Sunday, September 30, 2012

Get Your Hi-Res Audio

Neil Young has tried for years to get Apple to deliver High Fidelity digital audio files in 192kHz/24-bit sound.  Now he's produced a new service to do what Apple will not.

Read what Rolling Stone magazine says about his Pono service and player.  We will have to stay tuned to learn more.

"His reasons are so not based in commerce, and based in just the desire for people to really feel the uplifting spirit of music," Flea said in defense of Young. "MP3s suck. It's just a shadow of the music."

Neil appeared for a video interview with the WSJ's Walt Mossberg last year, and Pono seems to be one outcome from his work since then.

Bitmenu handles higher resolution files with ease.  Users download and play them on the device of their choosing.  Since the files are larger than MP3s, they are harder for users to share through emails.  Any artist or producer who is looking to deliver Hi-Res audio would be welcome to write us at

Sunday, September 2, 2012

QR Codes That Rock

While QR codes are recognized and used more frequently now than ever, they are far from ubiquitous.  Today, TechCrunch came out with a nice piece suggesting something that would make them mainstream: make every smartphone camera into a scanner.

Many in the tech community expect a new technology, NFC, to become commonplace.  The article argues for not waiting for a whole new generation of chips to make their way into the hands of every consumer when we already carry devices that can do the job.  So much can be communicated via simple URLs: just look at any web page.  By making standard digital cameras just a bit smarter, they can become scanners that link users to remote resources.

One interesting approach is to make the QR code blend into the artwork surrounding it.  Visualead has developed a nice approach: upload an image to their site along with your target URL and they will overlay a QR code onto your image.

Can you see the Bitmenu URL in the image above?  Our Sellers can use the Visualead site to attractively present their items for sale.