Ten years ago today Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone. That’s still got to be one of the greatest product introductions of all time. The Telegraph put together a collection of reactions after the initial launch, I liked this one:
The problem here is that while Apple can play the fashion game as well as any company, there is no evidence that it can play it fast enough. These phones go in and out of style so fast that unless Apple has half a dozen variants in the pipeline, its phone, even if immediately successful, will be passé within 3 months.
There is no likelihood that Apple can be successful in a business this competitive.
I’ll admit that I didn’t understand what made the iPhone special or different from my BlackBerry until I used one for the first time. That’s when I knew it was going to be an absolute game changer.
Backchannel also has an interview with Apple executive Phil Schiller:
“That undervalues how earth-shattering the iPhone was when it first came to market, and we all first got them and fell in love with them,” he says. “iPhone made the idea of a smartphone real. It really was a computer in your pocket. The idea of real internet, real web browser, MultiTouch. There were so many things that are core to what is the smartphone today, that created a product that customers fell in love with, that then also demanded more stuff on them, more apps.”
Direct Hit! performed a couple of live songs for their Bridge City Sessions. You can check those out below.
U2 have announced a series of shows to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree. You can find those below.
Green Day have announced some more tour dates. You can find the whole list of shows below.
Tim Ingham, writing at Music Business Worldwide:
According to a new filing at Companies House (UK), SoundCloud Ltd’s revenues grew 21.6% to €21.1m ($22m) in 2015 – but its net losses accelerated 30.9% to €51.22m ($52m).
The 1975 will be playing Madison Square Garden on June 1, 2017. You can register for pre-sale information on their website.
Craig Finn has debuted his new solo track “Preludes.”
A Perfect Circle will begin working on a new album and have announced new tour dates. You can find those below.
One OK Rock have released a new video for “We Are.”
Frightened Rabbit have announced some new tour dates. You can find those below.
Code Orange debuted their new song, “Ugly,” on BBC Radio 1. You can hear it at about the 1:37:00 mark.
The Menzingers’ new song “After the Party” can be streamed below.
Well then. That was a weird year.
In many ways, 2016 was a whirlwind—a confusing and frustrating year that will probably always be defined by its political tension and long list of celebrity deaths. For our staff and community, 2016 was also marked by the end of AbsolutePunk.net and the birth of Chorus.fm, a major transition that brought some serious nostalgia about the place where many of us grew up online.
No matter where you were or what you were going through in 2016, though, you probably at least had a great soundtrack to keep you company. By almost every metric, 2016 was a remarkable year for albums. If you are a fan of pop music and superstar acts, there was certainly no shortage of marquee releases for you to sink your teeth into. Even beyond the blockbuster surprises and capital-I “Important” albums, though, the year was a goldmine. Rock music was vibrant, highlighting both new bands and longtime veterans. Country music continued a resurgence that even self-described country haters could get behind. Hell, even the movie musical came back in a big way.
In virtually every genre or category, 2016 provided a wealth of new musical treasures. It’s no wonder that our contributors placed votes for 267 different albums while compiling this list. Ultimately, though, it was the 30 records listed below that rose to the top.
Halsey has posted an update on Instagram after undergoing surgery in her battle against endometriosis.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Sufjan Stevens will have new original songs in the upcoming film Call Me By Your Name:
Set to debut in the festival’s Premieres section on Jan. 22, Call Me by Your Name is based on Andre Aciman’s novel of the same name and stars Armie Hammer as a 24-year old American scholar spending the summer of 1983 in Northern Italy, where he attracts the attention of a 17-year-old Jewish-American boy, played by Timothee Chalamet. Michael Stuhlbarg rounds out the cast as the boy’s father.
A new David Bowie EP, No Plan, has been released for what would have been Bowie’s 70th birthday. With it comes a video for “No Plan.”
Paramore have posted a little bit of an update about their new album on Instagram.1
Staircase Spirits have released their new EP, Ghost Stories, on Bandcamp.
Frank Iero sat down with MTV to talk about the traffic accident he was involved in last year:
“The amount of HD-clarity that transpired in the next few moments is engraved in my memory,” Iero tells me. “I can remember every second, every action, every sound. I had this little briefcase pedal board that I had been carrying around with me. I put that down and I turned around to say to Evan and Paul, ‘I think I’m just going to take the tuner out of here.’ I said, ‘I think’ — that’s all I got out of my mouth.”