Archive: January 20th, 2004

GarageBandLand

I’m going to have to get my hands on iLife pronto.

Updates to iMovie, iPhoto and iDVD are, of course, completely overshadowed by GarageBand. Reports from Dan, Steven and Jason would seem to indicate that it’s not only very powerful but also a heck of a lot of fun.

It has also prompted a spurt of legal filesharing as bloggers share their creations. Most of these are made with the loops and samples provided with GarageBand (although I have to admit that I’m more interested in using the program as a quick and easy recording studio).

It’s only a matter of time before some young prodigy storms the music world with GarageBand the same way that Jonathan Caouette has wowed the film world with iMovie.

Oh, the humanity!

Coca Cola today launched an online music download service that aims to compete with the iTunes Music Store.

I don’t think Apple have much to worry about.

If you go to MyCokeMusic.com, you will first be presented with an eye-searingly garish red page. Clicking on the single graphic in the centre of the red, red page spawns a pop-up window.

The pop-up window contains, get this… a Flash intro.

Luckily there’s a “skip intro” button which spawns yet another window that contains… well, in my browser, it contains absolutely nothing. Nada. Zip.

Viewing the source of the page reveals a horrible browser-sniffing piece of JavaScript that promises to keep many other browsers from proceeding any further.

All in all, it’s a dreadful user experience.

I don’t normally bother doing critiques of websites but MyCokeMusic.com serves as an example of just how easily a high-profile site can get it so completely wrong.

Unless, of course, they’re far cleverer than I’m giving them credit for and their plan all along was to create a website that feels like Coca-Cola tastes: sickly and unsatisfying.