APP of the WEEK

MELODY VR (IOS & AN­DROID, FREE WITH IN-APP PUR­CHASES))

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THE Melody VR app prom­ises much, but fails a lit­tle to de­liver all of it… at least at the mo­ment. But it is a fas­ci­nat­ing plat­form, which might just ma­ture into an es­sen­tial one.

It’s ba­si­cally billing it­self as a way to ‘at­tend’ mu­sic shows that you can’t make in per­son. And clev­erly it does not re­quire a VR head­set. Ob­vi­ously, it works a lot bet­ter if you use one – and it sup­ports Ocu­lus Go and Sam­sung Gear VR at the

mo­ment with more com­ing soon, they say – but you can use it with a smart­phone – iOS or An­droid. This is done by hold­ing up your de­vice, which you then use as a win­dow into the show – you have a 360-de­gree field of vi­sion to work in, and you can point your phone where you like.

You can also choose var­i­ous van­tage points, so you can move from the front row, to be­hind the band, or on the bal­cony.

It is very im­pres­sive tech­ni­cally. Where it falls down is the lack of con­tent.

There is a fairly small se­lec­tion of shows avail­able on mobile. The other po­ten­tial prob­lem is the cost – 13 songs from 5 Se­conds Of Sum­mer costs £9.99, for ex­am­ple (you can buy in­di­vid­ual songs for £1.99). Watch­ing a lot of shows is go­ing to get very ex­pen­sive very quickly.

De­spite that, it shows a lot of prom­ise.

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