Been compiling playlists using iTunes and thinking what this
aggregation means. Here are some ideas and questions.
Do my music preferences reflect memories more than interests?
If others like my song choices does this mean we share other common interests (aside from the music) or do we share a common time-frame? - we were listening to the radio during a comparable formative period (12-22 years old?). Will my music buddies share my interest in KM or my curiosity for Internet collaboration? - uncertain.
Does a shared music taste provide a sufficient introduction and 'hook' to lead to deeper sharing?
Often wonder if on-line affinity depends on a broad interest profile match or if strongly shared preferences for just books, only music tastes or photo images is able to jump start future collaboration, exploration and learning?
What is the exact role of a common goal vs. a shared genre taste, contributing to on-line work comfort?
On-line compatibility seems to be a strange mix of similar purpose, affinity for written or audio clues and language / tone attractions, while trust, social capital and reciprocity tend to muddy the waters here.
Interesting to see tools for playlists starting to emerge, compare their qualities and features. David Jennings has a useful table.
Playlist comparison matrix
Feedback, comments, ratings, profiles enhance the community that is developing around swapping playlists. Links to blogs and music portals (iTunes, Odeo), download, uploads, exports, sequencing, ripping and mixing seem to be common functions. A growing need is for portability across spaces, players and PCs.
I'm still uncertain what a playlist really represents, how much it tells us about the owner, the exact role a playlist has in defining other qualities and the position a playlist will come to play in personal digital portfolios.
Any ideas to share?