By Kyle Bylin | @sidewinderfm
If you want the short answer: a majority of listeners don’t care. They have zero desire to be recommended fledgling artists or emerging songs. The biggest problem is that there isn’t a problem. Music discovery appeals to a niche audience. To gain a broader perspective on music discovery and the biggest problems that services have, sidewinder.fm asked several influential executives in music and technology to share with their thoughts on the matter.
Perfecting Music Discovery Algorithms Is A Huge Challenge
Liv Buli is the resident data journalist for music analytics company Next Big Sound.
Well if anyone had found the key to creating the perfect music discovery service, this discussion would be a very different one. There are issues on several fronts.
At this point, perfecting music discovery algorithms is a huge challenge. For one, tastes are often eclectic and can be hard to pinpoint. It can also be difficult to account for what exactly attracts a listener to a particular song. Is it the genre? The lyrics? The key? The rhythm? The drop?