Music discovery – analyzed

Discovering new music is always a thrill. It is like discovering a new flavor in food, a new planet in space, and heck, some may say that it is like having a new baby!

It is no surprise that Spotify and others are working around the clock to come up with magical algorithms that try to predict what kind of music we like and what we would love to hear next.

But does music discovery is really a function of how good a magical algorithm is? Well… I must say that it would have been nice if some lines of code could bring you a new born child.

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Office music wars comes to an end

Office music

You love to listen to music while working Most of us do.
Some of us even enjoy sharing our love of music with our fellow office members and crowning ourselves as the office DJ.
No doubt that listening to music together while working is boosting your day to day experience at work, let you discover new music and unlock some hidden personalities of the people that share the same room or the same floor with you.

If so, this scenario will sound familiar to you:

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The future of online music

While Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Google Play Music and others are making lots of press points and the wars between them intensify each day, that doesn’t change the fact that 80% of the population still consumes music on YouTube.

80% of the population still consumes music on YouTube. The funny thing is that YouTube is not even a music platform.

The funny thing is that YouTube is not even a music platform, but a “video-sharing website” by definition. As such, the music experience on YouTube as basic as it can be.

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Music can be free, unlimited, and legal at the same time

So yes, we have YouTube. It’s free, legal, and probably the largest music library out there.

But — and there is a big but — It is packed with annoying video ads and the music experience is no more than basic. You can’t blame YouTube for this poor experience and the lack of music related features, since it is not a music platform by definition, but a “video-sharing website.”

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Will collaborative playlists revolutionize the way we consume music?

The past (as far as 5 years ago)

We consumed music mostly from YouTube. We had to know what band and what song we wanted to listen to in advance, we entered our search query, got the results, and here goes the music.

The present

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Early Days of Dallas FM Rock

In 1969, when I was 14 years old, something wonderful happened to radio in the Dallas area. It was the advent of underground rock stations with the debut of Jon Dillon at KFAD 94.9 (Arlington/Cleburne) and soon after KNUS (Dallas) with Mother, Mike “Murphy” Erickson and other radio hippies. KNUS was a sister station of AM’s KLIF, the Mighty 1190.

Even in our early teens, we were very picky and snobbish about the music we liked.