We’ve all been in that familiar situation of music stagnation—where despite our external hard drive overflowing with Dylan live recordings and old favorite hip-hop classics, there’s just nothing that seems appealing. Everything sounds boring and stale—and it’s clear that the radio’s offerings will not be satiating. Aweditorium presents a solution so that we will never again be stuck in that tragic state.
Brought to you by the fine folks at thesixtyone, Aweditorium opens up an entire universe of music to you. Its motto is “Aural Happiness,” and it certainly delivers. Aweditorium puts hundreds of independent artists (literally) at your fingertips. But Aweditorium not only exposes you to a wealth of new artists but also uses the potential of the iPad to its fullest.
When you use Aweditorium (a free App , no less), it’s hard not to be overwhelmed with the sense that this is the kind of App for which the iPad was created.
Opening up Aweditorium, you see almost 50 small pictures of bands, singers, and rappers. Moving your finger across your iPad, you can shift over to see a whole new set of musicians, where the screen flows beautifully as you explore the virtually inexhaustible selection of artists.
Tapping on one of the individual pictures opens up the artist page where you are graced with an enlarged version of that picture as one of their songs start to play. Aweditorium operates a la Pop Up Video and makes all of us 90s kid feel warm and fuzzy by providing a slew of facts about the artist. For example, when I selected the picture for what I found out was Cloud Cult, I discovered that the lead singer Craig Minowa founded a non-profit environmental group, Earthology, and all of their merchandise is made from either recycled or organic materials.
When you tap the screen, the pop up facts disappear and the lyrics to the song appear. Aweditorium presents you with additional options: you can like a song on Facebook, see youtube videos, or hear other songs of the band that are available on Aweditorium. And just think—all of those options are for just one band and one song. After one song finishes, a new one starts—and the fun goes on and on. You could spend hours and hours and still not hear every single song. Aweditorium charts the percent of the music that you have explored—so perfectionists can keep their eye on the prize until they reach 100%.
Despite its dazzling visual display and wealth of musical options, one of Aweditorium’s problems is the lack of genre diversity. Most of the music errs on the side of indie rock with a few references to electronic music and rap. Yet, with such a wide array of artists, there’s certain to be plenty for all music fans to enjoy. Perhaps Aweditorium will introduce wider musical options in the future, but for the time being, it offers an unparalleled experience on the iPad.