Fascinating experience that just turned me on to a new band and a great demonstration of the unintended consequences of allowing user comments and ratings of products…
Listening to a song from Owl City (Adam Young)’s latest CD, I was wondering if there’s a newer one on the way. What better way to find out than ask on Twitter (I’m @DaveTaylor)? So I sent out:
The response was, no surprise, “Who is Owl City? What kind of music is that?”
I figured the best thing to do was link to an MP3 so I did a quick Google search and saw amazon.com listed. I clicked thru to the Amazon.com downloadable MP3 of “Fireflies”, Adam’s biggest hit so far. A link to that page in a responding tweet and I’d shared the meme:
While I was on that page, however, I scrolled down to the user reviews, always interested in what other people think about music I like, just to find this:
It was only a click or two to preview some of their tracks and ascertain that, yes, The Postal Service is pretty similar to Owl City.
The result? I just bought a new CD in a very 21st Century version of musical discovery. Cool.