Microsoft has introduced a free (for a limited) time app for the iPhone that lets you stream 100 songs from each of the past 62 years. The top 100 tracks from 1947 to 2009 ere selected by the developers, rather than any particular music charts. But there are definitely some good tunes available in the awkwardly-named Top 100s by Year by Bing app.
That’s the good news. Here are the caveats:
- The app is only free for a limited time, after which it will go up to $1.99.
- You can listen to the first few tracks uninterrupted, but after that you’re prompted to download the Bing app for iPhone to keep listening.
- Even after you download the Bing app, you’ll get a Bing pop-up ad after every few songs.
- There’s no way to pick the exact song you want to stream. You basically pick a year and then listen to tracks in random order.
That last caveat is kind of annoying. But in order to keep costs down, the Bing music app works like an online radio station. Basically if you provide a streaming music service, you pay less in royalties if you play songs on shuffle than if you offer a music-on-demand service.
You can get a list of the top 100 songs for each year, but when you click on an individual track, you can’t listen to the whole thing. Instead, you’re offered the option of listening to a preview, purchasing the track from iTunes, or watching the video on YouTube.
Anyway, if you’re just looking for a blast from the past or two blasts… or 6,200 blasts, the Top 100s by Year by Bing is currently available as a free download from the App Store.
You can check out more screenshots after the break.