I want to express emphatic thanks for the marvelous Gramophone Archive available for the iPad. It is a wonderful historical resource and makes for rewarding reading in many ways. The price is also just right - 6,99€ for a month's access is very affordable, and much preferable to having to buy individual back issues.
That said, I must say that half, or more than half, of the potential pleasure is missing from the experience of reading issues from at least the first few years - because most of the ad pages are entirely missing. I wonder if this is because A) these materials were not available in the first place to the makers of the archive, or B) if it was assumed they would be of insufficient interest to readers?
Personally I absolutely adore old ads in particular, and the fact is the early issues are very text-heavy - no bad thing in itself, but to employ a musical phrase, this throws the balance off altogether; in the original context the small, voluminous type was balanced by a plethora of ads. With them missing from most of these early issues, at least (I'm not sure about later years, as I'm proceeding chronologically - I'm now starting year 1927), the joy is much diminished. Old ads were often wonderful and are of great historical as well as esthetic interest.
I hope the archive is enjoyed by many others besides myself, and I do want to reiterate that I'm very happy to have it at all. Yet I would like to plead with you to insert all the ads - also, not really incidentally, the missing piano-player and in particular the art supplements that came with the original issues - if this is at all feasible.
Thank you for reading!