All of the techno-mumbo-jumbo aside, Wahwah.fm is an app that turns your phone into an internet radio station. It scans your phone for music and then you’re able to choose what you’d like to broadcast. Click “play” and presto – you’re live for all to hear, Duranie or otherwise. What a great way to share what you’re listening to, and quite honestly – it’s yet another excellent way to reach fans and connect. Not that you’re horrible at that, but this is another way of talking without really “talking”. Not a bad plan for a man on the go. What fan wouldn’t want to hear what their favorite member of Duran Duran has playing?
Of course, it’s not just artists that can use wahwah. Anybody can download the app and use it, and another thing that I really like – you can get off a plane, step out of a car, turn on the app and know relatively quickly what other users are around you (and listening to based on a real-time live feed), and amazingly – you get a snapshot of what the local music scene is like. How cool is that? It also appears that privacy settings can be used so that you are able to manipulate what can and cannot be seen (such as your location) by other area users. I like that as well.
My opinion? This app may end up being a huge step forward in the music industry. While at one time we had to call radio stations and request songs – now we can broadcast them ourselves, and users around the world can see what we’re broadcasting and choose to listen.
The “small” downside is that at least for the moment, you need an iphone…so John, that Blackberry has got to go. (yeah, yeah – I know all about how the Blackberry keyboard is better. I had to get over that too, and I still curse at my husband for the autocorrect. No, he’s not responsible for that, but the touch chip?? Yep.) However, my guess is that an Android app will likely be forthcoming – there’s just too large of an audience out there to ignore in favor of only using iPhone.
That nasty licensing stuff? Royalties?? I don’t know. I’d imagine the suits are going to be busy playing tug-o-war with this one for a while. In the meantime – I think I’m in the group that says promotion is promotion, and if “everyone” is getting music for free anyway – why not be the one who is broadcasting?
What I don’t necessarily see being discussed often is Billboard charts do not include figures for Spotify and Rhapsody, among a few others. Granted, Spotify and Rhapsody are subscription based services – and users do not necessarily own the albums or songs they are hearing when using those services. However, one could reasonable debate that point by saying that when we listen to radio – a FREE service unless you’re talking satellite radio – users do not own those albums or songs either, and yet radio figures have been used in Billboard charting for years.
Well, discuss no more! Today, Billboard announced the inclusion of Spotify & Rhapsody figures in their charting. Here’s the blurb from Hypebot below:
- Cricket’s Muve Music
I don’t know about anyone else, but this happens to me quite a bit, and mainly because of my ringtones! I’m pleased to help out the band with their grass roots marketing, but also completely annoyed that people have been living under a rock for the past 20 years. I have many friends from high school who have found me on Facebook, and one of the first questions they ask me, obviously after scrutinizing some of my pictures and things, is whether or not I’m still a Duran Duran fan. Some are nice about it, but a lot of them try to tease me by saying “What? You’re still into them? Aren’t they dead yet?” (Yes, people REALLY say that…) After which I take a deep cleansing breath and attempt to answer their questions as nicely as possible. Sometimes, I even succeed.
After my excursion to Target, I came home, knowing that I needed to blog and that I didn’t really have much of a topic in mind. That’s happening a lot lately. I’ve got tons of book ideas, but the blog is tougher right now. There’s not a ton of Duran news, and what news I do have doesn’t really affect me to the point where I have an urge to write. It’s either feast or famine sometimes. Anyway, I hopped onto Twitter to see if something would get my creative juices flowing, and I saw the #questionsIhateanswering topic trending for Los Angeles. My answer? The topic of this blog.
It’s not even that I hate answering the question, it’s that it is even a question at all. I can’t help but be frustrated that such a fantastic album like All You Need is Now has gotten so little notice from the general public, and what’s more – I’m completely annoyed with my fellow 30 and 40 somethings out there that they haven’t stayed more in touch with music in general. It’s sad that once we hit the age of 30, 35 or 40 we stop paying attention to what’s out there. Granted, I’m preaching to the choir here, but it’s no wonder that our demographic no longer seems to matter to anyone but ourselves, and that’s incredibly sad.
One person commented back to my rantings on Twitter that she’s over it. She just loves the band for what they give us (I’m totally paraphrasing here, my apologies), and the rest of it just doesn’t matter. Most days, I would agree. Today…I’m missing that mark.