Beats Music Thoughts

Not a fan of this progress wheel covering up the album art.

Not a fan of this progress wheel covering up the album art.

It sucks. Great library of music, but the overall application just feels too busy. I feel as though I need to do more than I should have to, just to play a song I want to hear. You can “heart” songs, but this doesn’t seem to do that much (on Google Play Music, it adds them to a playlist that you can review later, Spotify does this as well – it’s very useful). The radio stations or playlists that it makes aren’t that great – they seem to play assortments that aren’t very intuitive – and the build a sentence thing is just a dumb gimmick – it never hits the spot. Whereas most music services let you make stations with artists or songs, Beats relies on genres, and then doesn’t seem to have all of the genres one might want to select from. It asks you to select a few genres when the app is first configuring. Music isn’t that simple anymore, bands tend to transcend genres a bit. For example, the band “Power Glove,” what are they? Rock? Industrial? Metal? Electronic? Electonica? How about letting me pick my favorite artists? Anyone that knows me knows that Michael Jackson is my favorite of all time, ever. Yet whatever genre-based selections that Beats made never provided me with Michael, I had to go find Michael. I should never have to find Michael. Michael and I are kindred spirits, bound for all eternity. Beats tried to tear us apart – a sin, unforgivable.

The social aspect of the app is probably something that some people would like, I just don’t care and it gets in the way. I “followed” a few artists, but I’m not sure what this does, Maybe if one of the artists rolls out a new release, it notifies you?

Anyway, the navigation felt clunky, all of these gimmicky and social features got in the way of just getting to the music. Often times, I like to check out new artists and just find a list of their songs, hit play and listen to them, but Beats tends to play one song and then stop and await a new command. The progress bar is replaced with a progress wheel in Beats, that progresses over the album art – which although relatively inconsequential, irritated me. Sometimes – I’d say a good 10-25% of the time, the application would just fail to load music for no apparent reason.

I feel like if I were in my late teens or early twenties I’d like this service more, but I’m a grown up and Beats isn’t for me.

11/21/2011 The Janet LaBelle Show!

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College Radio Day – Extraterrestrial TeenyBopper

College Radio Day – Extraterrestrial TeenyBopper

College Radio Day bumper, put together by yours truly. I used the dry voice they had provided and an old Prevue Channel song, and they just worked perfectly together.

Last Semester’s Top Ten

I had a top ten show last semester (5-16-11), which I was hoping I’d have a podcast of, but it apparently is lost in the abyss of time. So, here’s how the top ten looked at the end:

10. Devo – Whip It
 9. Duran Duran – Come Undone
 8. Crystal Castles – Not in Love (feat. Robert Smith)
 7. Duran Duran – Hungry Like the Wolf
 6. Gary Numan – Cars
 5. She Wants Revenge – Tear You Apart
 4. Covenant – Bullet
 3. And One – Military Fashion Show
 2. Billy Idol – Rebel Yell
 1. A Flock of Seagulls – I Ran

The Warehouse 9-26-11

M2J – The Warehouse 9-26-11

Playlist for 9-26-2011 (not in order)

Avenue F – Suffer Unto Me
El De Barge – Rythem of the Night
New Kids on the Block – Step by Step
Documentary about the word “Fuck”
Combustion – Building the House of Vanity
Soulbrothers – 21st Century Disco Shit
Arcade Fire – Sprawl II
Michael Jackson – We Are Here to Change the World
Children of Bodom – Shot in the Dark
Starfucker – Millions
Pet Shop Boys – Home and Dry
Dredg – Bug Eyes
Guns ‘N Roses – You Could be Mine
Megadeth – Trust
Daisy Chainsaw – Love Your Money
Within Temptations – The Heart of Everything
Tom Petty – Runnin’ down a Dream
Ana Lovelis – Wet
Moody Blues – The Story in Your Eyes
Digital Daggers – Surrender
Kerli – Walking On Air
Linda Sundblad – Cheat
Scooter – Aii Shot the DJ (Live)
Lady Gaga/Barry White – Lovegame’s Theme
someonElse – Winter in July
Stray Cats – Rock this Town
The Forever People – Love Myself

(podcast is only the first hour, again. FAIL)

Playlist and Show for 9-19-2011

Playlist for 9-19-2011 (Not in order)

Porcelain Black – Who’s Next
FragileChild – Selfhate ES23 Remix
Obvianiger – Demencia
Diffuzion – Delicious (Essence of Mind Remix)
ES23 – I Want You
Covenant – Tour de Force
Wumpscut – Soylent Green
Xperiment – Visions of Destruction
ohGr – hollow
A7IE – The Blaze (Project Rotten Remix)
Ayria – Hearts for Bullets
Aesthetic Perfection – Pale
The Cruxshadows – Resistr
Alice in Videoland – Video Girl
Alice in Videoland – Take me with You
Android Lust – The Want
L’Âme Immortelle – Slut
The Birthday Massacre – Control
Pet Shop Boys – Opportunities
Spark! – Ett Lejon I Dig
Fractured – Cold Eyes
And One – Traumfrau
Bella Morte – On the Edge
Evlent Chapter – Forever Jihad

(Only have the first hour of the podcast though. FAIL)