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Anymore these days I listen to NPR more than almost anything else (maybe it’s because I am getting old). This is why the NPR Radio by Livio caught my eye. The idea is a simple one, which is many times a good thing. The radio broadcasts NPR via WIFI and allows you to bookmark your favorite programs. Also a portion of the proceeds actually go to NPR.
The BoomCase is a one of a kind, customized portable suitcase stereo. Compatible with iPod, iPhone or any device with a standard headphone jack the BoomCase makes for the perfect self-powered accessory/music station. You have the option of choosing your suitcase from the website, or you can even send in your own. This perfect for travel, vacationing, road trips or backyard barbecues.
Sometimes you want listening to music to be as simple as clicking a button and having someone/something else doing the deciding for you. Shuffler.fm is a website that does just that. Visit the website, click a genre and it will automatically surf through thousands of music blogs playing songs within the genre you choose. A great way to discover new music and new blogs.
I am pretty sure I have posted about 8tracks before, but recently they updated their interface a bit and I have had a renewed love for the site. The website’s simple, elegant website allows for users to create, share and listen to mixes compiled of all genres of music. A great way to discover new stuff.
Mixeeba is a cool little service that’s good for both listeners and publisher of mixtapes. Basically the website will take a tracklist you have copied and pasted, search all of the major online distribution outlets for those tracks and then output a converted tracklist with links to where you can purchase those tracks. This is a great little tool for DJs, music bloggers and music lovers.
A couple months ago with the release of the iPad and several DJ apps I was wondering if any serious DJs would actually be using the iPad to perform. Well, I guess my question has been answered. Here is a video of Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman doing a sound check Movement in Detroit. It’s not clear as to what application he is using, but it certainly makes me curious.
Not sure if I am behind on this one or not, but the Fuji Instax 210 camera looks much better than the Instax Mini that I own. The 210 takes a wider format instant photos and looks more compact than the mini. If you haven’t discovered the fun behind instant photos I suggest you go drop a hundred bucks on this camera available over at Opening Ceremony.
I never knew about indie video game development until a friend of mine (who works developing video games) told me about an amazing game called Braid. I watched him complete the entire game in one sitting one night in Shanghai while having some beers at his house. That was my introduction to indie gaming. Indie Game: The Movie is a documentary being made about the Indie Game culture, the people who make and the people who play the games.
BlinkWork is currently looking for funding to complete the film. If you are interested in helping head over here.
I recently upgraded to the new MacBook Pro and I am loving it even more than I thought I would. I am sure I am not the only DJ to drop $1,800 on a new laptop and be a little hesitant to take it to my next gig in a dirty, rowdy club full of drunkards. So I am thinking one of the investments I will be quickly be making is the Incase Hardshell Case. The design of the case looks to be very unobtrusive and still providing a lot of protection. They offer several different colors and the price tag is $49.95. A small price to protect such a valuable piece of equipment.
Here is a pretty well designed info-graphic (from Information Is Beautiful) about the amount of online sales a solo musician must sell in order to make a US monthly minimum wage of $1,160. It’s a bit sobering to see how little they payout is for some of these services we are buying from. I mean, $0.0017 per stream on Spotify?! It almost makes me want to start purchasing directly from the artists themselves instead of iTunes. It also makes you realize that most of the musicians and artists you listen to are probably doing it more for the love of what they do rather than the money.
Here is a dose of tech-nerd-gadgetry for you. The Splitterbot is a little robot keychain that allows you to pop off his head, plug it into your headphone jack and share audio with another listener. Pretty handy and it’s only eight bucks.
DJ application Sonorasaurus Rex has been released just in time for the release of the iPad. The interface looks a little basic, but clean and easy to use. The question is will any real DJs actually use these mixing apps with an iPad to perform live shows? I think the relatively inexpensive cost of the device, portability and huge touch screen are welcome advantages over lugging your laptop from club to club and punching in keystrokes on a laptop keyboard. But until these apps have the ability to interface with vinyl I just don’t see anyone using them. Sorato for the iPad?
How do you feel? Would you use an iPad to perform in a club?
The other day I posted about an iPad application called Midipad that converts your iPad into a midi controller. Well Mixr has announced their iPad app that transforms your iPad into a piece of full-on mixing hardware. I can’t see any serious DJ using this to perform, but I think it could be a fun way to kill some time or maybe a quite solution for an impromptu portable party party. The interface looks well designed, and the library browser looks like a very elegant way of browsing your tracks. Check out their site for a full list of features.
The release of the iPad will certainly change the way we view media, but will it also be a useful tool for creating media? The midipad software for the iPad actually converts the device into a virtual midi controller allowing you to control music software on your Mac or PC. The coolest part about this software is that is allows you to control your software over a wireless connection. This means it’s possible we may see DJs or producers performing live using iPads, and it would give them the flexiblity of not being tied down by a bunch of wires and cables. Read more over at Create Digital Music.
I am a huge fan of magazines. Nothing can replace the smell of fresh ink on the pages of your favorite magazine, but the next best thing would be a super-sleek way of browsing thousands of magazines at the click of a mouse or tap of an iPad. Issuu is a web publishing site that offers a huge selection of all kinds of magazines. If you are a publisher it’s a totally free and very streamlined way of reaching a worldwide audience.