Seattle Office of Film + Music

December 7, 2009, 1:41 pm
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You can now stream KEXP to the iPhone with the official KEXP iPhone app. The first version of the KEXP app allows you to stream either 38k or 128k live stream, keep track of songs you’ve heard with the playlist, favorite the ones you do like or even purchase them on iTunes, and request songs from the on-air DJs! You can head over to iTunes right now and download the app. Use this link or just search for “KEXP” in iTunes.

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.

June 8, 2009, 11:00 am
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Seattle Weekly
Seattle tech startup UrbanSpoon scored such a hit with its iPhone app that it sold last month to IAC/InterActiveCorp. That company is madly acquiring other small app makers who score on the ubiquitous handheld platform. In a New York Times story, UrbanSpoon is reported to be “one of the App Store’s most popular products, having been downloaded close to five million times.” But there’s another local connection to this Seattle success story. IAC is a partnership between media mogul Barry Diller and By trolling the app market, IAC is betting on the so-called “long tail” model of doing lots of little sales over a long period of time, rather than depending on one big blockbuster of a game or movie (which take much longer and much more money to develop). Thus, IAC assembles a portfolio of apps with a potential cross-selling link to Amazon.

May 8, 2009, 1:07 pm
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iphone_home.gifSeattle Weekly
It had to happen: movies in your pocket. Or rather, the SIFF movie schedule on your smartphone. SIFF’s searchable Web site is up and live today, and you can start buying individual tickets there now. One ancillary feature will also be mobile: “SIFFter,” which allows you to mouse around a massive tiled mosaic of titles, then parse and channel them through filters—e.g., genre, country and venue. The main SIFF Web site appears to be iPhone friendly, with search functions and even ticketing up and running. You can get SIFFter on the Apple App Store as part of the festival’s other iPhone offerings.

April 28, 2009, 10:35 am
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NY Times
Seeking to strengthen its presence on the iPhone and iPod Touch, Amazon has acquired Lexcycle, the company behind Stanza, a popular free e-book application for the iPhone, according to Lexcycle’s blog. Stanza allows users to browse a library of around 100,000 books and periodicals for the iPhone, many of them in the ePub format — a widely accepted standard for e-books that Amazon has yet to support with its proprietary Kindle platform. It is not clear how much Amazon is paying for the year-old company, which has offices in Austin, Tex., and Portland, Ore.

April 15, 2009, 2:29 pm
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Once upon a time, orchestras required instruments. Then computers reproduced the sounds of symphonies. Now, band geeks are playing iPhones. Stanford University’s newest ensemble is called MoPhO, short for Mobile Phone Orchestra. MoPhO plays mostly improvisational pieces using an iPhone application. Each player touches a button onscreen to select a tone, then tilts, twists, or shakes the mobile phone to change pitch and timbre. The group also performs chamber music and pop covers using one of his other apps, Ocarina which turns the iPhone into the 12,000-year-old wind instrument.

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March 30, 2009, 1:18 pm
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Months after teasing iPhone enthusiasts with an announcement of Skype’s native VoIP client for the iPhone, the free Skype for iPhone will finally be available to download from the iTunes App Store sometime on Tuesday. While most of the features aren’t too surprising–Skype does want to maintain some consistency across its mobile applications, after all–there are a few capabilities that are notably missing, and a few iPhone-only perks that are refreshing to see.

Musicians developing iPhone apps
February 24, 2009, 10:37 am
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Hollywood Reporter:
Kyte, a digital media technology company aggressively targeting the music industry, launched a new platform, called the iPhone Applications Framework, for artists interested in developing iPhone applications.The mobile phone video system lets artist quickly upload new content online, and now the iPhone as well with the new service. The platform lets participating artists update their iPhone apps with not only new content submitted through the Kyte service, but also add interactive features like fan chat and rating, Twitter feeds, RSS subscription capabilities and integrate both their iPhone and online applications at once.

The Presidents of the United States of America Unleash Multiple-Album iPhone App

Dave Dederer, former singer and guitarist for nineties hitmakers The Presidents of the United States of America, has fashioned quite a second career for himself as the vice president of business development for Seattle startup Melodeo, which makes nuTsie, a software application that can stream your iTunes playlists to any web-connected PC, your Blackberry and your Facebook profile. Dederer has neatly dovetailed his past and present with Melodeo’s release of a $3 app for iPhone and iPod Touch, which contains the four Presidents of the United States of America albums whose rights are owned by the band. The app includes rare, exclusive material that can be updated from the server side.