I follow a couple of blogs written by researchers. Especially Forrester researchers seem to be encouraged to blog about various things. Mark Mulligan is one of them and has posted a fine short view on the Music’s Digital Decade (denial, confusion, acceptance, rebuilding).

Read the full post on the “Forrester Blog for Consumer Product Strategy Professionals“.

I stumbled upon stereomood.com a couple of days ago. It’s an online radio that has playlists made to fit emotions or a specific activity. For example “road trip”, “It’s raining” or “happy”. The music is primarily indie, rock and electronic and songs are from newer or newest releases.

I somehow miss the ability to interact with the existing playlists. But the service can be fun anyways. I have created an account, collected songs to my own library and put up tags on existing tracks. I can also make my own playlist and share it with friends. But they can only see these, if they are logged in. The Stereomood playlists can be heard without login.

As long as it’s possible to play the music in the country, where I live, it’s better than some other services around. But I do find songs that are no longer online and therefore not able to play from the site. That’s rather annoying and could leave my two first playlists rather empty within weeks or months depended on whether the source has taken the songs down for one or another reason.

My two playlists so far:
“Working hours” and “Collection of covers”.

But I can also recommend Stereomoods “Berlin Calling”.

A couple of bands have got great attention on MySpace and afterwards got signed by major labels. The interaction between band and user getting to know the known and unknown audience / band is a powerful platform.

MySpace is by far the dominating player on this market. But there are other interesting sites definitely worth checking out.

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Thesixtyone.com has a lot of features that should encourage users to listen to new songs, share and commenting on them through letting people get achievements. Both bands and users raise in levels according to their activity and likeness.
There is almost no editorial stuff. The creation of top lists is through the users “hearting” songs. But it’s really nice to explore new mostly unknown bands / songs. Going through the toplists contain a lot of quality; these are professional upcoming (pop and indie) bands. I kind off miss the surprisingly interesting or different band. But that says more about me than the great site.

  • Small note: I’m not completely sure how the upload from artists works. Alphabeat has two profil pages. I guess that wouldn’t be the case, if it actually was Alphabeat who was behind? Such flaws were also the case with MySpace a couple of years ago.
  • Fairtilizerfairtilizer_logo

    “Fairtilizer is a Do It Yourself Music Club providing tools and services for artists, labels, and media to share, promote, and distribute today’s best new music.”

    Fairtilizer – as Myspace – needs the artists. But from my user perspective Fairtilizer manage to bring up new music to my attention. The editorial content is spare but helpful including featured tracks as well as “Club members”. And for the new users the hitlists provide new, exclusive! tracks. There are four sections. Hip/ Rap, Indie, Techno and Cover. Off cause I gotta love the cover section (wuhu!), but with the narrow offer of music genres, it’s more a niche site. To me it has a great appeal, but in all it has less users than Thesixtyone.com.

  • Small note: Alphabeat is the top 1 band in indie with an acustic Daft Punk Cover (Digital Love).
  • Mashup: Last.fm on Youtube.

    Sunday, 4 January, 2009

    Based on your (or your friends) Last.fm profile, you can see random music videos from YouTube with the mash-up Playmymusicvideos.com. Morten Just is the developer and it seems like he’s doing some fun stuff regarding mash ups in his leisure time.
    I also found this one – http://www.genstart.dk/netradio/lastfm/ – where you on your screen see a (big) picture from the band you have recently played (scrobbled) and where their next concert take place. Funny, but not really useful.

    I read about this at http://www.musikbibliotek.dk/26022