As I mentioned yesterday I’m planning to talk about 10 ‘moments’ in mobile music that were important for me, and number 1 is miniMusic. It was a very big impact on my own personal journey into mobile music.
In fact, if I look back at the last few years I’ve cited miniMusic in lots of times and important moments.
- It’s regularly been in my 24 apps of Christmas collections.
- I’ve bought miniMusic hardware and software for a long time
- I’ve put their Palm OS apps on loads of devices
- And I’ve made plenty of videos showing old Palm OS apps from miniMusic driving new iOS apps
- I’ve even run Palm OS apps on a jailbroken device!
When I look back to PalmSounds 5 year anniversary I was talking about miniMusic too. I don’t know what kind of percentage of overall posts on PalmSounds are about miniMusic, but I would guess it’s comparatively high.
Of course miniMusic did venture ever so briefly into the iOS world with the PianoFly Pro Synth, which was to be followed up with Tympanum, although that sadly never arrived. In fact they had big plans in the early iOS days back in 2008, which is when I did an interview with Chad from miniMusic.
I’ve been talking about miniMusic and Palm OS apps for a long time but I keep on reminding people about those days. Even in December last year I wrote a long piece in response to a question from Marc Weidenbaum from Disquiet all about early Palm OS apps and using them.
So you may be wondering why it’s so important:
When I first bought a PDA, a Palm III I had no idea that it could be used in any way to make music. In fact I pretty much used it just for being organised. Or at least that’s what I did to start with. As I started to discover sites like PalmGear and others I found a lot of different uses for my Palm and then I started to find some musical uses too. It was the beginning of something amazing, something that I’d be sharing with you for a long time!
miniMusic was a little revelation to me. I can’t tell you how much time I spent checking out every page on that site and following up every link. I found out everything there was to find out about making music on a PDA, and most of that was before PalmSounds was even started.
So that was where I began, and I can talk about music on a PDA for just about as long as you want (Mr Concreted0g will confirm this)!
My next moment will continue my journey in mobile music, and it’ll be with you in the next day or so …