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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Open Source Candy Tray

So the Space Duck candy box (previously blogged) contains one other feature ... an open source candy tray. The tray that holds the easter duckie chocolates is form fit to the shape of the chocolates. This gives you a nice set of duckie molds after you eat all the candy. Instead of throwing away the packaging, the manufacturer gives you suggestions of how to use the garbage as a mold. Basically the equivalent of an open source candy mold so you can use their shape. They suggest you use it for frozen juice pops, frozen yogurt, gelatin pops and party ice cubes but obviously you could mold your own chocolate lollipops.

Just imagine if they had similar suggestions on every package of music. They'd suggest that you make your own mix tapes, use it as background music, for home videos etc. I don't see that ever happening.

If record companies made chocolate they'd make sure that the packaging could only be used for chocolate, could only be used once and would lobby congress to enact a law that you could not try to figure out how the chocolate was originally molded. This of course would be classified as an act of terrorism under the DMCA.

This is not to say that I think that music should all be free but it's just shows a difference in approach when it comes to treating customers.

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