Roundtable: Is Music Discovery a Feature or Product? - hypebot

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Hivebeats

In the same vein as Jay Frank, and rehashing the obvious, i think we often forget that for the mainstream, casual music consumer, music discovery is not a goal, it's a mean (to listen to new music that they like.)

Like Cortney I find the music experience lacking: discovery, listening and next steps should be all integrated into one seamless experience. This has been a problem we tried to address in my first startup (circa 1998.) I also find the discovery aspect either obvious (playlist seeded by something we like) or too random (you might like this) with little way to fine tune it the result.

I don't believe there is one "algorithm" that will work for everyone, @ HIVEBEATS we try to emphasize the social aspect with an added layer of source curation, i.e. segregating the people we trust for their music tastes from the rest. We have ways to go and the results are far from being perfect, but we are getting somewhere interesting.

Johnny Pierre

It's neither a Product or a Feature. It's an Experience that a person has with music.

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