Your Noon Briefing: Newspaper designers launch music app, SFWA Awards, etc

A MUSIC app has been launched by an Edinburgh-based editorial design consultancy, which has been involved in the design of some of the world’s best-known newspapers, including Spain’s El Pais and France’s Le Monde.

The app – currently for iOS devices, to be followed by an Android version – is for music review aggregator, Any Decent Music – run by Ally Palmer and Terry Watson.

Palmer Watson has been operating their ADM website for six years.

A free version of the app offers restricted access to the Any Decent Music album chart, which is a continually-updated, ranking of new releases based on reviews of albums from over 50 respected worldwide sources.

Meanwhile, a paid-for version gives subscribers much fuller functionality, including archive access and personalisation.

Adds Palmer: “The app offers users the ability to listen directly to tracks via YouTube and SoundCloud or link straight to Spotify to hear the album. And music can be purchased directly from the app via iTunes.

“We are confident music fans will appreciate being able to use ADM’s features in an even more convenient format.

“If you want to keep up with what are the best new albums being released then you can’t afford not to have the app.”

Download the app, here. It was developed with Edinburgh-based Primitive Media.

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BACK page of today’s Scotsman: pic of the four recipients of awards handed out last night by the Scottish Football Writers’ Association: Ikechi Anya (international player of the year), Ryan Christie (young player of the year), Craig Gordon (player of the year) and John Hughes (manager of the year).

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A COMMUNICATIONS and media relations manager is being sought by the World Curling Federation, based in Perth, but with circa 100 days of travel per year.

The vacancy is being advertised here, on the media jobs board.

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BEGINS former BBC Radio Scotland presenter, Derek Bateman, in The National: “The BBC won’t miss the irony of the SNP, its main critic, complaining about exclusion from its programme output. British bias, is it? But you still want your place on Question Time…

“It shows both how sensitive the politicians are to the power of television over the bulk of consumers and how the corporation maintains its special status in the life of the (British) nation.

“Digital media may sprout, satellites beam and public halls resound, but if you want maximum impact on voters, you need just 45 minutes on Question Time.

“So, if the BBC has a public duty to reflect opinion, is it failing to do so by omitting the SNP from not one, but two, scheduled shows since the election? (John Swinney was on the Friday, May 8 special programme.)”

Read more, here.

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FROM the ongoing Andy Coulson trial in Edinburgh, on Friday… reports in The Scotsman (here) and the BBC (here).

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THE Scotsman, page three, on Saturday, starts: “After 225 years, there is a new Monarch of the Glen at a historic Scottish estate.

“For more than two centuries, the MacPherson clan held the fort at Balavil, near Kingussie in the Highlands, described as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of sporting estates in the country.

“The 7,000-acre Balavil Estate in Inverness-shire includes the mansion known to millions as Kilwillie from TV series Monarch of the Glen.

“But now, new millionaire owners have moved in, pledging to preserve the ­legacy of the estate for generations to come.”

Read more, by Alistair Munro, here.

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