Monday, March 06, 2006

Back To The Future

Another competitor to Last.fm and Pandora has emerged in the form of Snaptune. According to the fine folks over at Techcrunch:
With a little user configuration, Snaptune will automatically downloads songs and other content directly from an FM radio to your computer, and add meta data from Amazon and other sources.
Forgive me. But I cannot see the point of this. FM radio? Who the hell listens to FM radio to find exciting new music? Who wants to record a shitty radio transmission? Don't these guys read any industry statistics? Hint: It's certainly not the same folks who can figure out how to connect their PC to the radio...

3 comments:

bill said...

You should try Snaptune One. I think it will change your mind. Recent polls indicate that at least 50% of the people turn to radio to find new music. I use it on a university/indie station and I bet i'm more up on what's new than you. And, when i like something, i just buy the full fidelity version of it. Give it a chance. I think it would change your mind, that is, if your mind is open to change. thanks.

BW said...

Yes. I believe that stations like WFMU, WFUV, KEXP, KCRW, WSOU and more offer a great way to find out about new music. But lots of these stations offer podcasts or streaming versions of programming.

bill said...

i agree. these stations are much more progressive. and even so, they are no match for the capability that snaptune provides. typically these stations offer you podcasts purely if indie music that is either already availble for download or that they recorded. that is totally cool. however, snaptune gives it all to you. i have been running on an kexp in seattle. i'm sitting on 8600 tracks, many of which i could not get elsewhere and most of which nobody offers for free downloading and evaluation.

also, you can use this product to learn what is new on the radio. a simple sort will give you the new, breaking music. another will give you the top 10 in the last 7 days. another will give you the tops tracks overall. it is a new way to discover music. if you can get this elsewhere, i'd like to know.