But I have been reading Danny’s Sullivan’s liveblog of the release event, and came across a quote that made me chuckle out loud:
Bill talking about how this will let people hear more diverse music. “They’re [Google Music is] going to do for music what they did for the web.”
Oh my goodness, I hope not! Because what they did for the web is put a popularity filter in front of their content-based search mechanism:
Google search works because it relies on the millions of individuals posting links on websites to help determine which other sites offer content of value. We assess the importance of every web page using more than 200 signals and a variety of techniques, including our patented PageRank™ algorithm, which analyzes which sites have been “voted” to be the best sources of information by other pages across the web. As the web gets bigger, this approach actually improves, as each new site is another point of information and another vote to be counted. In the same vein, we are active in open source software development, where innovation takes place through the collective effort of many programmers.
I do not want my music retrieval and discovery algorithms to be powered by the millions of individual posting (and click) links in order to help determine which musicians and songs offer content of value. I do not want my music search results to have been “voted” their way into my results list. I do not want such a music search service to get even bigger by counting even more points of information and votes.
“If we only used collaborative filtering to discover music, the popular artists would eat the unknowns alive.”
UPDATE: I just noticed something in this new Google Music service that I hadn’t noticed before: Popups! Check out this explanation video from the official Google blog, starting at 0:34 and going to 0:47. Compare and contrast that with the official Google position on popups on the Google site:
We do not allow pop-up ads of any kind on our site. We find them annoying.
But there is a solution! Google recommends the following:
If you are experiencing pop-ups generated by one of these malicious programs, you may want to remove the pop-up program from your computer.