Does mobile music need standards?

I think it’s been a while since the whole debate of ACP and pasteboard and which is better and more open etc.

Also, with AudioBus almost upon us, that is, if it makes it through the app store review process, I thought now would be a good time to talk about standards.

The first question really is, do we need standards for mobile music? One view point could be that on the whole apps for mobile devices are relatively short lived and so don’t need to adhere to standards (excepting Apple’s and Google’s submission standards etc), so there’s no need to handle things like MIDI or ACP / Pasteboard in a consistent way

Another point of view is that as the whole market will move on quickly anyway why worry about standards or consistency in handling communications like MIDI or OSC.

One thing I keep mentioning to people though is that the whole of this market or movement or whatever you want to call it, is very young, and as such is still emerging. That’s a good thing in my view, and it gives us an opportunity to shape the world of mobile music before practices become to ingrained. I should also point out that I don’t just mean the world of iOS either. I mean all mobile operating systems that let you make music. In practice that means iOS and Android right now, but I think it’s important to establish that standards should exist independently of operating system, and that this will become more important as OS’s change and adapt and offer developers more opportunities to deliver cross platform applications.

This isn’t an answer, more a prompt for a debate on the subject of standards and where this goes.

Hopefully you’ll think it’s worth adding your views to.

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