J’s point captures the upshot well: It is users who stand the most to gain from interoperability. I’m excited because it seem like users are getting more and more power lately, especially with the browser data-store that Mozilla Weave will become.

I wrote a short post outlining how Weave-like technologies could allow users to manage the playlists (as files) and delegate audio provisioning and recommendation to any services they choose.

When users control the data, they’ll be able to interact with services on their own terms. This will change things everywhere, and the music web stands to be a shining example of what can happen to an industry when users start calling the shots.