Apple said Wednesday it will leverage its proven capability in the area of software development to gradually add new software features and applications to its iPhone and Apple TV products free of charge.
“We are taking this bold step to leverage what we do best,” chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer said during a conference call with analysts and members of the media.
The software updates and applications will be made available via software updates.
I expect that these kind of applications will be phone related or web related, but maybe, just maybe there’ll be some music applications on the horizon? Either way, it means that there might just be some scope for 3rd party applications in there?
In June, Ubisoft will release Jam Sessions, a game that turns a Nintendo DS portable into a handheld mini-guitar. To play it you use the stylus, your finger or a guitar pick to strum the touch screen, selecting the notes you want (which have been digitally remastered from an acoustic guitar) using the D-pad and a shoulder button.
The game has two modes: Free Play and Tutorial.
In Free Play Mode, no lyrics or notes are provided, you just rock out as you please. In tutorial Mode promises to teach you how to play a guitar from scratch. The game was previously released in Japan under the name Hiite Utaeru DS Guitar M-06 to critical acclaim and consumer delight, but it didn’t include a save mode. Jam Session does, so you can record your Unplugged masterpiece to entertain your friends. You can further customize your playing style with adjustable reverb, chorus, low/high pass, tremolo and other settings. And on the visual front, you’ll be able to change the look of the virtual guitar string and unlock backgrounds for a job well done in performance mode.
Sounds like a very cool addition to the DS music making apps. I think I need to put that one on the Palm Sounds calendar too.
So what does the new Palm Linux based OS mean for music making and audio applications? Will it mean that apps like Audacity will be easier to port over to the PDA? Will it mean easier development for new palm applications? Or, will it mean that existing apps will need to be re-written for another version of the OS meaning cost and time for developers but with little benefit?
If Apple keep the platform closed then I doubt that anything will come of it. However, there’s quite a lot of people now saying that while it will be closed to start off, but then will open out slowly.
What would you like to see on the iPhone?
I think there are lots of interesting possibilities with the iPhone. Not just because it has a lot of power, but also because it has some of the most interesting input possibilities around for a long time. Apart from the multi-touch interface, it has a proximity sensor, and a sensor to determine portrait or landscape mode (I’m sure there’s a better word for that). So with all this power, what could you do with it?
What would be the killer use for those sensors and Mac OSX running on a portable?
Whilst I’d love it if there were more music applications for the palm platform than you could poke a stick at, there aren’t, but there are lots of supporting applications, or applications that wrap around your music if you like.
What do I mean by this? Well, applications that help you to make music whilst not actually doing any music making. Apps like chord finders or musical databases, or tuners, or spectrum analysers for that matter. There are lots and lots of these kind of applications, and I have reviewed some of them over time.
So, what’s your most useful non-music making music application?
I sort of knew that my Axim could take a mic in using the 4-pole 3.5mm adapter. Then I happened to be looking at the Manual for StompBox and I on the first page is a picture of this audio adapter that allows you to connect headphones and a mic simultaneously. In fact you can even make one yourself so it seems.
So, once I’ve got that sorted out I can have more fun with StompBox, and also see what other possibilities open up.