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iPhone app review: Concert Vault

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Anthill’s iPhone app reviewer, Michelle Matthews of Deck of Secrets fame, is a self-confessed iPhone junkie. With well over 250 apps on her iPhone, she’s well qualified to provide you with the inside running.

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iphone_concert_vault_200wApp: Concert Vault

Category: Music
Price: Free
Associated website: http://www.wolfgangsvault.com
What does it do?

Exactly what it says on the box. Concert Vault is a source for live recording of concerts from 1965 to today by some of the world’s best rock musicians. Or, in their words, the world’s greatest collection of vintage concert recordings.

Many music archives have been acquired over the years, commencing with Bill Graham Presents and generously made available to all online and on the iPhone.

App features: My Playlist, My Favourites, New Releases, Most Played, Vault Radio and Artist Search all pretty self-explanatory.

Type in David Bowie and 15 options return featuring concerts from the Nassau Coliseum in NYC in 1976 through to the Olympic Stadium in 1987, which was the Glass Spider tour I witnessed at Kooyong.

The Most Played option currently shows The Who, Janis Joplin, Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young and, oddly, Crystal Gayle at the top of the pile. The bands are mostly American, but then so are the recording venues.

The website takes the concept much further, with memorabilia, t-shirts, downloads, videos, tour information and more.

Concert Vault is a simple, free app that adds another dimension to the humble iPod concept. Lazy Sunday afternoons with the speaker jack plugged into the iPhone, listening to concerts you were too poor or too unborn to attend, are a real treat.

Michelle Matthews, deck of secretsMichelle Matthews is the founder of the Melbourne-based publishing company Deck of Secrets. In November 2008, the company launched its first iPhone app – DRINK. Melbourne. It now offers 10 apps, with more on the way. Michelle’s iPhone has all 11 app screens filled, with dozens more in iTunes.

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