Loyal readers, SPIN did not forget about you this holiday season: Our gift is a free special issue of SPIN Play, our award-winning iPad app, that's tied to our meticulously curated list of the Top 40 Albums of 2011. Between December 22 and January 5, anyone can download this free issue from the iTunes App Store and get immediate access to a streaming playlist of 38 songs and 35 music videos from our highest-ranking LPs of the year. That means you can read about why the Rapture, Danny Brown, and Fucked Up made the music that mattered most in 2011 while spinning our exclusive mix — the playlist even autoplays.
You'll also want to grab our jam-packed January SPIN Play, featuring a whopping 102 tracks and 46 videos and a supersized look back at 2011's greatest sounds: the Top 50 Albums (yes, 10 more than the Top 40!), Top 20 Singles, and Top 10 Reissues, plus best-of lists for seven genres from avant to pop to metal. Get this on your iPad in time for New Year's Eve and we'll save you the trouble of making a playlist for your party. Yes, you're welcome.
The SPIN Play experience began last March, when SPIN and Bottle Rocket Apps revolutionized the way people interact with music on their iPads. In October SPIN Play became available on Newsstand. This month, Apple named it one of the best apps of the year. The price of SPIN Play ranges from $1.99 (in-app purchase) to $7.99 (annual subscription), but remember, the Top 40 issue is totally free. And it's available now, along with the January issue. Go get them! At the iTunes App Store!