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QR Codes Instead of CDs and Thumbdrives

Post by gregorym » Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:04 pm

Does anybody use QR codes instead of CD's and thumb drives to share their music with publishers and music libraries?

For those not familiar with QR codes, they are a printed code, like a bar code that can be read with a reader. Supposedly, iPhone has installed a native QR code reader. I imagine Android might do the same. Basically, the QR code can point a browser to a link on the web. So, the user just needs to scan the code and bingo, your playlist is playing with your greatest work.

I can see some folks are set in there ways and may prefer CD's only at the Road Rally. That's cool. Of course, some folks may welcome a lighter, smaller, eco-friendly way of checking out music.

Any one have thoughts about this? Tried it? Did it work? If not, what was the stopper?

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Re: QR Codes Instead of CDs and Thumbdrives

Post by CTWF » Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:28 am

gregorym wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:04 pm
Any one have thoughts about this? Tried it? Did it work? If not, what was the stopper?
I don't have a smart phone, but here is a question: Will you hand out the printed QR like a business card, or will you expect your conversation partner to instantly scan the one you show to him?

If it is a business card thing, then this seems to me one of the best ways of directing people quickly to your music while leaving behind a physical "memo" (card).

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Re: QR Codes Instead of CDs and Thumbdrives

Post by cosmicdolphin » Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:07 am

gregorym wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:04 pm
iPhone has installed a native QR code reader. I imagine Android might do the same.
There's no native QR code App built into Android. For anyone that wants to listen to your music It''s just another hoop to jump through IMHO and you want as few of those as possible

Whilst I agree physical media is on the wane you're probably better off just giving out business cards with the URL to your website containing something like a ReelCrafter demo reel , otherwise you are putting obstacles in the way.

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Re: QR Codes Instead of CDs and Thumbdrives

Post by gregorym » Wed Jul 03, 2019 5:52 am

CTWF wrote:
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:28 am
Will you hand out the printed QR like a business card, or will you expect your conversation partner to instantly scan the one you show to him?

If it is a business card thing, then this seems to me one of the best ways of directing people quickly to your music while leaving behind a physical "memo" (card).

Tom
I was thinking of printing the QR for the playlist on the front side of a business card, along with the url and my name. On the back side, could be the QR code for contact information, as well as the printed contact information. If I remember correctly, an open contact format would read in all your contact information from the QR code right into the phone.

Perhaps I'll make a mockup of the card and post here. I'll put relevant urls and contact info to see how it works. QR codes were popular about 5 or 6 years ago, but then they waned. However, I hear they are coming back. It would probably be a year or two before people know how to use them.

I hope that answers your question, Tom. I sometimes run on and run about things. My bad :)

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Re: QR Codes Instead of CDs and Thumbdrives

Post by gregorym » Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:02 am

cosmicdolphin wrote:
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:07 am
gregorym wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:04 pm
iPhone has installed a native QR code reader. I imagine Android might do the same.
There's no native QR code App built into Android. For anyone that wants to listen to your music It''s just another hoop to jump through IMHO and you want as few of those as possible

Whilst I agree physical media is on the wane you're probably better off just giving out business cards with the URL to your website containing something like a ReelCrafter demo reel , otherwise you are putting obstacles in the way.
You touch on a very important point: obstacles. Even with the reader built in, people have to open the app that reads the code, point and wait for the reader to work. If only the phone was smarter. Probably won't happen. Thanks cosmic.

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Re: QR Codes Instead of CDs and Thumbdrives

Post by cosmicdolphin » Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:00 am

gregorym wrote:
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:02 am
cosmicdolphin wrote:
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:07 am
gregorym wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:04 pm
iPhone has installed a native QR code reader. I imagine Android might do the same.
There's no native QR code App built into Android. For anyone that wants to listen to your music It''s just another hoop to jump through IMHO and you want as few of those as possible

Whilst I agree physical media is on the wane you're probably better off just giving out business cards with the URL to your website containing something like a ReelCrafter demo reel , otherwise you are putting obstacles in the way.
You touch on a very important point: obstacles. Even with the reader built in, people have to open the app that reads the code, point and wait for the reader to work. If only the phone was smarter. Probably won't happen. Thanks cosmic.

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I guess if it's an optional way to access the material and not the ONLY way then it could be a novelty to have it on there.

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Re: QR Codes Instead of CDs and Thumbdrives

Post by Len911 » Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:37 am

CDs are probably the safest. Why risk hacking with a thumbdrive or QR code? A website link is probably the next safest.
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Re: QR Codes Instead of CDs and Thumbdrives

Post by gregorym » Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:07 pm

cosmicdolphin wrote:
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:00 am
I guess if it's an optional way to access the material and not the ONLY way then it could be a novelty to have it on there.
Absolutely, ALL information in the QR needs to be printed on the business card as well.

I made a mockup of a business card with QR code as well as the usual printed information. I couldn't upload the file because it was in eps, and when I tried to convert it to jpg, the file was too big. I could put it on my drive for anyone who wants to see what one looks like. QR codes aren't pretty. As they say, form follows function. I must admit, I downloaded a reader and tried my contact information as a vCard. It populated all the fields in my phone in the contacts and the only thing I needed to do was press save. It was a beautiful thing.

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Re: QR Codes Instead of CDs and Thumbdrives

Post by CTWF » Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:21 pm

Len911 wrote:
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:37 am
CDs are probably the safest.
I am not a tech guy, but our computers at home do not have CD/DVD drives anymore, however, we do have a couple of audio CD-players from decades ago. Question: Do you mean an audio or a data CD?

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Re: QR Codes Instead of CDs and Thumbdrives

Post by cosmicdolphin » Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:33 am

CTWF wrote:
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:21 pm
Len911 wrote:
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:37 am
CDs are probably the safest.
I am not a tech guy, but our computers at home do not have CD/DVD drives anymore, however, we do have a couple of audio CD-players from decades ago. Question: Do you mean an audio or a data CD?
Apple quit installing optical drives circa 2012-13

I think the only ones I have now are on the kids games consoles, but they are even doing away with them in the next generation

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