The State of Digital Music: The Rdio Conversations

GrEtcHen Waylon, Canadian friends…you need to take a trip to Sweeeeden. VPN, as K Rom noted waaaay down there… 3 months ago

Turd Ferguson CAW – That is too fucking funny. 3 months ago

Waylon C This discussion is the perfect example of what is wrong with Rdio! Why the hell am I “writing a review” right now?

It’s OK though, I love you rdio. Being a Canadian, I feel no love from the other music services. 3 months ago

CAW a.k.a. The Aquatic Ape I’m down with that sort of magnanimity, Turd. But watch it with that “brutha” stuff – you might attract the attention of Fiendish Dr. Wu who has a zest for kung fu treachery:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uj2JNt6KBc 3 months ago

Matt Marine Thanks @turd. Now have to figure out what the hell. 3 months ago

GrEtcHen tip: this entire convo will be on Google soon, suggest removing your emails soon (so they don’t get scraped for spam) 3 months ago

Turd Ferguson Always happy to hook a brutha up! After all…someone hooked me up to start with so I am happy to pass it along. 3 months ago

CAW a.k.a. The Aquatic Ape Look at Turd! He’s like John D. Rockefeller throwing shiney silver-dollars to poor waifs. 3 months ago

GrEtcHen bigfunk, it’s annoying, but sort of like switching channels on tv? and I cancelled my cable, rarely buy cds anymore, so two music streaming services ($20/mo?) is well within my entertainment budget. 3 months ago

Turd Ferguson Matt – Done 3 months ago

thebigfunk . Re: spotify – the catalogs are appearing a bit complementary (between sp- and rdio). A few jazz names I dropped pulled up albums that Rdio did not have – but Spotify was missing albums that Rdio *did* have (by the same artist)… I really don’t want to run dual accounts again (dropping MOG a while back was a smart move), but I just might consider it… 3 months ago

maudeman e-mail removed – Thank you, Mr TF. 3 months ago

Turd Ferguson @MM send me your e-mail. 3 months ago

Jason Paul Thank you @Turd and also thank you @matt Marine (Turd was just in my network and easier to find). I’ll report back on Spotify when I have something scathing to say 3 months ago

Jason Paul @Lacey. Right on. I always cave though. But seriously, i think you’ve got the right idea staying out of the grips of big brother. and I’m not being sarcastic. 3 months ago

Jason Paul @Gretchen although I haven’t read Future Shock I’m a huge Toffler fan. I think we’re deep in the Third Wave. Awesome observation. 3 months ago

Turd Ferguson Sent! 3 months ago

Lacey Underall I tried to share a few tracks yesterday, JP and the page grayed out and just looked like it was loading and loading and loading…

I think one person told me she got nothing, and the other person got the track but no message. 3 months ago

Jason Paul @Turd…I did include the email…must be a bug in Rdio or now they’ve taken away the ability to write messages when sharing tracks. tsk tsk. Well, I’m not shy. my email is… 3 months ago

Matt Marine I should probably give Google+ a try. I don’t have enough to pull me away from what I should be doing. 3 months ago

Lacey Underall Thanks guys, but I’m okay. I have this weird thing where I refuse to take invites from anyone. I’ll apply for one from the source itself, but if those guys think they are too cool for me, eff them. And I mean, I will *seriously* hold a grudge.

To this day, I still don’t use facebook or gmail. I have fake accounts on both because I have to, but I never do anything with them.

I don’t even think I want a google + account, since I don’t use gmail or any other google service (other than Android on my phone). I just want to apply for a google + invite, not get one, and then get all self-righteous and mad. 3 months ago

GrEtcHen JP, between Turntable and Spotify, I’m experiencing a little bit of what used to be called Future Shock. “…with future shock you stay in one place but your own culture changes so rapidly that it has the same disorienting effect as going to another culture”

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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