A lifetime of lost playlists
July 31, 2008 8:17 AM   Subscribe

A lifetime of lost playlists Martin Belam offers a personal history of music formats and describing how he made playlists with each of them. I'd love for his conclusion to become a reality.
posted by feelinglistless (13 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I actually can't get some of his posts to show up on my screen - the page only displays the comments, and his actual essay is missing. (Including the conclusion.)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:30 AM on July 31, 2008

Oooh. It's working fine for me. I'm using Firefox 3 on XP, and there aren't any comments. Funny.
posted by feelinglistless at 8:36 AM on July 31, 2008

It's a fascinating series of posts - I've been reading it for the past few weeks, and it gives a lovely personal overview of how the way we interact with music has changed. Belam's always good value, though.
posted by flashboy at 8:39 AM on July 31, 2008

IE 7 isn't showing the main text, & neither is the Google Cache, even in text-only mode.
posted by Pronoiac at 8:52 AM on July 31, 2008

A Shazam/iTunes mashup would indeed be fantastic.
Am I the only one that feels guilty when I turn off a song before it's fully over because it won't be counted as a play in itunes?
Please tell me I'm not.
posted by minifigs at 8:54 AM on July 31, 2008

Ok. Switching the ends of comments from --> to --!> makes it work again. There's a column on the right side containing a bio, & that shows up then too.
posted by Pronoiac at 9:02 AM on July 31, 2008

You're not, minifigs.
posted by jinjo at 9:04 AM on July 31, 2008

Shazam for the iphone: "Shazam lets you preview and buy the song through the iTunes store right on the phone."
I left a comment with the html fix I mentioned.
posted by Pronoiac at 9:16 AM on July 31, 2008

Ooh. This goes straight to my music-lovin' heart. Thank you for posting. I had no idea this blog existed, and now I get to explore it between tasks today. Yay.

I wish we could make our own vinyl records easily and somewhat affordably, as they are harder to corrupt, persist for many more years, and if we end up in a non-digital world, turntables can be built by hand.
posted by batmonkey at 9:17 AM on July 31, 2008

This guy needs a Squeezebox. iPod/iTunes works for the masses, but for this guy?
posted by mcstayinskool at 9:57 AM on July 31, 2008

Good stuff. He also did a nice series about working in Reckless Records.
posted by jack_mo at 10:05 AM on July 31, 2008

Setting up a video playlist on Youtube is a decent start toward the celestial jukebox. I think editing them together might also be coming up soon, but that might be me daydreaming to the latest Girl Talk album.
posted by Pronoiac at 10:25 AM on July 31, 2008

2005 - now: The Strokes, Franz Ferdinand, The Killers,

I lol'ed.
posted by drjimmy11 at 11:04 AM on July 31, 2008

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