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Ping? [and 8tracks]
Posted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:56 pm
Is anyone else here on Ping
I'm not sure of it's value yet, but I figure if a bunch of us were using it, it might become interesting.
Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 6:22 pm
I did sign up for an account
(feel free to send me a friend request!) and have visited a handful of times (to respond to a few friend requests - including Trev's just now - and to follow Nikki Yanofsky
) but nothing has been compelling enough to bring me back.
Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:38 pm
Yes, Ping has an empty not-quite-there feel about it. Kinda like MySpace
Speaking of social networks for music sharing, maybe I'm late to the party, but I was introduced to 8tracks
by dogpossum recently when I was looking into all this and it's far more useful and engaging. You basically make the equivalent of a mixtape and put it online for people to listen to and comment on. I'd much rather see the swing DJ community get involved in that.
I'm here: 8tracks.com/theswingdj
for the curious.
Posted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:30 am
Oh yeah, I totally love 8tracks. It has a really nice, clean layout, and I like the simple like/comment features. I also dig the way I can embed it in my blog, or on faceplant.
Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 3:41 am
Call me cynical and/or paranoid but from the little I've seen of Ping it felt as much about Apple trying to get their feet in the door of social networking (+ get plenty of useful marketing data on it's users) as it did providing a service that will be of genuine benefit to people. I'd take a Mac over a PC any day of the week, but I have misgivings over how much control they and other cuddly companies (potentially) have over the online music industry and don't particularly want to give them any more control into how I listen to or buy my music.
Spotify has been a MASSIVE boon to me - admittedly it doesn't have everything on there, but it gives me the scope for listening to albums first / checking recording qualities / experimenting with playlists before I actually shell out + has widened my music knowledge and awareness no end.
Loving the look of this 8tracks site, going to check it out fully later.
Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:54 pm
Speaking of Spotify (which I haven't used), this got my attention today:
http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/2 ... rn-online/
Posted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 12:05 am
The table doesn't list eMusic.
Posted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 7:14 am
That's certainly interesting - although the statistics are used to illustrate one specific argument. One of the strengths of Spotify for me is that it is a listening post, so I know what I'm getting before I go elsewhere and buy it.
Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 2:06 pm
Hey, great hint with 8tracks! I just created a profile: http://8tracks.com/chrisbe
I'm also on Ping, but I don't really use/like it so far. I was wondering what Apple will do to make it more appealing...