The New Jenkem: I-Doser

Above: actual promotional image for iDoser’s affiliate program. What a bunch of scrumbags!

We’ve covered I-Doser before, but the ridiculous fears about it are back:

Kids around the country are getting high on the internet, thanks to MP3s that induce a state of ecstasy. And it could be a gateway drug leading teens to real-world narcotics.

At least, that’s what Oklahoma News 9 is reporting about a phenomenon called “i-dosing,” which involves finding an online dealer who can hook you up with “digital drugs” that get you high through your headphones.

And officials are taking it seriously.

“Kids are going to flock to these sites just to see what it is about and it can lead them to other places,” Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs spokesman Mark Woodward told News 9.

Threat Level: Report: Teens Using Digital Drugs to Get High

I-Doser could be the worst drug since Jenkem. Be afraid. Very afraid.

Silliness aside, I-Doser does seem to be a pretty scummy company. I-Doser is actually based on the open-source application SbaGen, and it used SbaGen’s code without permission. That’s on top of its shady “per dose” pricing for its bunk “product,” which makes mp3 DRM seem reasonable. There’s a torrent available of I-Doser files ported to SbaGen, so please: don’t let your friends use iDoser.


Wikipedia: Binaural Beats

Gnaural – another open-source binaural-beat generator


  1. LOL. I threw this on PDdotCom last week. Thanks for the link to the Wired story.

  2. iDoser has never been happier than they were when they saw that news item. It’s raining $$$ over there! Be nice if it really worked– at best I found it to vaguely amplify (or disrupt) my attempts at different kinds of meditation. And be annoying to listen to.

  3. The USA Today story from 2008 was probably a bigger deal for them than this. But yeah, that’s part of the problem. Free publicity for these weasels. I don’t think this stuff works at all, but if you wanna play with it, play with SbaGen!

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