NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Where has all the self-indulging, self-generated buzz over Beats Music gone?
Consider two excerpts from two articles -- one an opinion piece, the other a news story -- that came out over the last couple of days.
First, Paul Resnikoff writing over at Digital Music News:
But most consumers dont care if Spotify has tens millions of songs, according to the latest research. And they aren't fanatics trying to discover new music or research obscure bands. Instead, the real money may be in -- lean-back listening -- a less interested group ...
This is why Beats Music is so interesting, and why Pandora (P) is crushing the competition. It also explains why traditional radio is playing fewer songs than ever before.
Writing from an interesting research report, Resnikoff nails it there.
And then there's this from MusicRow with the report that Beats Music would purchase TopSpin, a platform that helps connect artists to fans:
Over the next several months youll see our platform reveal many exciting new features, providing new ways to discover music and engage with your friends and the artists that create it.
Right. Exactly the opposite of what people want.
Beats claims it does the work for you, curating playlists that play the right song next. But, anybody who has used Beats realizes that A) the user interface is too busy and B) there's too much work to do to get things started and keep them going.
By contrast, at Pandora, you push a button and The Music Genome Project does the rest, playing what you consider the hits and pushing you from time to time with opportunities for discovery.