Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Smells Like Payola


You'd think if you were paying for music, you'd get to listen to music you
like. I mean, that's supposed to be the whole premise behind LaunchCast
Plus from Yahoo! It's supposed to learn your musical tastes and the more
you rate, the better it gets at playing music for you that you'll like.
That works to a point.

When doesn't it work? When stupid songs pop up that have been "Recommended
by Yahoo! Music" -- and why has it been Recommended by Yahoo! Music?
Because they've been paid to recommend it to you. Nothing to do with the
kind of music you like, no regards to your preferences. Just a bunch of
garbage foisted on us by the music industry. I thought that was payola or
pay-for-play... or worse, advertising! I pay $30 for the plus features,
one of which is no advertising. Apparently that just means no ads for
Doritos. Ads for rap music are still ok, apparently.

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