The 404 564: Where we're DJing a Broadway musical (podcast)

Last night marked the premiere of Green Day's new musical "American Idiot," and no one is happier about a full choir performing "Time of Your Life" than The 404 Podcast.


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Last night marked the New York premiere of Green Day's new musical "American Idiot," and no one is happier about a full choir performing "Time of Your Life" than The 404 Podcast. The three of us have mixed feelings, however, about some of the other "alternative musicals" that are popping up. Does the world really need a Broadway show based on a Web-slinging base jumper, or worse--a Harvard-grad prosecutor with daddy's credit card?

Contrary to the title of today's episode, you can't hire us to DJ your next party just yet, but we might know someone who can help you out. Our buddy Rana Sobhany is making headlines as the first DJ with only two iPads and a mixer in tow. Using a collection of free (or very cheap) programs likePianist Pro, Sonosaurus Rex, iDaft, and more, Rana proves that you can throw a fun party for under $2K without assistance from Serato or even actual turntables.

Apple files ticket-purchasing patent Macnn.com

We have to bow our heads to Apple for raising the bar once again, this time with the purchasing of concert tickets. The company recently filed a patent for a virtual ticket kiosk running on iTunes and Apple hardware like the iPhone or iPad. The diagrams show a concept that would extend beyond just buying tickets, too. For example, an app could be used to purchase food, merchandise, and even exclusive audio content with an electronic ticket on a handset.

Most importantly, the patent lifts our spirits knowing that we'll finally have an alternative to Ticketmaster, which could potentially drive down ticket costs. At the very least, we won't have to swallow that awful "processing fee" that sometimes ends up costing more than the ticket itself!

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