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Apptronica Magazine Launches

Clif Johnston from iOSMusic.org has launched a new magazine dedicated to music apps! Apptronica is now available on iTunes! Subscription is totally free, and includes contributions from Chip Boaz, Fletcher Kaufman, Jon Rawlinson (PantsofDeath), and me!

The magazine looks great, Clif did a great job with the design, and is a lot of fun to flip through on the iPad. In this first issue we had an inadvertent theme, exploring how music apps are the future of music making. This was entirely spontaneous, as there was no communication at all about the subject for articles between writers. I'd like to thank reader Vasily Bochkov for inspiring my own article, when he emailed me asking why iPads can't run ProTools given that ProTools used to run on tiny processors back in the early '90s. I get very nerdy and long-form in my article addressing that, while looking at some of the interesting accomplishments unique to iOS music making.

On an entirely personal note, Clif has been a long-standing member of the community for years, but has hit a very rough patch in his life. His wife required heart surgery, and Clif recently lost his job. Since he doesn't know how to make methamphetamines he is fucked, because America. He's looking for assistance with covering medical expenses, rent, utilities, and food. If you'd like to help he has a FundRazr campaign.

Buy Apptronica Magazine on iTunes: Free

If you're wondering how we got an iTunes rating of 9+ for "Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor" it was surprisingly not my language that caused it!
This picture might have something to do with it though...

Reader Comments 14

This is a must download for everyone interested in iOS music,what a great idea from Clif-apptronica.The quality of both magazine graphics and content is really excellent and It's something I never realised was missing from the iOS music scene until I read it today.I look forward to many more and big thanks to Clif for all the time and effort he's put into this.

December 19, 2013  | person_outline Andre

Excellent magazine! And I find it really impressive how Clif Johnston puts so much effort into it in these hard times he's experiencing. I hope that many many people will check out the Apptronica Magazine.

December 19, 2013  | person_outline synthandson

GREAT, Been waiting for this to land! A very well done to cliff Johnston & everyone involved, your efforts are very much appreciated!

December 19, 2013  | person_outline Higs

Oh & Tim that pic is hilarious!

December 19, 2013  | person_outline Higs

Why is it only for iPad? Makes me sad :( is there another way to read the magazine?

December 20, 2013  | person_outline Newb

@Newb: Clif Johnston said: "To answer a few questions, Apptronica is a monthly newsstand magazine dedicated to iOS music. Subscriptions will remain free. The app currently only supports iPad, but I plan to support the iPhone in the future. In the interim, I will be making a pdf version available for download for folks who want to read on their phones."

December 20, 2013  | person_outline synthandson

Great now I have something good to read while sitting on my throne:D

December 20, 2013  | person_outline Brian

Thanks, Higs! The photo was inspired by this photo from Ken MacBeth (of MacBeth Synthesizers) taken a few years ago: Ken on the Commode

When that was posted on MATRIXSYNTH back then I thought, "Man he's doing it wrong... He just needs an iPad!"

The photo in this article was an outtake. Here's the photo as it appears in the magazine.

Congrats to the magazine staff, and you too, Mr. Webb. Great looking mag.

December 20, 2013  | person_outline ZenLizard

Apptronica looks great and I really liked the articles. What a wonderful surprise to have my album Lonely Forests included in the debut New Releases. I look forward to future issues!

aka/ Frozen Lonesome

December 20, 2013  | person_outline Steve

Great mag, I really enjoyed that

December 20, 2013  | person_outline thesoundtestroom

Hey thanks synthandson, that's good news. Any idea where I could fid the PDF or is it not available yet?

December 20, 2013  | person_outline Newb

Surely you could have got by with an iPad mini for the pic....

December 20, 2013  | person_outline Mike

The PDF version is now available:


December 24, 2013  | person_outline synthandson

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