In my opinion, this is the crown jewel of Beats Music. My problem with most streaming services is that I often don’t have a clue what to listen to. Sure, they’ll show me what’s popular, but that’s not necessarily where my tastes lie. Likewise, algorithmic recommendations tend to generate uninspiring mishmashes of songs. “Hey, we noticed that you like metal and country, so here’s a playlist with Marilyn Manson, Toby Keith, Beck, and Nickelback!” Thanks, but no. I like strawberries, mustard, and eggs, but I wouldn’t make a sandwich out of them.
-Josh Centers, “What Sets Beats Music Apart”, TidBITS: FunBITS
Prior to reading this take on the Apple Beats Acquisition, I was a little worried about what exactly Apple could get out of the mix, but I’ll admit to being more and more intrigued each day. iTunes Radio does its job for me most days, mainly because I use it only rarely, but Josh Centers gets a few ideas down on paper here that I have not seen anywhere else. And after reading Stephen Hackett’s take on the iTunes Conglomerate, I think Apple is ready to separate out iTunes into its different services for the betterment of all of them.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.