How do YOU want to share music?
The web is a fragmented place. Although there’s plenty of common practises, there isn’t a strict set of rules that everyone abides to. This can make sharing content between different ecosystems somewhat difficult. I’m building an app that aims to break down some of these barriers around sharing music, but I need some help. I know how I would like things to work, but I’m curious to know how you would share music in an ideal world. The problem can be broken down into a few categories:
Public vs Private
If you wanted to share a song with someone, would you prefer to make an open recommendation, such as posting on their Facebook Wall, or would you rather send them a private message and discuss it between yourselves? The great thing about public sharing is that other people can chime in and it can often create unexpected music discoveries between friends. But at the same time, there’s something special about sharing music back and forth between two people.
Push vs Pull
Do you prefer to broadcast music discoveries and send tracks to specific people (Push), or would you rather build a music profile that collected everything you liked and let people make discoveries through exploring it (Pull)? You see music being ‘pushed’ everywhere, on Facebook, in Blogs and on various services, but I see any great examples of ‘Pull’. Is this because people don’t want it or no one has nailed it yet?
Dedicated vs Distributed
Do you want a destination that is devoted to music and sharing or would you rather have the tools to share music through the communication channels you already use (Facebook, Twitter, Email)?
Scavenging vs Selection
Are you the sort who scours music blogs and websites in search of new sounds or do you prefer your music served on a platter, for easing picking from a selection that is targeted to your tastes?
There’s plenty more ways to think about it, but these are four areas that I’ve been giving plenty of consideration to.
Have your say!
I’d love to hear what your thoughts are. And don’t feel the need to restrict yourself to these categories either. If there’s anything you’ve ever wanted from a music service, make it known! I’m building a browser extension, so all sorts of crazy things are possible. All comments and suggestions will be considered for the app!