Friday Fives

Music to My Ears

1. How often do you listen to music?

constantly.  Virtually every waking minute.  Well, lemme clarify.  When driving, I am usually listening to Podcasts (Adam Carolla, Car Talk, or This American Life). I used to tether my iPod everywhere.  I have speakers set up at work, home, etc.  I even keep portable speakers in my truck for camping or whatever.  Now, I just stream Pandora through the same channels, but use my cell phone instead to deliver it.  Also, there is the whole roku thing I do through the home stereo, which now streams Pandora as well.  if you have a PS3 or a new Blu Ray player, it probably also does all of this as well.

2. Do you ever listen to the radio? What is your favorite station?

not much.   Can’t stand the radio because of what Clear Channel did to it.  My favorite station is NPR, especially since they made the big move to FM Stereo in the Denver market.  90.1, KCFR

3. How do you find new songs, albums, or artists to listen to?

well, my band.  I am not super open to new bands.  I have always been this way, even though I am a new fanatic.  Being in a band, I am constantly being forced to check out new stuff, as the others want to put the influences into the set.  This is great, and has taught me to appreciate more than my little circle of Dylan, Dead, Metallica, Pearl Jam, and Pumpkins.   Yes, there are other bands, apparently.

4. When was the last time you bought a CD? A digital music file?

I bought a few of the Beatles re-releases.  I wanted the actual Cds because they each came with little documentaries.  Also, the Beatles aren’t on iTunes yet.  I don’t trust iTunes or the whole back up arrangement.  So, if it is a CD I want to have for years, I buy the physical thing.  The last audio disc I downloaded was Brandi Carlile.  That perfectly examples how iTunes totally dicked me.  Only half the songs of her new disc (giving of the ghost, I think it’s called) showed up.  I am sure it is a great disc, but I won’t know unless I shell out another $12.  So, lesson learned.  Buy the actual disc.

5. Do you think any of the technologies and distribution methods mentioned above will still be around in ten years? Why or why not?

yes, and it is my long held vision of the media server.  You know how all your albums are on your iPod?  Well, that is a start.  In the future, you will have a media server, likely your cell phone.  It will contain all your Cds, DVDs, photos, etc.  Cell phones are also becoming projectors.  True story, your next big screen TV (in five years time) will be your cell phone.  You ask “how can my cell phone store all my Cds and DVDs and pictures”?  It won’t.  That will be stored offsite, like a gmail server, and you will stream it wherever you go (like Pandora).

so, I think most distribution channels will be digital and virtual in the future.

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