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Saturday, October 4, 2008

MySpace Is Selling Music Now

Did you hear that MySpace has gone into the music download business? I read about it, but I wasn't all that interested, since I've got a reliable source for downloadable music (Amazon).

I went to our band's MySpace page today, since I do like to check in once a week or so, and I noticed the "playlists" option. I spent a little time trying to figure out how it worked, and how exactly it would be a benefit to us.

From what I can discern, it's an option for non-band MySpace users to create playlists and post them on their site, I guess to share with their friends or with the world or with whomever might happen to stumble upon their page.

I like it and I think it's a cool option. Who doesn't like to recommend music to other people? I know I do.

I created an "alternate playlist" of songs that the members of Red River like. It's sort of like a puzzle, first figuring out which songs or artists to search for, and then actually finding what you're looking for, and then, of course, sequencing the songs (because sequencing is an art all to itself - just ask my husband - the expert).

So, I'm glad that MySpace created this option. Frankly, it gives me a reason to actually go there, because there's not a whole lot happening for Red River there.

Anyway, if you have a MySpace page, go ahead and create a playlist. And let me know if you do, because I'd like to listen to it.

My playlist is called, "The Eclectic Tastes of Red River". To find it, click on the down arrow next to "featured playlist" on our music player. I probably will add more songs as I think of them, but it's been kind of fun, I must admit.

Then, of course, being the CMA historian that I have apparently become, I created two more playlists; one featuring the singles of the year from 1967 to the present. There was only one that I couldn't find - "Country Bumpkin" by Cal Smith. I don't know what the deal is with this song and its unavailability. I couldn't find it on YouTube, either. There were also two other singles that I could not find by the original artists, so I went with alternate versions.

The more fun playlist, for me, was the CMA entertainers of the year, again from 1967 to the present. This allowed me to pick songs by these artists that I actually like.

I really think the CMA should pay me for all the free publicity I'm giving them. Lord knows, I could use the extra income.

Anyway, as you can see, I'm having "fun with playlists".

Here's our MySpace address. We always welcome new friend requests.

Red River's MySpace Page

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