A Music Data Scientist Talks About Music Streaming and Music Discovery

I’m fascinated by how the data collected from music consumers is being used to help us find just the music we want with the least amount of effort.  From Billboard:

It’s become fairly obvious to anyone paying half-attention that music streaming services are the future of consumption for the average listener, offering fans tens of millions of songs practically wherever they go. Because of the number of people using them and the amount of content available within, these services rely heavily on data processing, via finely tuned algorithms, to process what their users like and what they may want.These formulae, however, aren’t intuitive, and present problems for people like Paul Lamere, a data scientist at The Echo Nest (recently acquired by Spotify, you may remember) whose job it is to give listeners exactly what they want, even if they’ve never heard of the artist.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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