The State of Digital Music: The Rdio Conversations

I’ve selected my Rdio “music people” because I like their (your) taste in music. I like following the adds and playlists and comments in here. But does this mean I should be friends with all my Rdio “music people” on FB? No. 9 hours ago

Nohbdy @CAW: Yeah let’s go back to when the only advertising you got was based on what they thought you Should be and didn’t really care to figure out whether that opinion was founded on anything other than their predecessors opinions….

*no longer directed at CAW* Honestly I can’t understand the whole anti-FB thing. Ok so you don’t want your info out there. They aren’t doing anything that every other company is doing and are more upfront about it. If you want to get offended then focus it on the Cell phone and cable companies that sell your info left and right with out a thought because in their view its not your info its THEIRS.

The only “personal” info that is on FB is info you put there. If you don’t want to share it do not enter it.

9 hours ago

Biker Chick @ Burl … agreed.

EDIT: >pulling up chair… grabbing some popcorn.< 9 hours ago

CAW a.k.a. The Aquatic Ape 1) Burl, I totally agree with you – those vulching demographizing d-bags at Facebook can blow me! and 2) G Marcus, me too – smack dab in the middle of where the duchie is greenest and not having to pass it?! Talk about win-win! 9 hours ago

Turdish Burl Personally, the day that Facebook becomes mandatory for access is the day they lose me as a customer. 10 hours ago

G Marcus Boy, I wish I lived on the equator! 11 hours ago

metrician yes. unless you’re below the equator. it goes counter-clockwise down there. if you’re ON the equator you just pass it to yourself until it’s all gone. 12 hours ago

Biker Chick The left hand side? 12 hours ago

metrician CAW: indeed. i know where the dutchie goes. 12 hours ago

tod nelson The real Timeline hasn’t truly launched yet. This is what it will eventually look like:

The notion that music deserves a place in your “timeline” I think is spot on. I would love a record of all the music I’ve listened to in the past, a kind of audio journal, and best of all it’s playable. If I’m going to share my photos, my posts, my relationships, and my friends, I see no reason not to share my music.

@ Ron: why do you like Spotify for playing the music you already like? Sound quality? Don’t you think it’s easier to stay on one site? I’m very interested in your answer! I’ve popped back and forth, but like the seamlessness of staying in one place…. 1 day ago

Ron Bronson I changed my profile to Timeline a few weeks ago and since then, I’ve had mixed feelings about sharing my music. The thing is, before this I was sharing music selectively on there. Less than half of my friends on FB listen to music as I do and an even smaller percentage than that are musically engaged types. Still I feel this strange need to share/educate/bore/annoy them with my tastes. With Rdio and Spotify broadcasting, it does the job that I always wanted to do, but without having them to do the work of finding it on their own.

I like rdio for finding new stuff and the social features, like spotify for playing what I already like. Not sure if one will make the other irrelevant anytime soon for me. 1 day ago

tod nelson @ DC: Yeah, I just saw Hall and Oates scroll by! Eighties Halloween Party playlist?!?! 1 day ago

David Crompton @Tod Ha! When I was putting together the playlist that contains Pass The Dutchie I did think to myself that it was just the kind of thing people were talking about when they were concerned about their listening being broadcast live on FB. And Musical Youth was just the tip of the ice-berg…keep your eyes peeled! 1 day ago

GrEtcHen @tod, maybe I’m not remembering it right, it’s been a few weeks since I logged in much, and I know you use FB a lot more than I do. Anyway, it is cool to be able to filter it to music only.

4 thoughts on “The State of Digital Music: The Rdio Conversations”

  1. Great post and comments!

    Right. So… Is Rdio the Future of Music?

    The problem with these sorts of “x is the future of y” discussions, particularly where technology is concerned, is that x always changes the nature of y. Because of this, you can never quite arrive at point y.

    I see Rdio and it’s ilk bumping into a few issues shortly that run along these lines:

    1) The closer these services get to delivering on the promise of offering “almost everything” in the world of music, the more they will underscore what isn’t offered. Put another way, how much music needs to be available to make up for the fact that what you want to hear right now isn’t?

    2) Part of the appeal of these services lies in the social aspect, which presently is built on the enthusiasm of early adopters and music nerds. The tone and quality of the social interaction will change as more users sign on. Will Rdio still be compelling?

    3) Rdio is presently a novel way of trying to monetize music in a time where monetizing music is difficult. It’s an experiment that is occurring concurrently with other experiments at trying to resuscitate the monetization of music. A verdict will be reached. Recent high profile releases by Coldplay, Black Keys, Tom Waits — to name a few — are not present on Rdio. Presumably this is because posting on streaming services is viewed as possibly undermining the success of other channels, both experimental and traditional. Is this the start of a verdict being reached? Will this assessment be shared by others?

    Just a few thoughts.


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