So sad, but I can already see the writing on the wall with this site. Upon discovering TubeRadio, I thought, ‘What a great resource!’ Here we have a mash up that allows you to listen to music from posted YouTube videos. Over the years, we have heard from record executives that the reason they release music videos is for promotions for the cds they release. So a win-win, right? They receive their desired advertising and consumers can listen to playlists of videos.
You would think that, but not in the 21st Century where the RIAA looks to stifle any organization they do not control. While this may or may not work, we can assume that once the RIAA sees this, they will immediately send out a cease and desist. Unfortunate, too, because this mashup definitely provides a great tool for a music listening. After discovering it, I quickly came to like the tool itself. After losing my beloved Finetune, and with Pandora not really doing exactly what I need, TubeRadio looks to fill in the need. The basic premise of the tool is to allow users to create playlists of music pulled from YouTube posted videos. The interface is reminiscent of iTunes, Amarok, or other music organization tool. You can enter a favorite band, and TubeRadio will provide a discography of that band. You can listen to the music you want, and they also include a small video window of the YouTube video for the song. You can also buy the disc at any time. It will import the music, and then allows you to play what you wish. You can continue to create playlists, add new music, and browse through others’ playlists. I also like the Charts feature, which lists a variety of music, playlists, and other users.
I really like this site, and want to explore it more. I do hesitate slightly, as I’ve been burned by the RIAA before. If I take the time to create my playlists, I want to make sure they will stay there, and not disappear, ala Finetune.com. I would even be willing to pay a nominal fee for this to continue indefinitely. That, however, is where the RIAA is locked into their traditional business models. They want people buying content in brick and mortar stores. They cannot get their heads (or fat, grubby hands) around anything different. We saw that with online music purchases, and we will continue to see that with sites such as TubeRadio. A great site, that I hope, will continue for the future!