The fall of music artwork and what Winamp and floppy disks have to do with it
Roey Tsemah

Hi Roey Tsemah,

The idea of reinventing the digital album art sounds very interesting to me.

However, I was disappointed discovering that the solution doesn’t actually do what it promises. It does so many other things other than solving the main problem, which is very clearly defined — bringing back the album art to the front.

Considering your goal, if I were you I would have came up with a completely different approach.

I would have created an environment (deliberately, I’m not calling it an app) in which there would be some kind of a Cover Flow view. Clicking on one of the album arts will expand it to a large, detailed booklet — just as you have on a real physical album. I would have allowed some interaction with it, while being very careful not to make it seem like a web page.

The next step would be to find a way of embedding this digital album art information in any widespread audio file format, so it would work with this environment I have mentioned earlier.

This is the way I would deal with your challenge. By trying to imitate the experience of holding a real album in your hands. By making it seem as collectible as possible. Skeuomorphism is your friend in this case :)

As for your suggested solution, I see two different products in it: A. An Indie music social network, in which you can also support artists you like. B. A tool for creating interactive music visualizations.

Anyway, I’m curious to see if Whitestone, as it is, will actually work for other people. You should never take one person’s opinion too seriously :)

Good luck.