Wired 12.10: Would You Buy the Future of Radio From This Man? A bio piece on Lee Abrams, the inventor of album-oriented rock (AOR) in the late 1970s and a current force behind XM Satellite Radio.
Personally I find that these days I’m mostly becoming my own radio station. With an extensive mp3 library I mostly listen to and rate these at home. In the car or traveling I use my laptop as my default personal satellite radio. I can put my 5 Star mp3 list on my laptop, plug in my IRock beam it and listen to what I really want to on the radio. I use headphones when walking around town or on the plane or BART. Because I’d rather be my own DJ than let someone do this for me I find that I simply have no use for XM Satellite.
At some point I still may subscribe to XM Satellite if it gets easy enough to rip mp3s from their broadcasts. On the other hand there are a lot of other more easier ways to build your music library.
At Scoble’s Geek Dinner on Saturday night I met a guy named Tom who worked at Savage Beast – a music recommendation type service. According to Tom their mp3 library was at about 300,000. This was the largest library I’ve heard of yet.
I’m very curious about what the size of other’s mp3 libraries are these days. I’d love to hear from you, anonymously if you’d like, in the comments section about how large your own personal mp3 collection is and what it consists of and how your organize it.