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8Jun/06Off

Socially Networked Musical Crap

Whoa. Pitchfork actually has an article up about digital music toys and tools that is well worth your time to at least skim. One particularly interesting part of the article is the discussion of the musicologists who work on recommendations for Pandora. That job sounds a little like it would be the most irritating and most enjoyable employment ever. Imagine being in the same room with a bunch of people who want nothing more than to recommend something to you based on your taste and what you happen to be listening to at the moment. Sounds ultimately irritating and the natural extension of this irritation of this would likely be assault charges sooo... I haven't had the opportunity to mess with Pandora yet so this talk is coming mostly out of my ass.

The article also talks a little bit about Last.fm and how it was assembled and founded. I like that it was the product of an already existing pool of music that was otherwise getting little attention from people who might dig it immensely instead of being inspired by a still wet diploma from a business college. Supply, demand, blah, blah, blah... It seems to be driven by forces that aren't strictly of the seduce, collect, and then sell variety. Yeah, they do exercise the pay money and get more features option but it isn't obnoxious. I didn't even find out about it initially because of some marketing ploy but because a friend mentioned it to me as something worth checking out. The Pitchfork article also talks a little about how sharing your playlist makes you more acutely aware of what you're playing and how the looking glass self might be portrayed by what songs they're listening to. Guilty pleasures especially when leaned heavily upon do show up. That effect alone is probably worthy of a fat gov't grant to fund a sociological study of this sort of social pressure (again I wish the w3c would hurry up and approve the sarcasm tag)

So, it's pretty good which is nothing short of amazing for Pitchfork which usually spends most of their voluminous words wasting college degrees on overly referential record reviews. Yay.

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