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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
PageRank is. 
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:lgonze@panix.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.


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