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Philadelphia Inquirer: Industry could embrace, not fight, technology

“That’s only a beginning. Below are a few ideas that move in the same direction. Born in a rash moment of gadget dreaming, some are wildly impractical, and others might be reality already.[...]

iPod groovebox. Your basic drum machine is a box with pads on it that trigger different sounds: You push pad A and get a booming kick drum, pad B gives you a cymbal, and so on. The iPod MP3 player comes with a rabbit’s-foot-size remote control device that has four buttons on it, controlling Play, Stop, Fast Forward and Rewind. What would happen if those four buttons triggered sounds instead of transport controls?”

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I always thought Apple should make an iPod-OS based full-sized DJ console machine.  With a larger, higher res screen, 120GB harddrive, hardware EQ, and all the output/mixing options of the pro machines, DJ’s would love it.  No more carrying around 4 cases of CDs to a party.

Not sure why I put this comment here, but I did anyway ;-)

Posted by azdude_15gb in Irvine, CA on August 10, 2003 at 12:58 PM (CDT)


I like iDJ box idea! In the interim, they could add in a scratch feature to the iPod, so you could scratch like a record using the scroll wheel.

Not so professional, but fun when your sitting on the train!

Posted by kagudesu in Irvine, CA on August 10, 2003 at 1:28 PM (CDT)


Thats the most retarded idea I’ve ever heard.

Posted by dart in Irvine, CA on August 10, 2003 at 2:15 PM (CDT)



If you’re referring to using the ipod remote as a sound effect trigger, I agree, yet in a more moderate (and more appropriate) manner.

If you’re referring to the scratch feature on existing iPods… I would certainly never use it, but there may be a market for it.  Still, your rudeness is unnecessary.

If you’re refrerring to the DJ-box comment, I think you are ignoring a market that uses music more than you ever will, and carries around more CDs every day than you have in your entire library.  I think there would be a market for it.  If not Apple, someone will build it, and DJs will go HD someday.  Same goes for the roaming karaoke people who carry around 600 video cds to pizza places ;-)


Posted by average_joe in Irvine, CA on August 10, 2003 at 6:10 PM (CDT)


average joe, nice reply… VCDs are garbage… bring a laptop with TV/OUT you have your 600 vids..

stupid idea!

fun when you’re sitting on a train? read a book for christ sakes.. scrubbing music is fun? LAME

Posted by foo_foo in Irvine, CA on August 10, 2003 at 7:11 PM (CDT)


the idea regarding Ipod Kiosk has been available in Japan for quite some time now, even though they do it with MD players… basicaly you buy a blank MD, go to a machine, pay your fee, and you acn download the latest albums.  That way the record labels don’t have to manufacture their product on two medias (CD and MD) and the users pay less because there’s less material cost on the record labels….

Posted by lilteyang in Irvine, CA on August 10, 2003 at 9:02 PM (CDT)


lilteyang - good reference
those MD kiosks work really nicely, having used one myself. A nice-ish interface, simple to use, audio previews (through headphones), and some even let you print out a tracklisting. Oh, and many have a stand for catalogues showing all the new additions.

a variation of the iTunes Music Store for iPod kiosks would be pretty damn cool. (place them in music stores, with a small cut of the profits from the kiosk going to the store)

Posted by Nathan Adams in Irvine, CA on August 11, 2003 at 3:12 AM (CDT)


Real DJs mix off of Vinyl. I just don’t see how you can possibly mix using CDs. You can’t scratch, clamp, or do any of that suff that you can with LPs.

Posted by Sraphim in Irvine, CA on August 11, 2003 at 10:14 PM (CDT)


No on-device playlists until G3?!? No queueing?!? No dynamic BPM tag fields?!?

The New Rio Karma has crossfading and pitch shifting. That’s a core requirement for “real” DJing.

Posted by iPodsNoDJ! in Irvine, CA on August 12, 2003 at 12:17 AM (CDT)

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