Snow Patrol – A Hundred Million Suns

Author: Colin | Published: 30/11/08

Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol

Artist: Snow Patrol
Title: A Hundred Million Suns
Label: Polydor
Year: 2008
Designer: Unstated
Type of music: Indie
Notes: The possibility that I would be doing a post about Snow Patrol here on Hard Format had never crossed my mind – they’re just not my kind of music. However, the About page we wrote at the start of this website ended with “Oh and who knows, perhaps at some point in the future we may even need to set up a parallel site to celebrate brilliant virtual design…” and this iPhone app is an interesting glimpse of the possibilities of new media.



Ultimately, this is a toy (it is free after all), but there’s no reason why another group shouldn’t go all the way by releasing a paid-for album, single or EP in this format. Rune Grammofon, Spekk, Warp, Ghost Box, Raster Noton? All of you, c’mon – what are you waiting for?

PS, at time of writing there’s one other iPhone app like this one – it’s by Pink. Though less interactive, it does provide 30 second music previews, the ability to buy tracks, pictures, news, discography and biography.

Link: download Snow Patrol app from the iTunes Music Store.


  1. I believe the designer on this one is Mark Farrow, although I think I read somewhere that he was forced by the band to use a typeface he would never normally use.

    Comment by Antonymes — October 14, 2010 @ 11:38 pm
  2. Ah, thanks for that – strange there’s no designer credit anywhere. Also, strange and disappointing that there’s not really been anything more like this that I’ve seen.

    Comment by Colin — October 15, 2010 @ 9:40 am
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    we have invented an app like that. It´s called Plactron. It´s an music album online shop. Every Music album contains the music, videos and the digital interactive booklet. It is available in the iOS and Android Store for free. Every single music album is an in-app purchase.

    Let me know what you think.

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