by Thomas Burritt
Lately, I’ve written a bit about the seemingly endless tools of music discovery that are making themselves available to us. I realized that these tools have really changed my behavior as a fan of recorded music. And, changed for the better. Basically, these tools have allowed me to listen to more “newly discovered” music in the past 4 months than I’ve listened to over the past 2 years.
I recently just paid for my second month of Spotify, solidifying the value that the service brings to me. While there has been some discussion about the validity of this type of service, I have discovered a great deal of music there, and it’s even helped me listen to music that I have discovered elsewhere.
In an interesting recent move by You Tube, in this case “Elsewhere” meant their new Gary Burton’s new band “Common Ground” - The New Gary Burton Quartet. Haven’t you noticed lately how the YouTube logo has changed to include some kind of music doodle (currently a phonograph record player…)?
Google’s play here (via YouTube) is very interesting. Curation is the name of the game, and it all makes sense, given that Google knows SO much about you. YouTube music went well beyond finding a quartet with my favorite drummer and vibist however, they offered good suggestions about YouTube channels, videos viewed by other users watching similar videos as I, videos my subscription users recommended, and even promoted concerts by artists who were playing in Austin, offering information about dates, venue, and ticket purchasing. In minutes, after building a playlist, I had an hours worth of video I couldn’t wait to watch via my google tv. Sign in with your google account and give it whirl.
What about Gary and Antonio you ask? Well, as you can imagine I wasn’t disappointed. While there is certainly nothing revolutionary in the recording it is well worth the very limited effort you need these days to get your hands on it. You can check it out on iTunes for $9.99 and Amazon mp3 for $8.99. The video below features some good insight from each member of the band.
Have you noticed your music listening habits changing? What do you think of YouTube music? Leave your comments below.
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