The State of Digital Music: The Rdio Conversations

Jason Paul For what it’s worth, I’m in the middle of reading Douglas Rushkoff’s “Program or Be Programmed”. Here’s some of the take away for me as applies to this recent Facebook discussion that I can apply from that book. Software always tends to the reductive, to simplicity, back to the 1s and 0s. People are (were) incredibly nuanced. By a massive swathe of the world’s population now living chunks of their lives vicariously through Facebook our brains conform to the reductive paradigm Facebook has made for us. If you uncritically give yourself over to the Facebook paradigm (and it seems many have) you are changed. Your brain literally is changed, adjusted/adapted to this very simplisitic world of Likes and “friends.” The more predictable you become the easier it is for Facebook to tune their algorythm to “you”. 1 hour ago

Nohbdy Society will tip one way and then back again in response to it tipping too far the other way. In fact most of the fervor of the tea party is in response to the progressive movements that were passed just a few years ago, and we are already seeing push back against the tea party’s ideals as well. It’s a endless cycle and there is no such thing as a perfect balance. I believe it should be our goal if not considered our duty to every life that we share this planet with to try and maintain the what little balance we can achieve. Balance within ourselves, balance between our neighbor and balance with nature. Its when we stop trying or try to push to far in one direction that the real problems begin. I mean what good is day without night, there’s a time and place for both.

I hope you don’t take any of this as my disproving of your opinions. I respect your different point of view and like it when I hear what is obviously an informed opinion. I know i can be opinionated and I will be the first to admit my knowledge is lacking in several areas. I just call it as I see it and try to remember that the reality of something and how I see it are not always the same. 3 hours ago

CAW a.k.a. The Aquatic Ape Respect, Nohbdy – I like your spin and do respect your difference of opinion. Time will tell which way the scale tips societally. I’m quite convinced that people only consorting with like-minded parties and tuning into their “narrowcast” is a primrose path for America, though.

Have you read your follow Texan Bill Bishop of the Austin American-Statesman’s “The Big Sort,” by any chance? http://www.thebigsort.com/home.php You should. Some of the costs that are already being exacted for America’s appetite to only hear what you wanna hear get depicted very starkly there. 4 hours ago

CAW a.k.a. The Aquatic Ape There is certainly a quid pro quo with Facebook, for sure, mm. My stance really is founded on how poorly Facebook’s “quo” is understood by users, though. Before what they were doing with everything people were volunteering was even under any scrutiny, they had ridiculous numbers of people flocking to use it on just the kind of grounds you’re pointing to. However, the original privacy policy was totally lop-sided; the limitations on what they could do with the data were virtually nil; the extent to which information could be migrated away from the user to nameless third-parties was totally unreigned. That’s improved a bit now that Zuckerberg & Co. are gaining negative press. People really should expect and demand more than just banner-ads that they don’t mind reading in exchange for being limited to one of 58 or so data-models that open-and-close doors into society in hard-to-perceive ways.

Anybody who is undecided about how they feel about this stuff MUST be sure to catch up to Frontline’s fabulously information “The Persuaders” from 2004 (which, of course, is like a lifetime ago when you’re talking about these trends). See it here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/persuaders/ 7 hours 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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