The State of Digital Music: The Rdio Conversations

Jason Paul my only agenda with the Facebook thing is to do a small part to help legitimize Rdio to my small group of friends in the face of Spotify. subliminal branding and what not. Rdio investing in a huge facebook marketing initiative wouldn’t hurt 4 weeks ago

the >> shadow last fm is banned here @ work – so i never use it. fb is banned here @ work – so i can’t use it… i’m not really interested in following the activity of those i’m following other than their activity here on Rdio. what i would really like is to see what songs they’re listening to and not only what they’re adding to their collection… 4 weeks ago

GrEtcHen oh right, last.fm does have this…just really badly implemented.

Click on a song title, and you go to another page — bad — and see a link to “play this song in Rdio” …but when you click it, it just opens up the song page in Rdio, doesn’t start playing it until you press Rdio play button (kinda lame). On the other hand, now you’re in Rdio and can just add it to your queue instead — not so bad.

So why are we all trying to do this in FB again? o_0 oh wait, yeah yeah, it’s so you can see everyone’s activity all at once. Lacey and Aroon are the only ones who doen’t like that idea so far. 4 weeks ago

Ray Hewitt I can go for that…(apologies to H&O;) heh 4 weeks ago

GrEtcHen you guys are cracking me up. thank you.

lemme ask a question. If last.fm provided a link where you could play a song from someone’s scrobbles/listens, would that be exciting? 4 weeks ago

David Crompton @Japan Soul: After a long soul-search I decided Mavid Frompton just sounded weird so I went with the more biblical meets no quite East LA ‘David Crompton’ 4 weeks ago

Jason Paul when on the web one must assume a consistent pseudonymn. And thanks to G+ it has to sound like a name. Japan Soul wasn’t going to work so I settled for Jason Paul. 4 weeks ago

Biker Chick Cheap! Cheap is my middle name. Ummm, wait… that didn’t come out right. 4 weeks ago

the >> shadow @BC – I did an extensive Google Search on your Rdio username and not only did I find your real name, but i also found your date of birth, and your address. If you choose to remain anonymous, it’s going to cost you. The good news is that I can be bought fairly cheap… 😉 4 weeks ago

Biker Chick I tried doing the fake FB/ fake Google plus. Too much work. Too time consuming. Too much everything. I chucked the fake ones but not sure I want everyone to know my real identity. (we ninjas are supposed to keep that secret shhhh) 4 weeks ago

David Crompton Putting it in the ticker is going to make me just as annoying as my Aunt’s Farmville updates, I guess. Is Rdio is my Farmville? Ugh. 4 weeks ago

Aroon Maybe I don’t fully understand it, but this Rdio/Spotify integration with Facebook is total BS for me. I have something like 350 friends and I actually don’t care to receive hundreds of reports of them obsessively listening to Radiohead’s Kid A all day or whatever. I’m definitely not linking my FB account to Rdio either, because I have work colleagues on there who probably think I shouldn’t be listening to music while working, and then there are tons of other friends who I’m sure I’d be annoying. 4 weeks ago

Lacey Underall @Nohbdy– It’s a good question. I don’t really know the answer.

I’m somewhat of the opinion that “Facebook (the concept) is bad” but not so much “Facebook (the company) is bad” if that’s what you mean.

To me, it’s like those stupid “club cards.” Is it the fault of technology companies that the club cards exist, or the retailers who offer “discounts” via the card or the customers who so eagerly snap them up?

I don’t know. But I know that just to do what I used to do, I’m forced into this system. I’m not really getting cheaper deals than I used to as a “member.” In essence, the stores are forcing me to share info. simply to buy some bread. I used to not have to do that. 4 weeks ago

3 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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