Rolling Stone Comes to the iPad, Complete With Newsstand and iTunes Integration

Posted in Apple News, Apps, iPad on 17/01/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler


Rolling Stone has held out from releasing an iPad version of their magazine for some while, even criticizing other magazines for being too swift to jump into the “premature” digital magazine market – but as of today, that’s all in the past. As first reported by PaidContent, Rolling Stone has just released a new iPad app for their magazine  complete with iTunes integration, allowing users to sample and download iTunes music without leaving the app.


As with most iPad magazines, the app also offers $1.99 per issue a la carte purchasing for individual issues, as well as $20 annual subscription option to keep users up with the latest issue as soon as it is released. Previously, Rolling Stone has been available on the Zinio magazine app – but the new native iTunes-integrated offers a much better overall experience.

Unfortunately, those who already subscribe to the paper version of the magazine will need to subscribe again to gain access to digital issues (unlike magazines such as Wired, which offers free digital access to paper-edition subscribers). All in all, it looks like a great app, and should be a welcome addition to any Rolling Stone fan’s iPad.

Rolling Stone is available now as a free iPad-only download through the App Store. It’s unclear whether an iPhone version is planned for future release.


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.