Marco.org: Everyone else is arguing about HTML 5’s video codecs. Why can’t I?

Marco.org: Everyone else is arguing about HTML 5’s video codecs. Why can’t I?

Top 25 Albums of 2010

So I’m a little late. You can download my special year-end mix and if there are any albums you don’t have, please click on the links below and buy the albums. It’s the least you can do in exchange for getting a bunch of free music, right?

Here’s the list of the top 25 albums in alphabetical order:

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Avi Buffalo – Avi Buffalo
Beach House – Teen Dream
Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty
Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
The Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here?
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
Fourtet – There Is Love In You
Gorrilaz – Plastic Beach
Grinderman – Grinderman 2
Jónsi – Go
Junip – Fields
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Massive Attack – Heligoland
Brad Mehldau – Highway Rider
Menomena – Mines
Midlake – The Courage Of Others
Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid
The National – High Violet
Pantha Du Prince – Black Noise
Ratatat – LP4
Tame Impala – Innerspeaker
Vampire Weekend – Contra
The Walkmen – Lisbon
Yeasayer – Odd Blood

Top 25 Albums of 2010

So I’m a little late. You can download my special year-end mix and if there are any albums you don’t have, please click on the links below and buy the albums. It’s the least you can do in exchange for getting a bunch of free music, right?

Here’s the list of the top 25 albums in alphabetical order:

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

Avi Buffalo – Avi Buffalo

Beach House – Teen Dream

Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty

Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

The Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here?

Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma

Fourtet – There Is Love In You

Gorrilaz – Plastic Beach

Grinderman – Grinderman 2

Jónsi – Go

Junip – Fields

Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Massive Attack – Heligoland

Brad Mehldau – Highway Rider

Menomena – Mines

Midlake – The Courage Of Others

Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid

The National – High Violet

Pantha Du Prince – Black Noise

Ratatat – LP4

Tame Impala – Innerspeaker

Vampire Weekend – Contra

The Walkmen – Lisbon

Yeasayer – Odd Blood

Welcome Fred Wilson and Mike Volpi to the SoundCloud family

Congrats to Soundcloud on the new round and for bringing on some rock stars.

soundcloud:

So this happened.

We’re extremely excited to be welcoming Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures and Mike Volpi of Index Ventures to the SoundCloud family.

Both Fred and Mike took some time out of their busy schedules to answer some of our questions in a little Q&A session on our blog. Click here to find out what they say.

Welcome aboard!

5 Killer iOS Apps I Used A Lot In 2010

I install a lot of apps on my iPhone and if a month or so goes by and I haven’t used it, then I uninstall it. There are several apps that I started using frequently last year and I figured I would throw a list together since I find that I’m always turning people on to new apps.

Evernote – I don’t think there are a whole lot of people who don’t at least know about this app. And if you’re a friend of mine, you’ve probably heard me rave about it. As much as I hated giving up my Moleskine, Evernote has replaced it. Every note I take is on Evernote. And because there’s a desktop and web counterpart to the iOS app, everything syncs and my notes are everywhere. This is one of two apps that I absolutely could not be without. While I had installed it previously, I started using it daily this year. I think my co-worker Kris said it best:

Instapaper – This is the only app that I use more than Evernote. I think it’s fair to say I use the hell out of Instapaper. At it’s most basic level, instapaper allows me to save articles and read them later in a nice, easy-to-read format. This app also has a web counterpart, which you’ll need to use in order to get the most out of the app. The killer feature for me is that Instapaper can send you a weekly (or daily) digest of the articles you save directly to your Kindle. Whether I come across an article on Twitter, Google Reader or the New York Times, I just send it to Instapaper and read it when I have time. It’s also worth mentioning that I like the fact that Marco Arment seems to be a cool guy and since he’s actively developing Instapaper on his own, I like to support him. This was another one of those apps that I started using very regularly this year.

Calvetica Calendar – I’m not sure there was anything wrong with Apple’s built-in calendar application, but Calvetica is just better. It looks better and I really enjoy the minimalist approach. I’ve also recently started playing around with Dialvetica Contacts, which is a similar app replacement for the contacts and phone apps. It’s still a little rough, but is being actively developed.

Instagram –  I really love Hipstamatic, but I found myself wanting more on the social side of things from it. I somehow wanted an app that was Hipstamatic + Tumblr + Twitter and Instagram is that very app. It’s so simple to use and the ability to apply cool filters to your photos, follow your friends and push your photos out to other social networks at the same time make this one of the best apps of the year. It’s on the tops of everyone’s list, which is a good thing. The more people that know about it, the more friends I will have participating. It’s also worth mentioning that Path is an excellent and similar app. It lacks the extensive social capabilities of Instagram (by design), but is beautiful to use and I recommend you give it try as well.

HeyTell – If you’ve ever wanted a walkie-talkie or two-way for your iPhone, this is the one you’ve been waiting for. Honestly, I didn’t know I ever wanted one, but once my buddy @boomcat sent a message to me on it, I was hooked. I’d never heard of the app, didn’t know anyone else that used it, but it’s a blast to use. It even has add-ons that you can purchase that allow you to change your voice in fun ways. I’m sure that more people will be installing this one over the coming months. It’s just too much fun.

You’re going to be distracted by everything until you find something you care about. […] People who really care a lot about something don’t get distracted… but the people who get distracted are just not sure what to pay attention to.