Wolfgang’s Vault explains its musical iPhone app

Wolfgang’s Vault is the collector’s site for multimedia music memorabilia, offering a vast selection of some of the world’s rarest – and potentially most treasured – music and music-related “stuff”. And now it’s available in the UK, through your iPhone or your iPod touch.

We were in touch with Eric Johnson, President and CEO, Wolfgang’s Vault overnight, he describes his service as, “The only online site dedicated to telling the comprehensive story of the live music experience of the past five decades.”

We’d have to agree it’s a site of choice for music history buffs. The collection includes material from Throwing Muses/Kristin Hersh, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Preservation Hall, Benevento Russo Duo, Wayne Kramer and the MC5.

Most played artists include Frank Zappa, The Rolling Stones, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Santana and Bruce Springsteen. In all, there’s 1,900 free streaming versions of gigs from over 1,100 artists.

“(Wolfgang’s Vault) is the largest archive, and growing,  dedicated to all things related to live music:  recordings, downloads, community, rock poster art, rock photography, rock gear, apparel and merchandise, memorabilia and history,” Johnson explains.

Johnson’s company released its Concert Vault application on November 11, you can download it now for free from the App Store, and it offers a wonderful thing, free access to the world’s largest collection of live concert recordings directly from the Apple device.

We think it’s pretty cool to be able to explore all the new music and live concert footage as it’s added to the vault, and it’s also a musical treat to listen in to any of the four radio stations the service offers. These aren’t your standard stations – they play songs taken from the Vault’s huge (really huge) collection of live gigs from the ’60’s right through until today.

It’s an absolute delight for anyone who has a love for music through the ages, an able representation of one of the world’s more unique online music services.
 
“The iPhone App went live on November 11,” Johnson explained, “It’s free to download and we’ve seen 15,000 people download it so far.” To our mind this means millions of iPhone users are missing out – this is the Ocarina of online music services, uniquely interesting and well worth checking out.

Johnson thinks 2009 will be a year of growth for digital music services, saying, “Definitely strong growth in the coming year,: adding, “The iPhone will continue to create great penetration in the marketplace and continue to grow.”

The service is available in the UK, and UK customers can purchase T-shirts and other physical merchandise from Wolfgang’s Vault using PayPal, while streaming music offered through Concert Vault for free.

The application supports WiFi, 3G and EDGE connections on the iPhone, and WiFi on the iPod Touch.

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