Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Classic music can't be seized.

English: Introduction and descending motif fro...
English: Introduction and descending motif from the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F major (Pastoral) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Classic Music is different.

Because it can't be seized.
It's un-formatted.
Because fans of classic music don't like Symphony No 7 of Beethoven. They like the No7 in A Major played by the orchestra X the 2nd of may 2010.
It's a mix of sounds, rhythm, intensity, personal touches. Even sometimes the low quality of some songs make them unique and powerful.

When my hard drive burnt. I found through torrents all of my pop music and rock albums within days except my classic music folder. Indeed, it was composed of songs grabbed in YouTube and among hundreds of albums of different players, different orchestras, some were live, some studio, I wasn't able to found them again.

By extension, electronic music is quite similar.
Its DNA is not 3 min formatted songs. It's mixes and mixes are live, they are hardly sizable.

By extension, live performance is quite similar.
Live concerts are not enough recorded. Artists usually produce 1 live album every three year. They should record all of their concerts to give fans the possibility to get the the version of the song of, let's say : "If I were a boy" sang in July 2011 in the Stade de France.
Take Adam Cohen, I discovered him live and loved it. But I don't like so much its studio albums. He's a live man. He should sold it.
Other solution, : produce zero live albums, and limit live experience to people who attend the concerts.
Isn't is so Renaissance style? :)

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Vine and Tout iOS apps, symbols of the end of the photo era... replaced by the video one

Actress Lillian Gish
Actress Lillian Gish (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Following previous posts in French "l'image fixe est elle morte ?", "au delà de l'image, mémoriser les sons", et  "Cinemagram, prémices de la photo de demain", here is a new one about the future of the photo or, my take on this future, the replacement of the photo by short video.

This time, I'll talk about Tout, an iOS app and Vine, another iOS app.

What is Tout?
Tout is a real-time information network for up-to-the-minute video updates across news, sports, politics, entertainment, or whatever moves you.

What is Vine?
Vine is the best way to see and share life in motion. Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see...
Vine videos last 6 seconds maximum.
Vine is a Twitter brand.

I'm persuaded that photo will soon become something rare, a niche activity for "experts", "passionate people", a bit like painting, sculpture, silent film or calligraphy. I've already details it on my previous posts on this topic. Photos don't render movement, have no sound. Boring isn't it?

I think short video will become the norm or communication.
And these two services are really good illustration of the actual trend. The first one bring you news in a minute, the other, 6 seconds scenes.

Use Vine a bit and then tell me:  Don't you think it's fascinating?
Just press screen for some seconds, change the angle of the film of the object filmed, repress the screen, and you get a little video, a little story will people moving, sounds, or things not moving is you just film a fix point, but with sound. It's brilliant, isn't it?

Use Tout and tell me: Would you use it every day?
Well, in my opinion, the interface is today a big ugly, content not really cool so it needs improvement but the 1 minute concept to get information. I bet on it! You ?

It's the future my firiends!
And photos, like silent film, the past...
Not convinced, check related posts

Edit march 2013: Galaxy S4 is setting the stage for the end of the photo era: "There are now 12 shooting modes to choose from like, "Drama Shot" that lets you see all your action in one continuous time-lapse. Another feature is "Sound & Shoot", which stores sound and voice together as the picture is taken so you can see photos just as they happen."

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The key of the cloud + offline world: the buffer

Buffer = essential cog (Photo credit: kevinzim)
In an hybrid world where cloud is mixed with offline, as seen on my previous post, the most important thing to handle is the buffer.

 What does it mean? 

 If people do something offline it has to be replicated online. If people do something online it has to be replicated offline.
All offline channels : PC app, business PC app, tablet app, mobile app.

 How is it possible?

3 ways:

 - End to end offline/online app.
 Like Dropbox, Reeder, or the Blogger app I actually use to write this blogpost offline, it's fully transparent, fully cross-channel. Some apps miss some channels in their end-to-end approach. See Deezer, I have my music available offline on my mobile, my tablet but on my PC, I have to be connected to open the Deezer webpage. The missing point: a PC app/client.

