Possibly reflecting Apple’s growing importance to music sales, the UK’s official music chart management company today introduced its very own application for the iPhone and the iPod touch.
The Official Charts Company is launching the application for iPhone and iPod touch users. This will provide music fans with a weekly update of the Official Charts.
The application, called Official UK Music Charts is now available on the Apple’s iTunes App store.
Once it has been downloaded to an iPhone or itouch, it will wirelessly update on users’ handsets with the UK’s Official Charts every Sunday evening, just after Radio One announces the new number one.
It will also offer links to preview and download each track via iTunes, stream the official video for selected tracks via YouTube and link through to the artist’s own website. As well as the charts, the application will also showcase a regular update of the week’s new releases.
Martin Talbot, managing director, Official Charts Company, says: “This new app will provide iPhone and iPod touch users with a weekly update on the new Official Singles and Albums charts, as well as reminders of the week’s big releases and the ability to sample them. It is a perfect way to obtain first news on the number one single and charts through 2009 and beyond.”
Talbot adds that the app signals the first step in this year’s expansion of the Official Charts Company’s consumer-facing digital activities, which will include a development of its website and other web-based applications and widgets.
The application also heralds the arrival of a brand new chart, the Official Mobile Download chart. The chart, which reflects sales of permanent downloads direct to mobiles, is launched after a recent survey by Entertainment Retailers Association ERA highlighted that the mobile phone is rapidly becoming the UK’s favourite music device.
The application includes the following charts: Official Single Chart (top 40), Official Album Chart (top 40), Official Mobile Download Chart (top 40), as well as a listing of the latest singles and album new releases.
It will be available in a range of languages – including German, French, Spanish and Japanese, as well as English – and sold across more than 40 markets worldwide, providing an international showcase for the UK’s charts.
The Official Charts application is initially available for an introductory price of £1.79 (full price £2.99) from Apple’s iTunes App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at http://www.itunes.com/appstore.