Seattle Office of Film + Music

August 24, 2011, 10:00 am
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Starbucks typically offers free music downloads each week, highlighting a diverse selection of artists. But this week, iPhone users will be happy to discover they can get a free download of the Shazam Encore app (normally priced at $5.99). For those unfamiliar, Shazam is a handy music identification tool that listens to a sample of a tune and gives you the title and artist. Look for a coupon at your nearest Starbucks to get in on this sweet deal.

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July 28, 2011, 12:50 pm
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New Classical Music Apps
Commercial radio used to be the almighty power in providing free music for people.  However, with the rise of the smart-phone empire, radio has slowly begun to transform in appearance, mostly wearing the cloak of mobile applications.  There are several new FREE iPhone apps such as Classical Music I: Master’s Collection Vol. 1 (a limited edition) and Classical Music Radio(free on Apple and Android). For the classical music inclined, these new-wave “radio stations” offer carefully curated playlists flowering with popular performances.  Genre-specific apps like these keep listeners’ ears hip to the genres they love most, and best of all, they don’t cost a dime.

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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.

How the iPhone Is Shaking Up the Videogame Business
June 5, 2009, 9:38 am
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The iPhone has revolutionized everything. It’s going to enable incredible things for gaming,” says Neil Young. No, not the guy with the guitar and muttonchops, but the one who spent years churning out blockbusters as the head of Electronic Arts’ gargantuan Los Angeles studio. Since splitting from EA last June, his startup ngmoco (short for next generation mobile company) has been cranking out games for Apple’s all-in-one device. Young says the iPhone platform represents an “inflective moment” for the industry, one that necessitates a whole new approach to development and distribution.

May 18, 2009, 10:32 am
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Business Week
After years of neglecting the Mac as a platform for games, Apple’s phone, not its computers, offers the most gaming promise. The iPhone’s tech-savvy base of 21 million users is an ideal audience for a new breed of compelling games that should make the device even more compelling. Between the iPhone and the iPod Touch, which can also run the same games, Apple could soon have the best-selling handheld platform on the market. Developers are whipping up some inventive ideas for new iPhone games. Hawkins asked me to imagine playing Batman as a character in a superhero game, then having him follow when I switch to a baseball game, where the Caped Crusader becomes an incredibly skilled second baseman. In a fantasy-adventure game, Batman becomes a monster-killing warrior who is deft with a battle ax. The same thing could happen with items featured in games. A magic wand in one game might become a sword or a laser gun in the next, Hawkins says.

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, 10:51 am
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Apple’s demands to control completely the iPhone and iPod – and free speech about them — was met with legal resistance Monday when the Cupertino electronics concern was hit by a lawsuit challenging that presumption. The San Francisco federal court case concerns a wiki that last year removed a thread discussing integrating non-Apple software into the closely guarded iPhone and iPod. Virginia-based OdioWorks, the operator of the non-commercial wiki – BluWiki, removed the string amid threats of being sued by one of the world’s richest companies.