After checking it out, I don’t think I’ll ever use it. Why?
1. I have no interest in following artists’ twitter feeds. I follow one musician, Kanye West, and mainly because I find him to be an amusing crazy person. I really dont care about the opinions of any other artist. This greatly reduces the power of the “Suggested” section.
2. You can only hear one song per artist and you have no control over what song plays. I think this may be because of DMCA rules or whatever agreement they cut with the music studios.
3. I don’t have a Spotify Premium or RDIO account so I can’t hear full songs
4. The “Popular” section only proves to me that when you aggregate the music preferences of a large crowd, crap rises to the top. At least Spotify’s popular chart has some indie and hiphop skews to it.
5. Most importantly, it doesn’t replace any other music app I use today. I use Music.app for my personal collection. I use Pandora or Songza when I don’t feel like listening to something specific and don’t want to think about what to listen to too hard. Spotify is great when I want to listen to something specific I don’t own. Theoretically, #music gives me access to new artists, but as mentioned before, my “Suggested” section is sparse and not well targeted.
I contrast this to Turntable.fm’s Piki app which they released last week. It has a similar idea about discovering what friend’s and tastemakers listen to so you can discover new content. But the app gives you much finer control over specific song recommendations in a very light-weight way (doesn’t encourage me to also follow the artist). It also helps connect me to people with similar taste which the #music app doesn’t do. The biggest problem with Piki is that there’s not enough users yet. But at least it’s actually solving a problem.
I think the #music has their work cut out for them.