Barbarians at the Gatefold
Full albums have had a rough time lately for lots of reasons—unlike mixtapes, they cannot convey how you really feel—but the shift to mp3s and iPods certainly hasn’t helped. Luckily for Pink Floyd fans, Apple’s getting ready to throw them a bone.
Jobs & Co’s upcoming tablet computer is being hailed as a potential savior for the album format because of its easy display of ancillary materials like virtual booklets, liner notes, and pictures of Brian Eno. All that extra swag will supposedly convince the youth to listen to long-players the way God intended, but we’re not so sure. Last time around, the industry didn’t have rap skits to deal with.