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Digital Music News: How The Lumineers Banned Cellphones at Their (Without Pissing Everyone Off)

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
Yondr created a locking pouch for people to hold their phones in during performances.

Yondr created a locking pouch for people to hold their phones in during performances.

This article is from Digital Music News

By Paul Resnikoff

Did the Lumineers just solve the cellphone problem?

At almost every show these days, there are fans lifting phones in the air, sometimes to record an entire set.  But even if the band totally hates it, they usually let it ride, simply because they don’t want to piss off the very people who are supporting their livelihood.

But that doesn’t mean they like it, and complicating matters is that a lot of fans hate the obstructed views and distractions cellphone recording causes.

Apple is actually inventing a technology that would prevent recording within specific areas.  But triggering that capability raises all sorts of issues, especially if the band is shutting down phone capabilities without permission.  And there are all sorts of big brother issues that come into play if you’re not allowed to record certain events or situations, like public gatherings, protests, or law enforcement personnel.

Anyway, Apple is only at the patenting stage, and may never release anything.  So what can a band do right now to control this?  On the eve of a series of secret shows, the Lumineers decided on a novel idea: locking pouches that prevent people from accessing their phones during the show.  Developed by a company called Yondr, the pouches self-lock within a specific perimeter, and are inaccessible (it’s just a secured pouch).  If the fan needs access, they simply walk outside the perimeter, and receive the text, take the call, call an Uber, or whatever.

Keep reading at Digital Music News HERE

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