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Apple’s Grand Music Innovation Opportunity

Friday, March 11th, 2011 | Uncategorized | No Comments

GarageBand on iPad is the final piece in the puzzle.  It is the keystone in the arch.

I have enjoyed my iPad very much, but up until a few hours ago it was not a crucial to have for anything I created. GarageBand is not just a port of the desktop version — it brings functionality that is impossible for either laptops or desktops to offer and when you wrap this up in a very portable, very accessible and borderline magical device it becomes crucial.

GarageBand is now for more accessible, intuitive, soon to be in the hands of many, many more people and here is Apple’s opportunity: The share button.

Apple could be the the new Flickr for music.

Sharing, at the moment, is limited to sending the song to iTunes or emailing, but Apple, please, I beg of you, make a website that will allow one-tap publishing of these songs.

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Picture it! You are a budding songwriter. You finish your new GarageBand song on your new iPad. You, along with at least 200 million other people, have an iTunes account already set up which means that you already have personal space and a user account carved out at the Apple music sharing site. TAP – there goes your song, in both AAC and GarageBand formats, up to the web. You’ve already set up your default copyright level to lean strongly to copyleft. Ping gets pinged that you just put up a song. Your friend sees this, taps on the link, listens to a preview of your song, taps on the GarageBand file and bingo bango it opens up on their iPad ready for future collaborations. Your friend publishes their remix and, because you opted for attribution in your flavor of Creative Commons license, bingo bango Apple has tracked this and automatically provides a link back to your original song on your buddy’s page.

Next thing you know, people are Pinging your song left and right and you think, “I’m ready for this to rock THE WHOLE WORLD.  (Kanye West style.)”  You sign up for a “publishers account” which is very similar in mechanism to an developer account and now you can release tracks for sale in a special section of the iTunes store.  (I’m guessing that Apple selling Beatles albums means this kind of thing is now possible.)

Please do this, Apple. I’m almost frothy at the thought of it. Call it what you want. Call it “Ping Create” or “GarageBand Accounts” or “iTunes Personal” or “me.com/garageband” or whatever terrible name you end up thinking of. People will soon forget why they ever thought the name was terrible because of the gargantuan levels of awesome it will bring to their lives.

All the Twitter tweets for 2010-08-06

Friday, August 6th, 2010 | tweets | No Comments

  • Fields interview tonight on 88.1 WKNC @ 7:00 PM! Mysteries revealed! Updates provided! Panicked, inaudible glances exchanged! #

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how to rip/import a WAV from a CD in itunes

Thursday, July 1st, 2010 | Uncategorized | No Comments

It’s not hard, but it’s not entirely obvious.

The first thing you want to do is go to the “Preferences” menu option in iTunes

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Something looking like this should pop up:

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Next, select the “General” controls (if it is not already selected). It’s this button in the upper left:
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In the General controls, you’ll see a button to click on called “Import Settings”:
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Click on it and it will bring up this box:
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Click on the “import using” drop-down menu and select “WAV Encoder”:
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It’s set! Now whenever you import a CD, the files will come in as WAV without compression.

how to rip/import an AIFF from a CD in itunes

Thursday, July 1st, 2010 | Uncategorized | No Comments

It’s not hard, but it’s not entirely obvious.

The first thing you want to do is go to the “Preferences” menu option in iTunes

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Something looking like this should pop up:

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Next, select the “General” controls (if it is not already selected). It’s this button in the upper left:
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In the General controls, you’ll see a button to click on called “Import Settings”:
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Click on it and it will bring up this box:
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Click on the “import using” drop-down menu and select “AIFF Encoder”:
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It’s set! Now whenever you import a CD, the files will come in as AIFF without compression.

How to Gift an album on iTunes

Monday, June 28th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

So you want to get the latest Graveyard Fields album as a gift for a friend, yes? You go to iTunes and find the album, but then it’s not that obvious how to give an album as a gift.

It’s kinda hard to find, but there’s a little drop-down menu next to the “Buy Album” button. It looks like a little black triangle. Click on it and this menu will pop up:

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You’ll notice the first line is “Gift This Album”. Select it! At that point you’re on your way!

All the Twitter tweets for 2010-06-15

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 | tweets | No Comments

  • productive band meeting last night — generated some good agenda topics for the next meeting. #

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The Graveyard Fields Club

Monday, May 3rd, 2010 | photos | No Comments

We were extras for the latest Katharine Whalen’s Lucky video. We where playing the Breakfast Club kids the day before they serve their detention.

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All the Twitter tweets for 2010-04-29

Thursday, April 29th, 2010 | tweets | No Comments

  • Fields' Compact Disc Release Show tonite @ Local 506! W/ Evil Weiner & Puritan Rodeo! http://bit.ly/9bc5sM ! #
  • Fields' Compact Disc Release Show tonite @ Local 506! W/ Evil Wiener & Puritan Rodeo! http://bit.ly/9bc5sM ! #

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All the Twitter tweets for 2010-04-02

Friday, April 2nd, 2010 | tweets | No Comments

  • Fields are aiming to finalize EP mixes tomorrow! Mastering on Monday! Then waiting 3 weeks to release it! Chores and such in the interim! #

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All the Twitter tweets for 2010-02-11

Thursday, February 11th, 2010 | tweets | No Comments

  • Playing at Nightlight tonight w/ @thealcazarhotel and Greensboro's own Come Hell Or High Water. Don't not come. #

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