5 thoughts on “Webjay+Delicious convergence

  1. I wonder if you have a sense of how many people are into “bookmarking” mp3s of music? I remember when the system:filetype:mp3 tag was first unveiled, and it seemed like there was a big wave of tagging with it.

    But now it looks like only about 10 people are tagging music with it on any given day. Of course, we should assume that something like 10x that number are reading / listening but not tagging.

    But, is that really it? 100 people a day listening to music on Delicious?

  2. Not a lot of people, now that you mention it.

    By my count it took 11.5 days to hit 1000 files. So less than 100 audio files a day. Though that doesn’t count raw bookmarks, only URLs which are new to the system.

  3. I am generally curious if there’s a trend away from “hotlinking” to mp3s on other sites, e.g., now that some musicians are offering sharable players on one hand, and since other musicians are still using locked-down players (like MySpace) on the other.

    I don’t have a good enough sense of this trend / counter-trend with the files I publish, but I am seeing some undesirable hotlinking to those files. Delicious could be a good case for watching the trend of legitimate hotlinking, but it looks like not that many people use it for linking to music.

  4. My impression is that virtually all web music sharing is by embedding flash players or rehosting files. For audio files without video I’d guess that most viral spread is by rehosting an mp3.

    But then again, I personally won’t rehost (usually), and I know other people who take the same approach, so the mediocrity principle suggests that it’s not all that rare.

    What’s undesireable hotlinking?

  5. Good question–it’s a gray area even in terms of my personal sense of right and wrong with the links to the specific mp3s I publish.

    But, basically, there are commercial sites that hotlink to my CC-BY-NC mp3 files, and don’t link to any pages on my site otherwise. And, it’s clear that the intention of these sites is to use aggregate music in a bulk fashion to attract traffic to view commercial ads to generate revenue for the site owner.

    There’s no obvious intent to highlight my music or present it in a curated context, and neither does there seem to be any intent in serving a public good by simply being inclusive or comprehensive.

    I don’t consider this (and don’t think it is) any kind of legal violation of the CC license–these aren’t “uses” / they’re just links. But, they’re links created only in the technical and robotic sense–and not as any kind of expression of artistic or even pragmatic human desires.

    So, these links are lame, and that’s kind-of undesirable.

    That said, whenever someone listens to a track on one of these sites, that individual is bringing humanness back into the mix. IMHO, morally and artistically, this may cancel-out the lameness that created the play-button that the man or woman is pressing to create music. But, that lameness is still kind-of yucky.

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