02:03 AM on 07/03/14
Apple's acquisition of curation-oriented Beats Music seems to have lit fires. It's not good enough to be a phone friendly, monthly-fee reincarnation of Napster anymore.
This is basically a continuation of the podcast/thread conversation about where streaming is going and where it's taking music. The terrestrial radio diaspora and increasing subscriptions to or free use of streaming services mean that "discovery" -- aka selling a listener on an artist -- is a lucrative role up for grabs.
Streaming curation may have significant implications for music journalism, too. These are a new incarnation of mix-tapes or "if you like" lists from college radio stations. Algorithms will be part of it, but writing about the music and providing a trusted human persona could turn streaming services into a new type of music magazine.