The Rolling Stones used iPods to playback their performances during their recent tour, with road crew filming gigs and transferring them to the band's iPods for later viewing.
A report in Variety looks at the technical aspects of the band's recent tour. Former Apple video chief and now Lucasfilm's chief technical officer, Richard Kerris, explains: "On the 40 Licks tour, which is where it started, they’d record every single show. They’ve done that for years, but what they’d do with the Licks tour, they would actually record it to a laptop. If you look at any of the old videos from that tour you’ll see a laptop, a Mac laptop sitting behind Charlie (Watts)."
The system did the work - capturing, digitising and compressing live performances, so while the band were taking their bows at the end of a performance, tour crew would sync the band's iPods with recordings of the performance and slip the media player into the musician's pockets.
"When they came offstage, they’d grab their stuff, get in their car and they would have the show with them right then and there. No one had done anything like that at all,'"
Variety also reports: "Soon after the iPod came out, 'Mick (Jagger) was right on it. He was like, 'I want to get every night’s show so I can listen to it that night and know what was good and what didn’t work, etc.' So they established this whole thing working with the background crew, I showed them where you could daisy-chain the iPods and synchronise them at once. So it was really fun. From there they used GarageBand for their last album as they did all their demos.'"