do this too. It is a good idea.
Notably, this app-happy trio released another iOS app this week: Crosby, Stills, & Nash (pictured right). It is free, and includes two $10 live sets for purchase. This is the app we reported on earlier that streams music all the way up to CD quality. Listening to it just now, we were amused to watch the bit rate increase, as the app noticed our fast Wi-Fi connection, maxing out at 716 Kbps.
Both apps are quite solid entries, although the true superfan will be dismayed to find that both showed up as âCSNâ on our iPad, which is confusing.
Apparently, CSN didnât wait for their former bandmate Neil Young (a.k.a. the âYâ in âCSNYâ) to release his Pono format, although CSN does have high-resolution version of its music on HDTracks.