 - Externalized.
 Todo, a todolist app rely on Dropbox to ensure that all the Todo apps are synchronized. It ask permission to stock a backup file on the Dropbox account of Todo users, and synch it regularly. As you can see Dropbox is well positioned to be our life buffer.

- Email based.
Email is a brilliant buffer because of its flexibility. See Pocket, I'm offline and I want to add an URL to my "read it later list" I just send it to, and then my email is recognized and the webpage is added to my list. It's the same for may apps as Remember the Milk, etc. Everything rely on an app/client that everybody have on every connected device: email client.

 - SMS based.
 SMS could do the same job as email with an advantage: only mobile data connection is needed, even without internet connection you could then post on Facebook, add things to your "todo" list, blog, etc. Few services rely on SMS for now, but with SMS cost decrease, it may go up.
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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Full cloud, full offline, please apps developers, stop making choices!!!

 (Photo credit: illustir)

What is the common point between:

  • Readability, Pocket (two "read it later" apps),
  • Dropbox, GDrive, (three cloud hard drives),
  • Deezer, Spotify (two music streaming services),
  • Dailymotion (a video streaming service),
  • Reeder (an RSS reader),
  • Todo (an iOS todo management app),
  • Runkeeper (an iOS sport activity recorder),
  • Blogger (a blogging iOS app)

They have all understood!

They have understood that a full online or a full cloud content or service access is not the solution.

  • Our batteries are two weak to download data all the time.
  • Our networks are too weak to download data all the time.
  • Our mobile plans are too weak to download data all the time.

Content and services have to be available offline and replicated in the cloud.
Content and services have to be available in the cloud and replicated offline.

Three ways to do that:

  • BYOC: Bring your own cloud. Like Deezer, Runkeeper, Blogger or Pocket. They rely on their own cloud and they own app to propose offline and cloud access.
  • Lorel & Hardy: Like Reeder that leverage Google Reader feed (in the cloud) to display it offline on an app.
  • One cloud to rules them all: Like Todo. They don't have any cloud. They just connect with Dropbox to propose a real time saving of offline todolists in the cloud. It allows synch over apps (iPad and iPhone for ex.) and a transparent recording.

Edit: A little post from Google to showcase Offline Google slides.
"Any new presentations or changes you make will be automatically updated when you get back online. So you can continue polishing slides on your next flight, and head to your upcoming presentation without worrying about whether there's going to be wifi."
In the Cloud + Offline, brilliant with sync, brillant.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wishlist for 2013 - Google Reader

Google, you have bought Postrank, a marvelous app that rate posts on Google Readerand filter it using ratings and sunset it.
Please make something with it.
I miss it a lot when reading Techcrunch feed pushing 20 articles a day!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Apps I love: Zite

You know Flipboard, the famous mobile articles reader.
Please give a chance to Zite.

Why is it as cool as Flipboard?
- It search good things to read for you. Give Zite keywords and it'll retrieve you nice content. Rate what Zite brings you and it will improve.
- That's all! Yes Zite focuses on one thing and do it well offering a great experience.
You won't pass hours on the app but you'll enjoy the surprise to discover what Zite brings you.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Apps I love: Pocket

The ex name of Pocket is "Read it later".
It allows you to bookmark articles and download them for later offline reading.

Why is it so cool?
- Offline reading is cool in the metro, when the mobile network is weak.
- Having one place to store all articles is cool. Wether you use Google Reader, Twitter, Flipboard, Reeder, Facebook, you just send the link to or copy-past the link to read later in the iOS app and it's done.
- Pocket rendering is good. The app format article nicely.
Bonus: Pocket archive all bookmarked articles and allow tagging. Cool for heavy readers.

Try it and tell me.

Facebook Wishlist for 2013

Just 3 thing Mark:
- A "read it later" or "star" or "send link" button on posts.
- A "search on newsfeed" feature. To search specific words on our newsfeeds.
- Easy to handle folders with dedicated newsfeeds. Favorite and Interest feed are good a try but please...

If Facebook want to be a real news reading site, it must have such Google Reader style features.