Rating: Money raised will be donated to a kickstarter project
When we first met Hamza Gangat around seven years ago, he was the brains behind iFour Concept. The company(now defunct) was building the world’s first portable wireless storage device, which was designed to give mobile phones and PDA’s access to huge amounts of storage space continually on the go. Hamza’s had a complete change of heart and is now a musician based in Cape Town, South Africa. As such, he’s recorded a tribute to Steve Jobs. If you watch the band’s video on YouTube here, you’ll see there are plenty of other such songs. What’s unique is the way in which donations will be spent. Hamza will give 35 cents out of every 50 cents to a new innovative start-up company or project on kickstarter.com. And GoMo News readers can influence which project(s) receive the money.The curious thing is that GoMo News has never encountered the music service which Hamza’s band – the hums – is using. The song can be downloaded here.
Called bandcamp.com, it allows people to name their price above a basic minimum.
So if you think that ‘The Crazy One (Part 1) Steve Jobs Tribute Song’ by the hums is worth more then pay more.
An unusual aspect to bandcamp.com is that it allows you to pick the file format of the track once you have download it.
The list includes MP3 (320), FLAC, MP3 VBR (V0), AAC, Ogg Vorbis or ALAC format.
Most of those are ‘lossless formats’ which audio nerds will appreciate.
For mobile phones we’d reckon you’d best pick AAC or MP3 320 for it to work.
Hopefully an audio freak will leave us a comment if certain smartphones do support some of the higher quality formats. Or there’s an Android app which does.
Sadly, bandcamp.com’s payment system is not particularly mobile friendly (which isn’t unusual). It’s basically credit cards or PayPal.
Hamza says he’s going to make a decision on which project on kickstarter.com the money raised will go to after 35 days.
He chose the figure 35 because that’s the number of years Apple has been going.
We wish him luck. Especially since the song isn’t as naff as we had first suspected.