Playbutton: Self-playing music for digital times

Robert Plummer, BBC News, Dec 21, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a fabulous invention. The 'playbutton' is something you wear, as a button, that has a picture of an album on the front, and is a mini-MP3 player, into which your earbuds plug. So you support your favorite bands by displaying their badges while listening to their tunes. The music, of course, is sharable MP3. But the buttons are collectibles. "The Playbutton is a digital music album in the form of a badge, providing album artwork that you can wear. Pin it to your lapel, plug in a pair of headphones and you can walk down the street displaying your musical taste as you listen. 'It's a small object, perfect and immediate, that you can hold in your hand,' says Nick Dangerfield, founder of the New York-based Playbutton company."
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