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January 29, 2010

Music 2.0

Filed under: music,rants — coolantz @ 3:34 pm

How do you listen to Music ?

I mean, gone are the days where you’d proudly buy a shiny new CD, and listen it over and again, till you would have it playing in your imagination, and consequently get bored, and repeat the process for another shiny new CD.

Some people say, that they prefer listening to the Radio, because of it’s unpredictable nature. With the collection you compile, and play, you’d know what to expect, often when to expect it too, so yes, that also does get boring after a while.

But the fact is, that these people are not too hung up about the unpredictable nature of the radio. They like certain shows, that play similar kind of music, though not the same. This keeps the “element of surprise” intact. If I’d give them a really random sample, chances are, they will detest it.

So, what I’d like to know is how to discover new music, with gradually drifting across genres and artists, so that the progression seems natural, yet, the collection is vast enough to not give an impression of being repetitive.

I used to listen to last.fm, even made a mythtv plugin to tune into genres, and similar artists type stations, but last.fm has made the service restricted to non-paying users, and we cannot use any player to stream their content. It would be good, if I(and a group of friends), decide to catalog my entire music collection, and then use some hi-fi algorithm to dish out the proper songs.

I’m pretty sure there’s already such a service up and running, or some solution to set up the kind of service on my local machine.  Just need to find out what it is. Amarok already has a fancy logic in moodbar. I think it garners it’s statistics from sites like last.fm, and others.

I used to believe that if I write some CD’s/mp3 in my music player, I would never get bored if I could play them in shuffle mode. But I think I need a mechanism to add new finds in there, update listening orders to something that is not as naïve as shuffle, and remove songs from the list which I don’t listen to as often. And it should also sync to all my music playing devices. And it should not overwhelm me with the number of tracks it has to offer. What I need for starters is this:

A total of 50 tracks:

  • with 10 new songs
  • and 10 recommended songs,
  • and 10 favorites,
  • and 10 similar artists,
  • and 10 similar genre

Phew. This should be enough for me to last an average day. Any idea, on how can it be done?

Social music is the need of hour.

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4 Comments »

  1. Did you write this from your office? wow! 3:34 PM on a Friday 🙂 starting the weekend early eh … 😀

    Comment by Akash — January 29, 2010 @ 4:15 pm | Reply

    • You bet!
      Weekend started the minute I stepped out to have lunch . What an amazing day. Today should have been a national holiday called “Great weather day”. 🙂

      Comment by coolantz — January 29, 2010 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

      • hallejuah! everyday should be the same…nice weather..holiday and salaries for the entire month…just everyday. Damn this real world with no pleasure!

        Comment by Akash — February 1, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

  2. I like (no, loove) your world. Lemme in too 🙂

    Comment by coolantz — February 1, 2010 @ 2:32 pm | Reply


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