David Jennings

Cumulative advantage versus the wisdom of crowds

by: David Jennings

There's an interesting article in Sunday's New York Times about how we arrive at collective judgements of cultural products.

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SonyBMG believes blogging is the answer to discovery

by: David Jennings

Blogging is clearly one of the major trends in music, media and entertainment. It makes complete sense for the major labels to use the process in a creative way to encourage, discover and communicate with new artists.

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Why we need, but cannot trust, charts

by: David Jennings

David Hepworth (director of Word magazine) asks "why should anyone care about the chart?" The reason I give in the book is that the chart helps us know what other people like.

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Wikis versus blogs as cultural commentary

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Blogs, wikis, 'voice' and accountability

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Music 2.0 Directory

by: David Jennings

Jason Herskowitz has started a wiki site so we can all collate examples of different kinds of new-generation music sites.

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Debunking the MySpace 'Revolution' and its Effect on the Charts

by: David Jennings

The current issue of Word has a good sceptical article by Peter Robinson on the promotion of new music through the Net in general and MySpace in particular.

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Jazz Blogs Curate a 'Lost' Period

by: David Jennings

There's an interesting article on jazz blogs in yesterday's New York Times (registration may be required shortly), which touches on several themes that I cover in the book:

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Second Generation Discovery Sites

by: David Jennings

There's an interesting set of issues raised by sites like Best MySpace Band, which add second-generation features to discovery sites like MySpace, Last.fm and so on.

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Soundflavor Moves Into Music Recommendation Client Software

by: David Jennings

Soundflavor is the latest playlist sharing service to move beyond just their sharing community (see my review) to offer a software download that plugs into iTunes to recommend playlists. The download is called Soundflavor DJ™, and you can download it here.

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