Google is listening – and telling

August 17, 2006

Google Music Trends captures (after op in) the music Google Talk users are listening to and compiles the info into charts.

Music Trends is a snapshot of the music that’s popular right now among Google Talk listeners. Every Talk user who has opted in to Music Trends will cast their vote automatically, each time they listen to music on their computer. We’ll gather this information and display the trends by genre, listing the favorite songs and artists in each category.

You can click through from the trends results to information pages about the artist or album, courtesy of Google’s Music Search. Another click and you could be at one of a number of online stores from which to buy the music, either as a digital download or on physical media.

Not unlike Last.FM in the U.K – but with a far less social media vibe.

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MTV’s “everywhere” philosophy – in action

August 17, 2006

They talk about “everywhere” and then they do it.  From WSJ Freebie

On Aug. 31 awards night, besides main MTV, for the first time MTV2 will air its own version — complete with live performances of hit songs.

At the same time, visitors to MTV’s broadband site Overdrive will be able to watch a backstage view of the show.

Separately, mtvU, a cable channel available only on college campuses, will air a college-themed VMA program.

MTV will even send updates of the show to cellphone users who have signed up for wireless content on MTV’s website.

To their credit – XM Radio does this kind of coverage of major events also – but ONLY on the sat box – not online.


Radio, slide over and make room in the car

August 17, 2006

FMQB is reporting about (but not linking to) to a new study from J.D . Power about options people say they want in their cars

A new study from J.D. Power and Associates asked consumers what new options they would like in the next generation of automobiles. Over half of those surveyed expressed an interest in the ability to play “non-standard audio files” in their next car via a USB memory key, if there was a price point of $100.

“non standard” audio file?

Also for the same amount, 58 percent said they would like an in-vehicle computer hard drive, allowing them to store music files in their car.

Write this off as simply another version of a 12 disc changer at your own risk. Like an iPod is just another version of a Walkman TapePlayer.

Among iPod owners surveyed, 60 percent said they would pay $150 to have connectivity for their iPod in their next vehicle.

That price is ridiculous – but it highlightes how motivated some people are to get more options for audio entertainment in the vehicle.

The auto – once radio’s exclusive territory is going to keep getting more and more crowded.

So – is getting our brands into “non standard audio file” format sounding like a good idea YET?