“Much Too Soon” Is The Third Song To Have Been Made Public From Michael Jackson’s Upcoming Posthumous Album
A new song from the King of Pop’s posthumous release (to be titled “Michael”) has just been made available to the public. It is named “Much Too Soon”, and it has had a warmer reception than the last one, “Breaking News”. It was not that “Breaking News” was panned in terms of quality – it was its veracity that was disputed. Fans, critics and Jackson’s family all argued vociferously that it wasn’t Michael singing, but an impersonator.
Luckily for Epic Records, “Much Too Soon” received no such unwanted criticisms. Continue reading
Apple unveiled Ping almost two weeks ago. Punters and experts alike were calling it a MySpace killer on the weeks prior to its release. More than a handful of people thought it would take the crown of the social network for music hands down.
Well, it turns out MySpace was much tougher than it seemed. Its huge userbase is not jumping ship that easily. And the over-commercialism of Ping dented its own credibility.
Tech blog Mashable recently polled its readers. They had to choose whether they preferred Ping or MySpace. The results?
42.3% (785 votes) MySpace
27.4% (509 votes) Ping Continue reading
As I am sure you know, Apple has just given the iTunes store a social layer by releasing Ping, a network that is solely meant for music-related interactions. According to Steve Jobs, Ping has been created to solve the problem of discovering exactly what to listen to on iTunes.
Note that Ping is not really an independent website; it is actually part of iTunes 10. It is not a site that you sign up for, and it is not a mobile application either.
Ping lets you see what your friends have downloaded, what music they like, and which gigs they are attending. And if you follow other musicians (some celebrities are already there), you get to learn about new releases straight from them. You are also informed about any shows they are going to play.
Privacy (a big issue ever since Facebook tried to impose some big changes on users sometime last year) shouldn’t be a cause of concern – you can keep everything as public or private as you want. It is possible to create a closed circle with your ten best friends and exchange music among yourselves if that is what you want.
However, the shortcomings of Ping have already been pointed out. And in a unanimous way at that.
For starters, you will lament the absolute lack of intelligence Ping has got when it comes to recommending music to you. It just looks at the artists of the hour and recommends them to you, with little rhyme or reason. Since Ping is not an independent site but it is actually part of iTunes, you would think it would use iTunes’ “Genius” feature. Well, it doesn’t. And that was a big letdown to many. Continue reading