updated 12:05 pm EST, Fri December 10, 2010
Tablet gradually gains music industry support
Hip-hop group Gorillaz will be releasing its iPad-recorded album for free on Christmas Day, says band co-founder Jamie Hewlett. "At the moment, we've got an Advent calendar on our website, and there is a daily door that opens to reveal a gift," he observes. "On Christmas Eve, a video for one of the new songs from the iPad album will be released. Then, on Christmas Day, fans get the whole album downloaded to their computer for free as a gift."
The core member of Gorillaz, ex-Blur leader Damon Albarn, adds that the Christmas date is in fact meant to avoid suggestions that the album was edited with tools outside an iPad. "If I left it until the New Year to release it," he comments, "then the cynics out there would say, 'Oh well, it's been tampered with.' But if I put it out now, they'd know that I haven't done anything because I've been on tour ever since."
While still a relatively marginal tool in the music world, the iPad is gaining support. One artist, Rana Sobhany, has made the tablet a prominent part of her act. An increasing number of performance apps have become available, such as djay.