This is going to be a pretty short review of the Alice in Chains App for the iPhone. Do you like Alice in Chains? Yes you say? Then you might want to pick up the Alice in Chains App. Don’t like them? Then you can probably stop reading now. If you’re undecided, I’d probably put the money you would spend towards this App towards buying their latest album on iTunes for $7.99.
The App is in a bit of a weird place in terms of who might get true value out of it. Rabid fans might think it’s too simple. After all, in terms of music, it only includes 3 tracks you can stream, 3 videos you can watch, and several ‘interactive tracks’ which are basically simple art (very nice art) type games where you move stuff around with your finger or touch on an area to reveal photos, etc (not really ‘games’ as you’d expect, just things to ‘do’ while listening to about 30 seconds of a particular track looping), as well as news and a fan wall. And on the other hand, people who casually like Alice in Chains will most likely be better served by simply listening to their AIC albums instead.
Overall, the Alice in Chains App is very well put together technically–it looks gorgeous, everything works as it should (mostly anyway–it randomly crashed on me when trying to play one of the videos, but that only happened once), and overall is easy to use. For $0.99 it’s a tiny purchase and if you are an involved Alice in Chains fan and/or want to have an App dedicated to the band’s news and tour info (probably the most useful parts) and to have the ability to connect with other fans by sharing messages on the Fan Wall, then it’s definitely worth picking up.
I’m just not sure (even though I do like Alice in Chains) that I would unanimously recommend it. If you want to listen to the three songs, they’re all on YouTube already. You can buy their latest album for $7.99 on iTunes. You can get tour information and buy tickets with your web browser. You can connect with other fans on Facebook or Twitter or on the band’s website. But the Alice in Chains App just allows you to do that nicely all in one place–so if that’s what you’d like to do (beyond getting the ability to listen to the tracks and watch the videos whenever you want) then the Alice in Chains App is definitely worth it.
Panappticon Verdict: 89/100 — A beautifully put together App for the Alice in Chains fan. Non-fans probably won’t get much out of it, but for $0.99 it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in love with the band.
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