Posts tagged ‘itunes’

The Cloud Player

December 15th, 2008

The Cloud PlayerI’ve been writing earlier on this blog about how music is moving to the cloud. Here’s something on that note: Henrik and I have spent the last few weekends building an iTunes-like music player that runs in the browser (currently not in IE) and uses the SoundCloud API as its music source.

The Cloud Player let’s you save playlists to your Google Account, and you can share them with your friends as well. Here’s a playlist with some electronic favorites of mine.

The Cloud Player is built on jQuery, SoundManager 2 and Google App Engine, and it’s open-source and forkable on Github.

UPDATE: We’re on!

iTunes Affiliate Application Status

July 15th, 2005

Dear Eric Wahlforss:
We regret to inform you that iTunes has chosen not to accept your application for the iTunes Affiliate Program at this time.  This may be because:

  • The content is unrelated to iTunes
  • Your site is temporarily down or under construction — please make sure to apply again after 2 weeks.
  • A wrong or misspelled URL given in the application.  Please correct the problem and apply again.
  • Your site is aesthetically unpleasing
  • Your site promotes tobacco, alcoholic beverages or excessive drinking/drug use
  • Your site contains extreme religious content
  • Your site is international (with a majority of visitors based OUTSIDE the US. or written in a foreign language)

Well, Apple, if you could explicitly tell me what’s wrong with my site, I’d be happy to fix it. I’m selling my music on your crappy DRM-ridden platform, remember?

iTunes 4.9 is out

June 28th, 2005

PodcastsBeing able to mark the ones I’ve read is good.

And that means podcast integration! Aside from not being able to browse the Apple Podcast Directory for some reason, the interface for storing podcasts is really nice and simple. I’m switching from iPodderX, which used to be my tool of choice.

There are serious threats to the iTunes+iPod value chain now in the form of other better, more open music stores, and new music players integrated directly into mobile phones with slick form factors. Is this the first step towards the downfall of Apples vertical value chain? Will the next version of iTunes offer a sales platform for podcasts? Will the next iPod be a mobile phone? Many questions, and as usual only Steve knows…

iTunes Music Store Sweden Launches

May 10th, 2005

I just bought Chopin & Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas played by the incredible Héléne Grimaud. I discovered her through my mother who was blown away by her Bach performance in the Stockholm Concert Hall. Apart from being one of the top interpreters of composers such as Bach, Chopin, Rachmaninov, and Arvo Pärt, she apparently runs a wolf farm in the state of New York!

HeleneShe has eyes like a wolf, too!

This wonderful music aside, I’m not terribly impressed by ITMS. That it’s so successful is really proof of the fact that this market is in its infancy. After all, Apple’s music initiative is 100% vertically integrated; They own the hardware and the software the platform runs on, they own the distribution platform itself, they own the player, they own the format, hell they almost own the artists. I’ve sold over 1000 tracks on ITMS, and what do I get? Well, not much! In fact extraordinarily little! And thanks to some bizarre licensing deal, my record seems not to be in the Swedish store (Just one track).

Browsing around, I also realise how much I miss tabs and the normal browser interface. Where is the “bookmark this track” button? Where are the easy-to-use permalinks! This is an n-dimensional space I’m navigating after all! I discovered lots of music metadata errors when browsing the classic catalog — where can I submit the errors? Sadly, my comments on Beatport seem to apply for ITMS aswell!

But, there is still nothing preventing Apple from creating a browser based store later on. They can solve the music integration the same way they’ve done with Widgets, which is quite beautiful (Or they could do it with an HTTP header, which would enable Firefox integration). And lastly, they have promised to open up iTunes when the iPod’s market share drops significantly. Even though I love Apple, I actually can’t wait to see this happen.