The State of Digital Music: The Rdio Conversations

Melanie I saw that Kissmetrics story yesterday, & that’s a huge black eye on Spotify, for me. However, I wasn’t overly enamored of Spotify to begin with. I despise that kind of intrusive crap. If I’ve specifically configured my internet/browser options to avoid having my every movement tracked & recorded only to be back-doored like that, then said app or site can kindly piss off.

I use a Chrome extension that wipes all that nasty Flash/LSO stuff per session. The battle wages on… 3 months ago

Rhett C @Gretchen – The feed is one of the tabs you can select in the center content pane. 3 months ago

David Crompton exxxxzackery. 3 months ago

GrEtcHen I see Google Analytics running when I’m on Rdio. That = no biggie. But evil sticky cookies you can’t scrape off the bottom of your shoe if you tried, f#ck that. 3 months ago

David Crompton Is the iPad app in the approval process? Rdio has been busy with UI tweaks and slowly revving the PR machine, it seems: 3 months ago

David Crompton What do people think of the kissmetrics thing? No big whoop? I asked Rdio via twitter today whether they use it or anything like it but there’s no confirm or deny. 3 months ago

Jason Paul where the hell is the Rdio iPad app? Do you think Apple will sabatoge i from being approved at the app store with some circular reasoning. My presumptious hunch is that iCloud will prove itself to be old fashioned compared to Rdio (and Spotify). Anyone using iCloud? 3 months ago

GrEtcHen Delicious! And the taste lasts forever!

@SC – vat of white chocolate. 🙂 @Rhett – where’s the feed? what? 3 months ago

Lacey Underall Zombie cookies! 3 months ago

Slowly Convalescing Count me as another pro-Rdio.

My issue with Spotify is this. Hey, Spotify: don’t want to be a social music site? That’s fine. You seem to be bigger on privacy and already-established friends. But if you’re going to go that way, please, in the name of everloving God, have a way to browse the catalogue (why has nobody since Lala had this? Licensing restrictions? Too hard/expensive to implement?). Have a way for me to discover music on my own. I didn’t see any way for me to find new users unless I knew their names, and I didn’t see any way for users to review albums. I only spent about an hour on there, so if I’ve missed something, please alert me.

My only problem with Rdio so far (besides slightly wonky social tools) is that I’m sort of endlessly drowning in my queue. Which means I’m endlessly drowning in music I want to listen to. Which is kind of like falling into a vat of white chocolate and having to eat your way to safety. 3 months ago

unhillbilly Digial music levity break, perhaps? Scroll down to the *suggested Pandora re-design* slide 3 months ago

Rhett C Spotify Impressions -did not ask me to import my library, it just did it. A real pain in the ass since I’ve been divorced from most of my my music collection for quite a while. I’m just more discovery-oriented these last few years. -New Release section: lulzwtf? srsly? this is a joke, right? Bueller? -Inbox: cool -Interface: meh -Catalog: meh -Lack of “online (only) library: boo -Feed: pretty cool -Stars: me likey

If it weren’t for the quality I prolly would have ditched it already. 3 months ago

Jason Paul This is the wrong playlist for this, but I’m positively crushed to learn of Amy Winehouse’s passing.… 3 months ago

Jason Paul The music advertisements on Spotify (just clicked on Code and Keys) are a good indication as to why Spotify is getting the press. It’s a boon for the industry to be able target ads directly into a user’s player. I suppose this is only in the free version. Incredibly powerful though (for the big players who can afford the ads).

Status quo perpetuates on Spotify through advertising. Kind of torn on this one because, as many others have said, kind of disappointing that unknown music makers like myself can distribute to Spotify through Tunecore/CD Baby but don’t have a chance at getting on Rdio. I would love to know why there’s no deal with those distributors with Rdio. 3 months 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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