music

How Last.fm Strengthens Relationships and Creates New Ones

by: Nancy Baym

One of the big questions raised by social networking sites is what the heck those “friendships” really are. In this paper, written with my former Ph.D. student and now Ohio University professor Andrew Ledbetter, we examine this in the case of Last.fm. Based on a large survey of users, we pose the question of what predicts how strong or well developed Last.fm friendships are.

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Streaming versus Downloading: What Are They Good for?

by: David Jennings

I have a theory that the way we get to know music is a bit like the way we get to know potential mates. After the initial attraction, there's a flirting, getting-to-know-you stage; and then there's a going steady stage. One difference is that, with music, polygamy is fine, and it's OK to be going steady and promiscuous at the same time!

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What to Do When Fans Post Live Videos

by: Nancy Baym

Prince may be eagerly suing everyone who posts live videos of his shows on YouTube, but the Swedish label Songs I Wish I Had Written, headed by Martin Thörnkvist, one of the leaders of music-business think tank The Swedish Model, is taking the opposite strategy.

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Social Music in the Metaverse

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The Social Life of a Playlist

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How Trent Reznor Nails It

by: Nancy Baym

Along with Radiohead (though in fact far beyond them), Trent Reznor is often held up as one of the heroes of new media music promotion. This raises the usual litany of questions: Could this work for a new band without a huge following? Is this unique to him? Is this THE FUTURE? Blah blah blah?

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When Do You Want to Hear 30-second Recommendation Clips?

by: David Jennings

I know the question I'm about to ask must have been posed many times before, but I'm not sure I've ever seen an answer. I've been revisiting my thinking about the different 'modes' in which we listen to music.

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Introducing Jennings' Law

by: David Jennings

At yesterday evening's Music Tank event in London someone who'd just received an advance copy of my book mentioned that they'd seen the heading "Jennings' Law" in the table of contents, and asked me to explain.

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Universal Access to All Media Will Kill Our Culture: Discuss

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Money Making Scheme?

by: David Jennings

In a review of Net, Blogs and Rock'n'Roll (the book) in this week's Spectator, Christopher Howse writes

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