In many ways the PDA has a limited number of interface possibilities available to it for music, and yet in other ways so much is possible.

Many applications use interfaces that are very similar to laptop / desktop applications, but are re-designed for a significantly smaller screen. Other applications go in a different direction and actually exploit the nature of the PDA in their interface, although this is rare.

One such application is SpinPad from miniMusic. Hopefully SpinPad will become available in the summer of 2007.

Here’s what it looks like:

But I think that the PDA or handheld can support many other types of interface as well. The Tenori-ON concept could (I think) be applied to the PDA interface. There’s a very good article all about the device itself and background on Create Digital Music which gives lots and lots of information about the device and specs.

But I don’t think that the possibilities really end there either. Perhaps I’m too hopeful or too enthusiastic about the subject, but I think there’s lots more life left in mobile music.

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