Personal music history – Dedicated to convergence to streaming


My first technology memory is winning a walkman for a poem I wrote about a carillon that was to be installed in my hometown. I was very interested in the walkman! During my high school years I was known as the kid with the earplugs because I would always be listening to my MiniDisc player.

I think I’ve worn out four portables and I didn’t sell my deck and discs (300) until last year. I still love the system for its elegance, sound quality, durability, portability (for the day) and battery life (ditto). Then one day I got myself a new phone, the Sony Ericsson W550i. It’s still the loudest phone I’ve ever owned and had a very reasonable way of filling its 256 MBs of flash. After that, the MiniDisc player didn’t leave the home anymore. Time to put the CDs that I had copied to MDs into the computer.

To read more about my computer story read my blogpost about my personal computer history. My music habits kept changing though. I went from folders to iTunes and after two more featurephones from Sony Ericsson (W850i and W950i) I decided to write my bachelor thesis on the iPhone. This is the first time I would say a convergence device is better at music than a dedicated music device. The Sony Ericssons were more convenient, but their interfaces were clunky compared to an iPod and exchangeable media were still valid as competition for the small internal storage. My iPhone 3G changed all that. Enough space, easier selection, better search and easier management made it a winner for me compared to any dedicated player.

The last big change was from owning to renting my music. I’ve collected CDs for about 20 years. The first one was by The Beatles, and I have no idea which CD I bought last without it being more about supporting the artist than the music on the disc. You can follow me on if you want to know what I am listening to at the moment.

From a young age, music has been a big part of my life. That is just about the only thing that has never changed. What’s your music history?

iMediacy – The iPhone Revolution

Cover image iMediacy

During the last months of 2008 it was time to finish my Bachelors in Communication and Information Sciences with a 5000 word thesis. I decided to focus my attention on the iPhone. The situation was quite different from the current one. The 3G was the current model and the App Store had launched just a few months earlier. I wanted to explore how a product like the iPhone could have such an impact after being on the market for only a short time. My suspicion was that this would have to do with the interface, which is why I focused on the theories of Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin about remediation, hypermediacy and (transparent) immediacy. Hypermediacy and (transparent) immediacy are usually at odds with each other. Making a product that could have qualities of both could make for a great user experience? was this the secret of the iPhone? My research question was this:

Is the iPhone interface capable of decreasing the tension between immediacy and hypermediacy as defined by Bolter and Grusin?

If you would like an answer to this question, please read my thesis. It won’t take very long and I’ve tried to write in an approachable way. Comments are always welcome.

Apple voorspellingen


Zoals de meeste lezers wel weten ben ik een Apple-fan. Daarom bij deze mijn voorspellingen voor de nabije toekomst!

ODD verdwijnt

Hopelijk heeft je volgende computer geen DVD-drive meer, in ieder geval niet ingebouwd. Tijd om alles te streamen/downloaden. Voor de CD’s/DVD’s die je nog nodig hebt koop je maar een externe drive. Het levert (zeker in het compacte segment) meer performance/batterijduur op. ODD betekent dus Optical Disc Drive..


Near Field Communication heeft de toekomst. Denk aan RFID Tags, maar dan in een vorm waar je er zelf iets aan hebt. Je volgende iPhone heeft zo’n chip, waardoor enorme mogelijkheden ontstaan:

  • Betalen: Je betaalt met je mobiel, waarbij je meteen een elektronisch bonnetje ontvangt. Gevolg: een automatische boekhouding!
  • iPod Synchroniseren: In plaats van die kabel haal je je iPod gewoon langs je computer. De synchronisatie verloopt draadloos en je hoeft niet eens een wachtwoord in te typen.
  • Computer Synchroniseren: Je haalt je iPod/iPhone langs andermans Mac. Je kan meteen bij de bestanden op je iOS apparaat en je apps uit de Mac App store zijn ook te benanderen.

Dock Connector verdwijnt

Als we draadloos kunnen synchroniseren moeten we natuurlijk ook draadloos gaan opladen. Apple werkt volgens mij naar een draadloze toekomst. Voor afspelen wordt de dock connector al vervangen door het Airplay-Protocol. Hoog tijd dus dat dit voor synchroniseren en opladen ook gebeurt.


Mijn wishlist is vrij simpel: Alles waterdicht..

A headshot of Marnix


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