Every time I log onto Itunes, laugh at the recommendations that it gives me for music that I would like. A lot of the stuff they recommend I already have, but sometimes I find their suggestions almost offensive. Today Itunes wants me to buy a record by Danity Kane. Not even a single song, but rather an entire album. Who owns an entire Danity Kane album? Though Pandora isn’t trying to get money out of you, I have given up on them after some of the insane artists they thought I would like. Boston? Steve Miller? Seriously? I’m a music snob.)
This soul-less recommendation is one of the many reasons why I’m sad to see CDs go, and with it the record store. I buying a CD and asking the clerk what other things are good, or what is new. I like to build up a good relationship with the record store clerk, and let them know that I have good taste. That way, they can highlight some new artist that I have never heard of. This also works in reverse though – if I’m buying a gift I want it to be known that the purchase was not my choice – “No sir this Dave Matthew album isn’t for me.” I don’t want anyone telling me that official bootleg #466 had a particularly awesome extended jam of “Crash Into Me”.
But one of the other reasons why I don’t like like the recommendations on Itunes is that it takes away self-discovery of music. While listening to a clip of a song is great it takes away the element of surprise. When my older brother lived at home, his CD collection was probably somewhere in the 300 range. I didn’t really know anything about the Velvet Underground, but I picked it up because the album cover looked cool.
I know I asked for recommendations the other day, but Itunes I didn’t ask for yours.