Too Many Music Services?
I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a little dizzy from the flood of music services hitting the market each week.
Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Grooveshark, Audiovroom, Audiosocket, Ujam, Rdio, MOG, TuneStat and ScoreBig are roaring in next to “veteran” services Nimbit, CDBaby, Reverbnation, Sonicbids, Tunecore, Topspin and Bandcamp.
Then, making less noise but still vying for position, are Indaba, FanBridge, JamSpot, Bandzoogle, Pledge Music, RiffSpot, Songkick, uPlaya, Moof, Moogis, Mooso, Mugasha, not to mention StompBox, studio.HD, JamPad, beatScore, Kyte, Ringtone Maker Pro, SoundHound, SoundManager, Social Offer, PolyChord, SoundMatrix and the thousands of other apps flooding our screens…good Lawd!
Hey, I have nothing against a little capitalist competition, and most of these certainly vary. But don’t you think this is getting a little ridiculous? Who has the time to check all these out, apply them to one’s music projects, and assess their worth?
Not me, that’s for sure.
Even those services that pass the test of a respected reviewer’s critical eye number in the dozens.
Some music services have more at stake, especially those trying to corner the musical ‘cloud’, the poetic name for online storage and software that promises to make lifetimes worth of songs available to anyone, anywhere, as long as those people and places have Internet connections.
In light of all this, I found the following words of Big Champagne’s Eric Garland, especially apt:
The highly anticipated era of music that flows like water and lives in the cloud will be demonstrated in the end to be just another way to enjoy it. …No one thing will be everything. We are so breathless in our expectations for things like Spotify, Google Music Service or what Apple will do in the cloud. But what history is trying to show us is that each new choice will be one among many and sizable audiences will enjoy consuming music using them all. And frankly, that is the toughest psychological break for industry veterans to make with the past. Stop thinking that it’s going to be one thing all the time. That will never be the market again.
So be it. In the meantime, in the immortal words of Joni Mitchell, I suppose I’ll have to deal with “the crazies you get from too much choice.”
No point here; just a vent. Anyone else feeling this?