Nid & Sancy – The Cut up Jeans Technique app from Lab101 on Vimeo.

Like an attention-starved Tamagotchi – or a two-and-a-half year-old toddler – this is an app that wants to shake around and gets easily bored.

Yes, we’ve seen endless predictions that apps might replace albums. (I said it on a panel once, so I’m guilty.) But… how, exactly? In a novel and entertainingly-juvenile concept, the app R.A.N.D.Y. is a handheld dancing character who wants to be shaken around in order to keep the music playing.

Worth it? Well, with the funky sounds of Belgian electronic/punk act Nid & Sancy, yes. And in exchange for shaking your phone around, you get the album for free.

Apparently getting this into the App Store was more challenging, however. Apple hit the developers with multiple rejections for being “useless.” (Oh, sure, and sliding squares around until you get fired from your job, that’s useful?)

Somehow, that makes us like it … more.

Correction: I misread Kris’ message. In fact, Apple has still not approved the app. There were some revisions – adding additional background information – but this has not made it into the store.

Reader Kris Meeusen worked on this, and made use of free software libraries (creative coding platform Cinder), with a heavy dose of OpenGL and GLSL to keep all the animations happening interactively, in real-time.

I say keep the uselessness coming.


  • regend

    The Google Glass version of an album will be awesome. Or not.

    • Peter Kirn

      Ha! That’s okay, seems not too huge an installed base… 😉

  • ushaped

    Easily perfect for joggers….

    • Peter Kirn

      Good point – there’s been in fact a number of experiments there, and with advances in bio sensing, more to come.

  • Lion

    I suppose Apple is qualified to identify something being useless considering the programs and features they “develop.” This is pretty cool though, an app album that not just encourages movement, it outright requires it.

    • Peter Kirn

      Well, in fairness, in the end they did approve it. But it makes for a funny story.

      Now, as for whether these kinds of policies benefit app stores in the long run – well, that’s something that deserves greater analysis.

    • Kris Meeusen

      Hey Peter,

      To be correct, it’s still disapproved the app, so nothing changed there.


    • jesus

      Yeah, Apples sucks, even if they did “develop” and “invent” apps and app stores… and the devices that use those apps

  • Matthew Battaglia

    If it involved farts I’m sure Apple would then see the usefulness in it.

    • SomeDude

      Haha ! I was thinking the same thing.. Honestly 70% of what’s in the Appstore is truely useless ( Pareto’s law ? ), and for every useless app there are 30 variations by copycats. Wich makes the rejection of this one ( at least it’s a creatively entertaining useless app ) bemusing…

    • Peter Kirn

      I find it frustrating; if the review process is intended to protect users, here, I’m not sure it’s really helping us. Let’s see if anyone at the App Store is reading this site. 😉

    • Lion

      It’s just Apple’s way. They think they know better than their users and most of their users are willing to pay the extra money to be treated like a toddler too.