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Category: critiques

It would be easy to glom on with the haters as they lampoon the out-of-touch celebrities that gathered to announce Tidal, Jay Z’s recently acquired streaming service. Few could argue that the announcement event wasn’t pitiful. There were nearly as many uncomfortable celebrities on stage as there were disingenuously enthusiastic people in the audience. And who let Alicia Keyes be the spokesperson?! All that aside, Tidal could be a good step forward for the music business. 1. Quality. Whether you personally care about the quality of the music you listen to is irrelevant here. There are plenty of arguments that…

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Here is another installment of noteworthy items I’ve come across over the course of the week. -Enjoy.   It’s still voodoo magic to me: A hard flip pretzel at 1000 fps I’m too busy interacting with the site to read the message: Apparently it’s about being responsible It makes sense when you consider the furniture lasts about as long as a technology cycle: Ikea TV My what beautiful eyes you have: Extreme closeup photography  

THE WORD ON THE CURVE I look forward to the day when we look back on the early 00’s and laugh about the ridiculous blight websites put on the user experience. I’m talking about CAPTCHA. When it first appeared I thought it was a small but maybe necessary hurdle in my path to fill out a form. Perhaps it offered some security benefit to my data? I didn’t know but I didn’t give it too much thought since I only saw it on a few conference registration forms. But now it seems CAPTCHA has become the flashing graphic of the…

Today Netflix announced a change to their pricing plan. No longer will they offer free streaming with their DVD plans. Streaming is now offered as it’s own plan. Nearly 23,000 people on Facebook voiced their dissatisfaction with this announcement today. It will certainly be interesting to see what the corporate reaction will be. I have been expecting some change to their service once their streaming infrastructure (and their customer’s) was up to par. No doubt they’d want to evolve their business model from mailing DVDs to streaming as soon as possible but they should have made sure their online catalog…

There are countless articles out there warning advertising agencies that they will need to change dramatically to stay relevant. There are nearly the same number of suggestions on how to fix them. I’m not about to offer a silver bullet here but I would like to point out two themes gaining some momentum. In two different posts this week I read about how creatives need to be better collaborators and how storytelling is critical to the success of any idea. Traditionally the generation of creative ideas fell squarely on the shoulders of those in the creative department and the only…

I’ve been a member of emusic for about 5 years now and I’ve evangelized the service consistently the entire time. I love the fact that they support independent labels and artists—and the music is DRM-free. In any case, I have watched the site evolve over time and though the navigation has evolved, not much has been added in terms of functionality. One notable new feature is the inclusion of tour dates for artists I’m exploring. Here are a few things I’ve been thinking about that I’d love to see: 1. Make it easier for me to find my fellow real-life…