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    Meagan Shaffer | Thursday, September 1, 2011 24 Comments

    Facebook announcing music streaming through facebook.com at F8

    Madonna said it best – music makes the people come together.

    I’m something of an early adopter of “online music”. Sean Fanning went to my High School (sure, he was a freshman when I graduated and is now a millionaire…sigh…) and my addiction to LimeWire crashed my family’s computer at least a dozen times. I was the type that updated the song on my MySpace profile with great frequency, even. All told, the rise of music streaming marks one of the most significant impacts the internet has had on my life.

    A few years ago, Pandora was my jam. For the uninitiated, Pandora lets you create “stations” based on a specific artist/song. It will then serve up “similar” songs based on that selection. What a fantastic tool for discovering new music! (I owe my awareness of/love for the Black Keys to Pandora). It applied intelligence to these selections by enabling you to “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” the songs it played. I managed that ish like Joe Jackson – I was on it, and if any of my stations served up something I didn’t like, those songs were dealt with in the harshest way possible (that’s right, thumbs down to YOU Pussycat Dolls!) The problem is, when I gave a thumbs up to an artist, say, I don’t know, Justin Timberlake, those songs began to permeate my other channels. When you’re in the mood for Slipknot, JT mixing in just does not work.

    Craving more control, I jumped on the GrooveShark bandwagon. Now, let me say this plainly – Grooveshark has changed my life. You have access to the music collections of the estimated 35,000,000 users!! I’ve yet to search for a song/artist and not get something back – even my beloved Josh Homme’s Dessert Sessions are on there, and you should hear the Chieftans/Dropkick/assorted bagpipe/12 versions of “toura loura” mix I made for Saint Patrick’s Day.  You choose your songs, add them to a list, and that list lives forever.  The only problem – no mobile app?! (Give that a big ol’ #WTF. Come on, Grooveshark.) Of course, this left me stranded at a party a few weekends ago that needed DJ RedHeadMeag’s touch.

    Enter Spotify. Like the rest of the Twitterverse, I used Klout to gain access to this much buzzed about service. But I got there and….meh. Where was the selection? That’s a bandwagon with a personal best high bounce rate – 2 tries, and I was out.  Did I walk away too quickly? (comments and thoughts are welcome!)

    Now, I’m reading that Facebook is going to announce at F8 later this month that they’re partnering with Spotify (and others) to stream music through FB.com. Check out the Mashable story: http://mashable.com/2011/08/31/facebook-music-platform/

    Adding reco’s based on what my friends like? Hmmm. I’m friends with a pretty musically diverse group of individuals – I’m not sure that this is really going to do it for me.  Also – I like free.

    Are you excited about this launch? What is your favorite music service?

     

     

  • Deirdre

    Such an interesting post Meagan.  Especially for someone like me who gets her music fix (all 80s, mind you) from my hot pink iPod!  Your post has given me the incentive to explore other options – as I was originally intimidated by some of the ones you’ve listed above. Cheers~

  • http://twitter.com/thespottedduck Shelley Senai

    I’ve been playing around with Spotify lately too! I like that you can hear whatever you want (selection has been mostly there for me, though some things I haven’t been able to find) but I’m still not totally clear on how I can use it to find new music. That’s what I always loved about Pandora. And sadly, you  have to pay for the Spotify mobile app! #WTF I’ve never tried Grooveshark though – might have to look into it. And the verdict is out on the FB music until I can try it out myself! :)

  • http://twitter.com/RedHeadMeag Meagan Ellis

    Ah, Grooveshark you will love. And from what I hear, there IS a Grooveshark mobile app available (not sure why it didn’t show up in my app store search though!) 

  • http://twitter.com/RedHeadMeag Meagan Ellis

    Deirdre, you are not alone in your love of 80s music!! You would love Grooveshark – everything is on there! :-)  

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