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An Ode to Joyful Music Streaming

Streaming services usability has a long way to go yet. John Jurgensen has some points:

Still, there are some hallmarks of the streaming-music experience that I’d like to see less of.

For one, let’s take a cue from musicians who pooh-pooh genre labels and move away from generic categorization. Icons labeled “blues” or “1980s” only remind the user of the musical rut that he’s in.

I’m not a classical music connoisseur, but when I type in ” Chopin, ” I would like to be served something more respected than one of the “150 Classical Masterpieces” performed by uncredited musicians. That may be the most “popular” recording of the composer’s Nocturne No. 2, but it shouldn’t necessarily be the one that rises to the top of the list.

Browsing and searching music is usually pretty seamless—if you’re into pop music. But fans of other genres, like jazz and classical, often have to be more persistent. On Rhapsody, for example, the album ” Gary Burton & Keith Jarrett ” gets filed under the artist Keith Jarrett, but not Gary Burton. And if you’re looking for all recordings of “The Magic Flute,” you’re best off searching these services for both the opera’s English and German name, Die Zauberflöte.

via WSJ.com.

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