Seattle Office of Film + Music

Reinventing the News, Cheezburger style
March 13, 2012, 10:12 am
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The Cheezburger Network’s Ben Huh is tired of the way news is being reported. He doesn’t think that it’s necessary to have 1800 versions of the exact same story, partly because many other worthwhile, less “sexy” stories get lost under heaps of hype over a single massive story. Huh is a doer, not a dreamer, however, and is setting out to create a new app that changes the way that people view news on mobile devices. The product he’s creating is called Circa, and it isn’t just another aggregator; the new app will make it possible for users to bypass the mounds of content available and follow a single story, creating a system where there’s one version of every big breaking news story, and everything else is additional context. The creators have yet to unveil Circa’s business model because it’s under development, but following the new traction and support they’ve gained recently, it’s possible we’ll see a revolutionary product in the very near future.

August 6, 2009, 10:29 am
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Roughly 95 percent of all iPhone apps are wildly useless. But there are a few that can make a train ride or a cousin’s birthday party go by a bit quicker. In this recurring feature, Pitchfork will round up new music-related apps– for bands, labels, etc.– and try to give you the skinny on whether they’re worth your time and/or money. Click the above link for reviews of recent apps from Jason Forrest, Coldplay, Ghostly International, Depeche Mode, and the Raveonettes.

August 4, 2009, 11:50 am
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The iTunes music store sells single songs at approximately the same price, with artist presented in more or less the same way. Apple’s app store, however, is still somewhat like the wild west (at least as far as music goes), where the rules are being made up in real time. Artists and labels can sell music alongside other digital offerings through the app store at any price from zero to $999.99. As Wired suggested last summer, this creates an opportunity for artists and labels to distribute a new type of product, especially because the app store concept is spreading to other mobile phone platforms. On Monday, six of the 20 most recently submitted music apps to appear in the App Store featured a single artist: Jason Carver, Jessica Harp, Jimmy Cliff, John Butler Trio, Kadence, or The Cribs. Each showcases music videos, photos, news, photo-jumble games, concert listings, and/or community features that let fans share photos with each other. And all of them were made with iLike’s iPhone app toolkit. For the full story on how apps are changing music distribution, check out the above link.