Eliot Van Buskirk @ Berlin Music Week 2013


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This was a half-hour presentation on what we music fans really need from music apps these days.

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Eliot Van Buskirk @ Berlin Music Week 2013

  1. 1. Some places I’ve worked
  2. 2. You can also read Evolver.fm on…
  3. 3. Music players used to be devices instead of apps.
  4. 4. CrowdJuke Made by a guy at Facebook during a Music Hack Day – just one example of how the world will adjust itself to please those who participate in social networks and express music preferences
  5. 5. PugSynth A ridiculous dog-based synthesizer
  6. 6. Frederic Chopin Resurrection A surprisingly popular videogame in which you, Frederic Chopin, must defeat nine bosses by “playing” the piano. Somehow, this became the most popular music game in seven countries at one point.
  7. 7. NoteFlight This one lets you write songs, like others, but this one fills in the missing notes that connect your melody based on the style of any century of classical music.
  8. 8. Spotify Box This turns Spotify into a physical format with RFID. Someone needs to make a children’s music player that works like this, but some adults would surely appreciate it too. No UI, in this case, just objects. Again.
  9. 9. The Infinite Jukebox One of my favorite apps, made by one of my favorite people, my colleague Paul Lamere. Let’s have a listen.
  10. 10. Functionality is not the only issue.
  11. 11. Collecting Music Should Be This Easy.
  12. 12. But instead… Siloization Discovery is easy, collecting is hard.
  13. 13. CDs work on any CD player Mock it if you will, but this is the standard for cross-service compatibility. You didn’t need a Sony CD player to play music from Sony Music.
  14. 14. Water, Water, Everywhere… … and not a drop to drink
  15. 15. We discover music all over the place • Friends • Internet radio services • Music blogs • Music blog aggregators • New releases lists • Bars, clubs, restaurants, terrestrial radio, satellite radio • News, reviews • Movies, television, YouTube • Live shows, festivals
  16. 16. What we need to do with that music • Keep it all in one place. • Keep it all in every place. • Move it from one service to the other. • Use it to inform our preferences on new apps and services. • Harvest songs to our collection from internet radio, the air, etc. • Use our collection to meet people. • Use our people to meet music. • Play it on any device.
  17. 17. How Music Fans Track Music They Might Want to Collect Evolver.fm worked with our pal Sean Adams at Drowned In Sound to see how the serious music fans who use that site collect music. The number one answer was…
  18. 18. This. Surely, we can do better.
  19. 19. Music Needs a Triptych: Discovery, Audition, Collect This is not one app, but rather an ecosystem.
  20. 20. Permanent Collections That Follow Us Around Data portability, open standards. If you love someone, set them free. Your song list and artist stations need to be truly portable.
  21. 21. One Big Database Unique identifiers for every song, ready for data portability IFPI? The Echo Nest Rosetta Stone Shazam tells me it generates 10 percent of all digital music sales. So however, it happens, we know that cross-app integration between discovery and collection pays off.
  22. 22. One More Thing: Open-Source “AirPlay” Spotify Connect is great, as is AirPlay itself, but we need an open standard for putting music on speakers wirelessly. Apple reportedly charges speaker manufacturers $4 per unit for AirPlay, and Spotify Connect will only work with… you guessed it.