RAIN 11/18: Conceptual gadget brings in-office democracy to Pandora and Last.fm
WALL-MOUNTED DEVICE LETS EVERYONE VOICE THEIR MUSIC OPINION…BUT IT MAY “GET BRUTAL”In the category of “Things That Need to Be Made” comes the Office Music Democratizer for Last.fm and Pandora, from idea-factory Breakfast.com. The conceptual device is a wall-mounted panel with two large buttons: one to love or thumbs-up a song, another to signal your distaste with a ban or thumbs-down.
That button would be connected to a receiver, which relays the thumbs-up or down to a Pandora or Last.fm stream. Basically, the device allows an office of folks with differing music tastes to democratically control and personalize a radio stream from Pandora or Last.fm. Brilliant, right? You can watch a video of the conceptual gadget in action here.
“The problem with ‘democracy,’ of course,” writes Ars Technica (here), “is that it doesn’t always facilitate a smooth-running workplace…The situation could get brutal. Back in ancient times there used to be these things called ‘radio stations that everyone could agree on.’ They had these great apps called deejays.”
In my humble opinion, this would be a great social experiment. Set one of these gizmos up in an office and after a year, see what the Pandora station would sound like. My bet? The station would be nothing more than lite-FM. — MS
PS — Dear Breakfast, this would look great in the RAIN offices. Just sayin’.
RADIOTIME LAUNCHES REAL-TIME SONG AND ARTIST SEARCHUsers can now search RadioTime’s directory of web radio stations for artists and songs playing in real-time. For example, RAIN searched for “Come Together” and found a station in Iowa playing the song at that moment, while a search for “Best Coast” uncovered an indie rock stream from Texas.
The search also finds stations and podcasts that — while they may not be playing that artist or track right now — are likely to play similar kinds of music.
“In essence,” writes The L.A. Times (here), “it turns hundreds of live broadcasts into an online jukebox, enabling people to play songs on demand…It also gives local stations a chance to develop audiences far outside their communities.”
You can try out the new search feature and watch a video of how it works at RadioTime’s website here.
STREAM TUNES WIRELESSLY VIA BLUETOOTH TO “GORGEOUS” SPEAKER SYSTEMSoundfreaq’s new SFQ-01 Bluetooth audio system is harvesting plenty of attention, thanks to its ability to stream audio wirelessly from Bluetooth devices. That should mean it could wirelessly play audio from an Internet radio app on your iPhone or other Bluetooth-enabled device. It also boasts excellent sound quality, an FM receiver and a 3.5mm input jack. Engadget has more coverage here.
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