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iCarols from the iBand

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Sure, we all know you can play music on an iPhone or iPad, but this YouTube video from the iBand, a group at the North Point Community Church outside of Atlanta, takes iOS device music to a whole new level, with an 8-member band playing a medley of Christmas carols entirely on iPads and iPhones. Thanks to reader Charles Reeves for the pointer!

Aside from the enjoyment of watching a bunch of guys in silly hats playing synthesized Christmas music on iPads, all I could think was that they really needed Hand-e-holders so they could rock around a bit more while playing without worrying about dropping their iPads (see β€œPalm Your iPad with a Hand-e-holder,” 29 October 2010).

 

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Comments about iCarols from the iBand

Here's a note from the band talking about the apps they used - http://reidgreven.wordpress.com/2010/12/07/north-point-iband-apps/
Tonya Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-12-08 11:46
I love the bit at the end when the singer sings right into an iPhone.
Ron Cook  2010-12-13 17:08
Very well done. We enjoyed the fact that it was good music and great use of technology.
May it sell some more iPads!
Nice novelty, interesting use of technology, but good music? Singing Feliz Navidad through an auto-tuned iPhone with notes that don't quite correspond to those composed for the song isn't exactly good music. Clever, entertaining, curious, but I don't think the term good music belongs in the mix. Musical sideshow maybe.. :)