Listened to a great IT Conversations podcast the other day in which Jon Udell and John Buckman (founder of Magnatune) had a great exchange on the future of online music.
Once the iPhone 3G enables all-you-can-eat streaming for music, the ipod becomes just a local cache, a hard disk buffer for music that you would normally stream on-demand. Once you can get whatever music you want wherever you are, then availability of music is not the friction, it’s management of your collection and navigation interface (Udell calls it the namespace) of whatever device you’re using to access your collection.
Will iTunes’ crowdsourced playlists and smart folders become the ubiquitous method to interface with your music?
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