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.
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
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.
The Infinite Jukebox
One of my favorite apps, made by one of my favorite people, my
colleague Paul Lamere. Let’s have a listen.
But instead… Siloization
Discovery is easy, collecting is hard.
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.
Water, Water, Everywhere…
… and not a drop to drink
We discover music all over the place
• 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
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.
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…
Music Needs a Triptych: Discovery, Audition, Collect
This is not one app, but rather an ecosystem.
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.
One Big Database
Unique identifiers for every song, ready for data portability
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.
One More Thing:
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.