Kicking the Tires on Beats Music

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Topspin has a similar

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 21, 2014 - 8:53pm.

Topspin has a similar integration with Beats as they do on Spotify with their Artistlink service. Also, Ian Rogers was not a cofounder of Topspin.

I've spent just a few days

Submitted by Bill Rosenblatt (not verified) on January 26, 2014 - 5:40pm.

I've spent just a few days with this service, and the potential is great. I'm a music geek, and I love it so far. So many choices for "what I can listen to now," tailored to me and my listening habits. I like how they have organized the home screen into a choice of albums, curated playlists, artist features, and various other options. And I like the respect they show for albums in this day and age. The playlists start with hits and then go *deep*. I love the "behind the boards" producer playlist idea.

In all, this is Music Curation 2.0. It comes closer than ever to my idea of music exploration (as opposed to discovery) -- see http://billsmusicalbox.wordpress.com/2011/08/20/a-manifesto-for-music-ex....

What I worry about with these guys is that it's by-music-geeks-for-music-geeks, and there's no free service. It's expensive to do all that curation, and I'm not sure that there's a large enough audience to appreciate it. It's one thing to be a labor of love for Jimmy Iovine, and quite another to be a profitable business.

The "Sentence" feature seems to be Beats' way to appeal to the masses. It's essentially an extension of Songza's playlists. I find it gimmicky and uninteresting. But then I'm a music geek.

Sound quality over mobile is as good as MOG, i.e. the best there is, and definitely better than Spotify.

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