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Swipe is a New iPad Magazine that Serves Diverse News and Reviews of all Things iOS

Posted by Lisa Caplan on June 15th, 2012
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Steel Media has worn many hats in the iOS world. They are an iOS ad publisher, publish the website pocketgamer.co.uk, and AppSpy video reviews. They also run The Free App Alliance, the iPhone Alliance and the iPhone and iPad Quality Indexes - meta-review sites dedicated to iOS apps. Who better then, to put out an all iOS magazine than this group? And, they have done just that with Swipe, an HTML 5 built, interactive magazine that will help you decide which apps and accessories you want or even need.

The first issue hit the App Store earlier this week and the launch issue covers some killer iPhone and iPad gear, a top-ten list of best RPGs and it even has a world-exclusive interview with Rovio covering their next game Amazing Alex.

The magazine gets it content from members of the iPhone Alliance community (which includes 148Apps Network sites), which is comprised of the best and most highly vetted global iOS review sites. This gives the magazine breadth and diversity of opinion not found elsewhere. The app really focuses on interactivity, and while it is only available on iPad right now, Steel Media is at work on an iPhone build that will use the smaller screen real estate to maximum advantage.

Swipe is completely free, no subscription or IAPs, so if you grab a copy, be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.

SPIN Play puts Spin on Subscritions, adds Music.

Posted by Chantelle Joy Duxbury on March 21st, 2011

SPIN Magazine and Spin.com have launched a digital subscription based magazine for the iPad that offers all the news and reviews from Spin.com - but also adds subscription based content from the magazine, pairs it with streaming music to add the experience, and gives you the ability to listen to songs straight from the app itself.

These are the sorts of innovative ideas that will launch New Media into the future, a fantastic concept from a music magazine. Instead of simply offering a digital version of the print magazine, or offering exclusive content which isn't particular interactive, they've gone a step further, an interactive and user-based experience, which is built perfectly for the iPad environment.

The free app will feature a steady mix of news and articles from Spin.com for no cost, which is what you'd expect from any basic app. For $1.99 an issue (or $7.99 annually), you'll receive your SPIN Play subscription which gives you all the content of the print version, however you'll get something that the print users wont, 60-plus songs and 30-plus exclusive videos.

Boosting the popularity and notoriety of the bands and artists that they interview and feature is obviously paramount to the magazine. Moving forward into digital content delivery like this will definitely help. It also sets a benchmark for websites, magazines and newspapers from here on out. The possibilities to feature digital media content on a monthly subscription basis certainly isn't a new concept, but pairing it with the ease of use of the iPad, the want for instant-media delivery, and to do it at a price point that competes with the print version is definitely setting a new standard.

I for one look forward to the new digital playground that this could start, and hope that most other publishers who are thinking of launching digital versions, or even current publishers looking towards the next best upgrade for future versions, should look to Spin Play as an example of 'doing it right'.