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…iTunes makes you the world’s best DJ?

iTunes DJ

The iTunes 8.1 update includes a new feature that I think has gone unjustly unnoticed: The new iTunes DJ. Now, in addition to acting as the world’s cheapest Sonos, the iPhone and iTunes combo can help turn you into the world’s best DJ.

The iTunes DJ playlist builder, which is designed to keep the music flowing at any party, allows you to collaboratively build a playlist with any of your friends that have an iPhone and the Remote app installed. With the app, they can log into the iTunes DJ playlist builder, view your library, suggest songs that should be added to the playlist, vote on upcoming songs, and generally help match the music to the mood of a party.

It’s easy to set up, with just a few check boxes and a welcome screen to enable, and once you’re up and running, the music you play will always be what a majority of the party-goers want to hear. (Hopefully…)

How cool is that?

[Apple – iTunes]

…Cupcakes have Sweet Dreams?

Sweet Dreams

Kirsten Lepore’s Sweet Dreams is a very sweet (and very consistently themed) stop-motion animation about a cupcake and his dreams of the sea. Watch and enjoy:

In addition to the video, she did a timelapse of the building of one of the sets:

As well as a 30-day compilation video to show her mood and what she had done for the day:

[Kirsten Lepore]

…Goog 411’s voice is complicated?

Goog 411

If you’ve ever used Goog 411, Google’s free 411 service (And if you haven’t, I suggest you do. Just dial 1-800-GOOG-411.) then you’ve probably heard the “biddy-biddy-boop” sound that the service makes while looking for your request.

This “fetch audio”, created by Google’s senior voice expert, Bill Byrne, is more unique than you might think.

It had to have “just the right tone, the right mood, the right signal. It can’t be busy or too monotonous, it has to be a quick noise to evoke efficiency. It can’t be too uniform, like a ticking clock.”

I guess that sound is more complicated than one would think. No wonder they hired a voice expert just to design it!

[Goog 411]

[Via: GigaOM]