Coretron’s Tech Blog

October 24, 2008

Why can’t the imeem application for Android work as well as their website?

Filed under: Technology — coretron @ 12:12 pm on your computer let’s you stream almost any song, let’s you listen to user submitted playlists and easily lets you make your own playlists. It’s pretty much all I use for music on my pc. When I saw the imeem mobile app I freaked out cause I thought it was going to completely eliminate mp3s from my life. However, the imeem app is quite limited. It’s still a good app worth getting, but it only let’s you search for an artist and listen to random songs by them. Not only that but every other song seems to be by a related artist. It’s pretty good about picking good songs and artists. In addition, you can only select “next track” 6 times per hour. A full imeem app would practically make the amazon mp3 store useless. The G1 and Android are supposed to be about having as close to a full PC experience as possible, yet here is clear example of an intentional limitation. My suspicions were further raised when I noticed a download button on the mobile imeem app that takes you to the Amazon MP3 store. A quick check of who imeem’s partners are confirmed that, as with any limitation we find on music, the recording industry is behind it. I can’t blame them, their whole industry would be compromised if people could stream any song they wanted from their mobile device. The Amazon MP3 store can only download MP3s over wifi, making full imeem support even more attractive for users.

But what will they do once/if someone releases a browser with flash support? With flash support people could use the website just as they could on a computer, thus pissing off the record industry, Amazon, and in fact Google who has a partnership with the Amazon MP3 store. Could this be why we havn’t seen a flash player yet? Steve Jobs said flash was too inefficient for his phone, but maybe he ment to say it gave his customers more freedom than he wanted them to have. I suspect there are some powerful people who have a lot to lose once or if we see flash support on mobile browsers.



  1. do you think those people will let us, or will they kill the app? Would this make the G1 a true open source phone?…don’t think so.

    Comment by Cesar — October 27, 2008 @ 11:59 am

  2. My roommate has a program on his Blackberry that gives him the status of his xbox friends. They should make that for the phone, so if I see you online on my phone, I can go play Schizoid with you. Blast some schizzes!

    Comment by Luis — October 29, 2008 @ 10:47 pm

  3. Comment by Scumbag J — November 5, 2008 @ 3:05 pm

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