Rolling Stone magazine finally makes its debut in Newsstand on the iPad today, two years after the publication’s founder criticized rivals’ premature rush to Apple’s tablet. The digital version of the magazine comes filled with iTunes links that will allow readers to quickly purchase content from featured artists.Back in May 2011, Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner told AdAge that magazine publishers’ rush to embrace the iPad was “premature,” and encouraged by “sheer insanity and insecurity and fear.” Clearly Wenner has changed his mind, because from today, you can now purchase Rolling Stone magazine from Newsstand on your iPad.
Despite Wenner’s previous comments, Wenner Media describes today’s Newsstand launch as a “planned progression,” which follows the launch of other iPad apps from Wenner Media, including Rolling Stone’s Beatles guide and Us Weekly.
This isn’t the first time Rolling Stone magazine has gone digital, either; the publication was already available through Zinio. But as you might expect, the iPad version has been optimized for Apple’s tablet. The biggest difference is that “all of the album and song reviews and music-related articles will include a link to listen to music samples and purchase tracks from iTunes.”
Rolling Stone for iPad doesn’t come bundled with the print edition, unfortunately, so if you already subscribe to that, you’ll have to pay again to go digital. Individual issues are priced at $4.99, while monthly subscriptions cost $1.99, and yearly subscriptions cost $19.99.