Autotune?!?

I spent a few hours listening to the Spotify Top 50. While I am old and out of touch I still like to think I know something about music (I don’t). Here is the thing: yes, most of the music I don’t care for, that’s understandable as it’s not my era. But there are decent tunes out there. And then…

Autotune? Autotune sucks. It sounds bad, it highlights that the song you are about to try to listen to sucks. Just sing. You can, most artists right now can in fact belt it out.

And then there were three – Rdio is shutting down and Pandora is buying up the scraps | The Verge

Source: Rdio is shutting down and Pandora is buying up the scraps | The Verge

Not surprising that a streaming music service went under; it’s a brutal business and the labels don’t do anyone any favors. So now we have:

  1. Spotify – on demand, decent playlists, bad radio.
  2. Apple – on demand, bad playlists, bad radio.
  3. Pandora – not on demand, no playlists, great radio.

I sure hope whatever Pandora…

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And then there were three – Rdio is shutting down and Pandora is buying up the scraps

Source: Rdio is shutting down and Pandora is buying up the scraps | The Verge

Not surprising that a streaming music service went under; it’s a brutal business and the labels don’t do anyone any favors. So now we have:

  1. Spotify – on demand, decent playlists, bad radio.
  2. Apple – on demand, bad playlists, bad radio.
  3. Pandora – not on demand, no playlists, great radio.

I sure hope whatever Pandora picked up is going to help with providing on demand and soon. Competition is always good.

Beats Music Is Shutting Down On November 30

Beats Music Is Shutting Down On November 30

Apple is encouraging users to migrate to Apple Music, which it touts as a better discovery tool.

Source: Beats Music Is Shutting Down On November 30

Not a surprise really and that includes whether Apple bought Beats Music or not. The bottom line is that the service wasn’t very good. Sure, it had some interesting curated playlists when it came out. But they grew stale very quickly. And the UX,…

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Beats Music Is Shutting Down On November 30

Apple is encouraging users to migrate to Apple Music, which it touts as a better discovery tool.

Source: Beats Music Is Shutting Down On November 30

Not a surprise really and that includes whether Apple bought Beats Music or not. The bottom line is that the service wasn’t very good. Sure, it had some interesting curated playlists when it came out. But they grew stale very quickly. And the UX, while less confusing than Apple Music, was hard to navigate as well.

The lesson to be learned from this is that the music business is hard. A long time ago we built MSN Music in Europe. Later we built Zune/Xbox Music components. And each time we did it we struggled with building a better mousetrap; UX is touchy, people have high expectations.

Farewell to Beats Music, nice try, hopefully the competition from this spurred Spotify to greater things.

Much ado about nothing

At a guess… this is much ado about nothing. Beats had deals with most labels, Apple has too much impact for an indie label to walk away even with MP3 sales slowing.

In the end, indie labels will sign and Apple’s new music service will launch just fine. Whether or not it succeeds is entirely different (although Lefzetz is panning it)


parislemon:

Apple. Eats. Beats.

A long time ago we bought a music streaming company that had more subscribers than Beats for less than $100m. Amazing what a premium put on other parts of this business.

Still… Apple backing beats means more competition which can only cause more innovation and hence goodness for the customer. Has anyone else noticed Spotify seems to be pushing more changes more quickly lately.


Taking Google’s new music offering for a spin

So far so good. None of the skips and pauses I get at home with Spotify. The few radio stations I have tried have played, again unlike the frustrating Spotify service which frequently tells me it can’t start (I will never understand that error).

Next up – playing music all weekend and seeing how the suggests music algorithm does.

Really need an iOS version to make this stick.


I enjoy Spotify for the most part. But their new radio feature is just not well done.

First off some of their default stations won’t play. I like jazz during the day at work. Mellow, easy to think and write, not too loud or active so as to break concentration. And yet half the time the station won’t play. It’s a default folks, a preset. Of all the things that should work top of the list should be the stations you suggest.

Secondly the algorithm for the playlists are just poor. Worse than Pandora for sure which is hampered by licensing issues. Certainly worse than Zune (ahem, Xbox Music) and Smart DJ. Which is amazing as that algorithm was written years ago and has a smaller sample set of users to draw from.

So please Spotify; I pay for this service. Improve it, with Apple coming soon and Microsoft having a credible (if I so say so myself) offering fix this.