One of the first things I do each morning is login to iTunes, check for any new Apps, and then see what’s new in music. I was thrilled this morning to see a new Live Anthology from Tom Petty in the new “iTunes LP” format was released today.
Here’s the iTunes banner that teased me into buying the new anthology.
iTunes LP only works with iTunes version 9 or later and Apple TV version 3.0 or later.
When you fire up the iTunes LP, you are presented with a master menu that is both visually and emotionally pleasing. In the Tom Petty version, the speakers thump with animation as your selection is anticipated.
Playing the entire album brings up the following moving screen. The images scroll by up and down and sideways to create a stunning, aesthetic, overwash. It’s animated wallpaper.
If you choose to pick a song to play, you get the title and the place where it was recorded live.
When you find a song you like and click on it, you get even more information about the provenance of the song.
The weakest part of the iTunes LP idea is in the presentation of the multimedia additions.
Okay, so this is an easy way to play a few of the bundled music videos… but the feeling is a bit stale and tiny.
Liner Notes are finally given the importance they deserve.
The “Galleries” on the Petty Anthology are sparse. You get microscopic images that don’t reveal much information.
If you try to click on a gallery image, nothing happens. You can see bits and pieces, but never a coherent whole.
I like Tom Petty and I love the idea of buying iTunes LPs — let’s hope the next one I purchase has a little more interactive content than just clicking and pressing the “Home” button to get back to the main menu.