Is The Web Really Helping Us Find New Music? : Comments
November 25, 2008
This is a really interesting read and you make some valid points. In my own humble opinion, the human form of reccomendation will always be superior to its digital counterpart. In agreement with some of your reasoning, we should not eb understood as monolithic ceratures. The more discerning music listener will have eclectic taste and will strive to develop their tastes over time, often in quite opposite directions. Digital refferal doesn’t take this into account. Just because I have Coldplay on my play list, purchased however many years ago doesn’t mean I want to be listening to Coldplay 2.0, when I next buy an album. My tastes have matured I’m wanting to push the boundaries, I’m wanting to take a risk, i’m wanting to be bold, hell i might even want to listen to a panpipe interpretation of dolphin sounds.
“The Human Factor” is much more able to account for this dynamism, as peoples reccomendations are not solely motivated by commercial values. The Amazons, Itunes and last.fm’s of this world are only interested in getting you to buy something else, anything else!