Journal: News & Comment

Friday, October 28, 2005
# 2:49:00 PM:

Further shameless self-promotion and commentary

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I admit that one reason I keep sending audio comments and a promo or two to Adam Curry is because his is one of the most popular podcasts around (not to mention one of the oldest, since he helped invent the technology), and it's a great way to promote my stuff.

So today, he played another piece of audio feedback (1.2 MB MP3 file) I recorded last night. (The backing track is "The Burning Moon," my spooky collaboration with Simon James.) I hope I made a useful point in it as well, which is that, with Internet database technology, there's no need for the emerging music networks to limit their charts to only the "top 10" or to time periods. They could include lists of:

  • All "spins" (plays), from most plays (#1!) to least (#3862! or whatever).
  • Top-to-bottom lists of spins by genre (jazz, rock, country, metal, electronica, instrumental, classical, etc.).
  • Spins by geographical area, as fine-grained as you want (from "Europe" to "Southern Vancouver Island").
  • ...and so on.

He seems to agree, and suggests that the Podsafe Music Network could even let podcasters or whoever slice and dice playlist data any way they like to produce all sorts of statistics. I could see a number of other music podcasts emerging from that: imagine "This Week's Top Accordion Hits!"


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