“Context-Handback” is something I find that I want nearly everything – or my everyware, at least – to do.
What do I mean?
An inverse-concrete example: something that can’t perform context-handback is my new little iPod shuffle.
I bought it last weekend after a longish break from the Jobs/Ive Hegemon, in order to play some of the iTunes purchased DRM’d gear I’m stuck with, and also because it’s just gorgeous as an object.
More perfect than the perfect thing it seems in both build quality and simplicity.
Foe had owned an original shuffle before but I’d never tried it – I’m finding thought that I really love the surrender to the flow of your own music – music that you perhaps didn’t realise you owned or had neglected, surfaced by the pseudo-stochastic, inscrutable selectah inside the tiny metal extrusion.
I listen to a lot of last.fm at work, and I find its recommendations only more and more rewarding over time.
But I find I obsess now on feeding it more and more – I want to handback to it from all of my musical consumption – my shuffle, the radio on my N95, shazam-tags from something playing in the pub – everything.
I want to bring it offerings.
And there’s the rub – so little of that musical consumption, in fact the bulk of it done on the go – can be offered back to last.fm.
It’s so frustrating that my musical discoveries and rediscoveries can’t feed back into creating more, or even that I can’t see what I enjoyed in iTunes when I synchronise with
Faltering steps towards remedying this trivial problem can be seen in something like this hacked-up scrobbler for mobile in S60 python.
More context-handback hopefully in the next few years, until then – unknown pleasures.