Monday, June 27, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Nothing but kegs after keg of local real ale and 8 or 9 hours of great live music in a farmers field followed by djs till dawn...One of the guys - Oli - is a local music scribe amongst other related skills and he has expressed an interest in swapping music tips back and forth across the ocean. His music website link is this
Kyle will he need a password to get onto metabeats?..... I note you commented about trying to expand metabeats a bit and I think this is a good opportunity... I have given him a link to the site but I am not sure if he mneeds more info to get in...
Friday, June 17, 2011
side note: am willing to concede my snarkiness is perhaps overdone with respect to the first name on the list but les autres....non.
UPDATE: also, while i'm not a big bootleg music/video guy [side question: any really great/famous bootlegs that should change this opinion], this type of technology is appalling.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Also, thoughts/suggestions on the formatting? Background photo? Placement of elements (search, contributors, links) Elements themselves (Email notification, twitter search feed). It's not quite what I want it just yet. There are some readability concerns (text colour on background, most significantly) but heading there I hope. Don't want to go back to an all white background but if you'd prefer something simpler, please chime in. Won't be offended. Really.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Monday, June 06, 2011
Friday, June 03, 2011
Actually, Stuart, I think you've done a really great job of outlining (did i just type that?) the pros and cons of the rdio offering, at least in its present iteration.
I do think the rdio ipad app is the best way to use the service: lounging in a comfy chair, typing in whatever strikes my fancy, and streaming it to speakers for listening pleasure. Then I can just do a quick google search for more info on the artist or release, which is another step but not too onerous in the whole scheme of things. But the sheer size of my own collection and inability to really organize it into genres, groups, playlists, etc. renders the whole concept of a collection almost meaningless. Is it better to scroll through my own music collection or someone else's?
Seems almost petty to complain about the lack of this or that feature when this type of functionality--scrolling through Stuart's music collection and playing what I want to hear without getting off my ass--is damn impressive.
But as you point out, the inability to group and shuffle through genres or a set number of albums is a big limitation, especially since these can be done in itunes, and creating a playlist ahead of a dinner party, gathering, or just a sunday morning reading can be almost as much fun as listening to the music itself.
re: Apple iCloud...seems a different beast than rdio, in that you have to actually 'own' the music in order to stream it. With rdio, you're simply leasing/renting the music and lose access after you stop subscribing. Not sure why I would need to use the Apple service, given what I can get currently with rdio, but it's probably best not to underestimate that company.
As to your 3 questions:
1) Do you still buy hard copies of music now? 2) If you do then why?
No. All online. Really don't have the space for more 'stuff'. Refer to giveaway of cds from a few months' back. Recognize I'm sacrificing ability to go into soundscapes and pick up some cool stuff that may not be either available or readily apparent in the online world but, for the most part, I don't have tons of time to go into record stores these days anyway.
3) If you do, do you see yourself stopping this practice?
I'm answering this one to because I'm wondering whether it still makes sense to subscribe to emusic, if I can listen to whatever I want with rdio then just buy what I want afterwards. These days, I'm mostly using emusic to sample and buy classical music,which as you noted, isn't all that easy to find and then play in rdio (though Bri seems to be able to navigate those waters fairly competently).
Could go on but gotta get back to it. Enjoy your weekend everyone!
Pros of "rdio" type system
- ability to access any record from office, car, home, cottage etc
- ability to read about a disc and then instantly play the entire disc ellimates the "I thought i would like it but its shit after a few listens I wish i hadent bought it experience"
- ability to share discoveries with friend easily
Current problems with rdio ( but perhaps I am not using it to its full potential yet)
- I cant organise my music into genres making it hard to find stuff on my collection or to shuffle all my jazz records which is something i do all the time
- you cant pick 12 albums from rdio and shuffle just those 12
- too much available material makes controlling the program difficult without committing too much time to making playlists
- In short, the user interface is very weak but maybe can be improved upon and apple will likely have this worked out
- Perhaps an iPAD with an Apple designed rdio system could also enably me to lie on the couch and scroll through the album artwork and information package that you get with buying a hardcopy cd, while I listen ....Kind of crucial for classical and jazz...
AS you can see its the interface which is the problem and I dont agree with the author of the article Kyle posted , that when he happens across a great song by chance that he had lost that this is good and acceptable.... Sometimes i like to do that but I also dont want to forget about great albums, and if your collection is organized well like my mp3s are, then you dont forget them ...because you can find them, something thats mnot possible with rdio systems yet...
I will also dearly dearly miss the day when i cany stumble into a record cd shop after a few too many and browse for an hour or 2.... I agree with the article in how there is something tangible and physical about hard copies of music... moreso vinyl but cds still do it to a degree...
So I end with 3 querstions;
- do you still buy hard copies of music now
- If you do then why?
- If you do, do you see yourself stopping this practice?
Maybe Im just an old sentimental bastard who needs to be brought into the real world...
Realize I've probably been unduly critical of Coldplay in this space in recent years so I don't want to continue to harsh on them but when you name your new single this , you're pretty much issuing an invitation to wrath. At first listen, it's not a bad song, if a little overproduced, but their constant embrace of mawkish sentimentality continues to irritate.
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
I know what stu and his colleagues listen to during the day, and while I enjoy their tastes and willingness to embrace variety, I confess I'm unable to work on sales strategy while JayZ waxes philosophical in the background. What about the rest of you?