Andy Rooney

I love 60 Minutes on the iPad

November 22, 2010: 8:16 AM ET

To me, this is one piece of shovelware that makes a lot of sense

Unlike, some old-line media giants, CBS's (CBS) 60 Minutes isn't looking to Apple's (AAPL) iPad to save its skin.

The longest continuously running prime-time show in any format, 60 Minutes is still the most successful broadcast in U.S. television history. It was a top-10 rated show for 23 seasons in a row -- from 1977 to 2000. For five of its seasons, it was America's No. 1 show, a record surpassed only by American Idol.

Back in the days of Watergate and Point and Counterpoint, I used to watch 60 Minutes religiously, a habit I lost over the years along with my patience for Andy Rooney and ad-supported television.

Which may be why I'm so fond of the 60 Minutes iPad app released this week and promoted on Sunday's program. It's basically shovelware -- preexisting material ported to a new format -- but that doesn't mean it isn't good.

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