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Saturday, August 14, 2004


Bad metadata is killing music.

No, bad metadata is not at all killing music. In fact, we now have more 'metadata' about music (and everything else) than we ever did before. MP3 blogs and playlists are massively rich - and accessible - sources of metadata. Not only that, but they're interconnected sources of metadata, which give rise to all kinds of network externalities which provide huge benefits for consumers.

The economist in me says: who cares about metadata anyways? Do I really care if a single is some obscure Jazz record from 1901's mega-arcane something-or-other sessions? Or should I just care that it's music I think is worth consuming? Hmmm, not a bad thought for an essay - 'markets don't care about metadata'.

-- umair // 2:15 AM // 0 comments


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