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iPod as a (real) studio?

As more iPod mixing devices appear as I’m sure they will do, I can’t help but wonder why the use of the iPod in these devices has been restricted so severely.

The iPod has an operating system, and is capable of supporting application software like games, and games support their own sampled or synthesised sounds, so, why can’t the iPod be used in or part of some kind of software / hardware hybrid studio device?

Any thoughts? I mean, RockBox firmware has been around for a while as a replacement OS for iPod among others, and pdPod has been around for a while too offering a port of PureData, so why not some kind of music making OS or application software for the iPod?

Is that too much to ask?

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Mobile Studio: Palm OS4: Piezo Power – Download


For anyone who is interested, Piezo Power is now available to download from the Palm Sounds site. Click on the title of this post and the follow along to downloads and you’ll find it. Please note that it is an OS4 application and I don’t think it runs in OS5.

The download is made available on the basis that the original software was freeware. If you are the developer and object, please contact me to let me know.