The annual San Francisco Music Tech Summit
collects experts and entrepreneurs from around the music industry to discuss technological trends and hurdles.
This photograph was taken at a panel on music recommendation services, moderated by Paul Lamere of The Echo Nest
. Pictured here from left to right are: Paul Lamere; James Miao (thesixtyone.com
); Alex Loscos (BMAT
); Stephen White (Gracenote
); and Michael Papish (MediaUnbound
). With the exception of James Miao, the perspectives on this panel came from people who provide the music recommendation back-end for companies such as eMusic and Rhapsody.
Aside from learning about the deep, tangled intricacies analyzing large databases of music and providing relevant recommendations, I came away with two great takeaways. The first: thesixtyone.com is a great way to discover new music (think Digg for music). Second: the next hurdle for intelligent music recommendation services is user context--awareness of the user's geographic location, the delivery device (cell phone, computer, PC), and the intent (frat party, date night, background music).