Electribe for iPads

Posted by: admin on April 6, 2010 @ 9:36 am
Filed under: Music Technology

The iPad is all the rage at the moment. I have to say, as cool as they look, I’m going to stick with my iPhone for the moment.

There’s an interesting perspective on this technology over at Boing Boing in a post titled Why I won’t buy an iPad (and think you shouldn’t, either), though his argument falls on deaf ears since I’m not too familiar or that interested in opening one up and learning what the innards do. Though it’s not easy to edit or customize, there doesn’t seem to me to be a reason to dislike something because it’s easy to use. And plenty of people in line down the street at the Mac store are on that side of the coin.

One of the cooler things that I’ve seen comes from the Electronica Blips blog. Check out the vid below.

More instruments like that will be popping up soon I’m sure. Check out a good list of what’s to come over at Create Digital Music’s blog.

3 Comments

  1. Actually, I think Cory may have inadvertently done a disservice to what that discussion was about. Look at it this way:

    Define “easy to use.” In the long run, might it be easier to use an Android or Windows or Linux tablet that allows you to connect via standard USB, run more apps, install the apps you want, and on which developers can make things work that they can’t on iPad?

    That’s the debate. And we don’t really know the answer yet, because a lot of the software and hardware – both iPad and alternatives – have some evolving to do.

    Comment by Peter Kirn — April 6, 2010 @ 9:50 am

  2. “because a lot of the software and hardware – both iPad and alternatives – have some evolving to do.”

    Agreed. The main reason I’m not shelling out for one quite yet.

    I think open source is great. I wish I was a code man myself. If I was, I’d probably be on the other side. That said, in my world, I need functionality. The iPhone — really, my only reference here — does what I need it to do an a whole lot more.

    A buddy passed this on to me yesterday from Bloggers For Change:

    Speaking of the iPad, I’ve been utterly transfixed with the raging debate over its merits in the gadget blogs. Even had a spirited one over Twitter yesterday. The Apple haters are really out in force over this one, furious at the obvious success of the “closed” system. In the eyes of this crowd, technology must remain “open”, lest it stifle innovation and limit the ability of its owners to tinker and tweak.

    Fair enough. If you’re a code warrior or someone who likes to take thinks apart to upgrade and modify, then the iPad is not for you. But for people like me, technology isn’t a hobby, it’s the tools I use to do my work and make my life better. I don’t care HOW it works, I don’t want to CHANGE how it works, and I get angry if it DOESN’T work. Ultimately, there’s a reason why the iPhone is more stable than even my Mac– it’s a closed system. There’s a reason my Wii or XBox rarely crash — they’re closed systems. Those devices do their jobs, and they do it well. And when a piece of technology is doing its job well, I forget it even exists, and focus solely on the task I’m trying to accomplish — whether it’s write a book, or play a game, or goof off on twitter, or whatever.

    Of course, I also love open-source software, so this isn’t a question of absolutism or philosophical fundamentalism. There’s a time and place for open systems, and a time and place for closed systems. Me, I can’t wait for my iPad to arrive. And for those who don’t want one, don’t worry! ACORN won’t come knocking on your door with orders that you buy one.

    Comment by Jim Tuerk — April 6, 2010 @ 9:59 am

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