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Is iDesignSound really a secret cover for Palm Sounds?

I don't like to report on rumors, but it's a very slow day. I've also recently been brushing up on Libel & Slander laws in Illinois, so I'd like to explore those!

Two of the biggest iOS music sites have been iDesignSound and Palm Sounds, but are they really run by the same person? It was on January 2nd, 2012 that Ashley Elsdon announced Palm Sounds would shut down, but it has returned in a series of posts exploring contemporary mobile music making. On the same exact day "Alex" has stopped updating iDesignSound. Coincidence or cover-up?

What do we really know about the "alleged" men behind these sites? They both claim to be living in the UK, but where were they born? Neither have released their birth certificate, even after all of these years!

Let's look at the facts:
• iDesignSound's last post was the Arctic Keys update on May 25th.
• Palm Sounds celebrates its 6th Birthday with a post also on May 25th.


The only known
picture of Ashley
What is he hiding?


"Alex"
No Photo Available
Artist Rendering

Immediatly following the events of May 25th, iDesignSound stops regular updates, while Palm Sounds has seen a new post everyday!

• May 26th - Hold on, have we just replicated the desktop on mobile devices?
• May 27th - The journey from music consumption, to creation (and beyond)
• May 28th - Platforms, Subscriptions, Models
• May 29th - Mobile Music, Community and Social Media

Trust no one! Not even me! Everyone involved in iOS music making has been touched by these sites. Palm Sounds was the first site to regularly feature my Everyone Can Play Music videos. If something were to happen to "Alex", and iDesignSound was finished, discchord would become the leading iOS Music App site.

I contacted Ashley to get to the bottom of this! He adamantly denies everything, almost as if he had something to hide!

I do know Alex and we both live in the UK, but we're not the same person.
- Ashley via Twitter

I hope it is painfully obvious that this post is a joke. I just wanted to link over to Ashley's new stuff and couldn't think of a good way to frame it. His posting of my videos on his site was how I got started, so finally I can post something of his on mine! I also hope Alex is okay! The Internet would be a poorer place without iDesignSound.

Reader Comments 2

Actually, your joke theory may be true, look at palmsounds layout, not much room for advertising. It is likely Ashley set up idesignsound to make some money from advertising. It is further interesting that indeed "Alex" has not posted a single thing for some days and Ashley has posted some articles, and not featured any apps.
Only a few apps have come out past few days, so why has "Alex" not posted them? He usually posts everything that makes a sound
Perhaps "Ashley" Alex or whomever, is contemplating what they want to do? It also does not help that hardly anyone has commented on "Ashley's" posts, perhaps he is thinking wether to keep palmsounds, or ditch it in favor of the money hustle that is idesignsound?

June 02, 2012  | person_outline Derek

I don´t think it´s true. Alex and Ashley are not the same person. For what reason they should be the same person. Just because of the money that could be made with iDesignSound. Alex got a family (think Ashley too) and even if it´s just for the money, I think this would be okay or do you think he can feed his family with your posts. You can google for them easily and find out that they aren't the same. Why should Ashley or Alex be schizophrenic and play this game. I guess both could team up to make something bigger. Who knows. Ashley and Alex are both icons of iOS Music. Both helped me a lot and I never payed a cent. I guess everybody thinks, app-developers and the surrounding websites, blogs, etc.. make millions and they don´t have to think about the future and have enough time, but that´s wrong.

I hope everything is all right with Alex and I´m happy that Ashley is back.

June 05, 2012  | person_outline Ian
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