Rdio Bridges the Gap Between the Record Collection and the Cloud

Agreed, Rdio is better designed than Spotify but I’m still looking for the deep cloud catalog. For example, Rdio matched only 1/3 of my iTunes songs.

Most of the music I listen to is still on SoundCloud and not available in streaming format anywhere else.

Unlike teens today, I also like to keep my music which means for every tune I like I want to save a digital file or an MP3. Call me a digital music hoarder or music collector but I just don’t think some of these music platforms will hang around forever and everything must be backed up!

I wish the cloud was fast enough to store my 143 days of listenable music for listening anywhere in the world. Services like Google and Amazon lockers promise mass storage just for music but they’re too damn slow upon upload and playback. Yes, this is also an widescale Internet problem. LTE can still be a tortoise.

My listening behavior is not replicable in the cloud just yet. Unfortunately, I don’t think Apple’s iRadio which sounds more like Pandora, Songza, Last.Fm, etc. is the solve either.

Consumption and listening across devices and multiple platforms is therefore the status quo. One day the entire collection, owned and rented, will be synced.


Responsive Design (By Wilson Miner)

Wilson Miner – When We Build from Build on Vimeo.

Art gives meaning to empty space.

Humans are tool builders that create the world they want to live in.  New creations, or mediums, create completely different environments.  Sometimes design is clearly expressed to the creator yet  invisibile. As Wilson notes in his presentation, ”You perceive the energy of color even when you don’t see anything.”

Today’s developments spread much faster than previous technologies.  YouTube took less than 6 months to reach 50 million people, the iPhone took less than 3 years.  Radio took 40 years.  What you think is cool right now will be arcane tomorrow.

Quotes featured in the video:

The artist is always a jump ahead of technology. – Marshall McLuhan

We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us. – Marshall McLuhan

The computer is the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with.  And it’s the equivalent of bicycles for our minds. – Steve Jobs

When we build, let us think that we build forever.  – Josh Ruskin

 The medium is the message.