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Pandora, MOG, Apple, and online music’s future : The New Yorker

Slightly generic article about music-in-the-cloud and streaming services. Some nice facts:

“Of the twenty hours a week that an average American spends listening to music, only three of it is stuff you own. The rest is radio,” Tim Westergren told me. Westergren is the founder of Pandora, one of several firms that have brought the radio model to the Internet.

While using these services, I kept thinking about an early-eighties drum machine called the Roland TR-808, which has seduced generations of musicians with its heavy kick-drum sound and the oddly human swing of its clock. Whoever programmed this box had more impact on dance music than the hundreds of better-known musicians who used the device.

via Pandora, MOG, Apple, and online music’s future : The New Yorker.

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