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08 January 2009 @ 09:13 am
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A lot of people seem very concerned about Livejournal laying people off in their American offices, which does indeed suck, but I was actually surprised to learn that the Russian owners had kept any of their American employees when they bought it. Especially since that staff was in a city as expensive as San Francisco. They were probably paying them ten times what they paid their Russian staff. So, maybe I'm being naive, but I don't see it as a sign that Livejournal is going under and I'm not going to worry about moving my journal just yet.

What does make me super bummed though is the upcoming death of Yahoo's internet music service Launchcast. I've got more than 10,000 songs rated on my personalized station, many of which were introduced to me by the service, and I've listened to it every day at work since I started it. It's been a labor of love sculpting my ideal playlist and it makes me a little sick to think about it all vanishing into the aether in a few weeks. I'm sure I'll adapt, but after five years of being my own station manager, it's going to be hard as hell.

Listening to: Arling & Cameron - "How About the Boys?"
themacguffin on January 8th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
what is Yahoo doing, is this their merging with Rhapsody music fallout? bummer... I have been rating my own playstation on pandora.com for years too wondering what will happen if it goes bye-bye...
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: meditatingassmonkeydiary on January 8th, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
They're merging Launchcast into some CBS Radio thing and eliminating all customized stations.
theballadofyoko on January 8th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
I'm not particularly worried about Livejournal, either.

I'm currently trying to get into last.fm.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: ballerina escapeassmonkeydiary on January 8th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
I'll probably be joining you there. Assuming Last.FM survives the current war against internet radio.
theballadofyoko on January 8th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
Could you suggest other internet radio sites for me? I also have a Pandora account.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: orange peekassmonkeydiary on January 8th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Pandora is interesting with that engine that tries to pick songs that sound like other songs you like, although on the few times I've tried it, I've found myself wasting too much mental energy judging the appropriateness of their choices. I suppose I'd mellow out with that over time.

The other one I'm keen to try is Slacker, which seems to offer a lot of customization options.
theballadofyoko on January 8th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
I did a quick search on Slacker. Their classical music station is pretty lame.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: red pow wowassmonkeydiary on January 8th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
Slackers are too lazy to listen to classical music.
theballadofyoko on January 8th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah-- I guess I'm no slacker.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: silhouetteassmonkeydiary on January 8th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Not even close. With the exception of your husband, you are slackless!
everybody hates a tourist.dynamine on January 8th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
last.fm should be fine. i've been on it since it was a wee little site, with hardly north american presence, and it just seems to be getting better.

it might help that they are uk-based.
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on January 8th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
That's a really good point. So as long as the RIAA doesn't make them shut the doors to America, they should have some longevity.
Professor Mortisprofessormortis on January 8th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
At least you have today's excellent photo to console yourself with.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: icegrafassmonkeydiary on January 8th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
Pallaspallasathene8 on January 8th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
Say WHAT!?

I had 100,000 some ratings there. So much music I'd never have found without it. And my station was like perfect.

I have Pandora and Slacker stations to fall back on, but they aren't the same. I can't say I prefer one to the other...instead of one good general station I have more specific stations on each of these, selection for some better on one, for some on the other. I guess if Yahoo doesn't want my money, I will have an excuse to buy one of the Slacker players, since I thought they were kind of a cool deal. But I'd gladly play Yahoo more than Slacker to just leave my shit alone. Why don't they just ask for more money?

I think I started mine in 1999. That's an almost ten-year habit. I don't think I can cope.