As happy as I am to see Read Write Web cover the awesome Playgrub, I have to correct the claim that I was a creator of Playdar along with RJ. I am contributing, but at nowhere near the level of James Wheare, Max Howell and many others. My important contributions were to Playdar’s predecessor XSPF.
Conversation about the rumored demise of casual fandom: Piers Hollot: PBS programming is not intended for live performance, but they do go live for the purpose of fund-raising, and it is at this point that they flush out the “super-fans” with premiums. Crosbie Fitch: [musical] populism is simply in a lull. As per Arnie, it’ll […]
Playdar, Playdar.js, Playlick, Spiffdar, Playgrub? Whaaaa? Playdar: Linux For Music explains the Playdar ecosystem. If you’re at all familiar with the Linux command line architectural philosophy you’ll know that it’s all about tiny pieces doing one thing well and talking to each other via a standard interface. … The current Playdar ecosystem has very much […]
Farewell to the Casual Music Fan is an insightful essay about the repercussions of the 1,000 True Fans model. Very much worth a read. The gist is that small numbers of hardcore fans may be able to sustain musicians, but they can’t sustain musical populism.
Work on the MAFF format as a standard for multi-file archives is underway. Announcement: http://maf.mozdev.org/maff-specification.html Home page: http://maf.mozdev.org/maff-specification.html (This is the best overview IMO). Mailing list: https://www.mozdev.org/mailman/listinfo/maf MAFF files are standard ZIP files containing one or more web pages, images, or other downloadable content, with optional metadata. This open format was first adopted as a […]
Sawnd (french-language) blog makes some predictions WRT digital music in 2010. The gist of their vision is that per-piece downloads are disappearing in the face of all-you-can-eat streaming services. They think the iTunes music store has had its day, because of its dependence on per-piece sales. For the same reason they say MP3 and P2P […]
This blog entry is work in progress on explaining Playdar. It’s not yet clear enough to be turned into an elevator pitch. In particular the third point needs to be broken out into separate points about convenience and quality. Playdar is special because it is scalable, cheap, and uncoupled. It is scalable because it is […]
I’m working on a pitch to explain the point that Playdar “unbundles” MP3 sources from discovery and management. The important thing is the benefit of unbundling, not that there is a mechanism called “unbundling.” That just sounds like a buzzword. What it means that getting MP3s and other music media is distinct from referencing them, […]
RT @cbrumelle: Seems wrong that GoogleMusic puts results from their partners ahead of artists own website *regardless* of the pagerank of the artist site Google Music is based on whitelisting providers. The stakes are about being a legit source of music with equal access to distribution, promo, and most importantly link love in the first […]
CC Mixter has changed hands and is now in private ownership. It’s a supercool development that reflects AIUI a profound vision of the future of record companies and recording artists: Social sites generating music are the next generation of both bands and labels. Have a local gathering of members making live music? It’s the same […]