Things I’d like to see on the iPod Touch / iPhone

Having had my 1st gen iPod Touch for a little while now, there are a few things that I think it could do with to make it more useful, not only as mobile music device, but also as a PDA.

  1. The launcher. Grouping apps and their icons into categories or at least some form of grouping other than the little dots that indicate where you are would be good. Palm OS and their categories system is simple and effective. I really think Apple needs to address the way that apps are handled.
  2. The iPod Touch and mics. Of course I would say this, but I think that Apple should allow the use of 3rd party mic adapters through the dock connector. I mean, why not?
  3. Hardware add ons? How about some hardware like a keyboard for instance? Using a keyboard with the device would make it really useful, and let’s face it, there are plenty of existing manufacturers who would love to see into this market.

Ok, those are my issues with the device (so far). Here are some other things I’d like to see:

  1. Some form of programming environment onboard the device. Something along the lines of iziBasic for Palm. Of course an app like that would work much better with a keyboard, or with code completion.
  2. An environment like PixiLang would be great too.
  3. SunVox for iPhone OS would be really interesting.

I doubt that these will happen any time soon, but I thought I’d get them down to see if anyone agrees.

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It doesn’t get more handheld than this

adafruit industries offers the drawdio kit which will turn a pencil into a mini synth! Here’s what their site says:

Drawdio is an electronic pencil that lets you make music while you draw! It’s great project for beginners: An easy kit with instant gratification! Essentially, its a very simple musical synthesizer that uses the conductive properties of pencil graphite to create different sounds. The result is a fun toy that lets you draw musical instruments on any piece of paper.
Runs on a single AAA battery for many hours (even ‘nearly dead’ batteries will work)
Use any pencil – mechanical or plain. The kit comes with a 2B pencil, the softer the lead the better
Ridiculously fun for all ages

CDM interview on RJDJ

CDM has some interesting background on RJDJ and maybe some hope on a mic hack for the iPod Touch.

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RJDJ Released, but only for iPhone not iPod Touch

This is a big blow. I was really looking forward to RJDJ, but it is only available for the iPhone and not the iPod Touch.

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TrakAx in the Top 10 Windows Mobile App

M3 Digital World have voted TrakAx Mobile as one of the top 10 windows mobile applications.

I don’t disagree at all. However, I’m still left wondering what has happened to the next version of TrakAx?

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Korg DS-10 launches in Europe today

Nobuyoshi Sano would like you to send pictures of the DS-10 in shops in europe as it launches today.

I’d like to see some pictures too.

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