Everything in this article makes complete sense.
This feels like the tech-savvy listener’s next step, but I don’t think iPods — which don’t require me to pay Verizon a premium to not be able to listen to my music on planes or whatever — are outdated just yet. Why create another barrier toward hearing songs you already can carry with you in a minimal, simple way? It’s not like laptop hard drive space is at such a premium these days.
A non-profit start-up I’m watching with interest. Also, Graeme Flegenheimer, perhaps indie rock’s youngest influential publicist, makes a one-quote appearance!
I am actually against this, at least in terms of music/film/television consumption: people should either be the content consumers they purport to be in their carefully maintained Facebook likes and Pinterest boards or they should take the opportunity to be brave and reject the damaging, cultural capital-driven conceptual frameworks of high/lowbrow and guilty pleasures.
I feel bad for anyone who unwittingly signed up for the Washington Post social reader, though.
1) The idea that Silicon Valley start-ups can be discovered like indie bands, only for stock options instead of hipster cred, is amazing; everything follows the same model and we are all beholden to the tyranny of new!
2) I guess the equivalent to this would be if popular music bloggers quietly did A&R on the side for Sony/BMG, but, um, oh.
I’m intrigued by this. The price is low enough that people might actually pay it to gamble on some new bands. But the price is also low enough that this feels more like another “innovative” startup skimming more band money off the top. Can’t decide if 10 albums at a time feels easier to handle than one album a day.
I want a Wordpress gallery plugin that does this: http://laist.com/2010/11/03/take_a_bite_out_of_national_sandwic.php
Does it exist?!
Marty McFly’s hoverboard: Now real. Can’t ride it (yet), though.