“The Future of Music Discovery Is People, Not Algorithms”

This is the opinion of Michael Papish from a company called Rovi.  He was speaking at the SXSWi conference down in Texas.  From Billboard:

Papish suggests we are entering a new phase in the digital age. Digital services like Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody and others paved the way for consumer choice, sharing, likeminded community development and live interactivity. But he also argues that no music recommendation service on the market today truly solves the problem of music discovery. He believes it is less about developing the right algorithm as much as it is about studying the human psychology of music

Yep.  I agree.  

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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.

One thought on ““The Future of Music Discovery Is People, Not Algorithms”

  • March 13, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Absolutely. User-driven music services (8tracks.com is my current favourite) will become the "what's new and hot", replacing mainstream radio. The one big advantage I see is the ability for users to discover music cross-genre, whereas mainstream radio has a "format" they need to stick to.


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