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Music Piracy – New Research Shows That Restrictions Don’t Work

Posted in internet, Media, music by aldorf on October 17, 2011

(Credit: Emin Ozkan / Shutterstock)

“[The late] Steve Jobs said it best: ‘Why would the big four music companies agree to let Apple and others distribute their music without using DRM systems to protect it? The simplest answer is because DRMs haven’t worked, and may never work, to halt music piracy.'” says marketing professor Dinah Vernik. “And our research presented a counterintuitive conclusion that in fact, removing the DRM can be more effective in decreasing music piracy than making the DRM more stringent.”

Because a DRM-restricted product will only be purchased by a legal user, “only the legal users pay the price and suffer from the restrictions,” the researchers write. “Illegal users are not affected because the pirated product does not have DRM restrictions.”

“Removal of these restrictions makes the product more convenient to use and intensifies competition with the traditional format (CDs), which has no DRM restrictions,” Vernik says. “This increased competition results in decreased prices for both downloadable and CD music and makes it more likely that consumers will move from stealing music to buying legal downloads.” Read full article here.



GIF Shop – Brilliant New iPhone App

Posted in Animation, film, Media, photography by aldorf on August 17, 2011

Love it! The animated .gif maker for your iPhone. Easily create and edit looping animations, upload to Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr all on the go! get it at the app store

Björk’s new album is interactive

Posted in Animation, design, Media, music by aldorf on July 24, 2011

Biophilia is an iPhone/iPad release of Björk’s latest album created in collaboration with Scott Snibbe and her longtime design collaborators M/M (Paris). Comprising a suite of musical pieces and interactive artworks, Biophilia is released as ten in-app download experiences that are accessed through a three-dimensional galaxy, the album’s theme song Cosmogony. The first single Crystalline, is now available, others soon to follow. (Read more)

Björk Biophilia app intro narrated by David Attenborough.


SXSW…Holler Gram…Cool, Clever, Simple and Effective New App

Posted in conference, design, ideas, illustration, innovation, Media, your take on... by aldorf on March 8, 2011

Thanks to Made by Many for this great new App. Very effective and fun to use. Not only at keynotes, not only at SXSW. This is the future of getting peoples opinion, attention and stats.

Holler Gram

You know how sometimes during a keynote or pitch you would really want to say something back to the speaker? So you wait until the speaker is done and put your hand up. Well, unless you are Robert Scoble of course. Or unless you have an iPad with Holler Gram installed. Or pick any of the pre-formatted shoutouts or make your own using your choice of fonts and colors.

You can even tweet your shout right from the app.

Holler Gram was made for SXSW specifically but I can totally imagine it will be popular at all events this year. As the  author explains “You can even rate sessions by holding up a giant number display to become the ultimate armchair critic”. How awesome is that? (via

“The Heaviness Of Being Successful Was Replaced By The Lightness Of Being A Beginner Again, Less Sure About Everything.” – Steve Jobs

Posted in inspiration, internet, Media, pioneers by aldorf on January 18, 2011

After yesterdays news about another medical leave of him, I remembered his commencement address atStanford from 2005.


***Interesting read (October 2010): John Sculley on Steve Jobs and on the value of experience. Interview transscript***

Same But Different: P2P file Trading Billboard Charts

Posted in music by aldorf on September 22, 2010
Lil Wayne - Retouched

Image by BTDSGNS via Flickr

Top 40 Artists Downloaded Via P2P Last Week

PayArtists monitored P2P to rank the 40 most popular artists based on number of downloads in a week. Some key trends:

  • Hip Hop music is the most popular genre of downloaded music worldwide
  • Lil Wayne was downloaded more than any other artist last week
  • Classic artists like Dylan, the Beatles and Elvis remain in the Top 40

For the week September  4-10, 2010

1             Lil Wayne
2             Drake
3             Eminem
4             Diddy
5             Lady Gaga
6             Roberto Carlos
7             Tupac Shakur
8             Jay Z
9             Rihanna
10           Kanye West
11           Justin Bieber
12           Usher
13           Trey Songz
14           Bon Jovi
15           Bob Dylan
16           Katy Perry
17           Vicente Fernandez
18           Mariah Carey
19           Ludacris
20           Rick Ross
21           Fantasia
22           Beyonce
23           Sting
24           Neil Diamond
25           Elvis
26           50 Cent
27           Gucci Mane
28           Maroon 5
29           Black Eyed Peas
30           Santana
31           Akon
32           Christina Aguilera
33           Michael Jackson
34           Whitney Houston
35           Wisin & Yandel
36           Alicia Keys
37           Nicki Minaj
38           Jamie Cullum
39           The Beatles
40           Enrique Iglesias

(via hypebot)

more about music here.

Start Thinking Like An Artist

Posted in ideas by aldorf on September 3, 2010
Biz Stone

Image by jdlasica via Flickr

Think like an artist, the next big thing already exists. It’s just a matter of thinking. Of trying to take something that already exists and repurposing it for something it wasn’t intended for. (Biz Stone / Twitter)

Great App For iPad. Meet Flipboard.

Posted in Media, web by aldorf on July 23, 2010

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Chomp, Yelp for iphone apps

Posted in Media, web by aldorf on January 23, 2010

Chomp lets you make simple app recommendations and then studies your tastes to help you find other ones. In its first week, accumulating 110,000 reviews. The four-person team behind Chomp got it into the top 25 free apps for social networking in the iTunes store, which helped propel more downloads throughout the rest of the week. Chomp makes the review process fairly lightweight — you “like” and “dislike” apps with heart and broken heart icons and you can add tiny 60-character long reviews.

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