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Longtime Monkees fan Chris Coyle, who recently designed a Monkees-themed app for Windows Phone users, emailed the Live Almanac to inform everyone that the app has been enhanced with new features. "All previous users should be getting a notification in the next couple of days to update the app," Chris said. "I updated the UI, added access to Nokia Music to purchase Monkees songs and albums from the store, play a Monkees artist mix, and search through related artists. New links were added for the individual Monkees websites, too."
The app also uses the Live Almanac's blog as its news feed.
Check out the app in the Windows Phone store here. Thanks, Chris!
Recently the Live Almanac informed readers that longtime Monkees fan Chris Coyle was developing a Monkees app for Windows Phone. Chris emailed to let everyone know that the app is now available in the Windows Phone store. The app even uses the Live Almanac's blog as its news feed! Check it out by clicking the link below.
Monkees app for Windows Phone
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Chris Coyle contacted me today to let me know that he is currently working on a Monkees app for Windows Phone. The official Monkees app produced by Rhino is only available for iOS and Android, and this would be another viable alternative on the market.
Chris, who is a Windows Phone 8 user, is developing apps using a new program that Microsoft has just released. Be sure to watch the demo video for his Monkees app below. I'm also honored to report that Chris is utilizing the Live Almanac's RSS blog feed as part of his app! He will keep us posted on the process and let us know when the app will be available in the Microsoft store. If you would like to contact Chris, you can email him at Jccoyle@live.com.
A little note on Chris: I connected with him online in 2000 or so. In 2001 I began a small project, writing brief summaries for each Monkees tour and embellishing the information with set lists and reviews. Brad Waddell at Monkees.net was kind enough to publish my work on his website that year, and Chris was a big help in collecting variations of set lists from different tours, reviewing the summaries I had written, etc. It took a decade for this website to be created, but the genesis of it all started during that time with assistance from Chris.
This past week, Rhino released the official Monkees app for iPhone, iPad and Android. It's a nice start, but here's hoping Rhino expands the app a bit more to include pictures, a wider selection of videos and other items.
On another note, Rhino's Monkees.com website has not seen any major improvements or enhancements since it was debuted in the mid-2000s. The selection of photographs on the site are nice, especially the recording studio shots from '66, but nothing has been added to sections like that one in ages. The coverage of the 2012 tour was limited to displaying tour dates and a press release. There is a lot of potential there for Rhino to open the vaults a bit and release photographs, backing tracks, outtakes, and more on the website for the fans to enjoy.
The following message appeared today on the Monkees Facebook page:
It's here! The official Monkees app for iPhone and iPad! Get the latest real-time news, official Monkees Facebook & Twitter feeds, solo tour dates & more, all in one convenient app! And yes, an Android version is on the way...!
You can preview the iPhone/iPad Monkees app here. It's also available in the Android store.
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