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Thanks for the reply, Lucas.
Yes, I am thinking about a ranking system. The way radio works is that
middle men are able to buy airplay through mostly illegal means. That is
what payola is and the so-called independent promoters rule whole areas
of the country and the world as far as airplay on traditional radio. Even
the investigations of the 50's barely dented that entrenched system. The
citation I gave was from a fellow suggesting that the independent labels
now thriving on the web would have to come up with a way to pump money
into traditional radio to get market share.
I suggest that
a) As the new media continue to encroach on traditional media, less
is paid to these payola providers. That could change. Everyone needs
financing. On the other hand, costs are coming down because as the labels
with their paid promotions are removed as middle men, producers (independent
musicians, podcasters, etc.) are providing content for very reduced costs
even free as a means to get their sound out there, create gigging
b) Still, bands want traditional airplay because a very healthy income
The radio production staff doesn't have time to review. The web does and it
votes on a regular basis. To help each other, a system for providing
is needed in a form that a traditional production staff can use to determine
when an indie has produced an internet hit.
Playlists are votes of a kind. So you have a service that a ranking service
use. That's cool. The web supports voting nicely. That is all that
Now it is a matter of focusing on song downloads (one kind of vote) and
(another kind of vote) and downloads+purchase (another kind of vote). Then
are the automated rating systems that players such as Windows Media Player
I don't know what droid-voting can be used for, but it is there.
So yes, the web votes and in very large numbers.
From: Lucas Gonze [mailto:email@example.com]
>2. This is a means to publish a playlist, not rank plays.
You're thinking in terms of a vote system, or maybe the kind of
collaborative filtering that relies on drones filling in forms. There's
a reason why I did hypertext playlists instead of voting -- the web
doesn't support voting, but it does hypertext very nicely.