'The iPhone Antenna Song' Writer Profiled

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Hours before Apple's iPhone 4 press conference, we pointed to a YouTube video of "The iPhone Antenna Song", a humorous two-minute song written by Jonathan Mann, who has been writing and performing a new song every day for the past year and a half.

    Mann's effort received new prominence when Apple opened the press conference by playing the clip, with Steve Jobs noting, "We saw that on YouTube this morning and couldn't help but want to share it."

    The Los Angeles Times profiles Mann, an "unabashed Apple fanboy" who uses his iPhone 4 for shooting and editing footage.
    Mann notes that he wrote the song to express frustration over his perception that the iPhone 4 antenna issue has been blown out of proportion, claiming as he did in the song that he has never dropped a call with the device. He reports that he was contacted by Apple early Friday asking permission to use the clip in its press conference.
    According to the report, Mann has received no compensation from Apple for the song's use in the press conference, although he apparently wouldn't say no to a free iPad if Apple were to offer him one.

    Article Link: 'The iPhone Antenna Song' Writer Profiled
  2. gnagy macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2009
    "According to the report, Mann has received no compensation from Apple for the song's use in the press conference, although he apparently wouldn't say no to a free iPad if Apple were to offer him one."

    I would be disappointed if he couldn't purchase an iPad with the money he made today.

    Help the guy out by purchasing his song:
  3. spillproof macrumors 68020


    Jun 4, 2009
    Congrats to him. Not many little people get showcased by Apple. His video was funny and relatable and/or sarcastic to many (while others found it reeking with fanboyism and not the tiny bit funny :rolleyes:).
  4. Gromit macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2004
    They should have put it on iTunes

    Congrats to him, it's a great funny song. It would have been good to get it into the iTunes store so people could have purchased it and he could have capitalized on the worldwide publicity.

    I have bought the song. The long way with pay pal
  5. G5isAlive macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2003
    3 fricking comments?

    this is my beef with macrumors.. any little antenna rumor.... no matter how implausible.. or remote.. they spread across the front page like no body's business... (or theirs LOL)... making me think its not just consumer reports that likes the attention gotten by being negative... but now that we are sick of the ugliness promoted... we get the chance to laugh and what does macrumors do? bury this LOL

    this song is fricking brilliant.

    if you dont like it.. return it!

  6. CrizzoDesigns macrumors newbie


    May 27, 2010
  7. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    ♫If You Don't Want an iPhone 4! Don't Buy It!
    If You Bought it and You Don't Like It! Bring it back!

    ♫If You Don't Want an iPhone 4! Don't Buy It!
    If You Bought it and You Don't Like It! Bring it back!

    ♫If You Don't Want an iPhone 4! Don't Buy It!
    If You Bought it and You Don't Like It! Bring it back!

    ♫If You Don't Want an iPhone 4! Don't Buy It!
    If You Bought it and You Don't Like It! Bring it back!

  8. zed macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2002
    Atlanta, GA
    nicely done :) :apple:
  9. appleseed76 macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2010
    My signature has been saying this for a long time. Although it's not quite as catchy as this song.
  10. ob81 macrumors 65816


    Jun 11, 2007
    Virginia Beach
    Well it is Saturday morning. People are off work spending time with thier families and doing activities.

    Yay this guy made a song.

    Posting from the gym. I lost and had to get off the court. Love the iPhone 4!
  11. Mac-Mariachi macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2002
    Monterrey, Mexico
    New Song

    He now has a song titled "Steve Jobs"! And it´s pretty good.
  12. TripHop macrumors regular


    Mar 18, 2009
    Jonathan Why Don't You Podcast Your Songs?

    Jonathan Why Don't You Podcast Your Songs? With all your video editing and website production talent I don't understand why you don't make your daily songs a podcast. I'm sure it would be very popular and help increase your notoriety, fame and higher profile in the infotainment world. :)
  13. broncopde macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2007
    Conway, AR
    "Rumpled apartment"? Interesting way of words there.

    It still kinda amazes me that Apple used this video to open the press conference. I still can't figure out what I think about that.
  14. ctrobins macrumors newbie


    Apr 2, 2010
    Nice job Jonathan Mann! I loved your video, and the message! Very funny!
  15. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

    Aug 23, 2008
    This guy could be the next Justin Bieber...for senior citizens!
  16. BlondeBuddhist macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2010
    Good tune. I'm happy for the guy. As someone said, Apple usually keeps the press conferences "business as usual", so for this little tidbit to open it up was nicely played.

    I hope he makes a million dollars.

    Blonde Buddhist
  17. MarximusMG macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2009
    I'd be surprised if he doesn't get some sort of compensation from Apple!
  18. saxon48 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2010
  19. AppleEverything macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2010
  20. Rocketman macrumors 603


    Apple played this conference a bit looser than usual with the profanity and Jesus reference. The thing I liked best about that was they backed up their "pointed" comments with HARD DATA.

    I invite ACCURATE mild rudeness. In your face erroneous critics!

    We rock and we know it. And can prove it.

    I like that attitude from Apple, at least in response to a blown out of proportion controversy.


    Sometimes extreme is what is called for.
  21. BlondeBuddhist macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2010
    I'm with ya.

    My favorite piece of data was the fact they quoted Consumer Reports saying that it's the best smartphone out right now.

    Blonde Buddhist
  22. jonathanmann macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2010
    I have to say, as someone who has read MacRumors for YEARS, it's quite exciting to, along with everything else that's happened, see a post about me. Yay MacRumors!
  23. starstreak macrumors 6502

    Dec 5, 2004
    Funny song. Too bad I'm a minority in this. I would return it but like many, I was jaded with how great this new phone would be. It finally did everything I was used to doing on my windows mobile (yeah,yeah..) so I sold my old phone, switched carriers. I needed it on the go for a trip so I bought a bunch of apps and bigger costing ones like tomtom. Car charger, etc. Found out I kept getting people saying they had trouble hearing me. Read all the things about the attenna. And etc.
    Long story short, Steve Job said I made the iphone4 better. It has an attenna issue.Not gonna really say its defective. Here's a bumper.

    K. So I return the iphone4. Ops. Can't get my money back for everything else including another phone. $100's lost. Yay for switching to Apple. Oh and I bought my bumper. At least I can get my money back for that.
  24. VicMacs macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2003
    Dominican Republic
    right and you just joined today? are you really THE Jonathan Mann?

    I'm a HUGE fan :D
  25. iphones4evry1 macrumors 65816


    Nov 26, 2008
    California, USA
    Without the background info, I had thought I was 99% positive that this guy was secretly hired by Apple 'under the table' to make this video.

    I guess I'll have to back away from that ... but we still don't know if Apple met him in a dark alley and handed him a briefcase though.

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