The State of Digital Music: The Rdio Conversations

I see myself more like uh, a comatose patient on House, drooling from a mysterious & as yet undiagnosed music-induced ailment that interferes with all my other brain and voluntary bodily functions. 1 day ago

tod nelson I believe Apple isn’t going to allow the Rdio iPad and iPhone app to have too many features. I don’t think it’s Rdio’s fault at all. 1 day ago

GrEtcHen Fair enough. I’d like to see the same for the iphone app. Sometimes it’s like standing around with one’s nose pressed to the glass, while everyone else is partying on the other side. * 🙁 @ work* 1 day ago

tod nelson Now DC is listening to Eurythmics? What is the world coming to? Ha. I should talk.

@Gretch–it’s news to me. I’m on Facebook a lot, and it’s the first time I’ve clicked through from email to an all-music stream feed.

And to me, you are more Julie the Cruise Director from the Love Boat than Anita Bryant. Ha. (If you want to flip me off for that, I’ll understand!) 1 day ago

CAW a.k.a. The Aquatic Ape And, HEY – no adding snarky comments post-facto. Dish ’em up front, honey – I can take it! 1 day ago

CAW a.k.a. The Aquatic Ape Fair enough. Me, I’m curmudgeonly about rdio as ever. If, for example, that good-but-not-great iPad app doesn’t get upgraded so that you can post from it, I’m get start a right nasty public bitching ’round here. And wasn’t it like a month ago or something when Wilson Miner said that a private-playlists function was on the horizon? 1 day ago

GrEtcHen This is true. But man, please consider I’m merely as giddy about Rdio as everyone else is. I don’t need to be paid anything to gush ad infinitum/nauseam/hoc.

Now, did I hear that right? Shallow brain pan? Shallow gene pool? what? 1 day ago

CAW a.k.a. The Aquatic Ape Hey, cut me some slack. I already admitted how brain-washed I was by 70s and 80s television – I’ve got a pretty shallow pool to dip into when searching for analogies. I mean, anyway, you clearly have listened to way more disco, Bronski Beat and Queen than Anita Bryant EVER would have. 1 day ago

GrEtcHen naw, I’m stupid, I give it away for free.

(and a big middle finger for comparing me to Anita Bryant. Jerk!) 1 day ago

CAW a.k.a. The Aquatic Ape Gretchen, what Anita Bryant was to orange juice and Florida sunshine, you are to rdio. Do you get kick-backs to say this stuff? 1 day ago

GrEtcHen tod, I think it’s been that way for quite a while?

Welcome Johnny. It sounds like maybe you haven’t quite discovered one of the biggest pluses at Rdio: a ton of people who can help you discover music. The social aspect at Rdio far exceeds any other streaming service. It helps to follow quite a few people, so you can see all parts of the conversations going on here.

On that note, I’m happy to see Rdio has restored the notification that appears when someone starts following someone else. That’s been a helpful tool for me to learn about interesting new-to-me people here. I think it keeps the network of people finding and talking to each other strong. 1 day ago

CAW a.k.a. The Aquatic Ape Don’t get ‘Metric goin’ on Musical Youth, tod. He’ll “hum-diddly-hum-diddly-diddly-hum-diddly-hum-diddly-diddly-dum” you all night long. 1 day ago

tod nelson Logged onto Facebook this evening to see a comment thread on the music I was playing and found that things have suddenly changed a lot! If you click on the music icon (blue) under Apps, you’ll see a feed of all the music related activity in your network on Facebook. And supposedly when Timeline is launched, it’s going to be even more impressive. (Pass the Dutchie, Dave?! I can see you. Ha. I love Musical Youth and recently turned my daughter onto them). 1 day ago

David Crompton Indeed–welcome Johhny. @Jason — I too have tempered my gushing [even though I’m still giddy inside.] It’s funny–I suspect the majority of people still find Rdio to be in the fringes somehow regardless of how well designed, easy to adopt and affordable it is. I think the fringe effect is true for the streaming space in general but even truer for Rdio. 1 day ago

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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