I read recently on Wired’s Epicenter blog about a new application that really excites me. It excites me because this is what computers are supposed to do.
Playdar works with streaming sites like Last.fm, Pandora, Spotify, etc and examines any music files you have on your computer. If you’re listening to a streaming site and that site wants to play a song you already have on your hard drive, it plays the file on your hard drive instead of streaming it. This is brilliant because it saves the streaming company money, which keeps them in business longer. For the listener, it means you’ll probably get a better sounding song because typically the stuff on your computer is higher quality than what is streamed.
Hopefully, all the streaming companies and music players (*cough* iTunes *cough*) will support this as a plugin soon, so as Van Halen sang, we can get the best of both worlds!